College Music Society International Conference

at Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney Australia 2017

    As the founder and director of the Pacific Violin Academy and The Wave Elements Global Music Organization, Ms. Hong Chou has been working on promoting musical arts. On July 12, 2017,  she premiered the composition "Tecate" for violin and piano by American Women Composer Judy Bruce at the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney Australia. She was invited to give lecture and masterclass in August 2017 at the First String Music Summer Camp of The Poly Culture Group at Shenzhen Poly Theater Arts Education Center.  She has given lecture recitals on music of the 20th Century China at the Northwest Pacific Region Conference of College Music Society, at Portland State University and at Portland Community Music Center. She has been contributing to Portland community music education participating in the International Ambassador Program of CMS as well as organizing teachers training workshop and the American String Teachers Association Certification Advancement Program (ASTACAP). 


    Ms. Chou has more than thirty years of violin teaching experience, contributing local talented students to orchestras such as PYP, MYS, Pro Arts, Columbia Symphony, Marylhurst University, and Portland State University. She has taught at the Preparatory Department of Cincinnati College Conservatory (CCM), Lewis and Clark College, Portland Community Music Center, Houston Youth Philharmonic Chamber Music Program, and is the founder of Pacific Violin Academy. She has taught and given lectures at several International Music Festivals and Summer Camps in China. She has served as violin adjudicator in Oregon, Washington, and China.

    Ms. Chou received her Bachelor and Master of Music from Lewis and Clark College and the College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, Her own performance has included recitals in the U.S. and China, as well as a touring member of Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra participating in the Mahler 's Festival in Paris and recorded in London. She was member of the Albany Symphony under the baton of Geoffrey Simon. She has also played under the baton of Victor Borger, and Maestro Avshalomov as a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, as well as studied with the American String Quartet in Aspen International Summer Music Festival. Her training on the art of violin playing and teaching with masters in the field includes Violinist Joseph Silverstein in Master class; Dorothy Richard Starling Chair of Classical Violin Kurt Sassmannshaus for teaching methods; One of the Concert master of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Naoko Tanaka for violin repertoire; and Cincinnati Philharmonic concert master Philip Ludder for orchestral repertoire. Foundation training learned from Katherine Gray of Oregon Symphony, Mrs. Davidson-Smith, as well as Suzuki teaching method masters, William Starr and John Kendall. She is certified to teach the Traditional Method of Sassmansshaus and the Suzuki method.

​   Ms. Chou is a member of the College Music Society and American String Teachers Association. She is on the board of the Oregon Chapter of American String Teachers Association and an alumni member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Artistic Director:

Ms. Hong Chou

  Pacific Violin Academy