JF
INTERNATIONAL
MUSIC ACADEMY

Music fulfills dreams

 Dr. Feifei Jiang is a founder and music director of the JF International Music Academy (JFIMA) in Lincoln. She has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and China. Dr. Jiang’s awards include Best Performance at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, 2004; First Place in the Special Chopin and Mozart Prizes at the Asian Young Artist Piano Competition, 2005; and Silver Medalist at the KMTA Collegiate Graduate Piano Competition, 2007. In 2013, she received a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music.
 
Dr. Jiang teaches piano at Doane University and JFIMA, and accompanies at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has conducted piano masterclasses at Kansas State University and Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Jiang believes that learning music is a multifaceted process, entailing mental, physical, and emotional growth that fosters expressive interpretation.
 
JFIMA was founded in 2015 by Dr. Feifei Jiang and Mr. David Chen to educate students of all ages about the fine arts. The academy enriches the Lincoln community by offering professional music concert series, traditional Chinese ensembles, and outreach performances. Dr. Jiang organizes JFIMA concerts in Omaha, Lincoln, and Kearney, and encourages her students to discover their own musical journey.    

Dr.Feifei Jiang, Music director, Piano

   
Dr. Peter Jiang holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at North Dakota State University Challey School of Music as well as a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Piano Performance Certificate from Emporia State University, KS. Mr. Jiang has appeared in concert throughout the United States, South Korea, and China. Jiang won the Emporia State University Concerto Competition in 2009 and he Honorable prizes in the TOYAMA Asian Piano Competition (2005). He was also awarded the Silver Medal in the Dandelion Young Artist Competition (2006). He was piano faculty in Dalian nationalities University since 2006. He enjoys daily piano practice and teaching. 
    

Dr. Peter Jiang, Piano 

Tim Apolloni is a rising music educator, dedicated to spreading the joys of music not only through performance and teaching but composition and ensemble leadership as well.
Apolloni studied at St. Olaf College, obtaining his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education in May 2017. Currently, he studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln working toward his Master’s of Music in Violin Performance.
He’s studied with many teachers, including Francesca Anderegg, Mary Horozaniecki, Charles Gray, Ray Shows, Maria Benaros, David Neely, Karen Becker, and Rebecca Fischer. He student taught with Mark Gitch at Wayzata High School, and Nancy Huppert and North Trail Elementary, and learned from many music educators including Connie Aiken, Linda Berger, and Donna Maeda. He studied conducting under directors John Madura, Marty Hodel, Steve Amundson, and Tyler White.
Apolloni took up the violin at 8 years old, studying through the Mounds View District Orchestra program before going to St. Olaf College. He’s performed in exemplary orchestras like the St. Olaf Orchestra under Steve Amundson and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra under Ryan Haskins.
A commissioned composer, Apolloni wrote for the Highview Middle School combined orchestras with Jim Bartsch. He has also written for full orchestra, choir, and chamber groups. He has studied composition with Justin Merritt, current chair of the St. Olaf Music Department.

Tim Apolloni, Violin

Richard Terrell is a Professor of Art Emeritus at Doane University where he taught courses in design, drawing, commercial art, illustration painting, art history and interdisciplinary studies for 40 years. He earned his BFA at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, and his MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His painting, prints, and drawings have been showing in numerous solo and competitive exhibitions since 1965. His work is in the collections of Museum of Nebraska Arts and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE.
Prof. Richard Terrell, Arts

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Lisa M. Howell has appeared frequently on the recital, concert, and opera stage in California, Maine, and Nebraska. Her opera roles have included Adina in Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors. In 2015 she appeared as the mezzo soloist in Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories with the Fresno Master Chorale and orchestra, and also toured California’s Central San Joaquin Valley singing the soprano solos in Dvorak’s Te Deum. A few of her other concert solos have included the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat in D, as well as Eve in Haydn’s Creation. Her varied recital repertoire has included everything from late 16th-century lute songs, to art song and chamber music of the standard repertoire, to atonal art song of the 20th century, and contemporary art song composed specifically for her. She has sung as a soloist in more than fifteen languages and dialects.

Dr. Howell holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance (2014) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance (2010, with distinction) from California State University, Fresno, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (2004, summa cum laude) from Simpson University in Redding, California. She currently teaches vocal music at Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE) and Concordia University (Seward, NE). She has previously taught at CSU Fresno, College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA), Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, IA), and UNL.

Dr. Lisa Howell

 Justin Lepard is the founder of Lincoln’s New Music concert series. He is a cellist currently residing in Lincoln, Nebraska. Justin performs with a diverse spectrum of musical groups, including local singer-songwriters, jazz ensembles, and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Justin has a particular interest in the propagation of contemporary classical music and has premiered dozens of solo and ensemble pieces. Over the past couple of years he was had the privilege of working with conductors like Keith Lockhart and Jeff Tyzik, as well as premiering music with members of the JACK Quartet, a New York based group that specializes in new music. This last summer, he was selected as a participant in the prestigious Lucerne Festival Academy, where he worked with conductors Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, Barbara Hannigan, and Heinz Holliger, among others. His time there also led him to connect with composer Tod Machover, who was commissioned to write a piece for the Lucerne Festival 2015.

Justin Lepard, Cello

Our guitar teacher Zac prides himself in teaching each student a well rounded musical education through knowledge of note reading, tab reading, chord reading, ear training, rhythm studies, scales, theory, musical construction and improvisation. He has experience in rock, popular, blues, jazz, and classical music. He works with students of almost any age from five to eighty-five and perhaps beyond. His intimate knowledge of a wide spectrum of styles has proven to be a great asset in his teaching.
Zac Cote, Guitar.

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Eun-Jin Chung is from Lincoln, NE and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Music Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has studied with Dr. Kurt Knecht and Dr. Eric Richards, who helped develop his ears for jazz and contemporary music. He is currently studying with Prof. Tom Larson and Andrew Janak.
 
 As a composer, Eun-Jin has written for small jazz ensembles, saxophone quartet, various chamber ensembles, and soloists. He has also written numerous arrangements for a capella groups and jazz ensembles. He is enthusiastic and adventurous, always working on his craft to create works with a unique individuality.
 
 As a singer, Eun-Jin has performed solo, with numerous choirs in Lincoln, and an all-male A capella group called “Rocktavo”. He is mainly drawn into the sound of jazz and contemporary singing and is active in scenes such as a capella, vocal jazz, and big band.
    
Eun-Jin Chung,
Vocal, Composition, Woodwind.