Faculty

Jason Uyeyama

Jason Uyeyama is founder and director of the Orange County String Studio.  He is also Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music.  He holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Masao Kawasaki.  Previous teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and Yao-Ji Lin.

Mr. Uyeyama continues to lead an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist.  He has performed regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2005, and has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Festival appearances include Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, as well as the festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Taos.

Students of Mr. Uyeyama have been accepted to The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The Colburn School of Performing Arts, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the Mannes School of Music.  His students have also been accepted to numerous summer festivals including Aspen, Music Academy of the West, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Montecito International Summer Music Festival.

An advocate of community outreach, Mr. Uyeyama has been Music Director of Community Kids Connection in San Bernardino, CA since 2008.  Through this program, he has given free violin lessons to underserved children and performances for local hospitals and charity events.

   
Trace Huang

Trace Huang has been taking private lessons for both the violin and piano since the age of six. Since then, Trace has been performing and competing locally in his hometown Madison, Wisconsin. In 2012, Trace was accepted to La Sierra University as a National Merit Scholar and is currently finishing his senior year as a violin performance major. He will also pursue a Performer's Certificate in violin at La Sierra University.

As a violinist, Trace began his chamber music experience at a young age. He has participated in various ensembles including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Junior Chamber Music, La Sierra University Orchestra, La Sierra University String Quartet. In LSU Orchestra, he has been serving as principal concertmaster and principal 2nd violinist. Trace's chamber music groups have won 1st prize in various competitions, namely the 2010 American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) International Competition, the 2010 Vocalist, Orchestral Instrumentalists, Chamber Music (VOCE) State Competition, and the 2013 LACMA USC Competition. Trace has also been privileged to perform in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and performance venues in Germany, Finland, Estonia, Russia, and Japan. With his keen interest in collaborative performance, Trace has been honored to perform alongside Martin Chalifour, Scott Yoo, and Midori Goto. Violin teachers include Cynthia Bittar, Rictor Noren, Nobu Lu, and currently, Jason Uyeyama.

Trace's passion in teaching music began in the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), where he has been both a violin and piano instructor since his freshman year in college. Currently, Trace teaches primarily violin in AVPA and in his private studios in Riverside and Loma Linda, California. His teaching has also expanded to the Orange County String Studio, which is currently based in Irvine.

Aside from music, Trace is also passionate in a variety of fields such as outreach, the health sciences, and exercise. He also enjoys casually playing acoustic guitar and performing with local church groups in his spare time.