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.

   

Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. In April 2008, she also made recital appearance in London Symphony Orchestra's St Luke's Hall. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China. Her performances also took her not only throughout USA, but also to Germany, Hong Kong, as well as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Born to a musical family, Ms. Jiayi Shi started to play the piano at age 4. At age 7, she was accepted in the prestigious pre-college division of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. With the support of the Fund for Chinese Pianists in Texas, Ms. Shi received a Bachelor's degree in Piano at the University of Texas and continued her education at the Eastman School of Music with the renowned pianist Barry Snyder. She graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a Master's degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano. Currently she is a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate at the Manhattan School of Music.

   

Zhe Song began her musical training at the age of three. She studied at the Affiliated School of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, and completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Continuing her studies in the United States, Ms. Song received a Performer's Certificate in Violin Performance from La Sierra University under Professor Jason Uyeyama. She then earned a Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California under Professor Bing Wang, Associate Concertmaster of Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Fall 2015, Ms. Song became a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and was granted tenure in 2016. She regularly performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Washington Idaho Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. In 2014 she served on the jury for the Satori String Competition. Ms. Song joined the Orange County String Studio faculty in 2014.

   

Cellist Lila Yang received scholarship to attend The Juilliard School under the mentorship of Professors David Soyer and Darrett Adkins.  In 2011, her Juilliard-formed string trio, Sirens, toured internationally to perform for the Peace Corps and Embassy in Costa Rica while giving masterclasses and benefit concerts for educational outreach.  She has held faculty positions at Cal Music Clinic, Diamond Bar High School, Heritage Oaks Private School and currently coaches cellists in the Orange County Cello Ensemble and Junior Chamber Music.  Currently, she performs throughout the US with her piano trio,Take 3, while maintaining a private studio of competitive young cellists throughout Orange County and Inland Empire.

Yang’s students are consistently first prize recipients at the SYMF, Satori, and Diamond Bar Performing Arts competitions.  Her students are currently principal cellists at Chaparral Middle School, Diamond Bar High School, Playa Vista, University High School in Irvine, SCSBOA/All Southern Orchestra, Diamond Bar High School, Buddhist Light Youth Orchestra, and Irvine Classical Players. Her studio focuses on CM preparations, chamber music, orchestral auditions, competitions, college supplemental recordings, and annual student recitals.