“Music connects and unifies people.
Music is a universal language that can reach the listener’s heart and soul. “
– Wendy Wu, Founder
Founded in 2011 by piano teacher Wendy Wu, IMPACT is a 501(c) non-profit organization that works to bolster acoustic music in the community.
OUR MISSION is to develop creative programs by integrating a unique blend of world cultures into our musical performances. We also hope to offer opportunities for aspiring artists and young musicians to perform at prestigious venues around the world. IMPACT provides a cultural and educational exchange experience through touring concerts partnered with local organizations that share our goals and interests.
The goal of the organization is threefold:
• CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Bridging the gap between different cultures by using music as a common language to express our similarities and display our diversity as we perform and tour and tour in different countries
• PERFORMANCE: Offering opportunities for aspiring artists and young musicians to perform at prestigious venues around the world. This allows the performers to display the artistic richness of the various nationalities they represent.
• EDUCATION: Providing participants with musical enrichment through the preparation of their concert repertoire. They will learn about the different countries they visit while on tour, and expose the people they meet about the cultures the troupe represents through their performance.
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You can also watch our previous performances on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/impactmusicusa
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Christine is a violinist who plays in groups such as FIREBIRD. Christine is passionate about music and enjoys performing.
Alicia Greey graduated cum laude with a BM in Vocal Music Education at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been trained in classical piano since age four. Before entering college, Alicia performed twice in Carnegie Hall, Weil Recital Hall, as a piano competition winner. In addition to teaching piano, voice, and guitar at RMC Studios, Alicia accompanies on organ, piano and sings for various churches in the area. She is delighted to be involved with IMPACT and the many opportunities it will offer to meet new people and create beautiful music.
Matthew Lee is the Choir Director at John P. Stevens high school in Edison, New Jersey. Under Matthew’s guidance, the JPS choir has received superior and gold ratings at state and regional competitions. Matthew received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwestern University, where he directed an award-winning a cappella group, Treblemakers. Matthew is also director of the Morris Choral Society and former director of the Chinese American Music Ensemble Children’s Choir. He is excited to be involved in IMPACT and making a difference in lives through music!
Kevin is a prolific cellist that currently performs with many musicians such as Jeremiah Abiah and FIREBIRD. Kevin first began his cello instruction under the tutelage of David Szepessy – a student of the late János Starker. Kevin has performed in a variety of venues from Carnegie Hall, NYC and Schönbrunn Palace, Venice, to the Blue Note Jazz Club and Joe’s Pub. A graduate of Rutgers University, Kevin currently pushes the boundaries of cello playing in contemporary music styles. Kevin has previously been the cellist of the band Red Oak Lane, a finalist for Kollaboration New York’s 9th annual showcase as The Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Wendy Wu is a piano teacher that has been teaching for thirty years. In her piano studio in New Jersey, Wendy has fostered many talented pianists.
Wendy Wu began her piano training in Taiwan. She graduated as one of the top students from Shih-Chen University and was selected to play at numerous graduation performances in various cities throughout Taiwan. Shortly after graduation, she was certified by Yamaha Company as a piano teacher and was soon promoted to Dean’s Assistant. During her time with the company, Ms. Wu was also a columnist for Yamaha, publishing many music related articles in the company monthly magazine, the Chinese World Journal Newspaper, and CoastSide Magazine.
In 1980, Ms. Wu came to the United States to pursue her Piano Performance degree at Truman University (known at the time as Northeast Missouri University). Following, she then went to New York Institute of Technology and earned the master degree of computer science. After graduated, Ms. Wu has been hired as a supervisor, senior consultant, project leader and vice president for many major tri-state companies, such as AT&T, Bell Lab, Pershing/DLJ, Murray Lynch and Telcordia. Ms. Wu also actively involved Chinese Schools in New Jersey, a passion that would continue for more than 10 years. From 1999 to 2005, Ms. Wu was appointed as an art director for Murray Hill Chinese School, where she organized a percussion group formed from students and parents. This group went on to perform for many local communities and company holiday events, including the AT&T festival celebrating Asian culture. She also choreographed dragon dances and lion dances that were then performed at Newark Museum and Liberty Park for Chinese New year. For these and other accomplishments, Ms. Wu has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award by several Central Jersey Chinese schools and the Appreciation Award from Bridgewater Township.
In the summer of 2007, Ms. Wu was appointed to the board committee for the 11th Positano – International Chamber Music Course and Festival in Shanghai and as a representing teacher of the Northeastern American Arts Troupe for the International Shanghai Arts Festival. As part of the troupe, many of her own students performed at the Shanghai Grand Theater along with other international students.
Ms. Wu has been a chair of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association’s Young Musician piano competitions for three years and is currently the chairperson of the Young Artists Competition of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also actively involved in many music organizations, and has spearheaded numerous piano festivals including the Golden Key International festival. Her piano students have also performed well in various musical arenas, winning prizes in state competitions and performing at acclaimed venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall. Under IMPACT, Wendy has also earned an award at the Mei Li China Festival for her outstanding leadership.