Jacqueline (Jackie) Smedley began studying piano and violin at the age of 2 and began studying classical and theatrical voice in the years following. In high school she earned the prestigious Maryland State Music Teachers Association Keyboard Musicianship Award, and placed second highest in the state in the MTASM Music Theory Test. She began teaching piano and violin in 2010 and has been teaching ever since.
Jackie earned a B.A. in Piano Performance, B.A. in Vocal Performance, and B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During her time at UMBC, she studied under Dr. Audrey Andrist and Dr. Daniel Pesca for piano, and under Janice Jackson for voice. Through her college career she developed a love of chamber music and participated in UMBC Chamber Players as well as in collaborative piano roles. In addition, Jackie held many lead roles in UMBC Opera Workshop productions. Notable roles include Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. When not making music, Jackie works as a Computer Engineer contracting for NASA Goddard.
As a teacher, she combines her technical engineering skills with her musical expertise to provide a well-rounded and fulfilling curriculum. She hopes to encourage her students to pursue their passions and do what brings them joy, as well as inspire a lifelong love of music.
Thomas is a classically trained baritone with many years of teaching experience working with all ages. He works with students to help them find what makes them exceptional and what sets them apart as musicians! His training includes a Master of Music at Peabody Conservatory (currently pursuing) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Vassar College. He is also currently working towards his Music Education Certification at Peabody.
Dr. Chun-Ting Chao, originally from Taiwan, performs as a lyric soprano and a dramatic actress. She also goes by the name Amy. She has obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America, a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute, a Masters of Fine Arts from Tunghai University, and a Bachelors of the Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. Dr. Chao has been cast in the roles of Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre by National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, L'ecureuil in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges by the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Cio Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly by Catholic University of American, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette by Bel Cantanti, Pousette in Massenet's Manon by Peabody. and Micaëla, Frasquita, and Flora in highlights of various operas with Tunghai University Orchestra. She has also sung the solos in Magnificat by Pergolesi, and Organ Solo Mass K. 259 by Mozart, and she has been invited to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Opera Studio in Taiwan, and the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, she was named Young Artist of the Year by the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concourse.
During her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, she minored in piano. Dr. Chao also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages. She believes by making music education fun, she can keep students motivated to improve their skills. She encourages her students to learn new techniques or repertoire every lesson so they can move closer to their goals. She helps her students at their own pace to achieve their goals and enjoy music.