Dr. Carl Van Wyk
Carl van Wyk commenced undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree and completed a Master of Music degree at UCT as well. In that same year he received a symphonic commission from the Cape Performing Arts Board, his work, Derivations won the composer’s competition of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and he was awarded the South African Music Rights Organization’s (SAMRO) Overseas Scholarship for Composers and spent a year studying with British composer Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During that time a set of orchestral variations he had composed won two prestigious prizes, the Manson and West awards for composition at the RAM.
Returning to South Africa his studies in electronic music composition were accelerated by a practical course given by Dutch composer, Henk Badings, who subsequently served as co-examiner of Van Wyk’s doctoral work.
After an initial appointment at the University of Port Elizabeth, Dr. van Wyk joined the staff of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as Senior Lecturer in Music Theory. In 1991 he was appointed Head of the University’s School of Music and functioned in this capacity until 1996.
Carl van Wyk has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions. He is also the composer of many works. His “Little Dance for the Piccaninny” has been an examination piece in the international piano lists of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. His folk opera, “Fiela’s Child” was premiered in September 1993 at the School of Music of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His “African Suite for Children’s Orchestra” has proved very popular with audiences and performers and his “Three Paraphrase for Two String Quartets”, commissioned by SAMRO, was given its world premiere performance at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Norway, in 1996. This work has enjoyed further performances at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. His Organ Sonata, composed in 2011/12 was performed in the Gewandshaus, Leipzig, Germany, by Barry Jordan
Carl van Wyk has worked as Theory and Composition Teacher at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas since 2002. In addition to designing and implementing a music theory program specific to the Suzuki environment, he has also been very active in composing and arranging music for a variety of student-based ensembles. The works are designed for the enrichment of Suzuki students and includes several World Music offerings.
Carl van Wyk has served as accompanist and composition teacher at a number of Suzuki workshops and has designed and presented computer-driven composition and theory classes at the Colorado Suzuki Institute (CSI) Snowmass and Beaver Creek, Colorado, DFW WOW Suzuki Institute, TX, and numerous other institutes. He is presently researching all aspects of Suzuki Organ teaching and plans to initiate organ studies at SMID in the immediate future. With this in mind he has designed and created a student practice organ which is adjustable, sonically attractive, affordable and appropriate for students to practice on at home.
Leah Chae, born in South Korea, began her musical training on the piano at the age of 2 with her mother and started the violin training with Suzuki method at the age of 4 after she immigrated to US with her family. She had played both piano and violin as double-major until she got to attend Kangwon Arts High School in Korea. After she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Kyunghee University in Seoul, she came back to US and started her Master’s degree at Indiana University where she received Jacobs School of Music Graduate Merit-based Scholarship.
She is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where she studied with Mimi Zweig, a professor of violin and viola and director of IU String Academy. While studying for a master’s degree with Professor Zweig in 2008, Leah started her teaching at IU String Academy where she worked for six years until she left IU, and became an Associate Instructor for Professor Zweig in 2010, from which she earned a full scholarship and stipend for the rest of her doctoral coursework. Her duty as an Associate Instructor included teaching private and group as well as theory teaching. Active as a performer while studying at IU, she studied chamber music with Jorja Fleezanis, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Pacifica Quartet, and had appeared in many solo recitals, orchestra performances, and chamber music concerts. In addition to the modern violin playing and teaching, she also studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at IU. She is also an active accompanist, playing in many lessons, masterclasses, and competitions for string players and singers.
Leah has registered for violin teacher training at DFW WOW in 2016. In the spare time she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats, Bob and Johny.