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Grace MA

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Piano

"As your teacher, I want to create a safe space for you to explore your potential and discover your own musicality - together, we will collaborate on a common goal that sees you growing as a musician."

- Grace

About

​Grace Ma has received numerous accolades for her versatile, eclectic, and imaginative compositions. Her repertoire includes chamber, solo-instrumental, electronic, orchestral, and vocal works, as well as film music. In 2018, Ma had her SXSW debut as composer to “A Woman Loves,” a film directed by Austin filmmaker Vanessa Uhlig. Ma was winner of the 2017 Duino Composition Prize at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy, and was recorded by Invoke string quartet sponsored by Austin-based non-profit Golden Hornet. Ma is also an accomplished pianist—in 2010, she had her orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony in front of 40,000 spectators at Victoria, BC's Inner Harbour. In the same year, she was runner-up in the Don Chrysler Concerto Competition and appeared with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.

Musical Education and highlights

  • MMus (Composition) 2017 University of Texas at Austin,

  • BMus (Composition) 2015 UBC,

  • ARCT (Piano Performance) 2009 RCM

Awards and Distinctions

  • Connecticut Summerfest, Hartford, CT 
    - Commissioned work for flute and guitar premiered by award-winning ensemble Duo Alterity

  • TURN UP Multimedia Festival, Austin, TX 
    - Collaborated with media artist on piece for solo piano and live video as both composer and pianist, in female artist-centered festival initiative

  • SXSW UT Radio-Television-Film Student Film Showcase, Austin, TX 
    - Composed soundtrack for A Woman Loves, a feature short directed by Vanessa Uhlig that was among the selection for public screening at showcase

  • Sound in Sculpture, Austin, TX
    - Commissioned work for the UT Landmarks sculpture collection in concert and site-specific settings

  • International Music Festival of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy June-July 2017
    - Winner of “Duino Prize” for best chamber music submission, in addition to lessons with faculty Tom Lopez and Stefano Sacher and premieres of works composed on site

  • Orford Academy, Orford, QC August 2016
    - Premieres and study with faculty composers Ana Sokolovic and Jean Lesage as well director of l’Ensemble contemporaine Véronique Lacroix

Languages

  • English 

  • Mandarin

Rates and Policies

  1. REGISTRATION FEE

  2. INSTRUCTION OPTIONS

    • 30 minute private lesson 

    • 45 minute private lesson 

    • 60 minute private lesson

    • Travel Charge​

  3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Lessons canceled within 24 hours without a valid reason will be charged. This does not apply to travel fees unless the notice is given at the door and the teachers have traveled to the location. ​

   4. ILLNESS / VACATION POLICY 

A maximum of three make-up lessons are permitted and can be rescheduled each school year (Sept - June) due to illness or emergency. Students need to notify the school and the teacher two weeks in advance if going on a vacation or extended absence to avoid extra charges. The vacation policy does not apply during summer breaks. 

   5. TRIAL PERIOD 

Students can try out two lessons to see if it is a great fit. We value teachers' valuable time and effort, so there will not be a free trial lesson, it will be charged. After the two trial lessons, all policies start getting effect and students will be billed in terms. 

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