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HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT WORK

Head to my blog to my most recent post: "How would you make music if today was the last day of your life?"

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A PERFECT BOWL OF PHO - TORONTO FRINGE COLLECTIVE

"By Asians, for Asians"


Originally planned for July 2020, the Toronto Fringe Festival debut of Nam Nguyen's A Perfect Bowl of Pho was cancelled due to COVID-19.

As Toronto Fringe shifted online, we pivoted to putting together a 20 minute virtual production of selected highlights. My role of as Music Director consisted of coaching and marshalling the musical resources of six instrumentalists and five cast members, as well as video-editing. 

We were proud that our entire orchestra, cast and creative team is of Asian/Pacific Islander descent.

In January-February of 2019, I was the Music Director of the first professional run of A Perfect Bowl of Pho with fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre. 

SWEENEY TODD - EMBER ISLAND PLAYERS

In February 2020, I was the Music Director for the Ember Island Players' semi-staged production of Sweeney Todd, performed in the Victoria College Chapel.


Comprising of 23 actors, 5 crew and a 19-piece orchestra, this was an entirely self-produced project from the ground up.

All profits from the two performances were donated to charity, raising over $3000 for the UofT Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship. 

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FOUND SOUNDS AND GRAPHIC NOTATION MINI-UNIT

Together with my teaching partner Jessie Li, we designed a fully-virtual, three lesson mini-unit on Graphic Notation and "Found Sounds" for a sample Grade 9 Instrumental Music class in our Adapted Practicum.

Through a project-based approach that incorporated elements of differentiated instruction and universal design for learning, students were able to identify and apply the Elements of Music on their "Found Sound" instruments to co-create and perform a piece using the creative process and non-traditional graphic notation.

Visit my Teaching + Learning Blog for more insights into my Adapted Practicum experiences, as well as musings on music, music-making and community building!

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