Kate Zeng - Violin, Viola, Cello, Voice, Piano
Kate started violin at age 5 and picked up piano, voice, and viola throughout her musical career, and even dabbled in the band world with the mellophone. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in voice, violin, and piano and a Master of Music Education from The University of Florida, and has studied with Ms. Mary Bish, Fr. Germain Fritz, OSB, and Dr. Stanley Chepaitis. She has directed orchestras in Orange County Public Schools and Lake Highland Preparatory School, served on the Florida Orchestra Association Executive Board as the District 8 Chair, presented at the Florida Music Education Association's State Conference, and has performed with many churches, schools, and outside organizations. Previous shows include The Wizard of Oz, The Nutcracker, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Les Miserables, and From Here with the Central Florida Community Arts Theatre. Ms. Zeng has taught in both private and public schools in Central Florida and brings over 25 years of private instruction to her lessons. Besides music, Ms. Zeng is an avid equestrian and gardener.
Abby Tran- Violin, Viola
Abby has played an instrument for 20 years and is proficient in viola and violin. During grade school, Mrs. Tran participated in the OCPS All County Orchestra for 7 years and the FMEA All State Orchestra for 5 years. She is a 10-year alum of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras (FSYO) program, of which she has been principal of every orchestra. A few notable conductors Mrs. Goodin has worked with include Maestro Andrew Lane, Michael Garasi, Dr. Alex Jimenez, Maestro Hanrich Claassen, and Antony Hose. During her 4 years in undergrad, she attended Stetson University on a music scholarship and studied with Dr. Jesus Alfonzo, one of the founders of Venezuela’s El Sistema program. With her experience in an orchestral setting, she has performed many standard orchestral works such as Symphonic Metamorphosis, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Holst’s Planets, and Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. Solo wise, Mrs. Tran has performed multiple Bach Suites, Schubert’s Arpeggione, Brahms Viola Sonata No. 1, Stamitz Viola Concerto, Glinka’s Viola Sonata, and Schumann’s Marchenbilder. Mrs. Tran began teaching privately in high school and thoroughly enjoys sharing her love of music with the next generation of musicians. She knows music is a universal language that breaks down walls and builds connections with other people of different backgrounds. She knows and understands first-hand how much music can change and impact someone’s life, and how integrated it is into everyday life. Currently, Mrs. Tran works for FSYO as one of their Operations Coordinators, and works directly with their 2 Jazz Ensembles and the Symphonic Orchestra. She has been with Zeng Music LLC since its inception in 2019.
Arthur Tran - Piano
Arthur has been playing piano for over 15 years and graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelors of Music with an Outside Field: Business. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Tran studied under notable instructors Michael Rickman, Steinway Artist, and Sean Kennard. He began teaching in 2018 as a student instructor in Stetson’s Community School of Music and has been teaching with Zeng Music since 2019. Mr. Tran approaches every student individually and utilizes techniques to allow students to learn at a comfortable pace, while enjoying what they do.
“As a teacher, I focus on theory and technique as an important aspect of learning. This includes using the hands correctly and playing ‘musically.’ I truly believe that music can change lives. Because of this, I want to discover what my students look to gain from learning the piano and give them the tools to reach their goals. Whether it be their first time playing or they’re continuing their pursuit of musicianship, I want to ensure that each student finds joy in playing.”
Tyler Pacheco - Violin, Viola, Cello
Tyler is a violist from Orlando, FL, currently studying with Wei-Ting Quo at The DePaul University School of Music, pursuing a Master’s degree in Viola Performance. Mr. Pacheco has attended numerous prestigious summer programs, including the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood YAP, Josef Gingold Chamber music festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and the Miami Music Festival, in which he held many leadership positions. Mr. Pacheco is a dedicated Chamber Musician, a winner of the inaugural DePaul Chamber Music Competition, second place prize of the Cincinnati Conservatory Chamber Competition, and former Co-Principal of the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy. Tyler has also played with a number of professional orchestras around the Chicagoland area. A passionate teacher, he has taught at the non-profit music organization Music4Kids, offering free private lessons for underserved children in the greater Chicago area. Mr.Pacheco aspires to be a founding member of a string quartet. In his spare time, he enjoys being active, spending time with friends, and is an avid gamer.
Angelica Chen - Violin
Angelica is so excited to be a part of Zeng Music! She started playing the violin when she was 8 years old with a program called A Gift For Music. Now, she is also a violin instructor for the same program. Ms. Chen loves to teach and has been teaching private violin lessons for more than five years. When not teaching the violin, you’ll usually find Ms. Chen studying or fishing. She is a proud University of Central Florida Alumni and a current student at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Doctorate Program.
Lynne Rudzik - Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano
Lynne is recently retired from teaching in Orange County Public Schools for the past 34 years, where she taught elementary strings for 15 years, high school orchestra for two years, and middle school orchestra and piano for the past 19 years. Mrs. Rudzik grew up in Orange County and began playing the violin in her public school orchestra program. After graduating from Winter Park High School, she received a scholarship to Florida State University where she studied music education and received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree. Mrs. Rudzik finished her classes at Florida State and two days later began her teaching career in Orange County Public Schools. After graduating, she has continued her studies by receiving certification in Suzuki Teaching levels 1A, 1B, 2, and 3 Violin and Levels 1 and 2 Cello. She has also participated in many music teaching workshops every year to keep up on the latest and greatest teaching methods. Mrs. Rudzik has enjoyed working with students over the years and loves to share with them her love of music. She also enjoys teaching students how to play the piano and orchestra string instruments, including the violin, viola, cello and string bass.
Mikey McCabe - Bass, Cello, Guitar
Mikey is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and teacher residing in Orlando, Florida. He studied music at the University of Central Florida, where he received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees while studying bass with Michael Hill. Mr. McCabe now performs with a wide variety of orchestras in Florida, including the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Gainesville Orchestra, and the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra. He also performs and records regularly with his band, The Beat Brothers Band, which has released three albums of original material and performs across the Southeastern United States. Mr. McCabe has also performed in a number of jazz, theater, and pop ensembles, including independent jazz gigs, local theater productions, and regular touring dates with national-touring groups "Classic Albums Live" and "A Band Called Honalee." He writes songs for his band as well as instrumental compositions for a wide variety of ensembles, and aspires to write songs for many other artists in the future. Recently, he has explored his interest in using music for charitable causes, hosting charity concerts at UCF and creating the "Music Gives Back" charity page across social media sites.
Juan Carlos Siviero - Viola, Violin
Juan Carlos was born in Argentina and studied viola with several teachers in Buenos Aires before moving to Chicago to pursue advanced degrees. He received his Master in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University under the tutelage of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violist, Richard Ferrin, and earned a Performance Certificate at DePaul University, where he studied with Rami Solomonof, former principal viola of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra. Mr. Siviero has been a member of several ensembles, including the National Symphony of Argentina, 1st Latinoamerican Youth Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Tucuman, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, South Bend Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and many others in the American Midwest. Currently, Mr. Siviero is a member of the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Punta Gorda Symphony, and many other groups in and around Central Florida. He also holds the principal viola position with the Southern Illinois Music Festival in Carbondale, IL. Mr. Siviero enjoys teaching viola and violin, as well as chamber music.
Presley Fiore - Flute
Presley is a Music Education Major at Stetson University. She is originally from Coral Springs, Florida where she started her musical journey in the sixth grade beginning band, where she chose to play the flute. Over the years, she became increasingly devoted to band and realized that she wanted it to be her career. As she received teaching opportunities in high school, she decided to major in Music Education with the hopes of becoming a band director. Ms. Fiore currently studies under Dr. Tammara Phillips. At Stetson University, she is a member of the University Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Hatter Band, Pep Band, Flute Choir, NAfME Collegiate, and Instruments of Healing.
Kate Goodin - Violin, Piano
Kate is currently a senior at Stetson University, pursuing a degree in Music Education. Kate has been playing violin since she was three years old, and during her high school career at Dr. Phillips High School, she was involved in All-County Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. At Stetson University, Ms. Goodin studies violin under Professor Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez and teaches violin privately through the Stetson Community School of Music. She is involved in the Stetson Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, as well as being involved in Instruments of Healing and NAfME Collegiate. She is currently in her senior internship in Orlando, Florida teaching five levels of high school orchestra and beginning keyboard. Ms. Goodin's goal is to create a safe space for students to express their musical interests, creativity and individuality, and to help them develop their passion for music!
Christian Ovalle - Cello
Christian has performed across the United States, under the baton of world class conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Eric Jacobsen, and Kirt Mosier. He has performed across the country, including at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Steinmetz Hall, Colburn School, Emory University, and the University of Southern California. Years prior, he was featured in a music video at Walt Disney World that reached 89+ million views on YouTube.
Mr. Ovalle was a fellow in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA National Institute Fellowship 2022-2023, giving him access to music/career coaching, touring opportunities, audition financial assistance, and residencies in Los Angeles throughout the year. Through this program, he assisted with the building of community music programs with the goal of accessible music education. As an El Sistema USA student, he has a deep passion for accessible music education, volunteering at free tuition music programs. He has built this by mentoring, performing, and assisting in orchestra programs aimed at helping low-income high-risk youth. Mr. Ovalle hopes to expand accessible music programs across the country, inspired by Maestro Dudamel’s commitment to this goal.
Mr. Ovalle is currently pursuing a BM in Cello Performance at UCF, whilst completing prerequisites for medical school. He performs with the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Cello Choir, and is a substitute cellist for the Space Coast Symphony. He currently teaches for “Through the Staff” as a volunteer cello teacher. Recently, Mr. Ovalle was recently accepted as a cellist into the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Rebecca Edge - Violin, Viola, Cello
Violinist and music teacher Rebecca Edge is currently based in Orlando where she maintains a private violin studio. She has been performing with the Orlando Philharmonic since 2014, often filling in for leadership roles, as well as solo and chamber music engagements and various events in Central Florida. She will be joining the Des Moines Metro Opera in the 2023 season. She has also performed in the Kalamazoo Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony, as Asst. Principal 2nd with Hollywood Concert Orchestra touring Japan in 2023, and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago 2021-2022 season. During her studies, she performed as Principal 2nd violin of Indiana University and Philharmonic Orchestras and in Principal 2nd positions at Round Top Texas Festival Orchestra (2018), Tanglewood Institute (2013-2015), and was Concertmaster of FMEA All State and OCPS All County orchestras. She has performed as a soloist with various professional orchestras in Central Florida as a winner of student music competitions in Florida. She also played in the Miami Music Festival Orchestra and in chamber ensembles at Castleman Quartet Program, Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar coached by Muir String Quartet, BRAVO International Chamber Music Workshop, and Domaine Forget in Quebéc. Ms. Edge is a former faculty artist at The People’s Music School, an El Sistema member nonprofit organization that provides free, excellent and comprehensive music education to Chicago students, has assisted in various OCPS sectionals and group orchestra classes, and was a 2022 FMEA All State Middle and High School Orchestra clinician. She enjoyed learning pedagogy as a teaching assistant for Jennie Rudberg’s violin studio and through participating and observing in Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner’s String Academy while attending Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she earned her BM in Violin Performance with the Jacobs Premier Young Artist Award. Her primary teachers include Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Kevork Mardirossian, and the late Professors Jorja Fleezanis and Lev Gurevich.