The Department of Music at UAH is pleased to welcome pianist, Dr. Melody Ng and baritone, Dr. Aaron Cain, as Assistant Professors of Music beginning in August 2013. Drs. Ng and Cain will join the full-time music faculty as tenure-earning artist-teachers in piano and voice, respectively. The Department of Music and UAH is fortunate to have attracted these phenomenal talents to our faculty; they will be tremendous resources to our students and the Huntsville community, alike. Please take a moment to read their distinguished biographies below.
Dr. Ka Man "Melody" Ng
Is a native of Hong Kong. She was the first-prize winner in numerous competitions, including Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition, Badger Collegiate Competition, MTNA (State & Regional) Young Artist Competition, UW Beethoven Piano Competition and Irving Shain Woodwind & Piano Duo Competition. Her appearances include broadcasted performances on Wisconsin Public Radio and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Ms. Ng has also performed with the Concord Chamber Orchestra and Lawrence symphony Orchestra, and in both the 9th and 10th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conferences. As a prize-winning collaborative pianist, she currently performs concert tours and gives workshops with The Kat Trio throughout the Midwest.
In addition to her performance career, Ms. Ng currently teaches various programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison, including Group Class Piano and Secondary Piano at the Keyboard Department, Adult Piano Studies at the Division of Continuing Studies, and Piano Pedagogy Lab & Piano Pioneers Outreach Program. She has previously served on the faculty at Lawrence University and Piano Odyssey Summer Camp.
An active clinician and scholar, Ms. Ng has given workshops and presentations at the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, Piano Pedagogy Symposium, and Wisconsin Science Festival. This spring, she will present papers at the 21st European Association for Music in Schools Conference in Belgium, the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association Biennial Convention in Nova Scotia, the 9th Asia Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research in Singapore, College Music Society’s Southern Chapter Regional Conference, and the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention. Her presentation, “Fusion: Amalgamation of Technology and Music in Class Piano”, is recently featured in the Music Teachers National Association e-Journal publication.
Ms. Ng is very involved in the community. She currently serves as the President of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter - UW Madison, which organizes free concerts for the Madison area, and provides free wellness and music workshops for students and music teachers. She also coordinates the Sound Health Community Program, a partnership between UW Hospital and UW-Madison School of Music that brings music to the health care environment.
Ms. Ng is currently a senior teaching assistant and dissertator in Piano Performance & Pedagogy at University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has a doctoral minor in Business. She received the double-degree in Piano Performance and Economics from Lawrence University. Her teachers include Anthony Padilla, Christopher Taylor, and Jessica Johnson.
Dr. Aaron Cain
Has performed and recorded with a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, most of which have made early music their focus. Groups with
whom he has performed as a soloist include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble VIII. He has also sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Cappella Romana, Musica Angelica, the Cascade Consort, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Vox Resonat and the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival.
Aaron is also one of the members of The Concord Ensemble, a Los Angeles- based vocal ensemble which performs and records a variety of music ranging from medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary vocal works. The Concord Ensemble first gained international attention when it was awarded the grand prize in the 1998 Early Music America / Dorian Records Competition. Recently, Aaron appeared on recordings such as the Los Angeles Chamber Singers’ Padilla: Sun of Justice, winner of the 2006 Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance, Cappella Romana’s 2008 release, Toensing: Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ, and the 2011 Musik Ekklesia recording, The Vanishing Nordic Chorale.
Aaron holds a Bachelor's of Music in voice from The University of Iowa, where he studied with John Van Cura, Robert Eckert and Albert Gammon. More recently, he studied voice with Eric Mentzel at the University of Oregon, where he received a master's degree in choral conducting and a doctoral degree in vocal performance with a specialization in historical performance practice. As a vocal instructor, Dr. Cain has led choral workshops and solo vocal master classes across the country. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio in Eugene, Oregon, he is currently an adjunct professor of voice at Umpqua Community College.