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BSc Chemistry, University of Alberta (Honours, 2003-2007)
BMus Violin Performance, McGill University (Major, 2007-2009)
MMus Violin Performance, Yale University (2009-2013)
American Federation of Musicians (Local 390)
Member of New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Jan-Apr 2010)
Member of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Aug 2010-present) on leave 2012-13 to complete studies at Yale
Member of Enterprise String Quartet (Oct 2010-Dec 2011)
Suzuki Violin Teacher Certification, ECC, Books 1-4 (2009)
Violin Instructor at Alberta College Conservatory of Music (Sept 2010- )
Sessional Instructor at King's University College (Sept 2011- )
Winner of the 2009 Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and runner-up in the 2009 Shean String Competition, Alissa Cheung (b. 1985) began playing the violin at the age of four. In Edmonton, she studied with Marian Moody, Ranald Shean and Broderyck Olson. After attaining a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2007, Ms. Cheung began musical studies at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University with Thomas Williams. In 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in Violin Performance and began a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ani Kavafian.
Ms. Cheung has held principal violin positions in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2001, 2002), the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (2008), and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (2008). She has also served as concertmistress for the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (2010), the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alberta Academy Strings, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and the Opera Nuova Orchestra.
Alissa has participated in masterclasses and received coachings from renowned and active musicians, including Glenn Dicterow, Pamela Frank, Malcolm Lowe, Stephen Rose, Mark Fewer, Matt Haimovitz, Kyoko Hashimoto, Rafael Rosenfeld, Mark Gothoni, Denise Lupien, Douglas McNabney, Jonathan Crow, Tanya Prochazka, Guillaume Tardif, and members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Concord (former), Orion and Ying Quartets. She is also a grateful recipient of financial support from the Yale School of Music, the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, the Edmonton Community Foundation Winspear Fund, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Schulich School of Music, and the Williamson Foundation for Music for her musical studies.
Since Fall 2011, she has been studying composition privately with Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Edmonton) and Hannah Lash (Yale).
Alissa is extremely grateful for the many opportunities she has experienced in both music and science, and will always remember those who supported and continue to support her. She is also passionate about community musical outreach programs, playing solo and chamber music in hospitals, schools, extended care facilities, and homeless shelters, and is committed to making these events an important part of her future career.