Our Teachers

All teachers in the Global Music Academy hold Bachelors or Masters degrees in Music,Dance or Art. They are involved personally in each student's development and preparation for recitals, festivals, competitions, and exams. At the same time, they strive to make the learning process for the student pleasurable. We put special emphasis on our teachers performing careers because we believe that active concert musicians and dancers are the best possible example for our students.

Aaron Klaus – Trumpet

Mr. Klaus has a Master of Music from Rowan University and a Bachelors in Trumpet performance and a Bachelors in Physics from Oberlin College.  He was awarded the John F. Oberlin scholarship.  He has been a private trumpet teacher since 2008.  On the faculty of Bach to Rock in Bethesda, MD, he taught private trumpet and guitar students, and coached rock band summer camps.  On the faculty of Rowan Prep in Glassboro, NJ, co-taught a group trumpet class, and taught private lessons.  He has experience teaching students from elementary to adult level.

Stella Choi -- Chinese Dance

Stella Choi is the Asst. Director and Chief Instructor of the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, a non-profit dance group dedicated to sharing art & culture and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding.  She has performed Chinese dance locally and abroad.  Annually she performs with the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe for various arts & cultural celebrations across the region, such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, National Asian Pacific American Festival.  International performance tours include Taiwan, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, the 2012 London New Year’s Day Parade & Festival; the first official event to mark the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; and kicked off the very first event in London’s spectacular Olympic Year.  Notable performance this past year include National Theatre, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Smithsonian Institution, National Cherry Blossom Festival, International Children’s Festival, National Asian Heritage Festival, National Independence Day Parade.

Stella was born and raised in Hong Kong and later immigrated to the United States with her family.  She received her initial dance training from her mother, Chin-Siu Lee Choi, Director of Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, and also a recipient of the Flying Phoenix Award, highest honor awarded by the Dance Association of R.O.C. Taiwan.  Stella has an eclectic educational background; she studied ballet in childhood, modern dance and dance kinesiology in college, and has a medical degree.  Her passion for dance and culture has led her to study and perform a variety of cultural dance forms, including various Chinese ethnic minority dances, African, Southeast Asian, Indian, Polynesian, and ballroom.  Stella is also a founding member and active performer of Dance Asia Alliance.

Achievements in dance:  2004 - 1st and 2nd places in the solo and group categories at the New England Chinese Dance Competition; 2006, 2007, 2008 Metro DC Dance Awards Finalist for Outstanding Youth Performance; 2006 Metro DC Dance Awards Nominee for Excellence in Costume Design; 2008 Metro DC Dance Awards Nominee for Outstanding New Work; 2008 Metro DC Dance Awards Nominee for Choreography