Past Event

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia featuring JASON SHU, ELENA ARIZA, SERINA CHANG, piano trio @ Faculty House

November 29, 2017
1:00 PM - 1:55 PM
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.


Claude Debussy: Piano Trio in G Major, L. 3
I. Andante con molto allegro
II. Scherzo - Moderato con allegro
III. Intermezzo - Andante espressivo
IV. Finale - Appassionato

Dmitry Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
I. Andante
II. Allegro con brio
III. Largo
IV. Allegretto


Beginning his violin studies at the age of 3, Jason Shu made his debut as orchestral soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the age of 8. Jason’s awards and commendations include winner of the Allegro! Orchestra Camp Concerto Competition, the Minnesota Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and the MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition’s Givens Prize and Coda Bow Prize. Besides being a national finalist in Music Teachers National Association competitions twice, he also received awards in the Schubert Club competition and won first prize in the Thursday Musical scholarship competitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jason participated in the Artaria Chamber Music School for three years under Ray Shows and was a finalist in both the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Competition and Saint Paul String Quartet Competition. His past private teachers include Pam Arenstein, Mary West, and Sally O’Reilly. Jason currently studies Data Science and Sociology at Columbia University, where he is also involved with Columbia Bach Society and Columbia Pops.


Eighteen-year-old Elena Ariza is a cellist from Cupertino, California and currently attends Columbia University as part of its exchange program with the Juilliard School. In 2015, Elena performed as a soloist at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and in the same year, was featured on NPR’s From the Top. She is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College as well as the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, for which she served as Principal Cellist for two years. 

Elena has won numerous solo and concerto competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association’s California State Competition, Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition, Mondavi Young Artists Competition, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Symphony Parnassus concerto competitions, among others. She has played in masterclasses led by David Finckel, Ronald Leonard, Colin Carr, Robert deMaine, and Bonnie Hampton, and she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and School.

As a chamber musician, she has participated in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Program since 2008 and most recently played in the Cambiata String Quartet, which competed in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2016. She also played in the AYE Piano Trio as part of the Young Chamber Musicians program, led by Susan Bates.

In 2011, Elena helped raise more than $12,000 through three charity concerts that she and her friends organized in the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then, she has performed in several concerts to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Japanese Red Cross, Global Giving, and the Transparent Fish Fund. In her free time, she enjoys computer programming and paper crafting.


Pianist Serina Chang has performed in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, DiMenna Center, Chicago Nichols Concert Hall, Portland Newmark Theatre, Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College, Enlow Hall at Kean University, and Tanglewood West Street Theatre. She was featured on NPR's prestigious show, “From the Top,” and in Hunter College Campus School’s TEDx events, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s (CMS) Meet the Music series and Young Musicians Concerts. In addition, Serina has won top prizes in competitions organized by the National YoungArts Foundation, Associated Music Teachers League, New York International Artists Piano Competition, American Protégé, National League of Performing Arts, American Fine Arts Festival, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Duo Piano Festival, YWCA, and Manhattan School of Music Precollege (MSM).

Serina attended MSM on scholarship from 2003 to 2015, studying piano with Elena Belli and chamber music with Yegor Shevtsov. She has also attended international music festivals including Bowdoin, Tanglewood, Beijing Academy, Foulger, and Summit, and participated in masterclasses with Pavlina Dokovska, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Slutsky, Eduardus Halim, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Christopher O'Riley, Yoshie Akimoto, Ádám György, Pascal Rogé, and Boaz Sharon. As an active advocate for classical music, Serina also spearheaded multiple outreach programs before college such as CMS’s Student Producers, who work with CMS to promote classical music appreciation among teenagers, and Studio 94, a high-school music performance club which presented monthly community concerts at senior homes.

Now as a sophomore at Columbia University, Serina is double majoring in Computer Science and Sociology, but continues her work as a music performer and advocate. She has participated in Columbia’s Music Performance Program both years, taking solo and chamber lessons. She is also the co-president of Columbia Classical Performers (CCP), a team that produces classical concerts on campus, providing student musicians the chance to share their work and the community the opportunity to enjoy high quality concerts without a cost. Finally, she is working in collaboration with her CCP co-president Cindy Liu, vice-president Dean Deng, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to found the first Intercollegiate Chamber Music Festival, which will bring together students from different colleges for a weekend full of music appreciation, performance, and learning.

All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

 Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.