Dr. Tze-Ying Wu is the Director of the Sturgis Music Academy at Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, received her Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in viola performance from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under the tutelage of Professor Atar Arad. She has served as the violin/viola instructor at Indiana University’s prestigious pre-college string program, Indiana University String Academy, where she works closely with its director Professor Mimi Zweig, and its co-director Dr. Brenda Brenner. The program has nurtured numerous professional string performers and educators, including world-famous violinist Joshua Bell. She currently performs in the viola section with the ASO, and in the past, she has held positions with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a substitute violist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to being a violist in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, she performs extensively with her harp trio called the Formosa Trio. The trio was selected to compete in the semi-final stage of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Besides traditional repertoire for the combination, the trio seeks to take audiences transcending above the boundaries of space and time, connecting old and new repertoire through working with composers and arranging music. Their recent activities include releasing their first album, “First Impression,” premiering two pieces at the 13th World Harp Congress at Hong Kong, performances and workshops at the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, Central Michigan University, Shanghai Concert Hall, National Concert Hall in Taipei, to list a few.