Angela Schmitt – piano, French horn, music appreciation

Angela Chi began playing the piano at the age of four at her home in Taiwan. After discovering her love for the French horn in high school, Angela went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto, graduating in 2017. While at U of T, her primary horn instructors were Audrey Good and Neil Deland. As an undergrad, Angela taught piano privately and performed with a variety of groups locally and internationally, such as the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and Hart House Orchestra, as well as Domaine Forget, Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival and Orford International Music Academy. Angela was also actively involved with many chamber music groups such as brass quintets, wind quintets (winner of Amateur Chamber Music at the Toronto Latin Flute Festival), and wind octets, among others. Angela was awarded the Eugene Rittich Memorial Scholarship, and the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award in 2016 at the University of Toronto.

In 2017, Angela relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue her Master of Music degree in Brass Performance under world-renowned horn pedagogue Eric Ruske at Boston University. While at B.U., Angela performed in multiple chamber groups, the chamber and symphony orchestras, wind ensemble, two opera productions, and on numerous student recitals. She completed her degree in May 2019 and is currently the founder and director of Vineyard Artists, a K-6 music and arts school in Lexington, MA. Aside from teaching, Angela continues to perform as a freelancer in many orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Greater Boston area. Angela has performed with the Wellesley and Brandeis Orchestra, the Concord Players (“The Funny Girl”), the W.E.B. DuBois Orchestra, the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, Mystic Brass Ensemble, and has performed on numerous student film soundtracks at Berklee College of Music. Angela also has composed soundtracks for multiple independent film projects. Since 2017, Angela enjoys being part of the worship team (piano, vocal, French horn and bass guitar) at the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston. 

In order to develop the students’ musical sense, a teacher must spark their interest with an individualized approach. Angela encourages students to focus on fundamental techniques in a step-by-step manner while introducing them to different ways to practice. At the same time, she makes sure that the students are exposed to all kinds of musical styles, providing them with a safe and open environment to enjoy and create music. Angela believes each student has a gift for music, and with the right direction and attitude they will find a lifelong enjoyment of music.


Debussy, Dr Gradus ad Parnassum

Take Five/My Funny Valentines