About the Teacher

    NAME: Ms. I-Shan Cheng

    SCHOOL: Manito, Heights, Dogwood Hill, Valley Middle School

    CLASS: Instrumental Music 

    EMAIL: cheng@oaklandschoolsnj.org

    Ms. Cheng was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Her possession of perfect pitch was discovered when 
    she was five years old
    and began her musical studies with the piano and continued with the oboe at age 9.
    In 1999, she immigrated to the United States and attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and Music
    in New York City
    where she received several awards including the M. Breier Oboe Award, Piano Accompanist Award,
    and Lincoln Center Chamber
    Music Society of Young Musician’s Award. Ms. Cheng earned her B.M. in Music
    Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2006,
    where she was the first music education
    winner of the oboe studio concerto competition in 2005. She was nominated for Best Student Teacher Award

    in 2006 and featured as a guest conductor and a concerto soloist with Lafayette Jefferson High School in 2007.
    From 2006-2008, she taught students in grades K-12 as the Assistant Director of Music at Northwestern School
    Corporation in Kokomo Indiana.
    During 2008-2009, she was the apprentice conductor with New York Youth
    Symphony under the direction of Ryan McAdams and conducted
    the “Making the Score Concert” at Symphony
    Space in May 2009. She also conducted the New York University Symphony Orchestra,

    New York University Percussion Ensemble and made her conducting debut with The Chelsea Symphony.
    Ms. Cheng received her M.M. in Oboe Performance from New York University in 2010, where she was the principal
    oboe of the NYU Symphony Orchestra.
    She has also performed with several ensembles, including Opera for
    Humanity, Park Avenue Symphony, Chelsea Symphony, and has collaborated
    with NYC composer’s collective
    Circles and Lines at the Le Poisson Rouge. Ms. Cheng was the recipient of the NYU Woodwind Outstanding

    Performance and Citizenship Award in 2010. During her studies, she was appointed as the adjunct faculty and taught
    oboe lessons and coach chamber music ensemble to NYU students. She also served as the Administrative Assistant to the
    Director of Double Reed
    Studies. Ms. Cheng started to teach in Oakland Public Schools as the District Elementary Band
    Instructor since 2010.