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Mei C Thai

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Title:
Adjunct Instructor
Department:
Email:
mthai@nccu.edu
Phone:
(919) 530-6319
Office:
107 C. Ruth Edwards Music Hall

Biography

Mei-Chuan Chen Thai
Mei-Chuan Chen Thai, known as Mei Thai, was born and raised in Taiwan. She started her music education since 6 years old with piano lesson. At age of 12, she auditioned into Kuang-Ren middle school music program and majored in clarinet performance. During the high school years, twice, she won the first place at National music competition, clarinet division. Without college entrance examination, she got recommended to TungHai University. At Tunghai, she was the principal clarinet in the orchestra for four years and graduated with the first place in the woodwind division. The same year she got selected as the “Rising Star” and performed at the National Concert Hall, the recital hall. After graduation she got an offer as the teaching assistant for two years. In 1991, she got accepted to Peabody Music Conservatory with scholarship, studies under the guidance of Steven Barta and Loren Kitt. Later, she accepted with the full ride to pursue her doctoral study at University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as principal clarinet in the UM symphonic orchestra, concertmaster at the UM symphonic Band, and teaching assistant at the Woodwind class. In 1997 she performed Mozart Clarinet Concerto, as the soloist, with Asian American Symphonic Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. In 1999 Mei earned DMA in Clarinet performance and moved down to North Carolina to stay with her husband. Since 2003 she started teaching at North Carolina Central University as the clarinet adjunct faculty. Mei Thai is also a licensed real estate agent. Currently Mei resides in Cary, NC with her husband and three children.
 
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