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Yong Im Lee Federle Piano Studio

Winston Salem, NC 27104 (map)

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About Me

For almost two decades I have taught a wide diversity of students ranging from age five to seventy. Aside from teaching private lessons, I have served on the piano faculty at Winston-Salem State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University as well as numerous music academies in the country. I am also a frequent piano faculty at the UNC Greensboro Summer Music Camp.

Since my debut as a soloist in Argentina at the age of 16, I have been performing extensively as a solo and chamber musician in the United States as well as in South American countries such as Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil. Recent performances include a piano solo recital at the United Nations for the Economic Commission for Latin America in Santiago, Chile, as well as with the Piedmont Artist Concert Series in High Point, NC.

I have also performed as a soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra at UNC Grensboro, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, the Orquesta Santa Cecilia de Chillán, and Indiana University South Bend Philharmonic Orchestra.

A recipient of the 2010 Regional Artists grant from the United Arts Council of Greensboro, I have recently released a CD recording containing piano works by the Chilean composer Pedro Humberto Allende.

I am an active member of the College Music Society and North Carolina Music Teachers Association and currently serve on the executive board as Chair of Student Activities of NCMTA. I also adjudicate at NCMTA Piano Contests and music festivals.

For several consecutive years, my students have received superior ratings at the District and State level of the NCMTA piano contest and have been chosen to perform at the State Conference Honors Recital.

Teaching piano is my passion and I take great pride and joy in my work.
In lessons, I encourage all my students to strive for personal excellence through a combination of motivation and challenge. Besides English, I am also fluent in Korean and Spanish and I can teach in any of those languages per request.

If you are looking for a high quality piano instruction, regardless of levels and ages, please contact me.

My Musical Education Background

- Doctoral of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Piano Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

- Master of Music (M.M.) and Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance, Distinction, Longy School of Music (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

- Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Piano Performance, High Distinction, Indiana University South Bend

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical Piano, Music Theory

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I accept students of all ages and levels.

My Certifications and Awards


Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program, United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (2010)

UNC at Greensboro Concerto Competition, Winner, 2006
Indiana University South Bend Concerto Competition, Winner, 1998
Concurso Internacional Claudio Arrau, 2nd Place, Chile, 1994
Concerto Competition Jovenes Talentos, Winner, Chile, 1992

My Musical Influences

My former piano instructors:

Andrew Willis, Alexander Toradze, Alexander Korsantia, Eileen Hutchins, Sally Pinkas

Performance in Masterclasses:

Nelita True, Robert Weirich, José Feghali, Vladimir Viardo, Victor Bondarenko, Pnina Salzman, Richard Goode, Robert Levin, Clifton Mathews, Kwang-Wu Kim, Marvin Blickenstaff, Charles Castleman, David Warf, Hugh Hinton, Madeleine Forte

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Student Reviews

Kernersville, NC

It was my good luck that I located Dr. Fererle on-line about three years ago. Although I have maintained a life long interest in piano, beginning with studies at Juiliard's preparatory division , my career took me to places where playing the piano was not possible. Following my initial retirement I resumed lessons from a very accomplished musician who received her advance degree at The Eastman School of Music. Upon moving to North Carolina and eventually retiring from a second career, I resumed piano lessons with one other instructor in the area that did not work out and then with Dr, Federle. Dr, Federle is a wonderful, kind person. I suffered a serious surgery in the past year and Dr. Federle stayed with my progress every step of the way and demonstrated great empathy and understanding. Without her support I may have not returned to the piano, We work together on every measure, every phrase to make them as musical as they can be played by an amateur such as myself. Piano keeps me focused and gives me incredible happiness. It is a major partof my life. As they say, music speaks when words fail. This has always been true for me. Thank you Yong Im for everything that you have done for me. I am now 76 years of age, My piano studies with Dr. Fererle have been on major joy of my retirement. All comments by other students are absolutely spot on. While demanding, she has a wonderful way of imparting her incredible knowledge. If one is a serious student at any age, who is interested in learning the music as it was meant to be played, I can think of no better instructor here or anywhere.

High Point, NC

As an adult learner, I count myself very fortunate to have found Dr. Federle as an instructor. Though I had played other musical instruments when young, I had never had the opportunity to study piano and was apprehensive, but I need not have been so with Dr. Federle. She is crystal clear in her lessons, sensitive to the needs of learners at different stages, and incredibly patient; moreover, she listened to what I as an individual wanted to learn and readily adapted to my desire to delve more music theory than many students wish. As a university professor myself, I especially appreciated her understanding of teaching methodology, personal interest, and enthusiasm for teaching piano. Her own talent at performance goes without saying to anyone who has had the good fortune to hear her perform and, I am sure, serves as an inspiration to all of her students. I highly recommend her for students of all ages.

Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Federle was recommended to us by our prior piano instructor as she needed to take a leave of absence from teaching. My daughter who is 15 and has been playing for many years started with Dr. Federle in Aug. 2011. Dr. Federle was very friendly and pleasant and made my daughter feel right at home. She also understood the other demands of a high school student and was sensitive about her school commitments. My daughter learned a great deal from Dr. Federle. She motivated her without pushing to the point of her feeling stressed, which is a very delicate balance when you are in high school. Dr. Federle is extremely talented and possess a great deal of knowledge and experience about playing the piano. Winston-Salem is very lucky to have her living in our community. She would be a wonderful teacher to anyone.

Winston Salem, NC

Mrs. Federle has taught piano to my daughter, Kayleah, since September, 2010. Kayleah was with another piano teacher but we were both not happy with her progression and teaching style. Mrs. Federle was recommended and we couldn't be happier! Kayleah loves Mrs. Federle's teaching style and she makes learning the piano so much fun! Mrs. Federle uses a variety of techniques to make sure her students are progressing at their own level and keeps them motivated to practice. Kayleah practices every day and has not once complained about having to do this which is unusual for an 8 year old! I am very pleased with Kayleah's progress and she can play with both hands and is reading music quite well only after 4 months of teaching from Mrs. Federle. I would highly recommend Mrs. Federle to anyone who would like to begin piano lessons for themselves or their children. Her credentials are impeccable and she is a delight to watch interacting with Kayleah as she teaches. Kayleah is not only learning how to play the piano but the music theory as well in such a fun way.

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