Barbie Wong attended Stanford University with a music scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in music with honors. Barbie was then awarded a fellowship to teach and study music at Smith College where she received her M.A. in music.
Barbie's love of music and passion for world cultures has brought her to many parts of the world. Barbie has lived in Paris, France, where she researched Richard Strauss' opera Salome with a grant from Stanford University.
While living in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Barbie hosted a radio show called "World Notes." For this show, she wrote and produced programs that featured music from around the world and interviews with local musicians such as the Brothers Cazimero. During her time in San Francisco, she played with J-Town Hui, an 'ukulele ensemble that performs Hawaiian music. Barbie learned 'ukulele fundamentals and Hawaiian lyrical singing with Hawaiian musician C.D. Ka'ala Carmack and advanced her 'ukulele skills with Kimo Hussey and Daniel Ho.
Barbie has played with the Oakland Public Conservatory Orchestra and now performs tango music with Orquesta Z.
Currently, Barbie teaches piano and 'ukulele to students of all ages. She is a certified Suzuki piano instructor and leads the group Bay Farm 'Ukulele, which is composed of vivacious middle-schoolers and talented teachers. Barbie serves on the Alameda Branch board of the Music Teachers Association of California and is a member of the Suzuki Association of America.
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