Courtesy of Lyra Music Festival

Courtesy of Lyra Music Festival

Courtesy of Lyra Music Festival


Deborah Pae is Asst. Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Music & Dance and serves as cello and chamber music faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Formosa Chamber Music Festival, Taipei Music Academy & Festival, and Cello Faculty Emeritus at the Perlman Music Program. She has given masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Columbia University, Taipei National University of the Arts, Tunghai University, University of Houston, University of California Los Angeles, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division.




For more than fifty years, NYO Canada has enjoyed an iconic reputation as Canada’s orchestral finishing school, providing the most comprehensive and in-depth training program available to the best young classical musicians. The Formosa Quartet, the faculty chamber ensemble-in-residence, leads the chamber music seminar where students study and perform masterpieces from the string quartet repertoire.



Founded in 2013, the Formosa Chamber Music Festival takes place every August over a course of two weeks on the campus of National Dong Hwa University in the scenic county of Hualien, Taiwan, culminating in a series of young artist and faculty concerts in Hualien, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Taipei. The festival is modeled after the Ravinia, Taos, Kneisel Hall, and Marlboro summer festivals in the United States and is an integral part of the quartet’s mission: to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians; to champion Taiwanese and Chinese music; and to bring first-rate music to its homeland of Taiwan.

The festival is open to young musicians of all nationalities, ages 13-27.



The Taipei Music Academy & Festival welcomes young musicians aged 15 to 30 who are interested in working with a world class faculty in an immersive and inspiring environment. The festival takes place on the lovely campus of the National Taipei University of the Arts, situated on a mountainside overlooking Taipei.

Young artists have an opportunity to participate in the Formosa Quartet Seminar, a string quartet intensive led by the members of the Formosa Quartet and play in the Festival Orchestra where they will play alongside faculty in rehearsals and performances. Master classes are available to those interested in solo repertoire, as well as opportunities to build professional skills with our mock orchestra auditions and orchestral excerpt tutorials.