Jo-Ying Hong, was born in Taiwan and had her first piano lessons at the age of six. Since nine years old, she conducted and accompanied for the church choir and school team choir. She has been the drum major in junior high. She also won the first prize in accompaniment for choir and conducting for marching chorus in high school.
Jo-Ying studied Piano Performance at Tunghai University in Taiwan with Dr. Thomas Linde (Indiana University). She also minored in Flute, Piccolo, and Chinese Lute. In addition, she played Bass Flute in flute choir under Mrs. Poor. We were interviewed by Clavior magazine. She presented three piano recitals during the Junior and Senior years, in which the university only required the Senior recital.
From 1992 to 1994, she studied at Eastern Michigan University with Professor Joseph Gurt and finished with a Master degree in Piano Performance. She also won several awards including the first prize for Solo Instruments, the Graduate Music Award, Graduate Award of Artistic Excellence, and the Graduate Dean’s Award.
From 1995 to 1998 she taught Piano Appreciation, Music Theory, and Flute Choir to music-prep students
in elementary school, high school, and music department of colleges in Taiwan. She was also invited to be the judge at several piano competitions. From 2000 to 2005, she taught piano classes at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, FL as an Adjunct Professor, and accompanied for Concert Choir, Madrigal Ensemble, the Eastern Florida State Concert Choir, and Brevard Community Choir with Brevard Symphony. She was appointed as the harpsichord accompanist in Handel’s Messiah for three years. She was also appointed to be a judge of International Vienna Piano competition for several years.
In 2000, she was invited to the International Music Festival at Lincoln Center in Miami, FL. She also presented numerous individual concerts. After presenting a piano recital at the King Center for Performing Arts in 2001, she was featured in a special column by Florida Today. Florida House of Representative Mike Haridopolos also gave a special recognition to her "Great contribution to the Arts and make Brevard a better place to live." Before moving to Dallas, she gave the last recital at Hanegar Center for the Arts and was featured in special column by the World Journal. CDs and DVDs were also published per audience’s request.
Later in 2007, she moved to Frisco. She looked forward to continue working with other musicians and music lovers in the area. The following year, she started teaching music theory, piano group lessons, and applied music as an associate professor at Collin College, accompanied the chamber choir and Collin College Choir, and became a staff of Texas Woman's University. She was also the co-conductor and accompanist for the Younger Generation Chorus in Plano. She has conducted church choir and youth orchestra. Since the age of 9, she has been conducting both chorus and orchestra for 40 years. In autumn of 2008, she gave a solo recital at John Anthony Theatre in Plano and was featured in various Chinese newspaper and magazines. She was also invited to the Van Cliburn Foundation Who’s Who in Asian Community.
Jo-Ying was also featured in "An Evening with Chopin" with Ang Li in the very first performance of the 2009 Grand Opening Season Series presented by Encore Pianos. She continued to perform as the first piano in "Carnival of the Animals" with the SMU Chamber Orchestra. She was interviewed by Chinese21 Magazine, and featured in its Arts column.
From 2012 to 2013, Jo-Ying gave a recital including Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Szymanowski.
She led her piano and flute students in several performances at senior center. Also in summer of 2011 and 2012 upon recommendation from Dr. Dorian Leljak, President of the WORLD PIANO CONFERENCE (WPC), the WORLD PIANO TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (WPTA) and the EUROPEAN PIANO TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (EPTA) – Jo-Ying was invited to present a topic during the 3rd and 4th WORLD PIANO CONFERENCE - WPC.
In 2014, she was invited to play Rachmaninoff piano concerto No. 2 in Taipei, Taiwan, and a encore performance in Grace Methodist Church in Frisco. She coached church youth ensemble a lot in U.S.A.
She has been invited to music festival by Ireland Music Conservatory and Texas International Music Festival for Teacher in 2016. In 2017, she is entitled as the Carrollton Christian Academy performing art music director and she represented the USA to conduct in Prague, the Czech Republic. She is currently a member of MTNA, TMTA, Frisco, Plano, Dallas Music Teacher Associations and Conductor Guild. Her students are always invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in NY and selected as the winners from local, state and international competitions.
Under her direction, Frisco Youth Symphony Orchestra has selected and invited to perform in Bass Hall (May, 2018). She is the founder of Accent Music Academy now and help providing great programs for different levels and “coffee music series” as the platform of young performers and rising stars.