Piano Teacher Biography
Faith Zúñiga has a thriving private lesson studio in Northern Virginia. Her students have won prizes in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competitions, Romantic Music Competitions, and Gala Competitions, and have performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Her students have also won the MCAA Spotlight Auditions, the NVMTA Sonata Festival Honors Recital Auditions, and the MCAA Music Competition, leading to performances at the Fairfax Town Hall and Harris Theatre. Recent Zúñiga Piano Studio graduates are currently music majors at James Madison and George Mason Universities. Students perform regularly in NVMTA (Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association) events such as the Sonata Festival, Spring Festival, and Judged Recitals. Ms. Zúñiga is active as an adjucator and has judged competitions such as the Robert & Frances Allen Young Artist Competition, the NVMTA Spring Festival and Sonata Festival, and the MCAA Spotlight Auditions. She is an enthusiastic teacher and loves inspiring her students to play their best! In addition to teaching private piano lessons at the Mason Community Arts Academy, the Wolf Trap Foundation, and at her home studio in Woodbridge, Ms. Zúñiga serves as a board member of the NVMTA, where she is recording secretary, and also as a member of the Mason Community Arts Academy faculty committee.
Ms. Zúñiga performed Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in 2014. She was a 1st Prize winner in the 2014 George Mason University Concerto Competition. She also won 1st Place in the 2013 UIUC Clara Rolland Undergraduate Piano Competition. Additional competition awards include Semifinalist in the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition and Semifinalist in the Byrd International Piano Competition. Ms. Zúñiga took part in the inaugural edition of the Valencia International Piano Academy in Spain, where she studied with teachers from Juilliard, Peabody, and the Madrid Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. A native of Illinois, Ms. Zúñiga has performed in Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Ms. Zúñiga is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student at George Mason University, where she studies with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. She has studied at the Conservatory of East Central Illinois; the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan; the Instituto Superior de Artes in San Jose, Costa Rica; the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University at South Bend.