Forest City String School

Delight must be the basis and aim of this art.

Faculty & Staff


Lac-Hong Phi

Lac-Hong Phi

Lac-Hong Phi obtained his BMus and MMus in performance from the University of Western Ontario, and also studied cello with Alexander Boyarsky and Jérôme Pernoo at the Royal College of Music in London, UK. He was a member of a group signed to EMI Classics, and some performance highlights include touring with Deep Purple in the UK and Germany, performing before 12 000 people for the Queen's Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace, and working with notable conductors such as the late Georg Solti and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin.

He is currently a chamber music coach, cello instructor and conductor at the Forest City Talent Education centre in London, Ontario, in addition to being a full-time elementary school Music teacher and cellist. Other interests include travel, food, languages and animation.

Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick started cello at the late age of eleven with Ben Gitter, but quickly sped through the Suzuki repertoire under the watchful gaze of Julia McGregor. She spent her high school summers performing at SOSI with Paul Pulford and Paul Marleyn, and her school years in FCTE, Kiwanis and RCM examinations for Grade 8 equivalency in both piano and cello.

She has since completed her Bachelor of Musical Arts (Hon.) with Tom Wiebe at Western University, and plans on completing her Suzuki teacher requirements in the new year, where she will also be starting her first year as a music director at the Komoka YMCA's new music program, Cantus Academy.

Amanda greatly enjoys keeping the fun in her music studies, and teaching health in musical performance, as per her informative sessions with renowned hand therapist Christine Guptill in 2013/14. Amanda has had a private music studio for 8 years now, and enjoys every minute!

Jill Sauerteig

Jill Sauerteig

Growing up in Saint John, NB, Jill began her cello studies at the age of 7 with Sonja Adams. In Saint John Jill was privileged to play with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra for 6 seasons, and 4 seasons with Symphony New Brunswick.

Currently completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Western Ontario, Jill has enjoyed collaborations within the greater London community as a performer, teacher, and coach. Some highlights from her time in London include performances with the UWO Symphony Orchestra, the Kevlar Trio, and Opera Kitchener.

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