With a strong foundation in classical training and performance, Alice Ping is no stranger to the workings of a professional recording studio. A California native who has collaborated with artists like Dave Stewart, Martina McBride, Allen Stone, Deltron 3030, Peter Asher, Steve Martin, and Edie Brickell, she has experience working personally with professional vocalists in a multitude of different environments. Classically, Alice has had opportunity to perform on some of the country’s biggest stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood stage.
Alice earned her bachelors degree in Viola Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Alice’s musical ambition encouraged her to branch out into the popular music scene in both strings and vocals; a surprisingly comfortable transition. Working closely with Gary Powell over the past year in UT’s Ensemble 109 has proven to be a very fulfilling experience for a musician with such a strong classical background. However, some may find it surprising that Alice’s first passion for music actually presented itself through her voice, and she explored this side of her musicality long before she ever put bow to string. Singing was always the more natural choice for Alice, but she longed for a bigger challenge, and thus turned to the violin, and, eventually, the more robust-sounding viola. Alice is now in graduate school at The Julliard School of Music in New York City.
“Alice brings her uniquely musical and adventurous perspective along with her professional, energetic attitude to our ELESVEE recording sessions. I find her as eager to learn as much as she is eager to teach. Her classical background has continued to inform other singers within the recording studio environment, encouraging all of us to work at an efficient and high level; two qualities essential in the recording arts and beyond.” ~ Gary Powell
This focus on a different area of music did not sway her from continually participating in every school talent show from second to fifth grade, however, both singing and choreographing (definitely not her forte…) different routines each year. Her true peak as a 10 year-old came with her 60-second performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” complete with leather boots and a feather boa! Alice continued pursuing singing in middle school, where she participated in multiple musical theater productions and got involved in an advanced drama class at school. However, with no real formal training in voice, it was difficult for her to further pursue it once she began her studies at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where she focused primarily on viola.
After her enrollment at The University of Texas in 2012, her love of singing has continued to push it’s way through, and she is so grateful to have been able to work with the multi-talented singers of 109 and the always inspirational Gary Powell over the last several months.
“Since teaming up with the other Elesvee vocal coaches as the program’s newest member, I have continued to grow as both a musician and as a vocal recording artist. I am so happy to be a part of this project, and excited to see what else develops through the ELESVEE
Workshops and recording sessions.” ~ Alice Ping
Please visit my website to learn more about my classical musical crossover experience. I look forward to singing with all of you. ~ Alice
LINKS TO ALICE PING’s BLOG POSTS: The Viola Chronicles