Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Mrs. Floy Wang earned her BA at the University of Alabama, studying violin with Emil Raab, and Viola with Henry Barrett. She also studied Viola with Anton Weigert, principal violist of the Bamberg Symphony, at the Nordbayerishe Conservatorium der Musik in Wuerzburg, Germany. She earned her MM in viola performance at UTC, studying with Dr. Barbara Creider. She studied conducting with Bob Culver and Marvin Rabin.
Mrs. Wang moved to Chattanooga in 1981 to play in the Chattanooga Symphony. Since receiving her Master’s degree in 1983, she has always been teaching somewhere in Chattanooga. Her positions included teaching at the Cadek Conservatory, The Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences, Girls Preparatory School and The McCallie School. At GPS, she grew a single class of 15 students to a program with three levels of orchestra and 100 students. During this time she was active in the ETSBOA and TMEA, serving as All State Orchestra Chairman. After her “retirement from GPS, she served several years as the Master Teacher of the UTC String Project.
Most recently, she has been the Adjunct Professor of Viola at UTC. She will be teaching String Methods at UTC this fall. In addition, Mrs. Wang maintains a private violin and viola studio in East Brainerd.
Mrs. Wang has performed with the Meridian Symphony, The Huntsville Symphony, the Birmingham Pops Orchestra, The Johnsche Orchester in Wertheim, Germany, The Wuerzburger Junge Camerata, The El Paso Symphony, The Olympia, Washington Orchestra, and The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra.
Outside of the Music world, Mrs. Wang enjoys many hands on hobbies, including painting, sewing and gardening. Her most unusual honor is having an eight woman racing boat named after her at GPS.
Mrs. Wang is thrilled to be part of the CSOYO program. She feels that, without the Birmingham Youth Orchestra, she likely would not have become a musician. She is so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to pass on her love of music and string orchestra playing.