Mona Wu DeCesare is a graduate of UCLA and the Aspen Music School, studied under Aube Tzerko and earning multiple degrees in piano performance (BA & MFA). She is currently a music professor at Moorpark College. Previously, she taught at Pepperdine University, Pasadena City College, and Oxnard College. She is a member of the DeCesare-Francis Piano Duo and the Nuance Ensemble; both designated as "Artists-in-Residence" at Moorpark College. The piano duo has released a CD from one of their live performances. She has given recitals at UCLA, CSUN, TOCAP, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Pasadena City College, Pepperdine University, as well as a series of recitals on an international tour of Thailand. She maintains a private studio of award winning students in Moorpark. She is a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California and California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She was honored as "Artist/Educator of the Month" on the Piano Education Page of the World Wide Web, and her interview can be accessed on the Internet. Mona has also received honors from the Arts' Commission of the City of Thousand Oaks. In the summers of 2008 & 2009, Mona was the Chamber Ensemble Director at the Heidelberg Music Festival in Germany.