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After CTY, I finished high school a semester early and took course work in biology at Bucknell University. In fall 2010, I transferred my credits to Mercyhurst University and majored in Applied Forensic Science with a Concentration in Forensic Anthropology. I met my wife at Mercyhurst and we got married later that year.
Since college, we've had two daughters (Kyra - age 4 & Whitney - age 23 months). I started teaching piano lessons from our home in November 2014. We noticed the closest music stores were either an hour north or an hour south of us, so we felt it would be a good opportunity to open a store. We opened Vivace Music Center in Selinsgrove, PA, in March 2015, and actually had to relocate at the end of 2015 into a larger location a block down the street. In our second year of business, revenue increased 120% and we employ 5 people. We offer band and orchestra instruments (for sale & rent-to-own), guitars, amps, music accessories (strings, reeds, picks, etc.), sheet music/lesson method books, music-themed gifts, music lessons, a concert venue, & instrument repairs.
None of my post-secondary education is relevant to my chosen career, but music has always been a passion of mine, so I'm happy. Now that the store is stable, I'm considering going back to school to get a music degree.
Since CTY, I have attended and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in East Asian Studies: Japan. I then worked at Apple, helped to formalize a test prep and college counseling academy in Taiwan, and went back to school for my Master's in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Still, CTY was arguably the best educational experience I have ever had. Thank you for providing a place to learn, grow, have fun, be weird, be me, and be with supportive, open, genuine students and staff. I am now an International Student Advisor at a local college and engaged to be married next June. American Pie will always make my heart ache.
R "Ray" Wang (CTY '87,'88 F&M)
Ray's completed an exciting year as he's delivered 200 keynotes from his best selling book Disrupting Digital Business published by Harvard Business Review Press. Global 2000 organizations from Adobe, Emirates, GA Pacific, GE, IBM, Infosys, Johns Hopkins, LPL Financial, Microsoft, MIT Sloan, Oracle, Royal Phillips, Salesforce, SAP, and Wipro have engaged him for talks around how businesses can transform their organizations and create digital business models. With more than 52% of the Fortune 500 merged, acquired, bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000, Ray provides insight into what organizations need to do to succeed in a digital world.
Ray is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc. He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
As a fun side note, he's still married to his Johns Hopkins University college sweet heart Tina Wu (CTY '90 - '91) and they and their two children reside in Silicon Valley, CA