Christina Isabel Chea, affectionately known as Izzie, has been surrounded by music since birth. Her mother, Gloria Riddle, would practice piano with her baby bassinet placed underneath. Izzie began piano lessons at age four guided first by her mother, then Mrs. Julie Anne Moss-Howard, and finally Dr. Imelda Delgado. She joined the Corpus Christi Cathedral Choir directed by world-renowned choral director Lee Gwozdz at age six, and studied flute under Mr. Abraham Gonzalez starting at age eleven.
After numerous piano Guild awards, first place in the Petroff Piano Competition, UIL Division One designations on voice, flute, piccolo, and piano, an Outstanding Performer Award, Chopin competitions, and the Houston Flute Club’s Young Artist’s Competition first place award earned three years in a row, Izzie chose to pursue music performance in college, and enrolled at the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music.
Izzie studied under Dr. Mary Karen Clardy on flute, Dr. Jeffery Snider on voice, was a member of the Canticum Novum choir under Dr. Henry Gibbons, and the Collegium Musicum early music choir under Dr. Lyle Nordstrom.
Izzie eventually switched paths to pursue a career in psychology, and received her B.A. in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston, and her M.A. in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Izzie lives with her husband, Matt, and her two young boys, Julian and Benji. She is thrilled to bring her love of teaching music to the people of Pearland, TX.