Dover, Massachusetts

Master Class Repertoire:
Schubert: Impromptu in A-flat major, Op.90 No.4

Chamber Music:

Retired Medical Professional - Certificate program at NEC

Piano presented itself very late in my life (relative to that of the other pianists!) and thus I have little to say re my studies and achievements.....

Currently I am studying with Faina Kofman of the New England Conservatory. She has helped me a great deal, particularly with technique. My professional background was in the medical sciences.

Other than playing and practicing the piano, I love to hike and backpack particularly in the far northern reaches of Canada and Alaska.

Skiing,sea kayaking and all kinds of outdoor activities have always played an important role in my life.Working on enviromental projects (particularly wolves) and observing wildlife on my wilderness treks are also very meaningful to me.

My piano studies are a major force in my Life -journey these days and I strive to continue to improve so that I might broaden my musical and pianistic skills in the hopes of  playing some of  the more difficult and beautiful repetoire!

I currently live in a semirural area outside Boston with a large Northern dog and my beloved old Steinway L.

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Oklahoma City, OK

Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K.332

Chamber Music:

Non-Practicing Attorney

Connie Fuller lives in Oklahoma City where she studies piano with Dr. Barbara Fast of the University of Oklahoma. Although she played piano as a child and started her education as a piano major, she earned her degrees in letters and law. She was a securities and corporate lawyer with McAfee Taft for ten years and then became a stay-at-home mom with two active children and a community volunteer.

She returned to the serious study of piano in 2004 after attending The Sonatas, an adult piano camp in Vermont, which she learned about from an article in The New York Times. She soon discovered PianoTexas and other opportunities available to adult amateurs. She recently gave her Third “Birthday Recital,” an evening of music and dinner for her friends, and performed at the UCO Jazz Lab in a benefit for the Artist-in-Residence program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Valery Kuleshov, a Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, is currently the Artist-in-Residence.

Connie and her husband, Gary, are active in the community. Both serve on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. Gary is a member of the Boards of Visitors for both the College of Law and Bizzell Library at the University of Oklahoma. Connie serves on and is a past Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of the Board of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. They support the Oklahoma Symphony, the Oklahoma Museum of Art and OU Women's Basketball.

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Billings, MT

Master Class Repertoire:
Debussy: "Serenade for the Doll" from Children's Corner Suite
Tchaikovsky: "April" from The Seasons, Op.37b

Chamber Music:


I come from a music-loving family and am very proud of my nephew Andrew Grams, a conducting fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra. As a child I took piano lessons from my mother, a small-town Wyoming church organist with no musical training beyond a piano class in high school. (Like my brothers, I “rebelled” and quit before getting through the Schaum and Thompson courses.)

When I got to college after a stint as a computer programmer at Walter Reed during the Viet Nam war, I pursued a 30-credit hour non-professional music degree while getting my pre-med biology degree, and would have completed both majors except for a schedule conflict my last semester.

My modest piano skill level put me in “special piano” my first semester, but I was apparently a quick study, and by the end, the piano chair remarked, “It would have been interesting to see what you could have done if you had been adequately prepared when you entered college.”

I've played for pleasure ever since when time permitted, which wasn't much for decades, what with medical school, navy internal medicine training, three children and a career with the Veteran's Administration hospital system.

I did notice in my forties that my touch was more delicate than it had ever been in my twenties, and that the black spots on the page were getting easier to make sense of (especially chords). I attribute these changes to the “burst of mylenation” (maturation) now known to occur in middle-aged brains. (They certainly weren't a result of practice!)

We now know in medicine that the brain is much more “plastic” or changeable than was ever imagined to be in the ‘70's. Back then it was believed I could never achieve real skill as a pianist because I had missed a “window of opportunity” for neurologic development that was already closed by age 23. It seems pretty clear now that's not the case: mature brains are capable of a lot more development than they were given credit for in the past.

Now that I'm retired from the VA and my youngest child is in college, I'm back on campus, too, finishing my music degree. Only this time, I'm getting “the real thing,” and expect to earn my piano performance degree from Dorothea Cromley at Montana State University - Billings sometime in the next few years. Sometimes in life we do get second

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Denver, CO

Master Class Repertoire:
Liszt: "Un sospiro" from Etudes de concert

Chamber Music:

Retired Teacher

I began the study of piano, as a child and proceeded to later enter the University of Colo. as a piano major with the dream of earning a performance degree in music. However this dream wasn't realized due to a serious arm injury. I later earned a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and taught a variety of secular subjects in several grade levels for many years in a Jewish Day School in Denver ; and later substituted for the Denver Schools also. My -"return" to the study of piano and music, 30 years later, was made possible through my determination and attention to daily exercise; to allow for flexibility and strong muscles throughout the body. In addition, I've been most fortunate to have studied with good teachers with a wide understanding of music literature, technique, and individual needs. It has also been my good fortune to have been accepted as a piano student for the past fifteen years at the Aspen Music School with an excellent teacher who also performs for the Festival. My husband and I are the parents of three sons, who have given us eight grandchildren. My hobbies include membership in several music clubs in Denver to host and to perform; regular attendance to symphony and chamber-music concerts; and continually reading about the music I play or hear.

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Minneapolis, MN

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28 "Pastorale"

Chamber Music:
Ravel: Piano Trio (mov. 3)


Martha Hickner is a family physician and mother of five from Minneapolis , Minnesota . Prior to attending medical school, she majored in music at Carleton College under the tutelage of Ann Mayer. She also studied piano performance for a year at the University of Minnesota, Duluth with her aunt Patricia Laliberte – who has been a lifelong source of musical and personal inspiration.

Martha resumed her studies in early1998 at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis . Inspired by the experience at the TCU Piano Institute, in 2003 she began more intensive studies with Kenneth Huber, former student of Leon Fleisher and Frank Mannheimer. Huber is currently a professor of music at Martha's alma mater.

Martha has accompanied her 4 daughters (clarinet, 2 violins, and cello) in various community and high school performances. She has also performed with her daughter's cello choir in church performances. Her solo experiences have been in recitals at MacPhail and at the piano institute at Texas Christian University as well as casual performances in homes and church. Martha's first competition experience was at the 1 st International Piano Competition for Amateurs in Berlin Germany in September, 2006.



Bloomfield Hills, MI

Master Class Repertoire:
Liadov: Prelude Op.33 No.1 (on a Russian theme)
              Prelude, Op.36 No.3
              Prelude, Op.40 No.3
              Prelude, Op.57 No.1

Chamber Music:
Franck: Sonata for Piano and Violin (mov. 3)

Retired Educator & Event Planner

Joan Karr is a native of Niagara Falls, New York and attended The University of Michigan, where she received a B.A. and M.A. in education. She moved to Detroit , where she met and married her husband Ernie. After the birth of their second child, she returned for postgraduate study at The University of Michigan and received a Ph.D. in Education, then served as an administrator and consultant. She eventually left the education field and spent ten years in sports promotion, developing programs in auto racing, including four years with the Grand Prix of Miami, as well as  the National Football League Alumni at the 1982 Super Bowl in in Detroit.  Joan was able to resume her piano lessons, and was involved with the Palm Beach International Piano Competition for several years, as well as WRIF, the public television station in Palm Beach.

She and Ernie split their time between Florida and Michigan. They have five grandchildren, three of whom play piano. Joan was a concerto soloist in 2000 with the Fort Worth Symphony. She is a student of Igor Resnianski and Yang Shen.

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Kula, HI

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.45

Chamber Music:
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414 (mov. 1)

Fitness Instructor


Peggy King , originally from upstate N.Y., received an undergraduate Piano Pegagogy Degree from the Lamont School of Music at Univ. of Denver in Colo. Peggy lives in Kula, (Maui) Hawaii with her husband Bill King; (celebrating 30 years of marriage this year) 2 dogs and a cat. On Maui, Peggy's work experience has included piano and fitness instruction for all ages at various elementary and middle schools on the island. Peggy has also done some casual piano performances at church, community art openings and house concerts. Currently, Peggy is a group exercise instructor and personal trainer at Valley Isle Fitness Center on Maui and is ACSM HFI certified. This Year (07) will be Peggy's 8 th year as a performing participant the Piano Texas Amateur Program; participating in the chamber music program for the 3 rd time. Peggy would like to thank the following teachers for helping her prepare for Piano Texas: Igor Resianski, Ellen Masaki and Ruth Murata.

Peggy's other hobbies other than piano - Biking, and water sports (kite boarding, body boarding and stand up paddling)

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Delray Beach, FL

Master Class Repertoire:
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (mov. I)

Chamber Music:
Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, Op.78 (mov. 1)

Plastic Surgeon

John E. Nees, M.D. , grew up in Irwin , Pennsylvania . He began his music studies at age 10 on the organ with Ken Wayne Klaiss, a silent movie theater organist in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . He learned to play popular songs and show tunes. He began classical piano and organ studies at age 13 with Edward M. Harris, a Julliard School of Music professor and composer, in Johnstown , Pennsylvania . He joined the American Guild of Organists, and played in organ recitals, weddings, and religious services. During college and medical school at Cornell University , he postponed his music interests to concentrate on his career in medicine. While at Cornell University in Ithaca , New York , in 1968, he was introduced to twentieth century opera by Donald Grout. After graduating from Cornell University Medical College in New York City in 1974, he continued his education with a surgery internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Science Center in Dallas , Texas ; a general surgery residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance , California ; and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals in Miami, Florida.

His interest in piano performance was rekindled in 1979 during his plastic surgery residency in Miami , when he bought a piano and learned a number of classical pieces on his own. In 1982, he moved to Seattle , Washington , to begin the private practice of plastic surgery with Walter Scott Brown, M.D. A year later, he settled in Bellevue , Washington , bought a Steinway piano and renewed his music studies with Justin Root, a Peabody Conservatory graduate.

He continued his piano studies in 1989 with Victoria Bogdashevskaya, a Moscow Conservatory professor and the Seattle Symphony pianist under Gerard Schwartz. From 1987 to 2000, Dr. Nees played annually in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, in Bellevue , Washington . He earned First Place honors in this competition in his division in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000. He also served on the Board of the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside from 1998 to 2000. He was an avid participant in Seattle musical events – opera, symphony, ballet, and piano.

In 2001, Dr. Nees moved to Boca Raton , Florida , to continue the practice of plastic surgery and to be nearer to his family and his wife's relatives in Lima , Peru . He has continued his piano studies with Roberta Rust at Lynn University in Boca Raton . He also has participated in each annual “Healing Hands at the Steinway” recital at the Boca Raton Steinway Piano Gallery in 2004, 2006, and 2007. He is a member of the American Liszt Society and currently studies piano with Roberta Rust and Yang Shen at Lynn University . He practices plastic surgery at Strax Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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O'Fallon, IL

Master Class Repertoire:
Debussy: "Feux d'artifice" from Preludes Book II

Chamber Music:


Dr. Robert Panico is a radiologist residing near St Louis . He earned a BA in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania , an MD from the Uniformed Services University , Bethesda , and completed a Radiology residency at Hahnemann University , Philadelphia .

He is married with two sons and is an avid masters swimmer and recreational cyclist.

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St. Paul, MN

Master Class Repertoire:
Barber: Excursions, Op.20 Nos. 3 & 4

Chamber Music:
Beethoven: Trio No. 7 in Bb Major, Op.97 (mov. 2)

Retired Teacher

A native New Yorker, Linda Rossman has lived in Minnesota for the last 44 years and presently lives in Saint Paul . She is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan , where she majored in voice, and Antioch College in Yellow Springs , Ohio , where she majored in Biology and Secondary Education. Since her retirement in 2003, Linda has worked part time teaching adults with special needs at the Ronald B. Hubbs Center . Piano lessons began at age six with long breaks for parenthood and high school teaching. She has most recently studied piano with Guna Skujina at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.

Linda is currently involved in two music groups involving both solo and chamber music, and has arranged a piano piece for flute, bass, and piano, which was last performed in a Musicale in Minneapolis in May of 2006. Her first piano trio (for flute and bass) was completed in February 2007, and will be performed for the first time this coming May.

Her hobbies include hiking, walking, piano, composition, dancing, and singing.

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Toronto, Canada

Master Class Repertoire:
Brahms: Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op.118 No.6

Chamber Music:
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor, Op.60 (mov. 3 - 4)


Cynthia Tape s an intellectual property lawyer practising in Toronto , Canada . After studying recorder and violin as a child, she began piano lessons in her early teens.  Piano studies continued through high school and for a few undergraduate years at university, where Cynthia was a student of Ireneus Zuk.  After completing a bachelors degree in life science, piano fell by the wayside as graduate school, law school and career intervened over the next 20 years Cynthia resumed piano lessons three years ago and currently studies with Sonja Behrens and Peter Longworth at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to music, she enjoys gardening and hiking.

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Concord, CA

Master Class Repertoire:
Rachmaninoff: Elegy in E-flat minor, Op.3 No.1

Chamber Music:
Brahms: Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38 (mov. 1)

Software Developer

Kelly Walker began his musical studies by playing saxophone in high school band, then later both drums and orchestral percussion. He began studying the piano after moving to the Bay Area in 1995, first with Melissa Smith for several years and since then in Eliane Lust's master class studio. Kelly has studied works both within the traditional repertoire, as well as by contemporary composers such as George Crumb and John Corigliano.

Kelly works as a software developer for Kaiser Permanente, and lives in Concord with his wife Yvonne and their two cats Sylvester and Roxanne. In addition to studying music, Kelly also enjoys skiing, hiking, and meditation.

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Plano, TX

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29

Chamber Music:

Project Engineer, Verizon Business

Wei-Ling Wang began studying piano at age five and competed in several Texas state competitions during high school years. While working on her Computer Science degree at Rice University , she also studied piano with Professor, Mary Norris. After graduation, Ms. Wang continues her lessons with Pianist, Stephen Nielson, in Dallas and has been performing at the Dallas Music Teachers' Adult Piano Recital for many years.

Ms. Wang enjoys travel, opera music and volunteering for the community. She's a past president and an active board member of Chamber Music International, a non-profit chamber music group in the greater Dallas metroplex. Ms. Wang works for Verizon Business as an advisory project engineer where she manages telecommunication network development projects to deliver voice and data through the Internet.

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Hubertus, WI
Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90

Chamber Music:
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478 (mov. 1)


Penelope Zarwell returned to the serious study of piano more than 25 years ago, and has since devoted herself to the performance of both solo and chamber literature. She has participated in the PianoTexas International Academy and Festival Amateur Program (the former TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute), and has attended the Interlochen School of the Arts annual Adult Chamber Music Conference, in Interlochen, Michigan.

At Interlochen, Penelope has participated in chamber music master classes with Cary Lewis. She has coached with Wolfgang Laufer, cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet, in adult chamber music classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her chamber music and ensemble activities have extended to TCU: In the 2001 and 2002 seasons, she performed with members of the Avalon String Quartet and the Vegas String Quartet.

In 2003 as one of the winners of the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute Concerto Competition, she performed with the Fort Worth Symphony. In her home state of Wisconsin she has presented private house-music concerts. She also participates in monthly music programs in Madison , Wisconsin as a member of Carnival an adult music-performance group. Penelope has studied most recently with Edna Koren , June Brus, Inessa Zaretsky and Igor Resnianski.

Penelope graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. She and her husband have four adult children and live on a small lake in southeastern Wisconsin where she enjoys gardening, swimming, hiking and reading.

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