Hikari Nakamura


Carol Ann

Springfield, VA

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert - Impromptus, D.899 - Op.90
                    No.3 in G-flat major & No.4 in A-flat major

Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K. 466 (mov. I)

Private Teacher

Pianist Carol Ann Barry received her baccalaureate degree in music at Old Dominion University and a Master's degree in Piano from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Selected to serve as a Rotary Fellow in 1978, she studied at the Goethe Institute in Munich , and the Hochschule fur Musik und Darsteleende Kunst in Hamburg , Germany . Post graduate studies continued at the University of Maryland . Mrs. Barry's major teachers have included Lee Luvisi, Roy Hamilin Johnson, Brian Ganz, and James Litzelman. Studies with pianist Sophia Rosoff in New York have enhanced her training.

A Nationally Certified member of MTNA, Mrs. Barry is a frequent presenter at music conferences at the state and national levels Her creative teaching style has enhanced her ability to work with children with diverse learning needs. Mrs. Barry served on the organizational committee of the 2005 WPPC Conference in Anaheim , California , and has presented several papers for the organization.

Between 1995 and 2000, Mrs. Barry served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts, in Falls Church , Virginia . During her tenure at Columbia , she developed and directed the Columbia Pedagogy Series, which served as an outreach to teachers and musicians throughout the Washington area. She was the founding director of the Columbia Concert Series at CIFA, which presented some of Washington 's finest artists and performance ensembles.

Orchestral appearances have included Dingell's “ Warsaw ” Concerto, and the Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saens. Mrs. Barry performed the Mozart Concerto in D Minor, K. 466, with the McLean Symphony in June of this year. Mrs. Barry will be pursuing post graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in the fall.

Outside the music field, Mrs. Barry has enjoyed success as a writer. She has published national and syndicated articles on health and family issues for McCall's, Family Circle, and Good Housekeeping magazines. She and her husband, Tim, live in Springfield , Virginia and have three children—Victoria, William and Michael.

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Virginia "Ginny"

Concord, California

Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467 (mov. II)

Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467 (mov. II-III)

Private PianoTeacher

Born into a family in which music was an important pastime, Ms. Bigelow grew up with the piano, taking her early lessons with Agnes Weeks and Marilyn Babel in Corpus Christi , Texas . She earned a B.M. degree from Baylor University under William McKamie and an M.M. with Albert Hirsh at the University of Houston.

A move to Southern California brought her in touch with Earle Voorhies, with whom she studied for several years. She met and married her husband Mark (for his Steinway piano) and subsequently moved to the Northern California Bay Area. Here her significant piano teacher was the late Lillian Bauer Cox, who encouraged her to focus on performing in addition to teaching.

Ms. Bigelow is on the faculty of Diablo Valley College and also maintains a private piano studio of mainly teenagers. She is a performing member of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society and the Berkeley Piano Club. She has given benefit concerts for Hospice and played with several Bay Area orchestras. She attends summer festivals regularly, and has had the good fortune to study with top international teacher-performers in these venues.

In addition to volunteering with various musical organizations, Ms. Bigelow enjoys gardening and playing golf.

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Carrollton, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:

Debussy: "Minstrels", " Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir" and " Voiles" from Preludes, Book I


Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (mov. II)
Roberta (Bobbi) Goodman holds her B.A. and M.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She has served on the piano faculty of Brookhaven College and Glendale College (in Calif.) While in Los Angeles, she studied with Aube Tzerko, Jakob Gimpel and Daniel Pollack. She is currently studying with Adam Wodnicki, Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.

Bobbi is widely known in Dallas as a "teacher of teachers". She has created a place in her home for teachers to gather monthly and study all aspects of piano pedagogy. She has also presented workshops and lecture-recitals for music teacher groups all over North Texas and as far away as Rockville, Maryland and Anchorage, Alaska. Bobbi has appeared as recitalist and lecturer at the NATIONAL PIANO TEACHERS INSTITUTE (NPTI) every year for the first 10 consecutive years, then again in 2005.  For the first year's NPTI, Bobbi presented an evening lecture-recital on the Debussy Preludes, giving a 45-minute lecture in the first half and performing the entire first book of the Preludes in the second half.

In 1984, Bobbi began a monthly Master Class for advanced students and teachers in her home (her article discussiing the first three years of the master classes was published in Clavier Magazine.)  In 1994, she performed the Mozart Concerto #23 in A maj., K. 482 with the Chamber Orchestra of the Metroplex.

Roberta is an active member of MTNA, the Texas Music Teachers Association, Dallas MTA, and is a charter member of the Carrollton MTA.  In 1997 she gave a Benefit Recital for CMTA at Steinway Hall, Dallas.

In her spare time, Bobbi enjoys reading and being with her daughter, Rachel, and her husband, Joel, who she met in Los Angeles in 1974 at a Master Class given by Daniel Pollack.  Both Bobbi and Joel are regular performing members of the DFW Amateur Piano Club--because Bobbi is a teacher by profession, she was unanimously voted into the group as an "honorary member."

Maria Mika

Tyler, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 "Pathetique"

Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467 (mov. I)

Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas

Canadian pianist, Dr. Maria Mika Guénette began her studies at the age of eight and made her debut, at the age of fourteen, with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she actively participated in numerous solo and collaborative performances in Canada , USA , Japan and Austria including appearances on CBC radio, Japanese National (NHK) radio and most recently on WDAV radio in North Carolina .  She has also been a member of a Canadian Contemporary Music Ensemble called EMC 2 , performing the most current solo and ensemble music.

Maria's skills have afforded her the opportunity to study around the world. She was awarded a Doctor of Music degree specializing in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music with a minor in Baroque Performance Practice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester , New York . During this time, she developed a special interest in exploring harpsichord repertoire, and as a result, she attained a Masters degree in Harpsichord Performance. Her mentors were Dr. Jean Barr of Eastman and Dr. William Porter of Eastman and Yale University . Maria's possesses a Baccalaureate of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Violin, at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Jean-Paul Sevilla and Andrew Tunis. While there, she was a winner of the University of Ottawa 's Concerto Competition, as well as several academic and merit scholarships, including the Joseph-Marie Quirion Faculty of Arts Scholarship. Upon graduation, Maria was awarded an all-inclusive grant by the Japanese Government (Monbusho) to pursue a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku).  Her specialization in Gabriel Fauré's music provided the opportunity to conduct research in Paris , France . Maria's interest and skills in violin and orchestral music gave her the opportunity to participate in string quartets and orchestras, including being a guest member of the first violin section of the Kagoshima Symphony Orchestra in Japan.

She is currently full-time instructor of piano at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. She was previously on faculty at Winston-Salem State University , Greensboro College and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Miguel Angel


Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
(Mvmt. 2 or 3)

Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (mov. I)

Private PianoTeacher

Born in La Paz, Bolivia S.A.

M.H. has performed as a soloist and in chamber music in the US , Europe, and S.A.
Performed in 1994 as a part of the Good Relations Program for the first families and governments of Bolivia and Paraguay . 1978 PBS Television performance.

MH has two Masters of Music degrees from SMU
Studied piano with Harris Crohn and Gary Towlen.
Coached with Alexander Toradze and Vladimir Viardo.
Studied the harpsichord with Larry Palmer.
Currently teaching with the DISD ( Thomas Jefferson High School)

Enjoys reading, church service, outdoors, soccer, and listening to recordings.

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Orange City, Iowa

Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Sonata in C Major Hob. XVI/50


Faculty - Northwestern College

Concert artist and educator Juyeon Kang is described by Natalya Antonova, distinguished professor at the Eastman School of Music, as a pianist of “formidable technique and exquisite sound.” Ms. Kang has appeared extensively as soloist and chamber musician on four continents. Recent and upcoming engagements include a standing ovation solo recital at the Museum of Sculpture in Sao Paulo, Brazil an d solo recitals in Taiwan , Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand ; a Piano/Viola joint recital in Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin, China; concerto appearance s with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Hingham Symphony Orchestra, and Augusta Symphony Orchestra; and chamber performances at the College Music Society National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival in Finland and Hampden Sydney Chamber Festival in Virginia.

She launched a performance career that included her debut solo recital in Boston 's Jordan Hall after winning two first prizes in 1998: the Heida Hermann's Young Artists Competition and the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition. The latter led to an invitation to perform at the Embassy of Poland in Washington , D.C. , where she presented the Chopin Commemorative Piano Concert on the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death. Her prize-winning performance at the Jeuness Musical de Corée Debut Series audition gave her an opportunity to give a solo debut recital that was broadcast on national television in Korea , and as a winner of the Young Promising Artists Series audition, Ms. Kang was invited to give a recital at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center . In addition, she also was awarded top prizes from the San Antonio International Competition in Texas , the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City , the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy , and the Musica de Pianoforte Piano Competition in Korea.

In demand as a teacher and adjudicator, Kang has taught in summers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and has also been a guest faculty at Sao Paulo University in Brazil, Beijing Central Conservatory in China, Tunghai University in Taiwan, as well as Belhaven College, Dickinson College, Oklahoma State University, and Omaha Conservatory in the United States. She has adjudicate d numerous competitions including the South Dakota and Nebraska Music Teachers Association Piano Competitions and Festivals and Genevieve Truran Piano Competition in South Dakota.

Kang earned a doctoral and master's degrees in piano performance and literature, as well as a master's degree in pedagogy of music theory at Eastman School of Music in Rochester , N.Y. where she was also awarded a distinguished performer's certificate. She also received the prestigious Artist Diploma in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston , where she was on the faculty in the college division. Her main teachers include Natalya Antonova, Wha Kyung Byun and Kwi Hyun Kim, and she also has taken part in numerous master classes by notable pianists Russell Sherman, Oxana Yablonskaya, John Perry, Malcolm Bilson, Vitaly Margulis, Fernando Laires, and Boris Berman. She also served on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts before being appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at the Northwestern College in Orange City , Iowa .

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Boston, Massachusetts

Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52 (mov. I)


Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26 (mov. I)

Private & New England Conservatory Prep School

Fredericka King, pianist, has performed in the United States , Europe, and South America and been praised for her sensitive musical instincts, technical skill, and her intriguing range of repertoire. The New York Times lauded her debut performance at Carnegie Recital Hall for its “straight forward style and verve”.

Fredericka has appeared as the featured artist on Public Radio broadcasts, on television, and as soloist with New England orchestras. Her special interest in programming works by American composers, Women composers, and Black American composers, has inspired her Kaleidoscope Series and the Performance Plus! recitals. She recently produced and performed in four concerts of American vocal and instrumental music, The American Way, at Boston 's historic Old South Meeting House.

She is the pianist-accompanist for the National Spiritual Ensemble, has recorded chamber music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with the Coleridge Ensemble and is a founding member of the group, La Femme, La Femme, specializing in solo and chamber music of women composers. The recording “Hooray for the Ladies!”, celebrating American women composers, was made live-in concert with the group American Classics.

In addition to a recording of solo works by Classical and American composers, Fredericka has recently completed a three CD set, “Piano Classics for Young Listeners”, which has received enthusiastic and highly complimentary reviews.

She holds degrees from Boston Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and has studied in the Doctoral program at Boston University . Ms.King was awarded a Teaching Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London , England , and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg , Austria.

Miss King is a member of the piano faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and maintains a busy private teaching studio. She is also an Associate Professor of Music History at Emerson College.

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Amanda Yuet Hwa

Mansfield, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109 (mov. I)

Bartók: Concerto No.3 (mov. I)

Faculty - Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Amanda Lee is a native of Malaysia . She received an Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from The Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music in 1996. She also earned a Licentiate of Trinity College of Music ( London ) a year later. Following her studies at University-College Sedaya International in Malaysia , she received a Performance Grant Award to pursue a Bachelor of Music Degree at West Virginia University (WVU). She was named Outstanding Senior by the West Virginia University Foundation in 2000 and Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner in 2001. Amanda then pursued a Master's Degree in Piano Performance at WVU with the support of the International Peace Scholarship granted by the Philanthropical Educational Organization Foundation. During her doctoral studies, she received the WVU Minority Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board Fellowship, and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Student Achievement Recognition (StAR) Award.

Her teachers include Tamás Ungár, James Miltenberger, Loo Bang Hean, Veronica Leong, and Josephine Lim. She has played in master classes conducted by Jose Feghali, Jerome Lowenthal, Vladimir Shakin, Martin Berkofsky, and Tristan Lauber. She has performed in the Young Artists Recital of the 2004 Las Vegas Summer Music Festival and the Teachers Recital of the 2006 PianoTexas International Academy and Festival. Amanda has been on the faculties of WVU Community Music Program (1999 - 2006), Glenville State College (2002 - 2005) in West Virginia , and Washington and Jefferson College (2005 - 2006) in Pennsylvania . She is now an Assistant Professor of Music at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie , Texas .

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Alberta, Canada

Master Class Repertoire:

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

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (mov. III)

Faculty - University of Lethbridge

Seung-Hye Lee joined the piano faculty at the University of Lethbridge in the fall of 2005 after teaching 3 years at Millikin University , Decatur, IL. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2002 in record time in the history of the piano department of the school. She also holds two master's degrees in piano performance and music therapy from Illinois State University and a BM in Musicology from the most prestigious institution in Korea , Seoul National University where she entered as an honorary scholarship student and graduated Summa cum Laude. She is a member of Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges and honorary music society Phi Kappa Lambda.

She has won several competitions including the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concerto Competition, the ISU Concerto-Aria Competition, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Beethoven Solo Piano Competition, and the Korean National Piano Competition. She also played in numerous masterclasses of renowned artists as Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Robert Shannon, Leon Bates, Ian Hobson, Vladimir Shakin, Pavlina Dokovska, Ruth Laredo, David Golub, Kat-Kit Tam, Michael Kim, Brentano String Quartet, Alan Feinberg, Mark Zeltzer, and others.

An active solo and collaborative pianist, she played Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto with Mendota Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003 and J. S. Bach's D minor concerto with Millikin String Arts Ensemble Orchestra in 2004. She has performed a solo recital and played at the Schumann Festival Concert Series in one of the top concert halls in Korea , Youngsan Art Hall. She also served as an accompanist for international instrumental/voice competitions, opera productions, musical theatre, and voice/instrumental masterclasses.

Her students have won various competitions including YSO concerto Competition, MAPTA Awards in Madison , Chopin Competition in Minnesota , and National Music Festival Competition in Canada . Her previous teaching areas include applied piano, preparatory piano, class piano, sight reading class, music theory fundamentals, and ear-training.

Her teachers include Christopher Taylor, Howard Karp, Pawel Checinski, Tella Marie DeBose, Hye-Ryung Kim, In-Sook Kim, Hye-Kyung Ohn, and Eun-Chil Yoo.

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Won Yong

Rochester, New York

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op.17 (mov. I)


Faculty Eastman Community Music
and Hochstein School of Music

Ms. Won Yong Lee, a Korean-born American pianist began her music studies at the age of 13 under the tutelage of pianists Inés Gomez Carrillo and Susana Kasakoff in the Juan José Castro Conservatory (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where she received her degree of Bachelors in music. In the early years of her career, Ms. Lee received the First prize in the Armenian Cultural Association Competition, which resulted in many engagements in the surrounding cities, including her debut with Tres de Febrero Symphonic Orchestra.

Ms. Lee continued her study at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Thomas Schumacher, Anne Koscielny and Natalya Antonova. During her studies, she received numerous scholarships (Avis and Davis Vaughn, Edith Babcok, among others) and several nominations for piano teaching excellence.

Ms. Lee maintains an international performance and teaching career. She performed on several occasions in the Music Academy of Moulin D'Ande in France. In 2004, following a concert performance, she was interviewed by a French local news program in Normandy, which was broadcasted in French public channel (France 3). Last summer she was invited by Professor Natalya Antonova to teach international students for the summer festival in the same Academy. Ms. Lee also participates in many Master classes to continue her development as an artist including Wiener Musikseminar, Vienna, with Professor Jan Gottlieb Jiracek.

Currently, Dr. Lee is a faculty member at the Hochstein School of Music and Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY .

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Fair Haven, New Jersey

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Rondo in C Major Op.51 No.1

Grieg: Concerto in A minor, Op.16 (mov.I)

Private PianoTeacher

Elvira Major received her Master of Music in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York .  She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary .  Major teachers include Grabriella Torma, Peter Aczel, Irina Morozova and Dr. Arkady Aronov. 

Elvira has performed in Hungary , Tivoliclassica International Music Featival Italy and Piano Texas International Academy and Festival. 

She was a faculty member of the State Music School in Budapest and has been teaching in the United States since 1989.  Formerly a faculty member of Monmouth Conservatory and Westminster Conservatory , NJ .  Presently, she is teaching in her private studio in Fair Haven, NJ.  She is currently preparing her students for The National Piano Guild Auditions, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams, New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA/MTNA) auditions, and other student recitals.  

She enjoys watching funny movies, walking with her "singing" dog Csini, cooking and spending time with her husband and children.

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Concord, New Haven

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Scenes of Childhood, Op.15


Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467 (mov. I)

Concord Community Music School

Birgit Matzerath holds a degree in piano and a teaching degree in High School for Music and English, from Hochschule fuer Musik , Koeln , and the University of Cologne in Germany . Her teachers have included Oxana Yablonskaya and Seymour Bernstein. For more than 20 years she taught piano and chamber music and performed solo and collaborative recitals in Germany . In 2002, she joined the faculty of the Concord Community Music School in New Hampshire . She regularly participates in the Music School`s Concert series, and has performed Bach`s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I in the United States and Germany.

In addition to teaching and performing, Ms Matzerath has done extensive research in music education. Her articles have appeared in the music education magazine Ueben und Musizieren in Germany , and in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Magazine in the United States . She initiated and organized chamber music camps for music school students in Koeln , Germany and St. Petersburg , Russia . She frequently serves as adjudicator for competitions in this country and abroad.

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Juliet Sarah

El Granada, California

Master Class Repertoire:

Debussy: Preludes
"La Serenade Interrompue" and "Minstrels"

Mozart: Concerto No.25 in C major, K. 503 (mov. I)

Nueva School in Hillsborough , California


Juliet McComas, pianist, is a native of Baltimore where she made her professional debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where her principal teacher was Dr. Konrad Wolff. She has played in many master classes for Leon Fleisher ( Peabody ) and has coached with Karl Ulrich Schnabel ( New York and San Francisco ), Lilian Kallir (Aspen Music Festival) and Richard Goode.

A scholarship recipient throughout her entire studies at Peabody , she has won numerous awards including the “Alexander Sklarevski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Piano.” During this time, she received a second invitation to appear with the Baltimore Symphony. Juliet has presented many concerts on the East Coast and has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with the Oakland Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Players, the Artea Chamber Orchestra and at most Bay Area venues. Television credits include “Peabody Presents” and the Bay Area's popular “Grand Piano” television show. Juliet has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and Towson State University in Maryland and is a much sought after teacher both at the San Francisco Community Music Center and at her private studio in San Francisco .

She is a Menuhin Scholar instructor at the prestigious Nueva School in Hillsborough , California . Many of her students have received scholarships and won competitions. She is frequently asked to judge competitions.

An active performer, Juliet is a two-time winner of the Dr. Jess Shenson Faculty Artist Grant. The first Shenson concert (2001) was a solo recital featuring works of Bach, Haydn and the Debussy Preludes Book I. The second recital (2003) was an unusual program of works for solo piano, piano 4 hands and 2 pianos 8 hands. In 2002, Juliet was the winner of CMC's inaugural Faculty Concerto Competition, playing the Mozart Piano Concerto #25 in C Major K.503. World renowned pianist Richard Goode agreed to a coaching session whereupon he gave Juliet his own cadenza to perform. She performed the concerto in April 2005 with Philharmonia Northwest in Seattle under the direction of Roupen Shakarian. In 2004, Juliet began producing the highly educational keyboard marathons - the first, a performance of the 24 Preludes and Fugues of the Well Tempered Clavier Book I by J.S. Bach. J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier Book II was presented the following year in March 2005. In April 2006, the first 24 of Felix Mendelssohn's 48 Lieder Ohne Worte (“Songs without Words”) were performed. The remaining 24 of Mendelssohn's “Songs without Words” were presented April 29, 2007. These widely popular marathons feature various Bay Area pianists and have become annual “standing room only” events.

In addition to her musical pursuits, Juliet enjoys cooking, hiking, travel, and is a San Francisco Giants baseball fan.

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Hye Yeong

Orinda, California

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60

Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37 (mov. I)

Private PianoTeacher

Hye Yeong Min traded her career as a cancer researcher in 1997 to pursue her lifelong passion for music. She began playing the piano at age six and continued studying piano with Naomi Sparrow and chamber music with Bonnie Hampton at Stanford University where she majored in biology. After earning her Ph.D. as a molecular biologist at Harvard, Hye Yeong conducted research at Chiron to develop a new cancer drug and presented her findings in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and the US.

In her community work, Hye Yeong has served as co-President of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, founded its chamber music workshop for high school students, and is currently the chair of youth programs and a member of the PAS Board of Directors.

Hye Yeong performs extensively as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in the Bay Area, and teaches piano to students aged 6 to 70 in her private studio as a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California. She has studied privately with John McCarthy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and in the fall of 2007, will enter the master's degree program in chamber music there, studying with Paul Hersh.

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Satenik Rafik

Yerevan, Armenia

Master Class Repertoire:

Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914

Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major

Faculty - Yerevan State Conservatory

Satenik Muradyan was born in 1977, 10 th of April in Yerevan , Armenia . Ms. Muradyan began her piano studies at the age of five at the P. Tchaikovsky Special Music School and continued her education at the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. She holds a Masters of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory where she studied with Nazeli Atayan, Associate professor of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas Irina Hakobyan and professor Marjan Mkhitaryan from the same conservatory.

For over 25 years Ms. Muradyan has performed extensively as a soloist and most of all with vocalists as a concertmaster. She represented Armenia in many countries like Italy , Spain , Cuba , Turkey and the Russian Federation . Beginning from the age of eight she appeared to public as a soloist performing her first solo concert. Ms. Muradyan participated in many competitions and became a winner of XV Italian International Instrumental and Vocal Competition of “Young Talents” and won 3 rd place and got a “Premio Rovere d'Oro 2000” Diploma.

In July of 2003, Ms. Muradyan participated in the V Summer International Festival “New musical generation” in Spain and received Diploma and participated for Master-Class courses under leadership of professor Konstantin Sirounyan (USA) and attended for Master-Classes under the leadership of professors N. Petrov ( Russia ),A. Malikova ( Russia ) and Bernd Goetzke ( Germany ).

Currently Ms. Muradyan works at the Special Music School as a teacher and assistant to Associate Professor I. Hakobyan of the piano faculty and as an accompanist with vocalists at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas.

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Iowa City, Iowa

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Klavierstücke No.2 in E-flat major, D.946


Brahms: Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 (mov. III)

Preucil School of Music

Japanese-Australian pianist, Hikari Nakamura was born in Yokohama and began her music lessons on the violin with her father, Yasuki Nakamura. Her family moved to Sydney in 1979, where she began learning the piano through the Suzuki Method. Ms. Nakamura holds degrees from The University of Sydney, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Iowa. In Australia , her teachers have been Nada Brissenden, Neta Maughn and Max Olding with additional lessons from Lev Vlassenko. Her studies abroad include Talent Education Research Institute in Japan with Haruko Kataoka and from Naoyuki Taneda in Karlsruhe , Germany . In 1996, Ms Nakamura joined the piano faculty of The Central Queensland University-Conservatorium of Music and since 2000, she has been teaching piano at The Preucil School of Music in Iowa City . A recipient of the Becker Scholarship, Ms. Nakamura obtained her DMA in 2005 from The University of Iowa, studying with Uriel Tsachor.

In addition to her teaching career, she is active both as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Australian National Academy 's chamber music program in Melbourne . As member of a trio, was featured in Musica Viva concert series in Sydney and performed at the Chamber Music Festival in Townsville. Performances as concerto soloist include the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Rantos Collegium Orchestra in Melbourne , the Te Jeon Symphony Orchestra in Korea and Yomiuri Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan . Ms. Nakamura was the winner of the 11 th North Queensland Concerto Competition and the National Chopin and Wieniawski Competition in Australia . She received second prize in the Young Artists' Division of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati .

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Rome, Georgia

Master Class Repertoire:

Prokofiev: Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28

Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G Major, Op.58 (mov. I)

Faculty - Shorter College

David Oliver was raised in Cali , Colombia , where his parents were missionaries. He received degrees in piano from Baylor University in Waco , Texas , the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore , Maryland , and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis . His most influential piano teachers include Ann Schein, Alexander Eydelman, Michael Ard, Marylene Dosse, Manfred Gerhardt, Ellen Mack, and Lydia Artymiw.

As a performing artist, Oliver has made solo, chamber ensemble, and orchestral appearances in cities across the United States including Baltimore , Dallas , Minneapolis , Philadelphia , Savannah , Tulsa , and Waco . A 2002 semi-finalist at the 3rd Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Gaillard , France , he won First Prize at the 1984 Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition, and at the 1983 Baylor University Piano Concerto Competition.

Currently serving as Associate Professor of Music at Shorter College in Rome , Georgia , Dr. Oliver has taught at Tarleton State University in Texas , Northland College in Wisconsin , and Central Michigan University . When not at the piano, Oliver is likely to be found playing in a tennis tournament or conditioning for one at the gym. A native speaker of Spanish and great lover of Spanish culture, Oliver tries to spend as much time as possible in Spain and Latin America .

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Anderson, Indiana

Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart: Variations on "Ah! Vous dirai-je maman" K. 265

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

Faculty - Indiana Wesleyan University

Born in Seoul , South Korea , Pianist Phoenix Park-Kim began playing the piano at the age of five and gave her first public performance at seven years old. Since then she has delighted audiences in recital, orchestral, and chamber music performances.

She graduated summa cum laude from Yonsei University in Seoul , where she received Bachelors degrees in both Piano Performance and English Literature. In 1999, she came to the United States to study with Dr. Lian Tan at Miami University on a full tuition scholarship. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri in Kansas City , Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Weirich and served as his teaching assistant.

Dr. Park-Kim has won numerous scholarship awards and piano competitions, including 1st place in the Miami Concerto Competition, the Jefferson City Concerto Competition and Kansas City Philharmonia Concerto Competition. In addition, she has also appeared as a soloist with the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra among others. Phoenix has performed in various music festivals including the Aspen Summer Music Festival, ARIA international music festival and the Summer Music School in Siena , Italy . In addition to traditional performances in concert halls, she has dedicated herself to bringing music to the underserved public as well as providing more exposure to musical compositions that are little known. She was awarded the Lilly research grant which enabled her to conduct research on classical piano music written by African Americans. Dr. Park-Kim is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana Wesleyan University . Her current CD recording is available at cdbaby.com and iTunes.

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Cheryl Leone

Denver, Colorado

Master Class Repertoire:

Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826

Mozart: Concerto No.17 in G Major, K. 453 (mov. I)

Private PianoTeacher

Cheryl Saborsky earned both a B.M. and an M.A. in applied piano at the University of Denver and subsequently joined the piano faculty there. She was engaged as a rehearsal accompanist for the Central City Opera Association for two years and has played for many opera singers, vocalists, and instrumentalists of renown including: Sherrill Milnes, Lauritz Melchoir, Lucine Amara, Stephen West, and Donald Kasch. As a soloist, she has given numerous recitals around Colorado , one of them specially produced for Colorado PBS. She has played concertos with Colorado orchestras; University Of Denver, The Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra (Symphonette), The Mercury Ensemble, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she was on an Allied Arts Scholarship to study with Grant Johannesen. Other teachers are; Francisco Aybar, Wilhelm Schwarzott, Bill Sible, Max Lanner, and Tess Strain. Cheryl received the Award for SECOND PRIZE in the 2005 Piano Celebration Concerto Competition at Metropolitan State College sponsored by the Denver Area Music Teachers Association.

Cheryl has also had a 30-year career as vocal music teacher in the Denver Public Schools. She has studied the Orff Schulwerk method of teaching music at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, has given teacher workshops in current trends in music education, and in 1976 received a Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Support of the Nation's Bicentennial by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration for developing a teacher's handbook on Bicentennial music activities entitled, 200 YEARS, AND MORE TO COME. She was also awarded the TRENDSETTERS IN MUSIC EDUCATION AWARD from MENC.

Her CD, RHAPSODY IN PRAISE, features her own concert arrangements of favorite hymns. After retiring from DPS, she formed Kingdom's Keyboards, a five-person Clavinova digital piano ensemble at Grace United Methodist Church where she was organist/pianist for 27 years.. She has been the Clavinova Festival Coordinator for Wells Music Company. Cheryl is now the organist/pianist at Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood Village . She teaches private piano and is frequently asked to adjudicate student piano competitions. Cheryl performs professionally as a soloist and in chamber music. Organizations include, MTNA, DAMTA, South Suburban CSMTA, Denver Musician's Society, MOE, Alpha Beta/Delta Kappa Gamma, MENC, and AGO.

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Master Class Repertoire:

Rachmaninoff: Etudes Tableaux in E-flat minor, Op.33 No.6
and in C minor, Op. 39 No. 1

Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37 (mov. I)

Faculty Cleveland Institute of Music

Sean Schulze, Chairman of Preparatory Piano Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, and Master of Music degree, cum laude, from the University of Natal (South Africa); and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He studied piano with Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel, two of the foremost pedagogues in South Africa . While in the U.S. , he has studied with Nicholas Zumbro (a student of the famed Rosina Lhevinne) Paula Fan, Caio Pagano and Martin Canin.

Dr. Schulze was the winner of the Oude Meester Music Prize, the University of Natal Performer 's Competition and the University of Arizona Concerto Competition . He was also a prize winner in the Green Valley Piano Competition. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra , the Eastern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Suburban Symphony Orches tra.

He has also performed widely as a solo and chamber musician throughout the U.S. , South Africa , Mexico , Ecuador and Brazil . In 1999, Dr. Schulze was awarded a Rural Residency Award by Chamber Music America , resulting in performance and outreach work throughout the Southwestern U.S. As a member of Duo Medici, he was invited to perform at the Alamos Arts Festival and toured Mexico extensively with violinist Luca Ciarla. In 2003, he was invited to perform and teach at the University of Rio de Janeiro and the University of Natal . In 2006, he was invited back to Brazil , where he played several recitals and worked in residence at the University of Rio de Janeiro .

A sought after teacher, his students have won several scholarships and awards through competition, and he has served regularly as an adjudicator for contests at the state and local levels. A published scholar, Dr. Schulze's findings on Beethoven's Fantasy for Piano, Op.77 were published in the Beethoven Journal in 2004 . He is a member of the College Music Society and the Music Teachers National Association.

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