2009 Teachers & Amateurs Participant


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     Private Piano Teacher


     Boxborough, Massachusetts

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No.2 (III. Presto)

Originally from Long Island, N.Y. Avril Allard has had an active performing career. After early training at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, she received a Bachelor of music degree with "high distinction in piano performance" from McGill University. While in the masters program at the Eastman School of Music, she became a doctoral candidate and later did post graduate work with the noted pianist, Jascha Zayde. Ms. Allard performed frequently in Montreal and recorded for the CBC. She was broadcast live on WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., WDST in Woodstock at her debut, and appeared at Lincoln Center, Federal Hall and Trinity Church in New York City. In 1984 Ms. Allard received great critical acclaim for her rendition of works from American, Canadian and German composers while on tour in Germany. While a resident of New Jersey, Avril Allard was founder and artistic director of Garden State Chamber Players. A recipient of many scholarships, Ms. Allard received a grant from the Eastman School to attend the first TCU Van Cliburn Master class event in 1981. A former faculty member of Rutgers University and assistant to professors at the Eastman School and McGill University, Ms. Allard has always maintained a very successful and busy teaching schedule. Presently she is a performing faculty member and sought after teacher at Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, Massachusetts. Ms. Allard is married and the mother of four grown children.


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     Ilka V.



     Private Piano Teacher


     Fort Worth, Texas


Master Class Repertoire:

Liszt: Vallée d'Obermann

Ilka Vasconcelos Araújo was born in Brazil . She holds a B.M. in piano performance from the State University of Ceará, Brazil, a M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy under Professor Boaz Sharon from the University of Florida , and a Ph.D. in Musicology under Dr. David Kushner from the University of Florida , where she also worked as a teaching assistant.

She has presented lectures and lecture-recitals before organizations such as College Music Society, International Hawaii Conference in Arts and Humanities, American Musicological Society and the Musicology Lecture Series.

Dr. Araújo is the winner of first prizes in the First Festival Jovem Instrumentistas (1994) , the First Paurillo Barrozo Piano Competition (1995) and the Alec Courtelis International Student Competition (2004). She has performed and taught piano master classes in several countries including Brazil , the United States , France , Germany , and the Czech Republic .

She has been featured at several broadcast programs in Brazil such as Isto É Magazine, Programa do Jô ,- a Public National TV Broadcast at TV Globo, University of Fortaleza Radio, Federal University of Ceará Radio, TV Verdes Mares, TV Cultura, and TV Jangadeiro among others.

She currently lives in Fort Worth with her husband and two children. She works as an independent piano teacher and scholar and holds the position of Treasurer at the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association.


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     Carol Ann



     Private Piano Teacher


     Springfield, Virginia

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D. 537

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 Adinsell's “Warsaw” Concerto, and the Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saens, and Mozart Concerto in D Minor, K. 466.
Mrs. Barry is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at James Madison University, and studies with Dr. Eric Ruple. 

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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     Diablo Valley College

     Private Piano Teacher


     Walnut Creek, California

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op.66


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 and subsequently moved to the Northern California Bay Area where her significant piano teacher was the late Lillian Bauer Cox Ms. Cox encouraged her to focus on performing in addition to teaching. She has since performed in Master Classes with many outstanding American teachers. The two she has gotten to know perhaps best are John Perry and Nelita True. She has gained immeasurebly from others, especially at PianoTexas and the former Cliburn Institute.

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 such as Karl Heinz Kammerling and Adam Wibrowski as well.
In addition to volunteering with various musical organizations, Ms. Bigelow especially enjoys the out-of-doors and loves to play golf.


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     Humboldt State University


     Arcata, California

Master Class Repertoire:

Debussy: L'isle joyeuse


JOriginally from Taiwan, Ching-Ming was granted her bachelor's degree in piano performance from the National Taiwan Normal University. In 2001, she was granted a scholarship from the University of Miami to pursue her master's degree in Music Business, where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Floyd, the chair of the keyboard department. In 2002, she was granted the teaching assistantship to continue her studies at the same school, majoring in Accompanying and Chamber Music, studying with Dr. Paul Posnak as well as Mr. Tian Ying. She received her doctoral degree in 2006. She has taught at the University of Miami and Barry University. As an active solo pianist and collaborative pianist, Ching-Ming has performed regularly in North America and Asia, with chamber groups and singers, both classical and musical theater. She just gave her debut piano solo recital in the Faculty Artist Series at Humboldt State University in California. She currently teaches piano, ear-training, accompanying and piano literature at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.


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      China Conservatorium of Music, Beijing


     Beijing, China

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Sonata in C Minor, D.958


As one of the laureates of the 1992 National Piano Competition of China under the instruction of Prof. Yang Jun, Guan Chang-xin was invited to give performances representing China in the 1993 Tokyo International Young Artist Festival. His success led to a nation-wide concert tour, including appearances with orchestra and multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Born into a musical family in Guangzhou , Guan Chang-xin began studying piano, ear training, and music theory from his mother. His early teachers also included Chen Hua-yi, Zhao Bi-shan, Wu Zheng-wen, Pan Xing-hua, and Ying Shi-zhen. Mr. Guan studied at the Guangzhou Xing-hai Conservatory of Music, and later was selected to study in Beijing at the Central Conservatory of Music where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees of Art in piano performance under the instruction of Prof. Li Hui-li and Prof. Yang Jun.

Moving to the United States for further study, Mr. Guan entered the Music School of Texas Christian University with scholarship and served as Departmental Artistic Assistant. He studied with Dr. Tamás Ungár, a renowned professor and the Executive Director of PianoTexas International Academy & Festival where Mr. Guan served as Staff Accompanist of the Concerto Competition. After winning the 8th Martin Memorial Piano Competition, Mr. Guan earned another master's degree in piano performance.

Not only is Mr. Guan a gifted soloist, he is also an enthusiastic chamber musician. As an experienced instructor, Mr. Guan has been invited to teach and perform at different music institutions and give master classes and lectures both in China and the U.S. Mr. Guan is currently a piano lecturer and Foreign Exchange Coordinator at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing .


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     Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and The      Preparatory Department of University of Cincinnati,

            College-Conservatory of Music


     Cincinnati, Ohio

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52


Takako Hayase is currently on the faculty of Earlham College in Richmond, IN and at the preparatory department of University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Previously, Dr. Hayase has served on the faculties of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Capital University, Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY, and Wilberforce University in Xenia, OH. She holds a master's degree in piano performance from Eastman School of Music and a bachelor's and doctorate degree in piano performance from CCM.

Dr. Hayase has performed internationally in Canada, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and throughout the U.S. including a 1998 appearance at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Her most recent recital was broadcasted over WUOT 91.9FM, Knoxville. She has also attended in numerous festivals including Amalfi Coast International Music Festival, Banff Centre, and Mouli'n D'ande Music Festival.


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     New England Conservatory Preparatory School
     Private Piano Teacher
     Music Historian-in-Residence at Emerson College


     Boston, Massachusetts

Master Class Repertoire:

Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op.54


Praised for her lyricism, deeply sensitive musical instincts, and outstanding technique, Fredericka King, pianist, has performed in the United States, Europe and South America. The New York Times complimented her debut performance at Carnegie Recital Hall for its “straightforward style and verve”. Miss King has appeared as the featured artist on Public Radio broadcasts, on television, and as soloist with several New England orchestras. She has performed recitals at Boston's historic Jordan Hall, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the African Meeting House on the Black Heritage Trail.
Her repertoire spans a variety of areas in music, and this has prompted her work in developing presentations such as “The American Way”, a series of four concerts of American piano, vocal and instrumental music. The programs included music of George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, women composers and African American composers, and were performed at Boston's landmark Old South Meeting House. Her concerts include the unique “Performance Plus!” thematic programs in which she speaks informally of the composers, their life, musical and social eras, and the works to be performed. The “Kaleidoscope” series programs feature music by Classical composers and American composers such as Gottschalk, Amy Beach, and William Bolcom. Miss King has performed as pianist and accompanist for the National Spiritual Ensemble, touring throughout the US and in Spain, and is a founding member of the group La Femme, La Femme , dedicated to the performance of chamber and solo works by women composers.
Her discography includes a recording of solo repertoire by Classical and American composers, A Born Pianist ; a three disc set titled Piano Classics for Young Listeners” which she designed and produced ; “Chamber music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor” with the Coleridge Ensemble; and, recorded live in concert, a CD of solo and vocal works by American women, “Hooray for the Ladies!” , with the ensemble American Classics.
She was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston Conservatory, a Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory and pursued Doctoral studies at Boston University. In addition to being awarded a Teaching Diploma by the Royal College of Music in London, England, Miss King studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
A highly esteemed pedagogue and valued colleague, Miss King is a member of the piano faculty at New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, maintains a private piano teaching studio, and is also the Music Historian-in-Residence at Emerson College.


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     Kwan Ho Isaac



     Junior Music School and Music Institute

     Private Piano Teacher


     Hong Kong, China

Master Class Repertoire:

Bach: Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971


Isaac Lau started his study of piano with a family friend at the age of 9. He is a graduate of the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied piano with Scottish composer-pianist David Gwilt. After earning his bachelor in music he spent one year under the tutelage of leading Hong Kong pianist Dr. Mary Wu. In 2003 he started his studies at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. His principal teachers included major Bach-pianist Sergey Schepkin and legendary romantic pianist Earl Wild. Besides studying piano, he entered the piano pedagogy program under the guidance of pedagogue Mrs. Hanna Li and served as a faculty of the Preparatory School of Music. During his residency, he was awarded both the School of Music assistantship and fellowship. In 2005 he was awarded a Master of Music degree in piano performance and certificate in piano pedagogy. Graduating with excellent results, he was inducted to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.

Beside teaching privately and performing, Isaac Lau is currently holding several part-time teaching positions in Junior Music School and Music Institute in Hong Kong, in the area of applied piano, piano accompanying, piano pedagogy and chamber music.


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     Bethel University in Saint Paul , Minnesota


     Maplewood, Minnesota

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Carnival, Op.9


A native of China , Juan Li has established an exciting career both as a soloist and a chamber musician in her homeland and the United States . At the age of seven, she won the Young Artist Competition held in Hubei , China that determined her path to become a professional pianist. Among the awards she has received, Ms. Li was the 1 st prize winner of the 1991 National Conservatory Mozart Piano Competition in Shanghai and the 1 st prize winner of the Piano Chamber Music Competition at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the 1 st prize winner of the concerto competition at the University of Notre Dame in 1999, the 1 st prize winner of 2000 Elinor Bell Piano Competition and Fellowship in Minnesota, the 2 nd prize winner of 2001 Schubert Club Music Competition, and the “2001 Performer of the Year ” award by the International Chamber Player Organization in Newark.

Graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music with an academic and performance honor, Juan Li came to the United States in 1998 on a full scholarship from the University of Notre Dame to pursue her master degree in piano performance under the tutelage of William Cerny. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a doctor degree in piano performance where she studied with Alexander Braginsky. Her performing experiences include soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai , City Orchestra in St. Paul , Notre Dame University Orchestra in Indiana, Bethel University Orchestra and Auburn Symphony in California . She has performed at many venues across the country such as the Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival, the Landmark Center and Civic Center in St. Paul, the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, the Annenberg Auditorium at the Snite Museum of Art in Indiana, the Sapporo Art Hall and Shimizu Bunka Kajkan Hall in Japan. In 2005, her interview and performance with the Free Radio Asia from Washington , D.C was broadcasted throughout the US and in China . As a dedicated chamber musician, Juan Li has collaborated and performed with many distinguished artists, such as John Perry, Paul Sperry, Margo Garrett, Irma Vallecillo as well as principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. She was accepted with highly competitive fellowship in the collaborative artist program both at the Aspen Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival.  

Currently she is on the piano faulty at Bethel University in Saint Paul , Minnesota and is a founding member of the Bethel Chamber Players. Her hobbies include dancing, working out, cooking and watching great movies!


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     University of Rhode Island

     Providence, Rhode Island

Master Class Repertoire:

Brahms: Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 (I. Allegro maestoso - II. Andante espressivo - Andante molto)


Praised for his “sensitive touch” by The Washington Post and for his “beautiful sound with an abundant sense of fantasy” by Musica Nova magazine (Japan) pianist Manabu Takasawa made a solo recital debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1992. In July 2003 he also gave a Tokyo debut recital to a sold-out audience. He has received the Homer Ulrich Performance Award, the first prize at the Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Competition, and was selected as a finalist in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.
Born in Niigata, Japan, Manabu came to the United States to further his musical training. He studied with José Ariel Rambaldi at Whitman College in Washington State and with Constance Keene at Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, he was invited by the late Artur Balsam, a renowned pianist and chamber musician, to participate in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. Manabu also tutored with Thomas Schumacher at the University of Maryland. He has performed in master classes given by Stewart Gordon, Menahem Pressler and Vladimir Feltsman. His doctoral dissertation focused on the American musician and educator, Abram Chasins. An article on Chasins has recently been published in the Clavier magazine.
Manabu has taught at Howard Community College, Whitman College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Graduate Studies at the University of Rhode Island. His interest in communicat ing with students through music has taken him to performances in elementary and secondary schools in the Rhode Island area, and in schools as far as Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. He also served as President of the Rhode Island Music Teachers Association from 2004 to 2006. Manabu's performances and interviews have been broadcast on WSCL-FM89.5 and WBOC-Channel 16 in Maryland. Most recently his concert activity was aired on Mercury Radio (Poznán, Poland) and televised on a News 5 evening news broadcast in Belize.
When he is not playing the piano, Manabu is humbled by the sophistication and sustainability of the plant and animal kingdoms. He appreciates what the Mother Nature provides us and tries to give back what he can with recycling and conservation of energy. He also enjoys gardening and swimming. Last summer he swam 1.7 miles in Narragansett Bay starting from Newport, RI for a fundraising event.


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     Mount Marty College


     Yankton, South Dakota

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.12 in A-flat Op.26 (I. Andante con Variazioni)


Eugenio Zapata is a native of Colombia , South America . He earned a bachelor of music in piano performance at the Andes University in Bogota under the tutelage of Karol Bermudez (former student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli). After performing and teaching for several years he traveled to the US where he completed graduate studies at Penn State University (with Marylene Dosse) and Texas Tech University (with William Westney). His doctoral studies were interdisciplinary and, since then, he has explored interisciplinarity of the arts in both teaching and performance. His shows include dance, video, photography, poetry, and animation along with the music performed. He has published several articles and recorded several CDs. He has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and with orchestra. His performances have taken him throughout the United States , Europe, and South America . To learn more about Dr. Zapata's work you may visit www.eugeniozapata.com


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     Federal Judge


     Dallas, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109


J. Michael Brounoff first learned the notes on the piano keyboard at the age of three from his father, Zelman Brounoff, who was the Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Formal piano study with the late Lazelle Light of Dallas began at age six, and went into hiatus when Michael enrolled at Brandeis University at the age of 18. From there, career plans took Michael to law school at the University of Texas, and he practiced both law and piano in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 25 years, during which time he continued playing both for personal pleasure, for family weddings and other functions, and for audiences as musical director of community and regional theater productions of Broadway musicals. He resumed formal piano study with Dr. Tamas Ungar of the TCU faculty in 2000, at the age of 53. In 2004, Michael with his family moved to Syracuse, New York in order to accept an appointment as a United States Administrative Law Judge. He studied with Dr. Fred Karpoff of the Syracuse University faculty between 2004 and 2008. Along the way, Michael has competed in the Cliburn Foundation International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs three times, advancing to the semi-finals twice. He has enjoyed the thrill of performing chamber music with professional ensembles and, on three occasions, concerti movements with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra through his regular participation in PianoTexas. Michael and Martha Jane have been married for twenty-seven years; they have one son, David, two dogs, and a rebuilt 1924 Knabe concert grand named, “Obiwan Knabe!”


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     Seattle, Washington


Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII/6


Gerald Finkel is a professor of pathology at the University of Washington Medical School, now semi-retired. Having taken his M.D. degree at Harvard Medical School in 1959, he practiced mostly in an academic setting until 1999 when he relocated to Seattle.
His musical training started with private piano lessons in Newark , N.J. , his home town. During that time, he met Seymour Bernstein, now an internationally known and respected pianist and pedagogue, with whom he became close friends. Mr. Bernstein has continued to mentor him, but he has had other teachers including Leonard Richter nearer home.
During the many years of medical practice, the piano was not a priority, and only became one again after retirement. With much encouragement from friends and family, he continues to improve and tries to regain his youthful vigor.
In the last few years, he has twice competed in the Van Cliburn Competition for Amateur Pianists, the Concours des Amateurs in Paris and the International Competition for Amateur Pianists in Berlin , where he advanced to the semi-finals. He has participated twice in the Piano Texas program for amateur pianists.


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     Cell Biologist

Carrollton, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Impromptu No.2 in F-sharp major, Op.36


Joel Goodman has played piano since a small child.  Born in New York City, Joel's family moved to Los Angeles when he was six.  He took private lessons there for several years from Paul Schoop, pianist and composer for his sister Trudi, a noted modern dancer in Europe and USA .  In college at UC San Diego, a hotbed of modern music in the late 1960s, he minored in music.  His music teachers there included Pauline Oliveros and Bertram Turetsky.  A high point of his college years was a class in Bach taught by Rosalyn Tureck, which included performances by Tureck and others during every class.  In the early '70s Joel took piano from Mario Feninger, which included weekly master class performances at Feninger's home in the Hollywood Hills, which was often attended by neighborhood celebrity actors, musicians, etc.  Joel lived in Southern California until 1982, when he, his wife Roberta, and daughter Rachel moved to Dallas.   After a 25-year lapse,  Joel began lessons again in 1999, studying with Adam Wodnicki, with whom he continues to study at present.  During his long break from lessons, Joel played in school talent shows and several duo-piano performances with Roberta.  In the past several years Joel has participated in amateur competitions in Ft. Worth and Berlin.
At college Joel majored in biology and then began his research at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, receiving a Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1980.  After three years of postdoctoral training in molecular cell biology at UCLA, Joel accepted a faculty position at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he is now professor.  Joel's current research is the cell biology of obesity and lipodystrophy, and in the past two years he has been an invited speaker at several international science and medical conferences in the U.S. Canada, and Europe.  Joel also holds the Jan and Bob Bullock Distinguished Chair for Science Education, and as such he directs the outreach office for the medical school, offering many activities and resources for area middle and high school science teachers.  His current funding includes grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Finally, Joel remains active as a teacher and lecturer in the medical school, graduate school, and school of health professions at UT Southwestern.


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     St. Paul, Minnesota

Master Class Repertoire:

Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op.54


LaWayne Leno grew up on a farm near Bismarck, North Dakota. His first musical experience was at the age of 12 when he taught himself to play an electric organ his family had acquired. At the age of 16 his family purchased a piano and a few months later he began his first piano lessons with Belle Mehus in Bismarck. A musical life-changing opportunity occurred when, at the age of 20, LaWayne had an opportunity to study for one winter in New York City with Oxana Yablonskaya, who was on the Juilliard faculty for over 25 years.

LaWayne is a 1984 graduate of Mary College where he received his BS in Accounting. He subsequently spent about 20 years self-employed as a software and accounting consultant, traveling extensively throughout the entire US. Recently he reduced his work schedule and began teaching private piano lessons as well.

LaWayne currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and is studying with Jon Iverson at the MacPhail School of Music.

In the summer of 2006 LaWayne & his partner, Reid Smith performed several of Schubert's four-hand piano pieces including the F minor Fantasy at the Yves Nat International Music Festival in Serignan, France. They were also featured on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in 2007. LaWayne participated in Piano Texas in 2008.


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     José Mauro Siveira



     Stock Portfolio Manager

     Sao Paulo, Brazil


Master Class Repertoire:

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


José Mauro is a mechanical engineer and works as a manager of Investment Funds in Brazil. José is the son of a pianist (Odette de Faria) and a journalist (J.B. Silveira Peixoto) and started to study piano when he was three years old. When he was five he made a studio recording and at nine gave a recital for Pro Arte, the most famous artistic society at the time in Sao Paulo. At the age of eleven he appeared twice on TV. At the age of twelve he abandoned the piano for twenty eight years and returned to the piano when a friend had a party of his 40th birthday. In the ocasion he played the Chopin's Polonaise opus 53. For eight years he had weekly classes and studied 7 hours a day. In 1994 he played the Rachmaninoff Concerto nº 2 with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Eleazar de Carvalho. In 1997 he recorded a CD with works of Bach/Almeida Prado, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. In the following years he participate in many piano amateur competitions, in Paris, Ft Worth, Berlin, Washington, Colorado Springs, Boston, Salt Lake City. His hobbies include playing piano and playing bridge.


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     Carl Henry



     Software Developer


     Houston, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:

Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op.28


Carl Schaer began playing the piano at the age of five, and currently studies with Kenneth Santos in Houston. He has degrees in physics from Texas A&M University and Yale University, and a Masters of Music in composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He is currently employed as a software developer at HCSS in Houston. Carl sings in the chorus at his church along with his wife, and they and their son volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


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     Software Developer

     Concord, California

Master Class Repertoire:

Barber: Nocturne, Op.33 (Hommage to John Field)


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. He has also begun studying the Taubman Approach with Marc Steiner. 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 and hiking.


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     Wei Ling



     Network Project Engineer at Verizon

     Plano, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op.9 No.1


Wei Ling began studying piano at age five and competed in several competitions during high school years. While working on her computer science degree at Rice University, she continued piano study with professors at the music school. Wei Ling was one of the 2006 Piano Texas International Academy and Festival Concerto Competition winners and performed the third movement of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Fort Worth Symphony. She was a silver medal winner of Houston Chopin Society's Amateur Competition in 2008. In addition to piano, she enjoys travel, opera music and was an active board member of a local chamber music group for eight years. Wei Ling is a project engineer at Verizon where she manages network development projects.


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     Flight Attendant Air Canada

     Montreal, Canada

Master Class Repertoire:

Handel:  Chaconne in G major, HWV 435


Graeme Wilkinson was born in Vancouver, Canada, and first studied music seriously while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Literature at the University of British Columbia.

Further studies in Switzerland included piano instruction at the Conservatories of Neuchâtel and Lausanne.
Graeme furthered his musical education at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and obtained an Associateship Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

Graeme has resided in Montreal since 1989, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at l'Université du Québec à Montréal. He first participated in Piano Texas in 1999.
During the last seven years, Graeme has been increasingly active as a chorister in Montreal, singing bass with the Ensemble Vocal and le Choeur de l'Université du Québec à Montréal. 

In addition to numerous concerts in and around their home base, the choir has also performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City, in November 2005, and in January 2007.
In December of 2008, Graeme sang in the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, in a concert version of Olivier Messiaen's highly challenging Saint François d'Assise , under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano.


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