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Teachers Participants (June 1 – 14)

 

Virginia Bigelow

Virginia Bigelow

Beth Pei-Fen Chen

Beth Pei-Fen Chen

George DeForest

George DeForest

Teresa Engelmann

Teresa Engelmann

Roberta (Bobbi) Goodman

Bobbi Goodman

Susan Groves

Susan Groves

Maria Guenette

Maria Guénette

Grace Huang

Grace Huang

Ji-Young Jeoung

Ji-Young Jeoung

Namji Clara Kim

Namji Clara Kim

Fredericka King

Fredericka King

Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein

Juan Li

Juan Li

Svetlana Martin

Svetlana Martin

Jun Matsuo

Jun Matsuo

Kye Jung (Rachel) Park

Kye Jung Park

Sean Schulze

Sean Schulze

Alfred Rony Tua Situmorang

Alfred Situmorang

Myungsook Stoudenmire

Myungsook

Stoudenmire

Darren Wirth

Darren Wirth

Eugenio Zapata

Eugenio Zapata

     

 

Virginia Bigelow

Virginia BIGELOW


Diablo Valley College / Private Studio

Walnut Creek, California

 

Virginia Bigelow received B.M. And M.M. degrees from Baylor University and the University of Houston. Ginny – as her students refer to her -- currently teaches at Diablo Valley College and maintains a private piano studio of intermediate and high school age students. She is active with the Music Teachers' Association of California and is a performing member of the Berkeley Piano Club and the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society. Significant solo performances have been concertos with the Diablo Symphony, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, and the Diablo Valley orchestra as well as their band – playing Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Franck, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin. Teachers who especially influenced Ginny were early private instructors Agnes Weeks and Marilyn Babel and college professors William McKamie and Albert Hirsch. Lessons since college with Earle Voorhies, Lillian Bauer Cox and John Perry have also been particularly inspiring. So have the world class master teachers at summer conferences. Married for 41 years, Ginny and husband Mark are now enjoying downtown life in the Mercer condominium complex in Walnut Creek. Ginny's non-musical pastime is playing and watching golf.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a "Les Adieux"

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in c minor; Op.37 (II & III)

 

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Beth Pei-Fen Chen

Beth Pei-Fen CHEN


Music Researcher & Freelance Pianist

 

Beth Pei-Fen Chen has recently been awarded her PhD degree at The University of Manchester (UK), for a thesis on The Development of Mozart's Slurring and its Possible Functions in Performance. Whilst researching this area of Mozart's composition, she gave, along with Beethoven specialist Barry Cooper, a pre-concert talk on Mozart and the Piano Virtuoso to the audience of a BBC Philharmonic concert which was part of the 2006 Mozart Piano Festival at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. She specialises in identifying 18th-century composers' individual slurring practice from autographs and has since been investigating the implications of those original slurrings for performance. At present, her interest is extended to the slurring of 19th-century composers, from Beethoven to Schumann and Liszt. Born in Taiwan, she gave her first public performance in an ensemble at the age of eight, and since then her life has been bound up with music. She plays piano, violin, organ and occasionally harpsichord and fortepiano. As well as investigating slurs, she is interested in exploring the sound of instruments, and the relation between historically-informed and modern performance. In recent years she has had piano lessons with Martin Roscoe (since 2001), and occasionally with Georg Steinschaden (since 2008).

 

Solo Repertoire:

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

 

Concerto:

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

 

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George DeForest

George DEFOREST


Private Studio

Fort Worth, Texas

 

George DeForest was born into a musical family in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother, soprano Louise DeForest, performed lead roles in many local operas produced by the New Orleans Recreation Department, Loyola Opera Workshop, and New Orleans Opera Association. George was largely self-taught as a child and teenager, and began his serious study of the piano in his late teens as a student of Ellen Platamone and Melvin G. Alford in New Orleans. After receiving the performance certificate from the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, he continued to study with Eleanor Statmore in Clifton, New Jersey. Upon returning to New Orleans, he resumed his activities with the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts where he became Vice-President and was instrumental in the formation of the New Orleans International Piano Competition. Continuing his musical education, he enrolled at Baylor University School of Music where he earned a Master of Music in piano performance under the tutelage of Krassimira Jordan. After earning an Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, he continued his studies with Fabio Bidini in Fort Worth, Texas and Assisi, Italy. George maintains a teaching studio in the DFW area and is a regular participant in the monthly meetings of the DFW Amateur Piano Group.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in f minor, Op.57 "Appassionata"

 

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Teresa Engelmann

Teresa ENGELMANN


Private Studio / Full-Time Student

Bloomington, Illinois

 

Teresa Engelmann grew up in central Minnesota on a family dairy farm. She began taking lessons at the age of 10. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Teresa taught private piano lessons throughout college as a means of supporting herself and paying tuition. Through those lessons, she developed a love for teaching. She returned to Minnesota where she taught private lessons in her hometown for a few years. Feeling the need to venture further away from home, she picked up and moved to Dallas, Texas. She began working at State Farm in 1999 at the Insurance Support Center. It was there that she met her husband, Jeff Logue. In 2001 she moved to the Fire Claims department at State Farm. Teresa continued to play piano in her spare time, playing for weekly church services. In 2006, State Farm transferred her family to Bloomington, Illinois, to their corporate headquarters. After arriving in Bloomington, Teresa began taking on piano students again. After building her studio to 20 students, she cut back to part-time with State Farm. After ten years of employment with State Farm, she decided it was time to get back to music full-time. She auditioned and was accepted to Illinois State University's masters program. Currently, Teresa is a full-time graduate student pursuing her Master's in Piano Performance, where she teaches group piano classes as part of a Graduate Assistantship. She also maintains her private studio of 20 students, and is an active member of the Bloomington-Normal Orpheus Club, part of the National Federation of Music Clubs. With being a full-time student and running her studio, she does not have much spare time but what time she does have, she enjoys spending with her family.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Op.27, No.1 "Quasi una fantasia",

 

 

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Roberta (Bobbi) Goodman

Roberta (Bobbi) GOODMAN


Private Studio

Carrollton, Texas

 

Roberta (Bobbi) Goodman holds her B.A. and M.A. in Piano Performance from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she remained after graduation to continue her private teaching, performing and her study with Lillian Steuber, Aube Tzerko and Jakob Gimpel. She became part of the faculty at Glendale College, giving yearly Faculty recitals and teaching all levels of Class Piano. In 1974, Bobbi played in a Master Class given by Daniel Pollack at a music store, and it was there that she met her husband-to-be, Joel Goodman. It was not long after that that Bobbi began studying privately with Daniel Pollack. In 1982, Bobbi's husband Joel got a position at UTSW Medical Center, This meant that Bobbi would be leaving friends, family—everyone. She left 33 private students and a duo-piano partner (who was also her best friend). But, what a surprise Dallas turned out to be!! Performing was what Bobbi loved--no matter where she lived, she just kept scheduling recitals. She became friends with cellist, Harriet Aronson, and they soon gave many programs split between works for cello & piano and groups of piano solo music. Violinist and friend Linda Cohen soon joined them. They rehearsed 2-3 times a week, studying many of the great piano trios. Naming themselves the Fine Arts Trio, they could now present recitals made up of varying proportions of music for solo piano, cello and piano Sonatas, violin and piano Sonatas, and now Piano Trios. Meanwhile, Bobbi's private piano studio began to grow. But here in Texas, most of her new students were teachers, wanting to enrich their own teaching and performing. Seeing that this was a need for many teachers, in 1985 Bobbi began classes in her home for local teachers to study all aspects of piano pedagogy. These Teaching Repertoire Classes continued to meet throughout many of these years, and after a few years, a few teachers living too far away to attend the classes arranged with Bobbi to purchase recordings of the classes. In April, 2008, these classes were the focus of a cover story in Clavier magazine. Bobbi has presented workshops and lecture-recitals on widely varying subjects for music teacher groups throughout the U.S. She appeared as Recitalist and Clinician at the NATIONAL PIANO TEACHERS INSTITUTE (NPTI) for more than ten years since its beginning in 1985. For years, Bobbi had been having severe pain in her legs, and she was finally diagnosed in 1999 with fibromyalgia, a kind of arthritis of the muscles. She was able to continue teaching a reduced number of students, but found that the intense preparation for recitals and classes for teachers was too demanding. Thanks to all of her wonderful doctors, who knew and understood that, to Bobbi, nothing could possibly get rid of the severe pain if it didn't also bring back her ability to make music and allow her to share it with her friends. In 2007, Támas Ungár convinced Bobbi to attend Piano Texas—what better than to be surrounded by music day and night, with lots of opportunities to perform in non-competitive programs, with memorization not required and performances followed by lots of applause. Bobbi "took the bait", and In 2007, she attended TCU's Teacher Program as a Performer. There, for the first time in ten years, she got up on the concert stage and played three Preludes by Debussy by memory. Bobbi spends a lot of time reading about pianists, trying to practice as much as she can. Her teaching schedule is now full, and she continually gets calls asking when the Teaching Repertoire Classes are going to begin again. When they do, for Bobbi, things are finally on their way back to normal...

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14, No.2 (I)

 

 

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Susan Groves

Susan GROVES


Private Studio

Austin, Texas

 

An active pianist and private piano teacher in Austin for over 30 years, Susan Groves comes from a long line of professional pianists, including her late father, University of Texas piano professor William Race, her mother Katherine Race, who continues to teach and perform, as well as an aunt, uncle, grandmother and great-grandfather. Susan Groves' first principal piano teacher was Jean Mainous in Denton, Texas, followed by various teachers in Austin from age 11-17, including UT professor Nancy Garrett. She was the recipient of numerous prizes during her pre-college years, performing in Carnegie Recital Hall at age 11 and and with the Amarillo and Austin Symphonies at age 12. Among other awards, she was the Texas and Southwest winner of the Baldwin Junior Keyboard Award at age 14 . College studies began at the University of Toronto with Anton Kuerti, followed by the University of Texas at Austin to study with Danielle Martin, her father, William Race, and Nancy Garrett, earning a BM, MM and DMA in Piano Performance. Summer study included working with Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Jack Radunsky in Wisconsin, and John Perry at UT-Austin. Dr. Groves won first place in the International Piano Recording Competition, was a finalist in the National Arts and Letters' Jeunesse Musicale Competition and the winner of the UT Mozart Piano Concerto Competition, subsequently performing with the UT Symphony. From 1994-98, Susan Groves was the Director of Austin's Mostly Music Marathon, a 12-hour annual AIDS benefit featuring local musicians and other performers. Following the completion of her DMA degree in 1991, Dr. Groves and her father formed the Race-Groves Piano Duo, performing concerts throughout the United States and in China until his death in 1999. Since then, she has given numerous performances in Austin and around Texas. Dr. Groves has maintained an award-winning private piano studio in Austin for many years and was voted Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year in 1992 and 2006. Her students have won many important competitions, including 1st place in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, the TMTA Performance Contest, Austin Symphony Youth Auditions, Pearl Amster Concerto Contest, Baylor Piano Competition, and Texas State Piano Solo Competition, as well as a $25,000 Davidson Fellowship. They have attended the Aspen Summer Institute, been featured on the radio show From the Top , and performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Austin Symphony and Austin Civic Orchestra. In addition, her students have gone on to pursue piano degrees at Juilliard, Eastman, University of Texas and the Baylor School of Music. In her spare time, Susan enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with her busy teenager and their two Maltese dogs.

 

Solo Repertoire:

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

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.19 (I)

 

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Maria Guenette

Maria GUENETTE


Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas

 

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 public radio stations, including CBC, Japanese National (NHK) and WDAV. Her duo "Well-Tempered Keyboards" is a collaborative project for piano and keyboard percussion with Robert Crutchfield, M.M. North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2010, Well-Tempered Keyboards commissioned and premiered Evan Hause's "Night Voyages" and a work called "Nocturnes" by Canadian composer, Christine Donkin. In addition to Well-Tempered Keyboards, she is keyboardist for East Texas Symphony Orchestra and serves as an accompanist/vocal coach in the area, including University of Texas at Tyler. 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 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. In November 2007, Maria returned to the University of Ottawa to perform a solo piano recital for their Alumni Concert Series. Her Masters degree in Piano Performance was made possible with an all-inclusive grant by the Japanese Government (Monbusho) to pursue her studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku). Maria's interest and skills in violin and orchestral music provided 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. Dr. Guénette joined Tyler Junior College as full-time piano instructor in 2006. She was previously on faculty at Winston-Salem State University, Greensboro College and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (II & III)

 

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Grace Huang

Grace HUANG


Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, Ohio

 

GRACE HUANG is currently on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she teaches in the Preparatory and Conservatory divisions. She received a B.M. in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University as a student of Craig Nies, and her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota as a student of Lydia Artymiw. Solo, collaborative and chamber music performances have taken her throughout the U.S. Festival appearances include Aspen, Eastern, Madeline Island and Hampden-Sydney. She was a prizewinner in young artist competitions in the midwest and has performed in master classes for Misha Dichter, Santiago Rodriguez, Ursula Oppens, and the Shanghai String Quartet, among others. A dedicated and sought-after teacher, her students are recipients of numerous honors and awards. Dr. Huang is also active as clinician, adjudicator, and board member at the local and state levels for MTNA. She has written articles for Piano Pedagogy Forum and Georgia Music News. She previously taught on the faculties of Millikin University, the University of Georgia, St. Cloud State University, and St. Joseph's School of Music, and in the summers continues to serve on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She is an avid foodie and travels extensively in her spare time.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No. 27 in e minor, Op.90

 

Concerto:

Beethoven:  Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58 (II & III)

 

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Ji-Young Jeoung

Ji-Young JEOUNG


Manchester College

Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne

Indiana

 

Ji-Young Jeoung, was born in Gwangju, South Korea. Dr. Jeoung, a Pi Kappa Lambda Scholar, completed a Doctoral degree and Master's degree in piano performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana studying with Dr. Robert Palmer. Her doctoral dissertation was an analysis of the solo keyboard works of the distinguished American composer Joan Tower. She also completed a Master's degree in piano performance at Ewha Womens' University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Jeoung was voted as Outstanding Graduate Student in 2003-2004 by music faculties at Ball State University. Also, she was the second prize winner at Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition in 2004. She was voted first place in the People's Choice competition among those who appeared Northeast Indiana's National Public Radio program "Meet the Music" in 2010. Most recently, Dr. Jeoung was invited to have her debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner at American Protégé International Piano Competition in 2011. Dr. Jeoung is an active presenter at conferences throughout the College Music Society. This July, she will have a piano lecture recital in College Music Society International Conference in Seoul, Korea. Also, she has performed concerts in locations across the world, including the United States, Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia. Dr. Jeoung is currently on the keyboard faculty at Manchester College and Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW), in Indiana. She was interim director of piano studies at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana during the 2007- 2008 school year. She taught group piano at Anderson University during the fall semester, 2005.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3

 

Concerto:

Chopin: Concerto No.2 in f minor, Op.21 (I)

 

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Namji Clara Kim

Namji Clara KIM


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Wisconsin

 

Namji Clara Kim is an Associate Professor of piano and class piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Born in Denver, Colorado, Namji Clara Kim began piano studies at the age of six and gave her first recital at the age of eight at the Theatre Andre Malraux in France. Majoring both in piano and harmony at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, she studied piano with Germaine Mounier, Lucette Descaves, Ventsislav Yankoff, and harmony with Roger Boutry. During her studies, she performed on master classes given by Olivier Messiaen, Hans Leygraf, and Andrej Jasinsky. She graduated from the National Superior Conservatory of Paris with First Prizes (Premiers Prix) in piano, chamber music, and harmony. Ms. Kim obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Gyorgy Sandor. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky. Her doctoral thesis was a study of prosody in French Operas and the interrelationship between poetry and music. A finalist at the Garrison Piano Competition and a Prize Winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Kim's concert schedule has included performances around North America, Europe, Russia, and Korea, where in addition to her recitals she appeared on television and radio broadcasts. Also an active accompanist, Ms. Kim has accompanied singers in the master classes of Ned Rorem and Louise Talma, as well as accompanying for the vocal studios of Gabor Carelli, Paul Sperry, Cynthia Hoffmann, and Gary Kendall. Her chamber music activities include performances within various string ensembles and duos with wind and brass instruments notably performances with cellist Paul Kosower, flutist Tim Lane, clarinetist Robert Spring and trumpeter Thomas Pfotenhauer. Recent performances include solo and chamber recitals on Wisconsin Public Radio, University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, University of Washington, The University of Akron, Kent State University, Brigham Young University, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Namji Kim is an active pedagogue in chamber music, piano, and music theory. Her activities have included preparing students at the Manhattan School of Music for the doctoral examinations in Music History and Theory, preparing piano students for the Juilliard School's entrance auditions, chamber musicians, and teaching piano. In 1994, she was a visiting artist at Yonsei University in Seoul (Korea) where she gave a series of lecture recitals. Dr. Namji C. Kim joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2004 and teaches applied piano and class piano. Before joining the keyboard division faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Ms. Kim served on music faculties of Graceland University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In addition to her teaching and performing, she frequently adjudicates competitions throughout the Wisconsin area.

 

Solo Repertoire:

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

 

Concerto:

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

 

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Fredericka King

Fredericka KING


New England Conservatory Prep

Emerson College / Private Studio

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Fredericka King, pianist, made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and has performed in the United States, Europe and South America. Appearing in recital at Boston's historic Jordan Hall, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, she has been the featured artist on public radio stations such as WGBH in Boston, WVPR in Vermont, and WGMS in the Washington, D.C. area. She has appeared on television as a soloist and as a collaborative artist, and performed as soloist with several New England orchestras. In her "Performance Plus!" series, she offers programs with highly informed commentary that welcomes listeners to the lives of the composers, their musical and social eras, and gives a brief background of the works to be performed. The "Kaleidoscope" programs feature music by Classical and American composers; some of the music is recorded on her CD "A Born Pianist". Special programs highlighting the works of women, American, and African-American composers including Gottschalk, Gershwin, and William Bolcom, Amy Beach, Florence Price, and George Walker, have been presented at numerous venues including Boston's African Meeting House on the Black Heritage Trail, the landmark Old South Meeting House, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges. As pianist in the Coleridge Ensemble, Ms. King recorded chamber music by the African-English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. She has performed as pianist and accompanist for the National Spiritual Ensemble, touring throughout the United States 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. She has recorded, live in concert, a CD of solo and vocal works by American women, "Hooray for the Ladies!", with the ensemble American Classics. As an educator, her desire to broaden the musical experience of young pianists and youngsters in a fun way, was the inspiration for her recordings "Littlest Classics", "Midsize Masterpieces", and "BIG Classics", a set which she designed and produced. Reviews have been most positive and enthusiastic in their praise. Ms.King has earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston Conservatory, a Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory and pursued doctoral studies at Boston University. She was awarded a Teaching Diploma by the Royal College of Music in London, England, and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ms. King is a member of the piano faculty at New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, maintains a private piano teaching studio, and is Music Historian-in-Residence at Emerson College.

 

Solo Repertoire:

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

 

Concerto:

Chopin: Concerto No.1 in e minor, Op.11 (I)

 

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Jonathan Klein

Jonathan KLEIN


Private Studio

Athens, Georgia

 

Jonathan Klein is a pianist and teacher living in Athens, GA., where he owns and operates a private piano studio of 60 students. He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Georgia where he was the recipient of the UGA Athon-Hughes-Cook Piano Pedagogy award. In 2009 he was the sole recipient of the Steinway Piano Galleries Teacher Educator Grant in the state of Georgia. A dedicated teacher, his students regularly earn top honors at local and state level competitions and festivals. Jonathan is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Music Educators National Association, and has held several executive board positions including GMTA Vice President of Publicity, GMTA Financial Advisory Committee, GMTA State Auditions Chair, and Athens MTA President and Program Chair. He is also an active adjudicator of piano competitions and festivals throughout the Southeast. In addition to teaching and performing, he is the organist/pianist for St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens. In his spare time he sleeps and runs the occasional half-marathon.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10 No.2 

 

Concerto:

TBA

 

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Juan Li

Juan LI


Bethel University of Saint Paul

Maplewood, Minnesota

 

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 1st prize winner of the 1991 National Conservatory Mozart Piano Competition in Shanghai and the 1st prize winner of the Piano Chamber Music Competition at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the 1st prize winner of the concerto competition at the University of Notre Dame in 1999, the 1st prize winner of 2000 Elinor Bell Piano Competition and Fellowship in Minnesota, the 2nd 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. Most recent highlight include concerts in FuZhou China during Christmas 2010 and give master classes at FuJian Arts School and Conservatory. 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!

 

Solo Repertoire:

Skryabin: Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

 

Concerto:

Rachmaninof: Concerto No.2 in c minor, Op.18 (III)

 

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Svetlana Martin

Svetlana MARTIN


Private Studio

New Mexico

 

Svetlana first developed a love of music and started learning piano at the age of eight in a secondary school in the former Soviet Union. She further developed her piano studies and received a Bachelors of Music (Piano) from the Oktyabrsky College of Music – June, 1986. She continued in advance studies achieving a Russian Master's of Music (Piano) from the UFA Institute of Music & Arts (July, 1991). She also enhanced her level of piano instruction with continuing education music/piano short courses in Gnesinyh Music College in Moscow. In Russia Svetlana has made several public appearances with several Chamber Music groups. She was a leader for the Pedagogical Practice @ the National Institute Music and Arts in Ufa, Russia. As her career progressed, she eventually was named the Director of the Children's School of Music and Arts in Rhaduzhny, Russia. At this time, she also served as the area's designated pianist. She eventually met her American husband in Rhaduzhny and moved to the United States in 1996. She continued her piano studies in the United States participating in such recognized programs as "The Teachers Program I " @ TCU Cliburn Piano Institute 1997 and the International Piano Symposium dedicated to Sergei Rachmanioff (sponsored by Master Classes International – August, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. As Svetlana has followed her husband's career to five different states within the US, she has remained active in the piano field teaching at two different junior colleges, making appearances with local symphony orchestras, and taught private lessons on a regular basis.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.2 in A major, Op. 2 No.2 (I)

 

Concerto:

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

 

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Jun Matsuo

Jun MATSUO


Coker College

Osaka, Japan

 

Dr. Jun Matsuo, Assistant Professor of Music, joined the faculty of Coker College in Fall 2009 where she teaches piano and music theory. She is versatile as both a solo and collaborative performer. In addition to South Carolina, she has appeared as a guest pianist in New York, Maine, and Florida in the United States. Her international activities have included: a recital and lecture at the Universitii Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia; performances of Spanish and South American Music for Cello and Piano in Japan; and additionally being one of the selected performers for master classes with Dominique Merlet, Pascal Devoyon, Noel Lee, and Roy Howat at the French Piano Institute in Paris, France. Matsuo earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, and prior degrees from Binghamton University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Her teachers include Nanako Tamaki, Kathryn Stuart, Peter Takacs, Walter Ponce, and Charles Fugo as well as Diane Richardson and John Keene in collaborative study. Other master class teachers include Rebecca Pennyes, Charles Abramovic, Barbara Lister-Sink, and Charles Rosen.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.16 in G Major, Op.31 No.1, (I & III)

 

Concerto:

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

 

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Kye Jung (Rachel) Park

Kye Jung (Rachel) PARK


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
The School of Church Music (Piano Performance)

Fort Worth, Texas

 

Kye Jung Park, a native of South Korea, is pursuing M.M. Piano Performance degree in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She teaches at Southwestern Music Academy as an assistant piano teacher. She graduated from Sookmyung Women's University in Korea in 2003 and during her Bachelor degree study she was granted Academic awards and participated in various master classes. She took part in the Pilgrim Ensemble as a pianist from 2003 to 2009 and had numerous performances (United States intercontinental concerts, China concerts tour in Beijing and Shanghai, Thailand Ppamai festival, Iraq Zaitun and Daiman military camps, Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2007, invitation concert at Crystal Cathedral in LA, and invitation concert at Embassy of the republic of Korea in the United States of America). She recorded two CDs with the Pilgrim Ensemble and was named an honorary ambassador for Korea Food For the Hunger International. She received the Award of Minister of Education from the national wide Music Association, Student Music Competition in1997 in Korea. She received Wayne (Polly) McNeely Piano Award from Southwestern and won the Euterpean Club scholarship in 2011. She studied piano under the teaching of Dr. Seung Hye Choi, Dr. Seung Yeon Kim, Dr. Mark Hussung, and Dr. Robert Smith.  

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Op.27, No.1 "Quasi una fantasia",

 

Concerto:

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

 

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Sean Schulze

Sean SCHULZE


Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, Ohio

 

Sean Schulze is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He teaches applied piano to music majors and non-majors at Case Western Reserve University, teaches piano pedagogy and piano literature to conservatory graduate and undergraduate students and serves as Chair of CIM’s nationally recognized Preparatory Piano Department. After receiving his early training in South Africa where he studied with two of that country’s most renowned pedagogues, Moira Birks and Isabella Stengel, he was invited to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where he studied with Nicholas Zumbro (a student of the famed Rosina Lhévinne). He undertook further studies with Brazilian pianist Caio Pagano and has performed in masterclasses for many of today’s leading pianists and pedagogues including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Bela Siki, Nelita True, John Owings, Martin Canin, Tamás Ungár, and Joseph Banowetz.

A prize-winner of several competitions, he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil and has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and also with the Calder Quartet (quartet in residence at the Colburn School). In 1999, Dr. Schulze along with violinist Luca Ciarla won a residency award through Chamber Music America that resulted in performances throughout the Southwest United States and Mexico, including an appearance at the Alamos Arts Festival. In 2003 and 2006, he was invited to teach and perform as a guest artist at the University of Rio de Janeiro. A published scholar, Dr. Schulze’s research on Beethoven’s Fantasy for Piano, Op.77 appeared in the Beethoven Journal in 2004. In recent years he has formed a duo with violinist Stephen Sims with whom he has performed to great acclaim throughout Ohio. A sought-after teacher, adjudicator and clinician, his students have performed as concerto soloists with orchestra on six occasions in the past 3 years and won numerous prizes at the state and national level. This past season included masterclass appearances at the Kent Summer Piano Institute, Heidelberg University and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. In November 2010, Dr. Schulze appeared as one of the featured presenters at the OMTA State Conference. In 2008, Schulze founded and directed Summer Sonata, an intensive two-week program of lessons and masterclasses for talented pianists aged 10-18 which takes place annually on the CIM campus.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Chopin: Fantasy in f minor, Op.49

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (II & III)

 

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Alfred Rony Tua Situmorang

Alfred Rony Tua SITUMORANG


Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music

Karawaci, Indonesia

 

Alfred Rony Situmorang (piano) was born in Jakarta, December 17. 1975. He started piano lesson at the age of 7 at Yamaha Music School under guidance of Ms. Rotua Hutahean. Then he continued his piano lesson under tutelage of Mr. Avip Priatna in Bandung in 2000, then with Mr. Iswargia R. Sudarno from 2003-2006 in Jakarta. He was a graduate from Mechanical Engineering at Institut Teknologi Nasional, Bandung. At that time, he had participated actively on many piano masterclasses from leading pianists such as Ananda Sukarlan, Marco Sollini, Salvatore Barbatano in Jakarta and Yoshiko Takase at Yamaha Music Malaysia. He joined Yamaha Music Indonesia Pusat, Jakarta as a piano teacher in 2003, and followed by being Chief Instructor of Yamaha Piano Teachers of Indonesia for one year from 2004 – 2005. As a piano soloist, he performed at The 1st ASEAN International Piano Competition in Kualalumpur 2004, and November 2006 he performed in his first solo recital at UPH Concert Hall, and followed by other solo recitals in which took place in Jakarta. He is also an avid accompanist and collaborative pianist, by many times accompanied Indonesian leading mezzo-soprano, Catharina W. Leimena, Singaporean soprano Ms. Stella Zhou on her recitals (2007) and recently Korean soprano Ji Young Jun (January 2011) for their solo recitals. He had performed complete Schumann's Piano Quintett op.44 with UPH String Quartet on 3rd National UPH Piano Competition Juries' Concert, June 2008. He accompanied Indonesian baritone Ferry Chandra for full performances of complete Schubert's Winterreise at UPH Concert Hall, September 2008, and in Bandung February 2009. He also loves Jazz, by performing 'Tribute to Jobim' with UPH Jazz faculties in 2006 and followed by performing duo piano – voice with Indonesian leading jazz-singer Indra Aziz, in a concert 'Remembering Bill Evans', at UPH Recital Hall, October 2008. Since 2006, he works as fulltime piano faculty of UPH Conservatory of Music, Karawaci, and serves as a jury member for many piano competitions in Indonesia.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101

 

 

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Myungsook Stoudenmire

Myungsook STOUDENMIRE


Charleston Southern University

Private Studio

Summerville, South Carolina

 

Myungsook Song Stoudenmire, a native of South Korea, received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, a second Master Degree from Columbia College, and the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Sungshin Women's University in Seoul where she was awarded one of the university's highest ranking full scholarships. She received a full scholarship for her doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she completed one year of residency and was a recipient of the Dowling Memorial Scholarship from Dowling Foundation in Charleston. Stoudenmire undertook summer studies at Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Festival in Germany, Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Italy, International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Her principal teachers and coaches include John Adams, Marina Lomazov, Nina Lelchuk, Walter Hautzig, Frank Weinstock, Marilyn Neeley, Alan Weinberg, Robyn Gibson, and Mee-Hae Park. Dr. Stoudenmire has appeared in recital and with orchestra in Korea, Germany and United States, including the Hangran Music Festival, National Elite Bachelor's Music Festival, National Elite Master's Music Festival in Korea, Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Festival in Germany, Stafford Steinway Series in Georgia, The Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Music on the Mount, Remington Concert Series, Columbia College Cultural Series, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Sunday at Lowman, Francis Marion Chamber Series in South Carolina. She has been a concerto soloist with orchestra including the Sungshin University Philharmonic and the University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra. She is currently on the faculty at Charleston Southern University and maintains private studio with her husband, John. Her students have won major competitions at the local, state and regional levels. They have a daughter, Esther Song.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a "Les Adieux" (I)

 

Concerto:

Saint-Saens: Concerto No.2 in g minor, Op.22 (I)

 

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Darren Wirth

Darren WIRTH


Smoky Hill High School

Aurora, Colorado

 

Darren Wirth enjoys a diverse and varied career as a performer, composer, and music educator. Mr. Wirth holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he received a Graduate Recital of Distinction award and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society. His primary teachers have included Carolyn Pereira, Meeyoun Park, and David Genova. Darren is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and has served as music director for many local theatre productions including Denver's Theatre Group. Mr. Wirth performed at the 2007 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and was a prize-winner in the 2008 United States International Duo Piano Competition in Colorado Springs, CO. His original compositions have been featured in the Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition and in the Lamont School of Music Student Recital Series. Mr. Wirth lives in Aurora, CO, where he serves as staff accompanist and piano instructor at Smoky Hill High School. He has accompanied SHHS choirs at various adjudicated festivals and clinics including the Colorado Music Educator's Association Conference. In 2009, he won the high school's Extra Mile Award for exemplary service and commitment to his students' musical and academic achievement.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in f minor, Op.57

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (III)

 

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Eugenio Zapata

Eugenio ZAPATA


Interdisciplinary Performing Artist

Yankton, South Dakota

 

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 (student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli). After performing and teaching for several years he traveled to the US where he completed a master degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at the Pennsylvania State University under the guidance of Marylene Dosse (student of Alfred Brendel and Paul Badura Skoda) in performance and Dr. Timothy Shafer in piano pedagogy. He then traveled to Texas where he completed doctoral studies at Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Dr. William Westney (winner of the Geneva International Piano Competition). At Texas Tech he was able to integrate his training in Music, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts within the interdisciplinary fine arts doctoral program. His research explores incorporating findings in cross-modal theories of music perception into piano pedagogy. His multimedia performances explore themes such as gender, race, religion, culture, and war. These themes are integrated into shows he designs that include dance, theatre, history, video, acting, photography, poetry, and animation along with the music performed. For five years he taught as an Assistant Professor of Music at Mount Marty College. He is now an independent interdisciplinary performing artist. He has published several articles on piano pedagogy and recorded several CDs. His lectures and performances have taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Brahms: Fantasies, Op.116 No.1 (Capriccio in d minor)

Schubert/ Liszt "Der Muller und der Bach" 

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (I)

 

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