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Teacher Participants

 

Janet Buhler

Janet Buhler

I-Hsuan Cheng

I-Hsuan Cheng

Bobbi Goodman

Bobbi Goodman

Susan Groves

Susan Groves

Grace Huang

Grace Huang

Fredericka King

Fredericka King

Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein

So Jung Kwak

So Jung Kwak

Ruben Pardo

Ruben Pardo

Beverly Serra-Brooks

Beverly Serra-Brooks

Jung-Won Shin

Jung-Won Shin

Elizabeth Witt

Elizabeth Witt

 

Amateur Participants

 

Pamela Bennett

Pamela Bennett

Michael Brounoff

Michael Brounoff

Anthony Cantrick

Anthony Cantrick

Robert Canavello

Robert Canavello

Deborah Dana

Deborah Dana

Henri Delbeau

Henri Delbeau

David Doran

David Doran

Gerry Finkel

Gerry Finkel

Rex Gardner

Rex Gardner

Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman

Randy Henwood

Randy Henwood

Grace Huang

Grace Huang

Chizuko Lobbia

Chizuko Lobbia

Larry Masterson

Larry Masterson

Theresa Napoli

Theresa Napoli

John Nees

John Nees

Jose Mauro Peixoto

Jose Mauro Peixoto

utako tanigawa

Utako Tanigawa

Wei Ling Wang

Wei Ling Wang

 

Graeme Wilkinson

Graeme Wilkinson

 

Jeffrey Wilson

Jeffrey Wilson

 

 

 

 

Janet Buhler

Janet Buhler


Private Studio
Kaysville, UT

 

Janet Buhler is a pianist/violinist who heads her own large teaching studio in Salt Lake City. She has been the president of the Suzuki Association of Utah for the past 3 years and is currently working on a piano performance degree at the University of Utah, studying with Vedrana Subotic. She has completed intensive training on all the Suzuki books, and has attended institutes and trainings in the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy. Most recently she attended the Alan Fraser Summer Piano Institute at Smith College.


Before becoming a fulltime musician Janet enjoyed a previous career in fashion design. She is a graduate of the Instituto di Moda Burgo in Milan, Italy, and was adjunct professor at the Utah Fashion Institute for 6 years teaching fashion illustration and couture technique. Her smocking creations have won numerous prizes and she has won competitive tennis tournaments. Her three children are all musically inclined

 

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I-Hsuan Cheng

I-Hsuan Cheng


Powers Music School, Belmont, MA

Waltham, MA

 

Pianist I-Hsuan Cheng’s performing career has taken her around the world, including Rhodos, Como, Taipei, New York City, San Diego, Paris, Prague, and Boston. A recent review in La Cronica described Ms. Cheng’s performance as “captivating and mesmerizing,” with her playing demonstrating “a palette of colors and poetry.”


After winning first place in the 2004 Biannual Piano Competition in Mexicali, Mexico, Ms. Cheng toured Ensenada and Mexicali with Orquesta de Baja California. Other notable events include performances with cellist Felix Fan in San Diego’s Taiwanese Heritage Week and a performance in her hometown of Yuan-Lin, Taiwan with her sister, Iman Cheng.  


Ms. Cheng started her life as a pianist at the age of four, and she has continued as a recitalist and a chamber musician throughout her life. She completed her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, receiving both a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Dr. Nelita True. With the prestigious Eastman Chamber Music Society, Ms. Cheng and her colleagues regularly gave chamber concerts in the Rochester area. Through Eastman’s Graduate Award, Ms. Cheng collaborated with many inspiring musicians during her years at school. She also performed in master classes given by distinguished pianists John Perry, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Logan Skelton, Einar Steen-Nökleberg, and Kenneth Cooper.


Ms. Cheng is a strong supporter of contemporary music and enjoys working with modern composers. She premiered Yi-Kang Han’s Piano Trio in Taipei with her trio group, and she worked with renowned Mexican composer Samuel Zyman to perform his Piano Concerto. With love and pride for her homeland, Taiwan, Ms. Cheng proudly performs works by Taiwanese composers, including Tyzan Hsiao and Ming-Hsiu Yen. She cites her ballerina mother, Mei-Ling, as her primary artistic inspiration. Ms. Cheng currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

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Bobbi Goodman

Roberta (Bobbi) Goodman


Private Teacher
Carolton, TX

 

Bobbi holds her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she studied with the late Robert Prichard.  She has served on the piano faculty at Brookhaven College here in Dallas and at Glendale College in Los Angeles.  Her teachers in L.A. include Lillian Steuber, Aube Tzerko and Jakob Gimpel.  In 1974, she signed up to play in a Master Class given by Daniel Pollack, and that was where she met her husband-to-be, Joel Goodman, who was also a student in the same class.

 

Bobbi was able to study privately with Daniel Pollack for six wonderful years before she and Joel and their toddler, Rachel, moved to Dallas as Joel began his research at UTSouthwestern Medical School.

 

In Dallas, Bobbi found that many young teachers graduating from universities wanted additional help in teaching the classics to their private students.  This gave Bobbi the idea of offering classes in her home for local teachers to study all aspects of piano pedagogy.  These classes met monthly from 1984 to 1993.  In the April, 2008 issue of Clavier magazine, there was an extensive cover article entitled "Bobbi Goodman, Teacher of Teachers,"  which explained why and when she decided to start the classes, how the topics for the classes were chosen, how the classes were structured, and even showed a few pictures taken during one of the classes.

 

Bobbi appeared as Recitalist and Clinician at the NATIONAL PIANO TEACHERS INSTITUTE (NPTI) for more than ten years since its beginning in 1985.  She has also presented workshops and lecture-recitals on widely-varying subjects for music teacher groups all over North Texas.

 

After 10 years of dealing with Fibromyalgia and pain medicine (which clouded my ability to practice and perform), I missed my playing so much that I made the decision to stop the medications, and life is once again returning  to normal.  My life is now even further enriched with studying violin and looking forward to our first grandchild.

 

 

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Susan Groves

Susan Groves


Private Studio
Austin, TX

 

An active pianist and private piano teacher in Austin, Texas, Susan Groves comes from a long line of professional pianists, including her late father, University of Texas piano professor William Race, and her mother Katherine Race, who continues to teach and perform at age 85.  Susan was a prizewinner in many national competitions as well as soloist with several orchestras, including the Austin Symphony at age 12.  Principal teachers include Anton Kuerti, Danielle Martin, William Racew and Nancy Garrett.  Following the completion of her doctorate at UT-Austin, Susan and her father formed the Race-Groves Duo, performing concerts throughout the US and China until his death in 1999.  Since then, she has given numerous performances in Austin and around Texas, both as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians. 

 

In addition, Dr. Groves has maintained an award-winning private studio for many years and was voted Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year in 1992 and 2006 by the Austin District Music Teachers Association.  Her students have won many important competitions, including 1st place in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, been featured on NPR's From the Top, attended the Aspen Summer Institute, and received piano degrees from Juilliard, among other institutions.  

 

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Grace Huang

Grace Huang


Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH

 

GRACE HUANG is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she teaches in the Preparatory and Conservatory divisions and serves as Head of the Secondary Piano department. She received a B.M. in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University and her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota. Solo, collaborative and chamber music performances have taken her throughout the U.S. Festival appearances include Aspen, Eastern, Madeline Island, Hampden-Sydney, and PianoTexas, where she was a featured concerto soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony in 2011. Other recent performances were at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, OH and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.


Dr. Huang is also active as clinician and adjudicator, and is currently President of the NE district of Ohio Music Teachers Association. 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 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

 

 

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Fredericka King

Fredericka King


New England Conservatory Prep
Emerson College/Private Studio

Boston, MA

 

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 television and public radio stations such as WGBH in Boston, WVPR in Vermont, and WGMS in the Washington, D.C. area. She has performed as soloist with several New England orchestras, and as a soloist and collaborative artist, at the National Gallery of Art, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


Miss King performed numerous programs as soloist and accompanist with the National Spiritual Ensemble, touring throughout the United States. She is a founding member of the group La Femme, La Femme, dedicated to the performance of chamber and solo works by women composers. Recordings include a CD of solo and vocal works by American women titled “Hooray for the Ladies!” with the group American Classics and chamber music by the African-English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor as a member of the Coleridge Ensemble. Her recitals feature works of Classical composers and also highlight the works of women, American, and African-American composers, as on her CD “A Born Pianist”. Fredericka’s teaching of younger students was the inspiration for her recordings “Littlest Classics”, “Midsize Masterpieces”, and “BIG Classics“, which she designed, recorded and produced.


Ms. King was recently invited to teach a Masterclass and perform a recital at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts as part of the Music Department’s Piano Gala Events. In July 2011, for the National Association of Negro Musicians National Convention held in Philadelphia, she performed as soloist and accompanist on the fundraising Opera Gala concert, held to benefit their scholarship fund.


Ms.King 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, and maintains a busy private piano teaching studio. She is also
Senior Music Historian-in-Residence at Emerson College.

 

 

 

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Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein


Private Studio

Athens,GA

 

Jonathan Klein is a pianist and teacher living in Athens, GA., where he owns and operates a private piano studio of 50+ students. He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Georgia where he was the recipient of the school’s Athon-Hughes-Cook Piano Pedagogy award. In 2009 he was the sole recipient of the Steinway Piano Galleries Teacher Educator Grant for 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 and his teaching articles have appeared in Clavier Companion. 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.

 

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So Jung Kwak

So Jung Kwak


DMA Student

Korea

 

So Jung Kwak is a second year D.M.A. student in Piano Performance, studying with Dr. Ian Hobson at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Ms. Kwak holds a graduate assistantship in accompanying at UIUC.


Prior to this, Ms. Kwak completed her Master’s degree and Performance Diploma in piano performance with Professor, Shigeo Neriki at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she received a Dean’s Scholarship, IU Music Merit Award Grant, and Jacobs Graduate Grant in 2006-2008 and 2010-2011. Ms. Kwak graduated from Pusan High School of Arts in 2001 and earned a Bachelor’s degree with top honors from Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea in 2005. She received a full scholarship from the Pusan National University in 2001-2005 and was nominated for the first prize in piano performance in 2005, resulting in a debut recital at Geumjeong Cultural Grand Theater.


Ms. Kwak’s numerous awards include the second prize in Korea Christian University Competition in 1998, the first prize in the Pusan Duo Association Competition in 1998 and 1999, the second prize in Pusan Music Association Competition in 1998, and the fourth prize in Pusan Music Education Association Competition in 1990.


Ms. Kwak has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in South Korea and the United States. She played in the Talented Young Pianist Concert sponsored by Eumag Chunchu Publishing Company in 2005. Ms. Kwak had two public solo recitals in Pusan, Korea in 2006 and 2008. She also performed in the Music Festival of the twentieth Anniversary Ceremony for Piano Department Foundation at Pusan National Univeristy, Pusan, Korea.


Ms. Kwak has also attended master classes with Oxana Yablonskaya and Chung Mo Kang of Julliard School, Jung Ja Kim of Boston Conservatory, Arkadi Zenziper of University of Dresden, Germany, Su-Jung Shin of Seoul National University, and Dong-il Han of Ulsan University. She has recently participated in music festivals, including Piano Summer at the State University of New York at New Patlz, Summer Piano Festival at Boston Conservatory and International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College The New School For Music.

 

 

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Ruben Pardo

Ruben Pardo


National University of Colobmia

Bogotá, Colombia

 

He began his studies at the music school of the Colombian Youth Symphonic Orchestra and he completed theorical and piano studies. Later, he began to study at the Music Department of National University of Colombia, where he received his degree as a pianist under the tutorship of Mercedes Cortés, getting the highest qualification in his final exam.


He was winner a scholarship of “Mazda Foundation for art and science” and received “The best qualifications Scholarship of 2006” from National University. Then, he began the Master in Piano Pedagogy at National University under tutorship of Harold Martina and Abraham Abreu and he received his Magister Degree with honors.


He has participated in master classes with Walter Blankenheim, Alexander MADZAR, Valentina Diaz Frenot and Miguel Ángel Schiebba, between others.


He has performed as a soloist and accompanist at the principal auditoriums of Colombia, like the Olav Roots Auditorium at National University of Colombia, Luis Angel Arango Library, Fabio Lozano Auditorium at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Teresa Cuervo auditorium at National Museum, Jorge Gaitán Durán Library, Darío Echandía Library and Leopoldo López Cultural Center. Also he has played at National University Radio Station at the show “Alive music for Live Radio”.


He performed the Grieg's and Schumann's concerts in 2001 and 2003 with the Colombian Youth Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Ernesto Diaz Mendoza.


In addition to this, he has been pianist of Colombian Opera Chorus since 2008 and he has participated in the annual seminary of piano pedagogy at St. Thomas University (Minnessota, US). Since 2010, he has been invited as a pianist of National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in order to participate in several projects, like “Colombian Composers, 200 years of symphonic music in our country” and in 2011 was invited as a pianist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá in project “Gustav Mahler eighth symphony”.


He has been professor of Master in Piano Pedagogy at the National University. Currently, he is the coordinator of piano area at the Central University and pianist of the Colombian Opera Chorus.
As a pianist of Duo Numen, he has contributed to rediscover and reposition the four hands repertoire in the Colombian musical context. They have been under the tutorship of Harold Martina, Abraham Abreu, Stephen Prutsman, Jesús Pinzón Urrrea, Marjorie Tanaka, Steven Harlos, Adam Wodnicki, María Lourdes and Lluis Pérez Molina piano duo and Grau-Schumacher piano duo. As researchers, they participated in Latin-American Forum of Musical Education in 2007 and in the First International Meeting of Musical Research UPTC in 2009. In 2010 they participated in Festival Piano Texas and had performed a recital in University of North Texas. In 2012 they won the “Research and musical performing scholarship” and recorded the CD “Colombian music for piano four hands” for the Ministry of Culture.

 

 

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Beverly Serra-Brooks

Beverly Serra-Brooks

 

Hummingbird Music Studio

Portland, OR

 

Artist Teacher

Gold Medal Winner in the Artists International Competition, Dr. Serra-Brooks made her New York Recital Debut in 1998 at Carnegie Hall, and her West Coast Debut at The Japan-America Theater in Los Angeles. Since then Beverly has performed in concert halls across the United States, including the John-Hopkins University Shriver Hall Celebrity Series, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Series in Florida, New York's Sullivan Performing Arts Series, the Carmel Performing Arts Festival in northern California, Bentley College Recital Series in Boston, and on live radio and TV broadcasts.

 

Dr. Serra-Brooks is a recording artist for Eroica Classical Recordings, which recently released her third solo CD, “Looking Within” featuring piano music of Haydn, Schoenberg and Brahms. Upcoming 2013 CD will be music of Chopin and Debussy.

 

An acclaimed master teacher and popular presenter for national piano teacher associations and organizations, Beverly regularly serves as a jurist for regional and national competitions including the largest music competition in the world; The United States Open Music Competition in San Francisco. Beverly has adjudicated for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Certificate of Merit examinations, The American College of Musicians Auditions, period festivals of various MTNA associations from Florida to California to Washington and Oregon and is a certified adjudicator for Washington state WSMTA and adjudicator for Oregon OMTA Syllabus exams. Dr. Serra-Brooks also presents master classes, recitals and workshops at schools, festivals and universities across the United States.

 

Beverly’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States, including a Gold medal in the National James H. Hefner Piano Competition. Her students have been featured in the Portland International Piano Festival, Portland Rising Stars Concerts, the Portland Whiz Kid’s Annual Recital, 2010 winner in the Beaverton Symphony Concerto Competition, The Hawaii Piano Festival & Competition as well as numerous medals in OMTA period and concerto festivals.

 

Dr. Serra-Brooks served on the faculties of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and as Assistant Professor / Coordinator of the piano program at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Beverly is also co-founder and artist teacher at Hummingbird Music Studio in Portland, Oregon, and POP! Pianist's Outreach Project - founded in 2010 by Beverly & her husband, Lee, and dedicated to bringing classical music to Portland audiences in usual and unusual venues by pianists of all ages.

 

Beverly received her DMA in piano from Claremont Graduate University, an MM., from California State University, Northridge, and a BFA from California Institute of The Arts.

 

Beverly studied with James H. Shearer, Dr. Reginald Stewart and Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of The West, Leonid Hambro at California Institute of the Arts, Jorg Demus in Austria & Germany and with Michel Beroff at the American Conservatory at Fountainebleau, France.

 

Beverly’s musical interests also include scholarly research, and she is often invited to present her work, most recently a presentation on teaching tone color to younger students for the OMTA Focus groups and at the Washington Music Teachers Association State conference and papers on college level pedagogy strategies for the College Music Society’s Conference in Puerto Rico.

 

“Artist renders superb performance, impeccable credentials, inspired selections, and flawless execution” New York Times

 

“She has the technique of a romantic, powerful hands, soulful expressiveness, full of color and emotion” Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

 

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Jung-Won Shin

 

Delta State University
Cleveland, MS

 

Pianist Jung-Won Shin has appeared as an active solo and collaborative pianist with a large range of repertoire for solo, vocal, and chamber music at recitals and concerts in the U.S., Canada, and Korea. She has won prizes or has been selected as a finalist at several solo, chamber music, and concerto competitions, such as the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the Annual Kankakee International Piano Concerto Competition, and the Korean Festival Ensemble Chamber Music Competitions. She has been featured in a Rising Stars Concert at the Orford Summer Music Academy and Festival in Canada, in the Beethoven Sonata Recital Series of Yamaha Artist Services in New York, and in guest recitals at several universities. She was also selected to perform at the Biennial International Conference of the College Music Society (CMS) in Seoul, Korea, in July 2011 and several CMS regional conferences. Her collaborative CDs with soprano Amy Yeung and violinist Sue-Jean Park were released in 2010.


Shin earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, and Seoul National University. She studied piano with Ian Hobson, Jeremy Denk, Hyung-Joon Chang, and Hyeyoung Suh. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and CMS.

 

 

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Elizabeth Witt

Elizabeth Witt

 

Private Studio

Arvada, CO

 

Elizabeth Witt is a pianist and teacher from Arvada, Colorado. She holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Colorado. She has maintained a private studio for 30 years and has taught classes in piano and music appreciation for Jefferson County.


She is an active performer and has given numerous solo and chamber concerts along the Front Range and on the Stanley Hotel Concert series in Estes Park. Orchestral performances include a concerto with the Lakewood Symphony and ensembles with the Jefferson Symphony in Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Holst's "The Planets". Elizabeth has been a finalist in the Young Keyboard Artists International piano competitions held in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio. She has performed in master classes with Francisco Aybar, Robin Sutherland, William Westney and with Tamas Ungar and Seymour Bernstein at PianoTexas.


Elizabeth is a nationally certified member of MTNA. She has adjudicated for the Colorado State MTA, local MTAs, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra and the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Music Scholar Exchange Program. She has been an active member of Suburban Northwest MTA for 20 years, presenting programs on piano technique and starting a studio website. She has attended the Foothills MTA monthly performance group for the past 30 years.


Hobbies include mountain climbing and bird watching. She is a member of the Colorado Mountain Club and the National Audubon Society.

 

 

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Pamela Bennett

Pamela Bennett

 

Technical Writer

Bonham, TX

 

I am currently studying piano again after more than 20 years of barely playing. I have been studying with Dr. Luis Sanchez privately for the last three years. I am from Bonham, Texas. My degree is in Computer Information Systems. I work as a technical writer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Brounoff

Michael Brounoff

 

U.S. Administrative Law Judge

Plano, TX

 

As a child I studied piano with Lazelle Light of Dallas, TX. I stopped formal study after high school but continued to play actively in law school (Music Director of "Assault and Flattery") and local musical theater productions (Music Director). At age 53 I resumed piano study with Dr. Tamas Ungar of TCU and Dr. Fred Karpoff of Syracuse University. I am a 4-time competitor and 3-time semifinalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. I have performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on 3 occasions as a winner of the Piano Texas concerto competition for amateurs. I am an active participant in the monthly recital-meetings of the DFW Amateur Pianists group, and co-founder of a similar group in Syracuse, NY. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in psychology, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin, and work as a U. S. Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration. I live in Plano, TX with my wife, Martha, son, David, dog, Buster, and my 1924 model, 9-foot Knabe concert grand piano named "Obiwan."

 

 

 

 

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Anthony Cantrick

Anthony Cantrick

 

Systems Analyst
Woodinville, WA

 

Tony Cantrick is a systems analyst at Crane Aerospace in Lynnwood, WA. In high school he studied piano with Harold Thompson, and was a finalist in the Alabama Music Teachers Association piano concerto competition. While earning his degree in history from the University of Rochester, Tony continued with piano at Eastman, studying with Eugene List and Dennis Andal, and performed a piano concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra. Following college he studied harpsichord, attended the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, presented lecture-demonstrations on the historical keyboard collection at the Smithsonian Institution, and was an occasional harpsichord recitalist in various venues in Washington, DC. In recent years, Tony has re-focused his attention on piano performance, studying with Dr. William Chapman Nyaho. In the fall of 2011 he participated in the Seattle International Piano Competition, earning a gold medal in the amateur division. He was a participant in this year’s California Concerto Weekend. Tony sings bass in the Kirkland Choral Society, is married with two children, resides in Woodinville, WA, and enjoys hiking and bicycling the Cascades.

 


 

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Robert Canavello

Robert Canavello

 

Technical Writer

Concord, MA

 

My first piano lesson was on my 11th birthday. I progressed rapidly, winning a concerto competition within three years. I enrolled in the Juilliard Preparatory Division and later went to the Mannes College of Music to study with Nadia Reisenberg. I also studied with Olga Stroumillo (assistant to Isabelle Vengerova), and Martin Canin. After college, I went to Paris on a French Government Fellowship, studying at L’Ecole Normale de Musique.

 

I subsequently taught for several years at the San Francisco Conservatory. While I was living in San Francisco, I studied Russian language and literature at San Francisco State University. I also learned computer programming to supplement my teaching income. I moved into full-time computer work in 1981, which I still do as a technical writer. I took one break from high tech to pursue a degree at Harvard Divinity School.

 

I live in Concord, Massachusetts. My piano coach now is Michael Lewin. I am also an active participant in a piano performance seminar at the New England Conservatory. I love to swim, hike, and meditate. I have served as a volunteer in several hospice programs.

 

 

 

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Deborah Dana

Deborah Dana

 

Nonprofit Coordinator

Plano, TX

 

Deborah Dana has enjoyed playing piano since the age of six. She has studied with Lynn Cherry and Dr. Robert Mayerovitch, both at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. Ms. Dana also studied locally with Pierrette Mouledous at Eastfield College and she currently studies with Dr. Maria Guenette of UT Tyler. Ms. Dana is a resident of Plano Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henri Delbeau

Henri Delbeau

 

Physician

Williston Park, NY

 

Henri Delbeau started his piano studies at the age of seven and soon after debuted as soloist with the Suburban Symphony of the Great New York Area. He has played as soloist with many other orchestras and has performed many solo recitals abroad. He is a the first prize winner of several amateur piano competitions, including the Berlin International Competition for Amateurs, the Washington and Boston International Competitions, and has been a finalist at the International Competition for Amateurs sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation. He counts among his teachers Tamás Ungár, Dickran Atamian and Tong-il Han. Dr. Delbeau is currently an inpatient internist and floor chief at the Lutheran Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

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David Doran

David Doran

 

Administrative Associate

St. Louis, MO

 

David Doran, currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and a Master of Music degree in organ both from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London. Currently, he studies piano with Alla Voskoboynikova and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet, both at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has competed in amateur competitions in Washington DC , Paris and Berlin and was a finalist in Berlin (2008). During that competition, he received a special prize for the best performance of a Classic period work.

 

Mr. Doran serves as the organist and choirmaster of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in St. Louis, Missouri and is a 2007 recipient of the Patriarch Athenagoras award from the Metropolis of Chicago for excellence in church music and service to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He is also author of an elementary training guide for Byzantine chant, Selected Hymns from the Sunday Orthros. 

 

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Gerry Finkel

Gerald Finkel

 

Pathologist

Seattle, WA

 

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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Rex Gardner

Rex Gardner

 

Retired

Brentwood, TN

 

Born and raised in Oklahoma, I have resided in Nashville, Tennessee, for the past 22 years, and have attended Piano Texas or Cliburn Piano Institute for the past thirteen years. My life centers around music, especially the piano. As a teenager, I took piano lessons for three years, and then in 1967, after earning my Master's Degree in Accounting, I studied with Ralph Berkowitz (ex-dean of Tanglewood) for two years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the next thirty years, my piano traveled with me and my family around the US following a career with the Veterans Administrative, but remained "silent" most of those years. Upon retirement in 1997, I began my life's true love with the instrument, letting it become my best friend (and enemy at times) and am devoting the remainder of my years to developing my ability to the maximum within my reach. The journey to this point has permitted me to play in the Van Cliburn Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2007.

 

My wife, Edwina, continues to be my best fan and critic. Our daughter, Lynne, who is a Nurse Practitioner in California, has a 23 year old daughter, Ashley, a first grade school teacher in Tennessee. Our son, Chris, and his wife, Teresa, in Tennessee have two daughters, ages 5 and 3, who I hope someday will continue piano and make use of our 1964 Baldwin and restored 1861 Steinway. My hobbies include world travel, exercise, politics, and beagles.

 

 

 

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Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman

 

Cell Biologist and Professor

Carrolton, TX

 

Joel Goodman is a cell biologist and professor at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.  His laboratory studies cellular mechanisms of fat storage and lypodystrophies, serious diseases in which adipose (fat) tissue fails to develop.  Goodman teaches pharmacology to medical students, and cell and molecular biology to Ph.D. graduate students.  Recognized as an Outstanding Teaching Professor he is a member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Teachers.  Goodman also directs the Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS) office, which offers many programs and resources to high school science teachers and students, and he is the holder of the Jan and Bob Bullock Endowed Chair for Science Education.

 

Goodman began playing piano at the age of four.  He took lessons through college.  In 1999, after a 25-year lapse he began piano lessons again and now studies with Adam Wodnicki.  He has been a competitor three times in the Cliburn Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs and once in the Berlin Amateur Competition.  In 2010 he was a winner of the PianoTexas concerto competition and had the privilege of performing with the Ft. Worth Symphony.  He is married to Roberta Goodman, a piano teacher.  In the 1980s and 1990s Bobbi and Joel performed as a piano duo for benefit recitals for their synagogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Randy Henwood

Randy Henwood

 

Family Physician

Wichita, KS

 

I was captued at 9 years old, captured by the sounds and songs that arose from the piano the first time I ever played. To think that I could play music. That was magic! Music has been a common thread in my life since that moment. Through my childhood in Collinsville, Oklahoma, during college, family years and after 30 years of family practice in Wichita, Kansas, it still grounds me. Music allows me time to rest, observe, love, feel and heal. I am a much better, happier and appreciative person because of this "music in me".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grace Huang

Grace Huang

 

Lab Technician

Georgetown, TX

 

I started learning playing the piano since I was 7 years old. I grew up in Taiwan and moved to Texas for college. I have a degree in Molecular Biology from UT and I work as a lab assistant. I didn't have a piano teacher for a long time after college but I started taking private lessons again about 3 years ago. I have given a few recitals since then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chizuko Lobbia

Chizuko Lobbia

 

Student

San Jose, CA

 

Chizuko Lobbia started studying piano from the age of 2 years old in Japan. She took a break and then resumed study in 2004, along with performing as a timpanist for orchestra. She currently studies with Joe Ordaz and Kanako Inagawa in San Jose, California. Last year she performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, first movement with the Mission College orchestra. She is also a member of the Mission College orchestra and Winchester Orchestra where she performs regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Larry Masterson

Larry Masterson

 

Physician Assistant

Billings, MT

 

Larry Masterson studied both oboe and piano and Indiana University. His primary oboe instructors include John Mack, Laila Storch and Michael Rosenberg. His major piano teachers include Alfonso Montecino, Jeffrey Shumway and Shigeo Neriki. Having an interest in chamber music he was fortunate to be assigned to the violin studio of Joseph Gingold. During this time, as an oboist he performed with several noted violinists including Chantal Juillet, Kenneth Goldstein and others; and also performed as a piano soloist throughout North, Central and South Americas.

 

Along with music, Mr. Masterson was an accomplished cyclist and has a background in sports medicine. Larry has participated in the American College of Sports Team Physician Training Programs, and appeared in the Denver Post article, “Exercise Gurus.” In 1995, Mr. Masterson started experiencing contractures in the right side of his body –hemispheric dystonia. The contractures not only limited his physical exercise abilities, but ultimately ended performing on a musical instrument. After seeing several specialist and working with a variety of physical therapists, he was diagnosed and eventually determined to have a disability in 2002.

 

Job retraining through the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services allowed Mr. Masterson to change careers, and he graduated Cum Laude as a physician assistant in 2008. Which, is oddly the same year, Mr. Masterson made an attempt at returning to performing. Since 2008, Mr. Masterson has performed several oboe and piano concerti with local orchestras.

 

 

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Theresa Napoli

Theresa Napoli

 

Registered Nurse

Mickleton, NJ

 

Theresa Napoli started life in music with frequent trip to her church choir loft and piano lessons with her mother at age 5. Her love of music continued in high school as she played string bass with the Mercer County Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia All Catholic Orchestra.

 

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, and after an active 32 year career, Theresa still maintains her Nursing license in Pa. and N. J. She is currently on sabbatical from Nursing and teaching piano privately on South Jersey.

 

Theresa studies with Dr. David Pasbrig and has also had lesson with Tamas Ungar, Harold Martina and Igor Resnianski. She has been a regular participant at Piano Texas International Festival and has also played at Music Appassionata Festival in West Chester. She recently performed with the Mission College Symphony for the California Concerto Program.

 

Theresa has two sons and a granddaughter and resides with her husband in Mickleton, N. J. An avid swimmer, she also enjoys cokking and gardening.  

 

 

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John Nees

John Nees

 

Plastic Surgeon

Delray Beach, FL

 

John E. Nees, M.D., grew up in Pennsylvania. He began his music studies on the organ at age 10 with Ken Wayne Klaiss, a silent movie theater organist in Pittsburgh. He learned to play popular songs and show tunes. He began classical piano and organ studies at age 13 with Edward M. Harris, a Julliard School of Music professor and composer, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He joined the American Guild of Organists, and played in organ recitals, weddings, and religious services. During college and medical school at Cornell University, he postponed his music interests to concentrate on his career in medicine. While at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1968, he studied twentieth century opera with Donald Grout. After graduating from Cornell University Medical College in New York City in 1974, he continued his education with a surgery internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas; a general surgery residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California; and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals in Miami, Florida. His interest in piano performance was rekindled in 1979, during his plastic surgery training in Miami, when he bought a piano and rediscovered his talent for classical music. In 1982, he began the private practice of plastic surgery in Seattle, Washington, at the Walter Scott Brown Clinic. A year later, he settled in Bellevue, Washington, bought a Steinway piano and renewed his music studies with Justin Root, a Peabody Conservatory graduate. He continued his piano studies in 1989 with Victoria Bogdashevskaya, a Moscow Conservatory professor and the Seattle Symphony pianist under Gerard Schwartz. From 1987 to 2000, Dr. Nees played annually in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, in Bellevue, Washington. He earned First Place honors in this competition in his division in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside from 1998 to 2000. He became an avid participant in Seattle musical events – opera, symphony, ballet, and piano. In 2001, Dr. Nees relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, to continue the practice of plastic surgery and be nearer to his family and his wife's relatives in Lima, Peru. He extended his piano studies with Roberta Rust at Lynn University in Boca Raton. He also participated in the annual "Healing Hands at the Steinway" recital at the Boca Raton Steinway Piano Gallery in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Currently, he is a member of the American Liszt Society and studies piano with Yang Shen at Lynn University. Dr. Nees practices plastic surgery at Strax Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He travels to Peru regularly to enjoy his extended family and second home.

 

 

 

 

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Jose Mauro Peixoto

Jose Mauro Peixoto

 

Portfolio Manager

Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

Jose Mauro Peixoto is an engineer by Maua and business administrator by FGV, works since 1970 in the stock market managing investment funds. Son of Odette de Faria pianist and journalist Silveira Peixoto began studying piano at age 3, at 5 recorded an album, the 9 gave a recital at the Pro Arte de São Paulo, at 11 played twice on TV Tupi. Shortly thereafter abandoned the piano for 28 years, returning when a friend asked to touch the Polonaise Opus 53, Chopin on his birthday party. That was the trigger for that Jose returned to piano studies, going to dedicate 7 hours a day, taking classes with Olga Normanha in Campinas. In 1988 he gave a recital at Club de Campo in 1994 played the concerto No. 2 Rachmaninoff with the Orchestra under Eleazar de Carvalho in 1997 recorded a CD and in 1999 began his participation in several international piano competitions for amateurs, in Paris, Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Washington, Boston and Berlin. To date there are 21 stakes in the contest. Since 2003 participates annually Piano Festival sponsored by Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. For 2013 José is programming competitions in Boston and Colorado Springs.

 

 

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Utako Tanigawa

Utako Tanigawa

 

Technologist

Bentonville, AK

 

Utako Tanigawa, born in Osaka, Japan, started playing the piano at the age of three. Her love of music and art was inherited from her father, a professional artist and business owner, and her mother, a lover of classical music and choir member. In Japan, Utako founded and ran a preparatory school and owned a cuisine restaurant. During these work years she was unable to devote time to music and stopped playing the piano.

 

After coming to the United States to study Mathematics and Computer Science, Utako continued her education with multiple degrees followed by a PhD in Information Systems. During this period, she started a family, and held executive positions of increasing responsibility with Fortune 500 companies.

 

Having a life-threatening illness, her love of music returned and continues to provide a tangible lifeline to beauty and hope. While her future health is unsure, she realized that the desire to play the piano was stronger than ever and that she wanted to share that passion and joy with others. Music has played and continues a play a major role in her physical and mental health.

 

 

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Wei Ling Wang

 

Engineer

Plano, TX

 

Wei Ling began studying piano at a young age and competed in several local, state and regional competitions through high school years. She is also interested in math and science and pursued a degree in computer science. Wei Ling works for a telecommunication company on delivering high speed voice and data services through a complex computer network. In addition to playing the piano, she enjoys reading, opera music and travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graeme Wilkinson

 

In-flight Services, Air Canada

Montreal, QC

 

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.

 

In 1979, he was employed by Air Canada, and has remained with the company until the present time. 
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. He has resided in Montreal since 1989, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at l'Université du Québec à Montréal , and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University.

 

In 1999, Graeme took his musical avocation a step further, and competed in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas. Since that time, he has been a regular on the on the International Piano Amateur circuit, performing in competitions and workshops in Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Czech Republic, Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Fort Worth, where he remains a regular participant at Piano Texas. 
During the past nine years, Graeme has been increasingly active in choral work 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 performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City, la Cathédrale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and most recently at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest, Hungary Since 2008 he has also sung with the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony, under Maestro Kent Nagano, and with the Concordia University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Christopher Jackson.

 

Hobbies and interests include kayaking in the Southern Gulf Islands of Western Canada,transcendental meditation, animal rights, chamber music and musicology.

 

 

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Jeffrey Wilson

Jeffrey Wilson

 

College Administrator

Englewood, CA

 

Jeffrey L. Wilson is Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He lives with his partner and his 1897 Steinway A in Inglewood, California. He has previously studied with Douglas Allanbrook at St. John's College, Annapolis and with Anders Martinson in Santa Monica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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