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Teachers and Amateurs Performers

Session I

Virginia Bigelow

 

Teresa Engelmann

 

Susan Groves

 

Mari Ito

 

Keji Lu

 

Fredericka King

 

Georgina Lavery

 

Jose Mauro Pexioto

 

 
 
 
 

Session II

Michael Brounoff

 

Michael Caysido

 

Dawn Dalangin Hawk

 

Naoko Garrison

 

Patryce King

 

Vanessa Lam

 

Chizuko Lobbia

 

Lucy Maxwell

 

Joann Oh

 

Jennifer Song

 

 
 

Session III

Joel Goodman

 

Andrew Grosbach

 

Sharla Shane

 

Utako Tanigawa

 

Spencer Thompson

 

Patricia Tsai

 

Hkun Tun

 

Benjamin van Eeden

 

Weiling Wang

 

Yih-Ching Wang

 

   

Virginia Bigelow

Ginny's SOS Piano Studio
Walnut Creek, CA

 

Master Class Repertoire
Debussy: Two Arabesque

 

Virginia Bigelow grew up in a home with lots of laughter, games, music playing and singing. Her mother played violin in the Corpus Christi Symphony, and her father regularly played his own piano arrangements of current popular songs. Ginny, as soon as she could sit at the piano, spent hours making up her own music. Formal lessons started in the 3rd grade with Agnes Weeks, continuing in high school with Marilyn Babel. Being a flutist in the Ray High School band opened the door for Ginny the pianist, and she was the one usually asked to accompany her friends on their various instruments. Her dream at that time was to become a band director. An inspiring teacher at Baylor, William McKamie, changed that, and she switched to piano performance. Ginny earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor and a Masters from the University of Houston ­­ under Albert Hirsh, both in performance. She then moved to Southern California, began teaching piano, took lessons from Earle Voorhies, met and married Mark (whose dowry was a Steinway Grand), moved to Walnut Creek, continued teaching, did occasional accompanying, and usually played a piano solo at the end of her students’ recitals. Then she met Lillian Cox. Lillian arrived in Northern California’s Contra Costa County in the 1970’s with a Julliard background and strong emphasis on performing. Dame. Soon after meeting her, Ginny had a vivid dream that if she wanted to be really good, she should study with this Grand Dame. Many things followed that chosen path ­­ learning concertos (performances with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony, the Diablo Valley College concert band, and the Cantare con Vivo orchestra under David Morales), becoming a performing member of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society and the Berkeley Piano Club, and taking many summer trips to various countries in Europe to learn and perform at International Workshops. Now she has been coming to the PianoTexas Festival for more than 10 years, with opportunities to learn from the best pianists from around the world! In 1986 Ginny is proud to have won the teacher Grand Prize in the recording competition of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. In addition to private teaching since the 1970’s, she taught at Diablo Valley College from 1991 to 2012. These days, when not playing the piano, teaching, or at some kind of music gathering; Ginny might be found on the golf course or playing crazy card games with friends.
 
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Teresa Engelmann

Auto Underwriter
Wylie, Texas

 

Master Class Repertoire
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 119 Nos. 1 - 3

 

Teresa Engelmann began taking piano lessons at the age of 10. She earned her B.A. Degree in Music from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Teresa taught private 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 for State Farm in 1999. It was there she met her husband, Jeff Logue. Teresa
continued to play piano in her spare time, playing for weekly services for church. In 2006, State Farm transferred the family to Bloomington, Illinois. After arriving in Bloomington, Teresa opened up a piano studio again. She cut back her hours at State Farm to part-time so she could spend more time teaching and playing. In 2010 she left State Farm and went back to school to obtain a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Illinois State University. She received a graduate assistantship with school, teaching group piano classes. She maintained her studio in Bloomington until State Farm transferred the family back to Dallas to their new office in Richardson. Currently Teresa works as an Auto Underwriter for State Farm and recently took a position as a Piano Teacher with the Ballad Street Music Company. She also serves as back-up organist for Messiah Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending any spare time she can with her husband and 16-year old daughter, Samantha, who keeps her busy in the fall with marching band as a member of That Wylie Band.
 
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Susan Groves

Susan Groves Piano Studio
Austin, Texas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D845 (I. Moderato)

 

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 89. Susan was a prizewinner in several national competitions as well as soloist with several orchestras, including the Austin Symphony at age 12. Principal teachers include Anton Kuerti, Danielle Martin, William Race and Nancy Garrett. Following the completion of her doctorate at UT, 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 as chamber musician. A devoted participant in Piano Texas since 2011, Susan was chosen to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto #24 with the Ft. Worth Symphony during PianoTexas 2014.
 
Susan Groves has maintained a large, award-winning private studio in Austin for 35 years and was twice voted Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year 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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Mari Ito

Architect
Brooklyn, New York
 
Master Class Repertoire
Debussy: Prélude from Suite Bergamasque

 

Japanese native, Mari Ito obtained BA and MA in architecture and holds first class license in Japan. She practiced architectural design in her own firm for years in Sapporo, Japan and currently works at Stonehill & Taylor Architects in NYC for high-end hotel design/engineering such as Peninsula NY, Intercontinental Barclay, Hilton Atlanta Downtown and Carlyle Hotel. Inspired by the high cultural environment of NYC, she resumed piano playing in 2010, enrolling in Juilliard School evening division.
 
She is participated in Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition 2011, Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2016. Since 2012, she enjoys studying and performing at Piano Texas.
 
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Keji Lu

Southwestern Music Academy
Fort Worth, TX 76115
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
 
Keji LU, a native of China, is pursuing Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She teaches at Southwestern Music Academy as a piano instructor and she has also taught elective piano lessons in the School of Church Music. Before moving to Fort Worth, she has taught private piano and group lessons in the Herald Music School (NY), the Joyous Music School (NY), and the Creative Music Club (China). She holds a B.A. in Music Theory from the China Conservatory, and during her Bachelor degree study she was granted Academic awards, participated in various master classes, and gave lectures in Ear-Training for college-level students. She also holds Master of Music degrees in Music Theory and Piano Performance. At Mannes College, she served as graduate assistant theory coach in subjects of ear-training, dictation, theory, and Schenkerian analysis. She studied with Carl Schachter, Robert Cuckson, Hedi Siegel, Poundie Burstein, Noam Sivan, and David Loeb. She actively participated in numerous solo and collaborative performances. As a soloist, she is the first-prize winner of numerous piano competitions in her homeland. She also serves as an active accompanist and collaborative pianist/ harpsichordist for the China Children’s
Choir, the Chanters Choir, the New York International Music Competition, the Southwestern Singers, and the Southwestern Chapel Orchestra. She has toured with Southwestern Singers as the accompanist in Mississippi, New Orleans, and Texas. In this year, she has also played with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Southwestern seminary’s 13th annual Gala concert, which celebrates the school as distinction as ‘All-Steinway School’. She has served as a church pianist weekly from her youth until today. Keji has participated in PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, where she performed in many solo and chamber concerts, and studied with John Owings, Piotr Paleczny, Igor Resnianski, and Dina Yoffe, She has also taken master classes with Joseph Kalichstein and Harold Martina. She has collaborated and performed publicly with the Adkins Quartet. Her piano study has been under the teaching of Ding-Fan Wang, Marilyn Groves, Dr. Cristina Stanescu, Dr. Jill Sprenger (pedagogy), and Dr. Robert Smith.
 
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Fredericka King

Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts
 
Master Class Repertoire
Schumann: Kreileriana, Op. 16 Nos. 1 - 4 
 
Fredericka King, pianist, made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and has performed in the United States, Europe and South America. 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. Her Boston performances include recitals at historic Jordan Hall, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She has also appeared as soloist with several New England orchestras, and as 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.
 
A special interest and pleasure are the "Performance Plus!" thematic programs which feature Fredericka King speaking informally about the works she performs. The music and its composers are presented with a context of the musicalhistorical
times in which their works were created, the stories of their lives, and personal elements that also helped shape their pieces. Her goal is to have listeners feel welcomed to Classical music rather than intimidated by it. Many concertgoers have expressed their delight and appreciation after these programs, mentioning how much the introductions increased their awareness and enjoyment of the music as they listened.
 
Her recitals feature works of Classical composers and also highlight the works of women, American, and AfricanAmerican
composers, as on her recording “A Born Pianist”. 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 AfricanEnglish composer Samuel ColeridgeTaylor as a member of the Coleridge Ensemble. Miss King performed numerous programs as soloist and accompanist with the National Spiritual Ensemble, touring throughout the United States and was a founding member of the group La Femme, La Femme, dedicated to the performance of chamber and solo works by women composers.
 
Miss 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 also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
 
Fredericka King is Senior Music HistorianinResidence at Emerson College, with ongoing projects that include research and writing on the history of America’s premier piano makers, Chickering & Sons piano company in Boston, and developing textbooks on music history. She is also a member of the piano faculty at New England Conservatory of Music
Preparatory School, and maintains a private piano teaching studio. Fredericka’s teaching of younger students was the inspiration for the 3 cd set Piano Classics for Young Listeners: Littlest Classics, Midsize Masterpieces, and BIG Classics,
which she designed, recorded, and produced.
 
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Georgina Lavery

Financial Advisor
Las Cruces, New Mexico
 
Master Class Repertoire
Grieg: Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (I. Allegro molto moderato)
 
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Ms. Lavery received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin where she studied with Professor Terence Dennis. Prior to moving to the United States she completed a Master of Arts degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science degree with the University of Maryland, European Division.
 
Since moving to the United States Ms. Lavery completed her Master of Music degree at the University of New Mexico with Professor Falko Steinbach. She has participated in masterclasses with Piers Lane, Ian Hominick, and Neal Larrabee and has also performed at the DTKV Music Festival in Heek-Nienborg, and the International Piano Festival in Lindlar, Germany. She is currently studying piano with Dr. Alexander Tentser in Tucson, Arizona and attended the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival in June 2016 as an Amateur Performer. Earlier this year she was selected as a performer at the California Concerto Weekend.
From May 2013 to October 2016 Ms. Lavery worked as a Financial Advisor for First Command Financial Services in El Paso, Texas and Sierra Vista, Arizona.
 
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Jose Mauro Pexioto

Portfolio Manager
Sao Paulo, Brazil
 
Master Class Repertorie
Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (I. Allegro affettuoso)
 
José Mauro Peixoto is a mechanical engineer, graduated in 1966 by Maua Institute of Technology.  He completed a post graduated course in Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation in 1970. José works at the stock market since 1970.  He actually manages some Investment Funds that are among the top of the Brazilian funds.
 
José Mauro is son of the pianist Odette de Faria and the journalist Silveira Peixoto and started to study piano with his mother when he was three years old.  When he was five he made a studio recording.  At nine he gave a recital for “Pro Arte” the most famous artistic society at the time in Sao Paulo. At eleven appeared twice on Television. His mother did not favor his adopting music as a career and encourages him to study engineering, because of his facility for mathematics.
 
At the age of twelve he abandoned the piano for twenty eight years, and only played again when a friend on the occasion of his fortieth birthday asked Jose Mauro to play, as a birthday gift, the Chopin’s Polonaise (opus 53), which he loved and remembered hearing him play as a child.
 
The success encourages José to return to the piano.  He looked for a teacher, and found Olga Normanha in Campinas, a friend of his mother’s.  For eight years he had weekly classes. At the same time, he refused invitations to work as director of two large financial institutions in Brazil, because he needed four hours daily to practice the piano.
 
In 1988 he gave two recitals.  In the following years he performed in public about once a year and in 1994 played the Rachmaninoff’s Concerto nº 2 with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Eleazar de Carvalho. In 1997 he recorded a CD with works of Bach/Almeida Prado, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. In January, 1999, he started to participate in piano competitions for amateurs, first in Paris, after in Fort Worth.  When returned to Brasil, Jose performed five times at English Culture of Sao Paulo, once at Musical Conservatory of Osasco, once in Curitiba, most of all playing a Chopin’s Recital.
 
In the following years, he participate in many other piano competitions for amateurs, in Salt Lake City, Colorado, Paris, Washington, Boston, Fort Worth, Berlin. Since 2003 he has annually participated in the Amateurs Program of TCU.
Jose loves to play bridge and dance.
 
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Michael Brounoff

U. S. Administrative Law Judge
Plano, Texas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Debussy: Ballade in F major
 
Although he suspended formal piano study after high school, Michael continued to play for personal enjoyment, serving as musical director of the satirical review, “Assault and Flattery” while in law school. As a practicing attorney, he still found time to direct the music for local productions of Broadway musicals, including Brigadoon, The Fantasticks, Anything Goes, The Grass Harp, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, and Guys & Dolls. He resumed formal piano study at age 53 with Dr. Tamas Ungar of Texas Christian University and—after accepting an appointment as Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration in Syracuse, NY— with Dr. Fred Karpoff of Syracuse University. Transferring back to Dallas, he resumed study with Dr. Ungar. He has competed in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s, International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs four times, advancing to the semi-final round three times. He has attended Piano Texas Academy and Festival at TCU every year since 2000 except one, and won in competition the privilege of concerto performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra four times. Michael lives in Plano, TX with his wife of 34 years, Martha Jane, their son,
David Franklin, and Michael’s piano, a 9-foot Knabe named “Obiwan.”
 
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Michael Caysido

Registered Nurse
Little Rock, Arkansas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor

 

Michael Caysido is currently a Junior Bachelors of Music with an emphasis on Piano Performance major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas studying with Dr. Naoki Hakutani. Caysido is a fulltime Registered Nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary. Additionally, he is also pursuing his Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing at UALR. He started his collegiate studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he studied with Dr. Michael Baron and placed in regional and statewide competitions, which included the SW Florida Symphony Concerto Competition, the SW Florida Young Artists Awards competition, among others. Michael's early music studies began at the age of 13 studying with Ms. Roxanne Stevenson in Plantation, Florida, where he participated in multiple solo and ensemble performances and competitions. Michael's hobbies include traveling, swimming, playing water polo, and reading. 
 
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Dawn Dalangin Hawk

Hawk Music Studios
Cumming, Georgia
 
Master Class Repertoire
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI/52 (I. Allegro moderato)

 

Dr. Dawn Dalangin Hawk, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is a soloist, collaborator, and educator. With over 14 years of teaching experience, she has taught in various settings to include studio, community, and collegiate teaching. She teaches over 50 private lessons weekly. Dr. Hawk started piano lessons on a military base in Wurzburg, Germany at the age of 11, after her parents won a keyboard at a bingo game. She advanced quickly and was playing Mozart and Beethoven sonatas in less than one year of private lessons. Two years later, she moved to Colorado Springs where she studied piano with multiple teachers, including Dr. Curtis Smith from the University of Colorado.
 
Despite her love for music, she wanted to be an engineer and attended Colorado State University to major in engineering and minor in music. After one year, her music professors persuaded her to be a piano performance major, so she double majored in music and engineering. She was one of the few female engineering students to be machine shop certified and received the “Best of Show” award for the highest grade in her shop practicum. Her senior design project, an electronically controlled pipe organ, synthesized with electronic sounds, received second place at the annual CSU Engineering Days competition.
 
She completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2008, studying with Dr. Janet Landreth. During her bachelors degrees, Dr. Hawk was employed as a piano instructor at several music academies, including the Westin Arts Academy and Main Street Music Academy. It was during these years that she discovered her love for teaching, so she decided to pursue a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from CSU, which she completed in 2010. At CSU, she was the recipient of numerous awards, including winning the annual Concerto Competition, the CSUMTNA Pedagogy award for two years, and was selected as one of CSU's Outstanding Graduate Students.
 
She also served as a staff accompanist at CSU, collaborating with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, and accompanying the university choirs. Simultaneously, she opened her own studio in Fort Collins, the Amadeus Piano Academy, where she was director and head instructor for three years. Dr. Hawk moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010, to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Georgia, where she studied with Dr. Evgeny Rivkin. Her minor area of Piano Pedagogy was under the tutelage of Dr. Pete Jutras. At UGA, she was awarded a full graduate assistantship to teach private lessons, group classes for adults and children, and supervise other graduate
student teachers.
 
In 2012, she was hired as a full-time Professor of Music/Piano at Andrew College in Cuthbert for two years where she taught applied piano, music appreciation, music theory, aural skills, and served as the college accompanist.
 
In 2014, with her husband, Dr. S. Eric Hawk (DMA in Orchestral Conducting from UGA), she Co-founded the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra , a non-profit community ensemble, where she is pianist and Secretary of the board . She is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Georgia Music Teachers Association, the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs. She is also Chair of the Johns Creek-Alpharetta Federation of Music Clubs and Vice President of Communications of the Georgia Musicale Group.
 
She lives in Cumming, Georgia, (north Atlanta) with her husband Eric, and their three labradors - Lilu, Wall-E, and Luna. When she is not practicing or teaching, she enjoys long distance running, cycling, yoga, remodeling her house, and various artistic projects.
 
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Naoko Garrison

Xavier College Preparatory/Rio Salado College
Phoenix, Arizona
 
Master Class Repertoire
Mozart: Sonata in G major, K. 283
 
A native of Japan, Naoko Garrison started her piano study at age three. She received her Bachelor of Education degree with emphasis on Piano Performance from Ehime University in Japan studying with Shin Moriyama and continued her studies under Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University where she was a scholarship recipient and received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. She has participated in master classes and performed in PianoSummer at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY for two summers and International Summer Piano Courses of the Prague Conservatoire in Prague,
where she was chosen as one of the outstanding participants.
 
Naoko is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) and the Phoenix Music Teachers Association (PMTA), and cu rrently serves on the piano faculty at Xavier College Preparatory, Rio Salado College and Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. Besides her busy teaching/performance schedule, she enjoys yoga and listening to vinyl records.
 
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Patryce King

King Studios
Austin, TX
 
Master Class Repertoire
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI/52 (I. Allegro moderato)
 
American pianist Patryce King strongly advocates for cultivating the arts in society. She believes whole-heartedly that building a relationship between your art, your music, and your life contributes value to the world. In her opinion, we all hold the responsibility of cultivating our spiritual gifts, providing deeper connection to one another through sharing our talents. True self-reflection happens during the pure act of practice.
 
Ms. King is Artistic Director of her own private piano business, King Studios. For each individual student, Ms. King designs a personal course of study to enhance the strengths of that student. Her students have been accepted to the Oberlin Conservatory and to other prestigious music schools in Austin, Texas, including the very selective collaborative piano program at McCallum Fine Arts High School. Ms. King helps students fall in love with learning and listening, traits
which in turn develop compassionate leaders.
 
Ms. King’s formal education started at Southeast Missouri State University under the tutelage of Juilliard trained professor James Sifferman. Mia Hines at Central Missouri State University, esteemed student of the great Menahem Pressler,
trained Ms. King during her master’s program in chamber music. Ms. King has served as First Vice President for the Austin District Music Teachers Association and is currently the Director for the Primary Division of the Austin Chamber Music
Center.
 
Patryce King lives in South Austin with her labrador Stanley. When not teaching, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, and attending local concerts. She is also passionate about the Italian language and culture.
 
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Vanessa Lam

Voice Teacher
Arcadia, California
 
Master Class Repertoire
Brahms: Intermezzo in A major, O. 118 No. 2
 
Vanessa Lam, soprano, completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Azusa Pacific University. She has been involved in music and performing from a young age; beginning ballet training at the age of five. She began her musical training with piano lessons at the age of seven, under Weihui Mao. Ms. Lam later began training in violin and voice; since then, she has appeared in various recitals and performances.
 
Currently a student of Antoinette Perry and Shigemi Matsumoto, Ms. Lam has also studied with Tao Chang and Deanna Murray. Ms. Lam has participated in the Young Artist training programs at SongFest and Intimate Opera. While studying at Azusa Pacific University, she served as the assistant stage manager for APU Opera’s productions of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio and Antonio Salieri’s Falstaff. She has performed in master classes with Melanie Emelio, Suzanna Guzman, Harold Martina, and Alexander Shtarkman.
 
Ms. Lam has been attending the Amateurs program at PianoTexas each summer since 2014. She currently maintains an active teaching studio in Los Angeles, California.
 
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Chizuko Lobbia

Homemaker
San Jose, California
 
Master Class Repertoire
Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C mjaor, Op.53 (I. Allegro con brio)
 
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 Sandra Wright-Shen in San Jose, California. In 2015 she was selected to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at PianoTexas, playing Mendelssohn piano concerto No. 1, 1st & 2nd movements. She has attended Piano Texas since 2012 and in 2014 was also selected to play Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 (K.271), 3rd movement with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she played Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, 3rd movement at the California Concerto Weekend. In 2011 she performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, 1st movement with the Mission College Orchestra. For chamber music she has performed “Poulanc Trio for Oboe, Basson and Piano” and “Kuhlau Grand Trio for flute, cello and piano” at the San Francisco Symphony workshop, along with Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 49, 1st movement for the PTNA Society in Japan.
 
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Lucy Maxwell

Medical Business Administrator
Anchorage, Alaska
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ravel: Ondine from Gaspard de la nuit
 
Lucy Maxwell is a Chinese born Australian pianist now living in Alaska, USA who began piano lessons at the age of 4. She previously studied with renowned Australian pedagogue James Muir and attained an Associate Diploma of Music in Piano Performance from the Australian Music Examinations Board. In addition to her musical pursuits, Lucy holds a double degree in Business and Liberal Arts from the University of Sydney and previously worked in marketing professions in Sydney before relocating to the USA in 2013. Lucy’s real education began when she built a single physician doctor’s office to what became one of Alaska’s busiest and most respected ambulatory surgical facilities. Her parallel passion for music was influenced by her teacher and mentor Dr. Timothy Smith, Associate Dean for the Performing Arts at the University of Alaska. ucy has also supplemented her piano studies with notable pianists including Jon Nakamatsu, Piers Lane, Jill Timmons, Gwendolyn Mok, Igor Resnianski. In 2016, Lucy was the first prize winner at the Aloha International Piano Competition and first prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and was awarded a recital at Carnegie Hall where she played the ‘unplayable’ Lavapies from Iberia by Albéniz. In 2017 Lucy made an unprecedented performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 conducted by Michael Giel at the California Concerto Weekend.
 
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Joann Oh

Office Manager
Irvine, California
 
Master Class Repertoire
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
 
Born in Los Angeles, Joann Oh earned degrees in German studies and pre-med at Pomona College (Claremont, California) and Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut). In June 2016, Ms. Oh was chosen to perform in the Cliburn Amateur Competition in Fort Worth, TX. She is the winner of the Elizabeth Tishler prize in piano and a grant recipient of the Yale-Griffith Scholarship to study music and language in Vienna and Munich; in Vienna, she studied piano with Rosario Marciano. Previously, Ms. Oh performed with orchestra in San Jose, CA with the California Concerto Weekend Orchestra.
For the last 2 years, Ms. Oh has participated in recitals and masterclasses at Piano Texas in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to these honors, Ms. Oh was awarded a scholarship from the Korean-American Foundation for academic excellence. Currently a student of Anna Gliadkovskaya, Ms. Oh resides in Orange County, California, and works as an office manager. In high school, Ms. Oh was a nationally ranked synchronized swimmer.
 
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Jennifer Song

Song Piano Studio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
 
Master Class Repertoire
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1
 
Born in South Korea, Pianist, Jennifer Mihee Song had the honor to perform at Carnegie Hall in the Artist International winner series as her debut recital. She has performed in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. She was the recipient of awards and top prizes in several competitions including Suri competition, Nanpa competition, and Eumyeon competition.
 
Ms. Song received her Professional Studies certificate and Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student. She graduated from Korea National University of Arts and Kyungwon university and earned a Bachelor's degree with the highest honors. Her teacher was Dr. Silverman, Soojung Shin and Daejin Kim. She had masterclass with Gean Paul Sevilla, Mikhail Woskressensky, Mijoo Lee, Daewook Lee and Yonghi Moon.
 
In chamber music, she had given numerous performances with her sisters, who play the violin and cello as, "the Song Trio"
They were invited and had recitals in New York City, Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul. Ms. Song was a private piano teacher for 12 years in New York City. Primarily she consulted her students for college admission. Her students went to Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and other schools.
 
Ms. Song moved to Oklahoma City four years ago. She enjoys teaching students of any age in her Oklahoma City studio now as a member of MTNA and OMTA. Her students won several competitions such as MTNA, Oklahoma City orchestra league - Meinders, Guiliam piano competition and Hubbard-Males Competition.
 
She also has continuous concerts as a member of OKC pianists' club and PSF.
 
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Joel Goodman

Cell Biologist / Professor
Carrollton, Texas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op. 19
 
Joel Goodman has played the piano since childhood – in New York City as a young boy, in Southern California during his school years, and in Dallas since 1982. He took private lessons through his mid 20s, and then started up again in 1999, studying with Adam Wodnicki at University of North Texas. Goodman has played in Van Cliburn Amateur Competitions as well as the first Berlin Amateur Competition. He has performed with the Ft. Worth Symphony three times as one of the winners from Piano Texas. Goodman received both his doctoral training in pharmacology and post-doctoral work in cell and
molecular biology in Los Angeles. Since 1982 he has been on the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he directs a research program in fat storage mechanisms, with grants from the NIH, AHA, and American Diabetes Association. He also teaches medical and doctoral students, and direct the science outreach office (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern). Besides piano, Joel also enjoys his bicycle and train commute to work, reading, and wasting way too much time surfing the internet.
 
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Andrew Grosbach

Engineer
Fort Worth, Texas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Mendelssohn: Sonata Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28
 
Andrew Grosbach grew up in Minnesota and began playing the piano at the age of five. During primary and secondary school he competed and placed as a finalist numerous times in Minnesota state piano competitions. In addition to taking lessons, he accompanied his high school choir and jazz band.
 
Andrew pursued higher education at Iowa State University, where he received a degree in Aerospace Engineering in the winter of 2015. While at Iowa State, Andrew briefly studied the piano under Dr. William David.
 
After graduation, Andrew moved to Fort Worth Texas and began work as an aircraft structural engineer. He currently studies the piano with Dr. Ilka Araújo at Texas Wesleyan University.
 
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Sharla Shane

Financial Advisor
Tucson, Arizona
 
Master Class Repertoire
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G# minor, opus 32 #12
Ernesto Lecuona: Ante el Escorial
 
Sharla was born in Winnipeg, Canada, where as an adolescent she studied piano with Grace Rich and Creative Musicianship with cellist Dr. Peggie Sampson at the University of Manitoba. She studied economics at the Universities of Manitoba and Calgary, then went on to become a financial advisor in Vancouver and later in Tucson AZ, where she works for a major bank. After a multi-decade hiatus, Sharla resumed piano studies in 2007, and is currently studying with Dr.
Alexander Tentser.
 
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Utako Tanigawa

Information Technology Advisor
Dawsonville, Georgia 
 
Master Class Repertoire
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
 
Utako Tanigawa, a native of Japan, started playing the piano at the age of three, however he gave up playing when she was thirteen years old. She later came to the U.S. and earned multiple degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems.
 
Dr. Tanigawa has been engaged in executive positions divisions in global corporations such as American Express and Wal-Mart for more than two decades. At the same time she has served as an academic lecturer and researcher at multiple universities such as Stanford, Boston, Chicago, Colorado and Nova Southeastern University. She is also passionate about leadership development. She has been a mentor and advisor of more than several dozens of talented people who have
advanced into next generation leaders.
 
About five years ago, her life had a dramatic turn due to a life threatening illness. Although it severely damaged her body, her love of music returned and provided a tangible lifeline. Today music continues to play a key soothing and
healing role as her recovery continues.
 
She has been a contestant at Van Cliburn Outstanding Amateur, Chicago, Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists in Warsaw, Poland, Piano Texas Mozart Concerto with Fort Worth Orchestra, Washington DC International Piano Artist Competition, Dulwich Piano Festival in London and Seattle International Piano Competition. She is honored to be selected as a finalist as well as a best performer award in the several competitions.
 
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Spencer Thompson

Physician
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
 
Master Class Repertoire
Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 23 Nos. 2, 6 & 7
 
Born in Bountiful, Utah, J. Spencer Thompson studied piano with Lennox Larson and Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg at the University of Utah and received a bachelor’s degree in Music, Zoology and Spanish from Brigham Young University in 1985. After attending the University of Utah School of Medicine, he completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Currently, he is an associate professor in the department of radiation and oncology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City. He currently studies with Sergio Monteiro at Oklahoma City University. He competed in the Cliburn Amateur competition in 2011 and 2016 and he enjoys cooking, skiing, traveling, reading, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 
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Patricia Tsai

Tarrent County College
Fort Worth, Texas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op. 61
 
Began studying piano at the age of six.
Tsai holds a Master Degree of Music from Southern Methodist University, where she was awarded with full scholarship and
assistantship (1987 ~ 1991). She was honored as “Who's Who International Outstanding Students in American Colleges and Universities” (1990).
 
Patricia received Brevet Diplôme from Ecole Normale de Musique -Alfred Cortot - de Paris (1985); During the years of 1984 ~ 1985, she was requested by the piano faculty to be the substitute piano-instructor for grades up to high school students.
Besides the piano field, she won 2nd and 3rd Medals in Voice of Concours de l'U.F.A.M. - International Music Competition for Women Artists Musicians, Paris, France (1983,1984).
 
The year Patricia left Paris to see and accompany her dying mother, she was encouraged to participate the Competition of The National Chorus, and won the Piano Assistant Accompanist position also the Principal Associate Alto,Taiwan, ROC, 1985 ~ 1986. In 1979, Patricia obtained a Bachelor Degree in French Literature from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan.
 
Tsai was the elected 3rd vice president of Denver Music Teachers Association (1992 ~ 1993) and the secretary of Colorado Pace (piano method of Dr. Robert Pace) Setters (1993 ~ 1994). She is as well interested in other piano methods including the new Piano Safari Method. When her family resided in Atlanta, GA (1994 ~ 1999), her leading performance of the 4th-grade class and the self-composition for chorus and piano accompaniment based on the poems of Tang Dynasty, won 4th prize at the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church (ACCC)’s contest of Annul Talented Spring Festival, 1999.
 
In recent years, Tsai has participated in Piano Texas International Academy & Festival at TCU, as well as the Symphonic Workshops & Professional Development at Kromériz (Czech Republic). She completed credit courses at TCU Piano Pedagogy Graduate Program (2009).
 
Tsai has been piano instructor since 2011 at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus. On April and November, 2016, Tsai was awarded「Certificate of Appreciation」from Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, for her years of service and dedication to its Senior Education Program.
 
Patricia Tsai is member of Fort Worth Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum; Committee member of Fort Worth Piano-Instrumental-Vocal Solo Contest sponsored by Fort Worth Music Teachers Association.
 
She appreciates very much PianoTexas International Academy & Festival (Dr. Tamas Ungar as director), which gives her great opportunity to catch the piano playing back. As well to be in this Town Fort Worth, she has been making progress in piano playing from observing in person the world event of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
 
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Hkun Tun

Physician
Grand Prairie, TX
 
Master Class Repertoire
Mozart: Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271 (I. Allegro)
 
Hkun Tun was born in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in 1974. He attended medical school there and then migrated to the United States in 2001. He received M.S. degree in public health from Western Illinois University in 2003. While attending as a fulltime graduate student, he was able to complete US Medical Licensing Exams and went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaia to attend Internal Medicine Residency with University of Pittsburgh at McKeesport. After residency in 2006, he has been practicing as Internist/Hospitalist. He accepted a position at Dallas Veterans Affairs Hospital and moved to DFW area in 2013.
 
Hkun Tun is a member of American College of Physicians and Mensa high IQ society. His daily routine includes taking care of patients in Dallas VA hospital and teaching physician assistant students. He was a competitive swimmer and is still trying to swim several times a week. He also loves reading and travel but his main passion is playing piano which he found out accidentally as a teenager.
 
Hkun Tun was a junior swimming champion but unable to swim for a year when the Military Government killed thousands of protesters and shut down all schools, universities and even swimming pools in 1988 for years. He started to learn piano on a keyboard with teacher Ronnie Kong who was a neighbor as well as musician played with pop bands. Later he was referred to his teacher’s brother Andrew Kong and learned classical music off and on for about 2 ½ years.
 
But it was quite difficult to improve classical piano playing due to lack of resources. There is no concert pianist in Myanmar and no music bookstore even to buy music sheets. Hkun Tun decided to go to Medical School instead. After moving to the US, Hkun Tun noticed availability of music sheets on the internet but unable to find time to play piano with residency training and busy physician practice. Finally he bought a baby grand piano a year ago and started to play again. He spent considerable amount of time on Youtube and tried to learn from archives of great pianists and learning new classical pieces at his spare time. He is looking for any opportunity to improve his piano education and continue learning.
 
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Benjamin van Eeden

Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
Master Class Repertoire
Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op.31 No. 2 (I. Largo - Allegro)
 
Benjamin van Eeden obtained the Teacher’s Diploma, BMus and HonsBMus degrees cum laude from the Stellenbosch University, having passed all his UNISA piano examinations with distinction. As a student he received numerous prizes and awards, most notably the FAK Music Bursary (twice), the Conservatoire Stipendium and a Merit Award for the best overall fourth year student at the university. He taught at the Wellington Teachers' Training College and since 1988
has been appointed as lecturer in Piano, Piano Literature and Chamber Music at the Stellenbosch Conservatoire, filling the post of his erstwhile teacher, Betsie Cluver. He studied with some of South Africa's foremost pianists and teachers, viz. Lamar Crowson and Laura Searle (UCT) and John Antoniadis (US), under whom he played the practical component of the Master's degree in Piano Performance. He participated in international piano competitions in Pretoria and Bolzano, Italy. A versatile musician and performer, Bennie is known for his solo and chamber music performances, especially as a member of the highly regarded Collage and Taffanel ensembles, to whom trios by the South African composers Hendrik Hofmeyr and Alexander Johnson have been dedicated. He has also accompanied some of South Africa’s foremost singers, including Marita Napier, Aviva Pelham, Nellie du Toit and André Howard and international singers such as Julia Bronkhorst. Bennie has served on the faculty of several International Piano Symposia as well as International Chamber Music Festivals in Stellenbosch. He has been featured on the SABC and regularly performs at major arts festivals around South Africa. He is a founder member of the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition and has since been involved in adjudicating and organizing this important and prestigious event .
 
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Weiling Wang

Cloud Computing
Plano, Texas
 
Master Class Repertoire
Chopin: Polonaise in G-flat major, Op. Posthumous
 
Since graduating from Rice University with a degree in computer science, Wei Ling has been developing advanced computer networks in the telecommunication industry. She currently builds cloud computer networks to transport voice and data for consumers and global companies. Wei Ling participated in several amateur piano competitions in Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. She is also an active supporter of music schools and non-profit music organizations in the city of Dallas and Fort Worth.
 
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Yih-Ching Wang

Wang Piano Studio
Taipei, Taiwan
 
Master Class Repertoire
Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971
 
Yih-Ching Wang is a reputable piano educator and author living in Taipei, Taiwan. Born and raised in Taiwan, she moved to the United States in her early twenties to pursue her music dream. In Texas, she gained both her BA and MA in piano performance. In the past twenty years, she has taught in Taiwan and the United States. Aside from her dedication to piano education, she is an avid author on music education. She has published six books that are sold across Chinese-speaking South Asia. 
Wang came to the United States in 1988 and studied piano at the University of North Texas, where she received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance in 1991. In 1993, she received a master of arts degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, where she was also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Society for academic and musical excellence. In 1999, she won honorable mention at the Pinault Music Society Piano Competition in New York City.
After she received her master’s degree at UH, she returned to her hometown, Tainan, where she served on the faculty of the Tainan Girls’ High School and was a piano professor at Tainan Teachers College and Hsinchu Teachers College in Taiwan from 1993 to 1994. 
In 1994, Wang moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, where she served as an adjunct faculty member at the Linsly School from 1996 to 2008 and as an adjunct piano professor at Bethany College from 2002 to 2008. 
Wang has appeared with the Wheeling Symphony numerous times. She was the guest soloist in 1999 performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and she performed the piano part for Copland’s Symphony No. 3. In 2004, she was the piano soloist for Martin’s “Ballade for Flute, Piano and Orchestra.”
Wang has given frequent piano recitals and accompanied various musical groups in the Wheeling area. She is a devoted piano teacher whose students have won high ratings at various musical auditions and who have performed at the West Virginia state honor recitals. In 2003, 2005 and 2008 she was chosen as the “favorite mentor” of the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2004, she was the honor speaker for the Chinese Professional Association in Morgantown, WV. She also served as a judge at the Plano (Texas) Piano Teachers Association’s American/Fall Music Festival in 2004. 
During her 14 years in Wheeling, Wang became a much sought-after piano educator. She was active in the local art and music community. In addition, she regularly performed at senior homes, which brought much comfort to the elderly.
In 2008 she moved back to Taipei and established her own piano studio. Her style of teaching brings a fresh air to Taiwan—emphasizing the positive influence of music during childhood development. She promotes the lifelong impact music has in our lives with her encouraging teaching attitude. Her return immediately drew many students of all ages. In Taipei, she has given frequent lectures and piano recitals, and she has accompanied various musical groups. She also serves as a judge at various piano competitions.
In addition to dedicating herself to piano and music education, Wang discovered a new passion in writing. She focuses mainly on music education and the different teaching philosophies between East and West. Most important, she writes about promoting the lifelong positive impact music has on all of our lives.
Her blog, which she launched in December 2006, attracted many readers overseas and won the “Best Blog of 2009” award. By 2008, her first book, “The Lessons on the Keyboards,” was published by a major Taiwanese publisher, Aquarius. The book became an instant best seller. Since 2008 she has published six books; five of them include essays about piano teaching. Her unique writing style and approachable subjects have gained her much popularity amongst piano teachers, parents and children. Her books are sold in bookstores in Chinese-speaking countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and China. In addition, her blog and Facebook pages have reached audiences all around the world. 
She resides now in Taipei and continues to write and teach, and enjoy the wonder of life and music. She can’t imagine a life without music.
 
 
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