John Kenneth Adams

is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Music. He attended the University of Kansas City, Yale University, and the Royal Academy of Music, London. His teachers include Carl Friedberg, Bruce Simonds, Hilda Dederich and Frank Mannheimer. Professor Adams has performed at many Matthay Festivals, starting in 1966. His performance venues include Weill Recital Hall, the National Gallery, Wigmore Hall, London, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. He enjoyed a long association with the United States Information Services, presenting over 150 concerts in South America, Europe, and the Far East. For many years he also presented radio series for the South Carolina Educational Network and gave presentations for the South Carolina Humanities Council. At USC he was awarded a Venture Fund grant to perform the complete piano music of Debussy in five recitals. He also documented the life of Debussy in three articles for the Piano Quarterly. Professor Adams was awarded a Certificate of Merit from Yale University in 2000,and received the Mungo Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of South Carolina in 1998. On retirement, he created an endowment for French music at the Thomas Cooper Library, giving as the first gift one of only 250 copies of the first edition of “Monsieur Croche-antidilettante” by Claude Debussy. Since retiring in 2004, Adams has continued to perform and give masterclasses, notably at the Varna International Masterclass in Varna, Bulgaria, and for the European Music Teachers Association in Novi Sad, Serbia. He is a member of the Royal Over Seas League in London, and teaches each summer for the Southeastern Piano Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. John Kenneth Adams first drew critic's attention with a series of recitals in Washington, D.C., including the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection and the Maryland Piano Festival. Critic Paul Hume noted in the Washington Post his performance of Schumann's Carnaval, “played with a deep-in-the-keys tone and and fine fluency." A later performance at the Maryland Festival drew raves from the Washington Post: “Everything he does reveals an artist who thinks and feels for himself.” In 2012 he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the State of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley.


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Greg Anderson

is a former winner of the Clara Wells Scholarship Auditions. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, released several CDs, and toured in North America, Asia, and Europe. He has performed at major international venues, including Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan; the Banff Centre in Canada; the Holders Festival in Barbados; the Cliburn Concert Series in Fort Worth; the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival in Salt Lake City; and Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. He released his first solo album, On Wings of Song, in 2006 and is currently working on his second solo album, Bestiary. He also performs regularly with his piano-duo partner, Elizabeth Joy Roe; they are known worldwide for their revolutionary four-hand piano technique and joyous camaraderie. As a composer, Greg has had works premiered at the Rose Bowl, Alice Tully Hall, and the Grand National Theater in China, and he has filled in for John Williams on short notice. His compositions for The 5 Browns have appeared on the EMI, Sony/BMG, and E1 record labels. As an actor, Greg made his Broadway debut in 2005 playing the role of “Vernon Duke” at NYC’s Playwright Horizons. Greg received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar; he is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Yale University. His teachers have included Aiko Onishi and John Perry, and his interactive web site is www.andersonpiano.com.





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Carl Angelo

has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician on piano and organ throughout the United States. He has lectured and performed for the American Matthay Association for Piano, co-edited with Marie Hasse materials based upon the ideas of Matthay pupil Helen Parker Ford, and conducted clinics for the American Guild of Organists. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University where he studied with Larry Smith. He was the winner of the 1987 American Guild of Organists Young Artist Competition, Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Society. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Kent State University where he studied organ with John D. Herr and John Ferguson, and piano with Robert Palmieri. Extensive piano study was with Nellie Whittaker, a pupil of Guy Maier, and coaching with Gary Wolf, professor emeritus of the University of Central Florida. Presently, Dr. Angelo is the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Flint, Michigan, Artist in Piano and Organ at Saginaw Valley State University, and pianist for the Saginaw Choral Society. He has most recently served as music director/organist at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan (1999-2010), and First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven, Florida (1990-1999), establishing popular concert series in both communities.






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Richard Becker

is head of piano studies at the University of Richmond. He is active as a recitalist, composer, chamber musician, and poet, and his playing has been acclaimed in Europe and America. Performing on many college campuses over the years, and frequently touring the eastern United States, he has also performed at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, the National Gallery of Art, the French Embassy, the Library of Congress, and at the Hudson River, Kemper, Virginia, and Spencer Museums. He has performed at the Salle Cortot and Salle Michelet in Paris where he has six times been artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts. Richard Becker’s music has been commissioned by Meet the Composer Grants, by grants from CRS Records, by the Peabody Trio in conjunction with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and he has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow and nominee for an American Academy of Arts and Letters award. His performances and his music have been heard on NPR, Voice of America, WNYC, WETA, WGMS, and WCVE, and at the American Music Festival of the National Gallery of Art. They have also been featured at CMS and MTNA conferences and during residencies at Marshall, James Madison, Eastern Mennonite Universities,the Longy School of Music and the Peabody and New England Conservatories and at the Eastman School of Music. He coached chamber music alongside the late Blanche Moyse and he performed and coached chamber music with members of the Shanghai Quartet during their the decade of an artist-residency at University of Richmond. Richard Becker’s playing has been cited for its “powerful interpretations” by the Washington Post, for being “admirable in taste and technique” by the New York Times, and for being “brilliant and with seamless passagework and elegant phrasing” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His playing is grounded in the tradition of Arthur Schnabel acquired during his study with the late Leonard Shure while at Boston University (M. Mus.). His teaching owes much to the relaxation methods of Tobias Matthay, learned from Cécile Staub Genhart during his years at the Eastman School of Music (B.Mus. and Performers Certificate). He taught at the University of Texas and Boston University prior to joining the music faculty of the University of Richmond in 1975. In recent years, Richard Becker’s poetry has been published by America, Columbia Magazine, Visions-International, Cold Mountain and Poetica Magazine: Contemporary Jewish Writing and Art and his poetic sequence, “FATES,” was a 2008 chapbook of The Literary Review. Hiscompositions have been recorded by CRS and his performances are available on Albany Records.


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Lisa Caliri

has performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the U.S. Embassy and Thai German Cultural Foundation Auditorium in Bangkok, the AUA Language Center in Chiangmai, the Cité Universitaire in Paris, Conservatorio Superior in Tenerife, Curs International Festival in Girona, Conservatory Professional de Musica in Vila-seca, and the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen. Philip Dieckow, critic for Pinault Reviews in New York City, described her performance at Weill Hall as “a splendid performance full of nuance and high contrast all within superb control.” She has been broadcast on the radio in Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Canada, and the U.S. She has been an orchestral soloist with the Czech Radio Orchestra, the Medford String Orchestra, the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Jackie Wattenberg, critic for The Salem, Mass., Evening News, wrote that her solo with the Salem Philharmonic “demonstrated a confident command of her instrument," and "her technique was equal to the fast and tricky runs. Her phrasing was musical and her play of dynamics, a constant source of color. Caliri is a fine musician and we hope to hear her again.” Her chamber music performances have been sponsored by the American Music Center, the Harvard University Group For New Music, “Nightshift,” a Children's Special for WCVB-TV, channel 5 in Boston, and broadcast on WGBH and WCRB. Lisa Caliri has recorded for Albany Records, and Centorino Productions, SAI Recording Project, and will record Birds, Books 1 and 2 by Seymour Bernstein on Naxos later this year. Miss Caliri was a top prize winner of the Clara Wells Piano Competition, Pinault International Piano Competition, and the Crescendo Competition for Young Artists. She was a recipient of the Yamaha Center Européen d'Activitiés Scholarship in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts Performance Certificate in Boston. Miss Caliri taught master classes at the Siam Kolkarn School of Music and Kitathip Music School. She is a member of the faculty at The Boston Conservatory and the board of directors for the American Matthay Association for Piano.


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Constance Carroll

has received acclaim throughout the nation for her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist. The featured artist at conventions of the state Music Teachers Associations of North and South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Louisiana, she has also given lecture recitals at the national MTNA conventions in Houston, and most recently, in Kansas City. Equally adept as a teacher and lecturer, she numbers among her students winners of local and regional competitions, and has presented recitals, master classes and lectures at numerous universities and colleges throughout the country. In March 1998, her student Qiao-Shuano Xian was the National Collegiate Artist Winner of MTNA Young Chang Piano Auditions in Nashville. A native of Arizona, Ms. Carroll began piano studies at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona (with high distinction) and her Master of Music and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her piano studies have also included extensive work with Frank Mannheimer. Following study as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna and Salzburg, she was appointed to the music faculty at Louisiana State University. Subsequently, she taught at Wisconsin State University and Lenoir-Rhyne College, and was artist-in-residence at Centenary College of Louisiana for twenty-one years. She was re-appointed to the faculty at Louisiana State University in 1995, and in 1996 became the first recipient of the Barineau Professorship of Keyboard Studies. In recent years, Ms. Carroll has been on the faculties of Brevard Music Center, the University of Houston High School Piano Camp, the Frank Mannheimer Festival, the American Matthay Association annual meeting, and served as artist-juror at the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts.


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Kevin Chance

has been hailed as “a superlative musician” playing “with musical conviction and muscularity.” He has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. In 2003, he was invited to the Lake District Summer Music Festival in England where he was featured on both of the festival’s gala performances. Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Athens Chorale in Georgia as well as the Baton Rouge Symphony, a recital at the Des Moines Symphony Academy in Iowa, and concerts for the Mobile Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of South Carolina, Columbus State University, Auburn University, Millsaps College, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Alabama. He has been a prizewinner of several regional and national competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Awards Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competitions, and the Brevard Music Center Concerto Competition. Recently appointed to the faculty of the University of Alabama, Kevin is a former faculty member at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and his students have consistently garnered awards in local, state, regional, and national competitions. He is also in demand as a clinician and regularly presents lectures and masterclasses throughout the Southeast. He holds the DMA degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Jerald C. Graue Award for Excellence in Musicology, and he completed the MM at Louisiana State University. His teachers include Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, Anne Koscielny, Herbert Stessin, and Ann Schein.


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Nigel Coxe

is a Jamaican-born, British-trained pianist living in the U. S. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Harold Craxton, he has also served as a professor at the Academy. He is currently professor of music at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he combines his teaching with an active schedule of recitals and lecturing. He has performed widely in Europe, Great Britain, and America. He has appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, and many others. He has also given recitals for the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Sydney and has made numerous solo and concerto appearances for the BBC London. The New York Times has written, "He goes to the heart of his music in modestly straightforward fashion, leading from expressive strength and shunning any sort of virtuoso exaggerations." The Times (London) has called him "a musician's pianist to the core." Mr. Coxe has made two very well-received CDs, both available on the Titanic label: Music of Percy Grainger and Showstoppers, a disc featuring the music of Gershwin, Grainger, and Eubie Blake. Both have received worldwide critical acclaim. Recently he was also a member of the International Jury for the Concours de Musique du Canada in Montreal.



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Nancy Hill Elton

began her musical studies with piano lessons from her mother. She holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in both piano and vocal performance from the University of Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the school’s highest honor, the Music Achievement Award. There she studied piano with John Kenneth Adams and voice with Evelyn McGarrity. At the University of Texas, she studied piano with John Perry and voice with Glenda Maurice and Bethany Beardslee. Additional piano study was with Frank Mannheimer for three summers in Duluth, Minnesota. She also attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where she studied piano with Jerome Lowenthal and accompanying and chamber music with Gwendolyn Koldolfsky. A versatile performer, Nancy has fashioned a dual career in piano and in voice. She has received critical acclaim as a piano concerto soloist and as solo recitalist, and has performed throughout the South and many other areas of the US. She has an extensive solo repertoire, but has also performed as a collaborative artist with many instrumentalists and singers over the years. Concerto performances have included Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganni, Grieg's Piano Concerto, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for the Musica Sacra Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and again recently with the Buckhead Youth Orchestra. Nancy’s past presentations for the Matthay Festival have included solo recitals at Kennesaw State University and at the University of Kansas, and lecture recitals on Schumann’s Carnaval, and the Elliot Carter Piano Sonata. A lyric soprano, Nancy has sung many leading operatic roles as well as art song recitals, and has accumulated an extensive oratorio repertoire. While she lived in Texas, she was sought by local composers for her pure tone and perfect pitch. She sang several premiers of songs by Kathryn Mischell and Priscilla Mclean. She is soprano soloist on a CD entitled Songs for Adults and Other Children (Capstone Records) by Priscilla McLean. A highlight of her vocal study was the honor of being selected through national taped auditions to study with famed soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Legge in a German Lieder Summer Workshop in Thunder Bay, Canada. She was also soprano soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a Youth Concert, singing the famous aria “Una voce poco fa” under the direction of William Fred Scot. Nancy sang as soprano soloist with the Musica Sacra Concert Series of Atlanta for 12 years, She sang the leading role in Bizet’s youthful opera, Dr. Miracle, for an entire season with the Atlanta Opera Outreach Program throughout the city schools of Atlanta. Her most recent performances have included singing Liszt’s Three Songs from William Tell at the American Liszt Society Conference last year at the University of Oregon. Nancy has also branched out into singing the great standard jazz songs of the early twentieth century in retirement homes and other venues. She will present next fall at the GMTA conference with Georgia’s jazz pianist legend, Geoffrey Haydn of Georgia State University, singing songs of Gershwin, Kern, Carmichael, Arlen and many others. In addition to her large private studio, Nancy has held teaching positions at Georgia State University, Clayton State College and the University of West Georgia. She was recently invited to join the piano faculty of the University of Georgia where she teaches applied piano primarily to piano majors. Nancy is active as an adjudicator and clinician for many piano festivals and professional organizations throughout the Southeast and is Past-President of Atlanta Music Teachers Association. In 2005 she received the Georgia Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award.


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George Fee

received his doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University. Having begun his collegiate study at the Eastman School of Music, he earned his bachelor's degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory and his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. His teachers at these schools were Menahem Pressler, Cecile Genhart, Jack Radunsky, and Howard Karp. Pre-college and summer study was with Willis Bennett, Rosina Lhévinne, Frank Mannheimer, and Aiko Onishi. He later coached with Igor Kipnis and Freda Rosenblatt. His two-volume doctoral dissertation, The Solo Keyboard Sonatas and Sonatinas of Georg Anton Benda, is a major resource in the field of eighteenth-century music. Dr. Fee has performed numerous solo recitals throughout the country, as well as appearing as soloist with orchestra and collaborator. Married to Dr. Susan Dersnah Fee, theorist, pianist, and violinist, they opened the Dersnah-Fee School of Music in Midland, Michigan, in 1979. In 1999, they moved their studio to San Diego, California, and in 2016 they returned to Midland to resume teaching there. They have presented many master classes, lectures, and workshops in different parts of the country. Their website is www.dersnah-fee.com








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Wendy Freeland

joined the music faculty of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, in 2002. As an associate professor she teaches studio piano, class piano, music history and accompanying. Hailing from West Virginia, she completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of John Kenneth Adams. Her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance was received from Florida Atlantic University where she studied with Heather Coltman and Judith Burganger, and she was the first music student to complete both the academic and performance honors programs. She is the recipient of several performance and scholarship awards and was named University Scholar by the University. She enjoys performing as soloist and collaborative artist. She has performed for both the Alabama Music Teachers State Conference and the Alabama Music Educators National Conference, as well as at universities and other venues throughout the country. She was honored to accept an invitation to present and perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia in June, 2011, and has performed in Sweden, Italy, and Korea. Dr. Freeland has performed with instrumentalists, vocalists and choral groups, and has extensive experience working in opera. She is a regular performer of faculty, guest and student recitals at Jacksonville State University. Understanding music of the twentieth century through a cultural context has been Dr. Freeland’s research interest. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled "An Examination of the Promenades for Piano by Francis Poulenc" revealed the influences that shaped this composition. Her desire for the public to understand piano music by considering aspects of art and society led to her presentations of Poulenc's Promenades and Alberto Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas for the University of South Carolina's Cultural Enrichment Day. Jacksonville State University has granted her the annual "Faculty Research Award" several times in recognition of her performances and presentations. Her broad perspective of the function of music and love for sharing it makes her an attentive and enthusiastic teacher who has worked with students in West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Freeland is active in other musical pursuits. She actively adjudicates piano competitions and auditions, and enjoys giving masterclasses and presentations, such as “Technique: A Sound Approach,” given to such groups as the Atlanta Music Teachers Association. Dr. Freeland organizes the annual Foothills Piano Festival on the campus of JSU, coordinates the JSU Music Department's Music Preparatory Program, and is President of the Alabama Music Teachers Association. She is a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Music Teachers National Association.


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Donald Hageman

has taught privately and performed in the Dayton, Ohio, area for more than fifty years. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Dayton, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His piano studies were with Ada Clyde Gallagher, Beryl Rubinstein, Frances Bolton Kortheuer, and Madeline Bostian Rider, a pupil of Tobias Matthay. He served as a member of the piano faculty at Wright State University from 1976-83, and for seventeen years was Director of Concerts for the Dayton Art Institute. He is also the Founder/Director of the Soirées Musicales International Piano Series, which recently completed its fortieth (and final) season. He is a past President and presently, Archivist, of the American Matthay Association, and since 1963, has appeared every year but two as a recitalist and/or lecturer at the annual Matthay Festivals held throughout the United States and in Canada. In 2004 he was awarded the organization's First Annual Distinguished Service Award. In 1999 he appeared as soloist with Dayton's Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Tchaikovsky G Major Concerto, and subsequently in performances of the Mozart Concerto, K. 467, and Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante. He also performed the Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Theme and Liszt's Totentanz, playing a 1913 Erard Concert Grand which he has restored.





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Christopher Harding

maintains a flourishing international performancecareer, generating acclaim and impressing audiences and critics alike with his substantive interpretations and pianistic mastery. He has given frequent solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in venues as far flung as the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei, the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, and halls and festival appearances in Newfoundland, Israel, Romania, and China. His concerto performances have included concerts with the National Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the San Angelo and Santa Barbara Symphonies, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic, working with such conductors as Andrew Sewell, Eric Zhou, TaijiroIimori, Gisele Ben-Dor, Fabio Machetti, Randall Craig Fleisher, John DeMain, Ron Spiegelman, Daniel Alcott, and Darryl One, among others. His chamber music and duo collaborations have included internationally renowned artists such as clarinetist Karl Leister, flautist Andras Adorjan, and members of the St. Lawrence and Ying String Quartets, in addition to frequent projects with his distinguished faculty colleagues at the University of Michigan. He has recorded solo and chamber music CDs for the Equilibrium and Brevard Classics labels. He has additionally edited and published critical editions and recordings of works by Claude Debussy (Children’s Corner, Arabesques and shorter works) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Viennese Sonatinas) for the Schirmer Performance Editions published by Hal Leonard. Professor Harding is Chair of Piano and Associate Professor of Piano Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He has presented master classes and lecture recitals in universities across the United States and Asia, as well as in Israel and Canada. His most recent tours to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China included presentations and master classes at Hong Kong Baptist University, National Taiwan Normal University, Soo Chow University, the National Taiwan University of Education, and conservatories and universities in Beijing (Central and China Conservatories), Tianjin, Shanghai, Hefei, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Dalien, and Chongqing. He has additionally performed and lectured numerous times in Seoul, including lecture recitals and classes at Seoul National University, Ewha Women’s University, and Dong Duk University. He has served extended tours as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China (2008), and also at Seoul National University (2011). While teaching at SNU, he simultaneously held a Special Chair in Piano at Ewha Womens’ University. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate piano performance and chamber music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Mr. Harding also serves on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer Piano Academy and is a frequent guest artist and teacher at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, IN. recent summer festivals have also included the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Harding was born of American parents in Munich, Germany and raised in Northern Virginia. His collegiate studies were with MenahemPressler and Nelita True. Prior to college, he worked for ten years with Milton Kidd at the American University Department of Performing Arts Preparatory Division, where he was trained in the traditions of Tobias Matthay. He has taken twenty-five first prizes in national and international competitions and in 1999 was awarded the special "Mozart Prize" at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, given for the best performance of a composition by Mozart. His current recording projects include the Brahms viola/clarinet sonatas and the clarinet trio, with clarinetist Dan Gilbert, violist Stephen Boe, and cellist Yeonjin Kim.





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Marie Hasse

holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Central Florida, where she studied with Gary Wolf. She is Head of Keyboard Studies at Polk Community College and she also teaches privately in the Winter Haven Area. She is currently the President of the Bach Festival of Central Florida, a past president of the Florida State Music Teachers Association, and she frequently adjudicates for FSMTA student events. As Southeastern Regional Junior Festivals Chairman, she is also active in the student events of the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. Ms. Hasse is presently serving as Secretary for the American Matthay Association for the second time and has frequently lectured at the AMA's annual festivals. She performs in chamber music recitals in the area and lectures on piano pedagogy. In recent years, she has worked extensively to publicize the contributions of Helen Parker Ford, a Matthay pupil who specialized in teaching his principles to younger children. Ms. Hasse is also the organist for First Presbyterian Church in Haines City.






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Mary Pendleton Hoffer

is currently the Vice-President of the American Matthay Association for Piano. She has performed as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral keyboardist, and accompanist in the United States, Mexico, and England. She made her London solo debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in 1984, and she has appeared as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, and the Amarillo and Lubbock Symphonies. For many years she served as Keyboardist for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Principal Keyboardist for the Sun Cities Symphony. She has also served as Keyboardist for The Florida Orchestra in Tampa. She is a member of many chamber ensembles, including the Bel Canto Players, and frequently performs with singers. Her summer festival appearances include the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Park City International Chamber Music Festival. She began to play the piano before she was three years old, studying with her father, Samuel Pendleton, a student of Tobias Matthay. At the age of five, she was the youngest performer ever to participate in the Berkeley (California) Bach Festival, and she later was a prize winner in the Chicago Young Artists Competition. She graduated as Salutatorian from Interlochen Arts Academy, and completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Texas Tech University. She studied in England with Denise Lassimonne, Martino Tirimo and Gwenneth Pryor, completing graduate diplomas at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. She has taught at Texas Tech University, Arizona State University, and in the Maricopa County (AZ) Community Colleges. She is married to Warren Hoffer, a tenor and retired professor of voice at ASU, with whom she often performs.




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Ann Holler

currently fills several roles, as composer, independent piano teacher, adjunct faculty member at King University in Bristol, Tennessee, and arts volunteer. Ann has earned a B. A. in Mathematics from King College and a B. A. in Music (Piano Performance) from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia, where she studied with Kenneth Huber. She also holds an M. M. in Music Theory from the University of Tennessee. In her own compositions she draws upon her previous studies in piano, voice, organ, theory, and mathematics to create new music. Her music has been performed across the U. S. as well as in England, Scotland, and Italy. In 2011 GIA Publications released her hymn tune HOLSTON in a collection entitled “Assembled for Song.” ALRY Publications has published her “Tranquility” in two arrangements, one for flute and piano, and the other for flute ensemble. She has written for the American Music Teacher and the Tennessee Music Teacher and is the co-author of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Written Theory Tests, used throughout the state of Tennessee.







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Kenneth Huber

is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, having been appointed in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University in 1967, and completed his Master of Music Degree with Honors in 1972. His study of the piano began at age four with his aunt, and continued with Shirley Shaffer of the Matthay School. While at Indiana University, he studied with Gyorgy Sebok and spent summers in Duluth, Minnesota, studying with the late Frank Mannheimer. From 1969 to 1973, he studied privately with internationally-known pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Mr. Huber has concertized extensively throughout the United States since making his solo debut at age fourteen in Colorado Springs. He appears frequently on radio and television, including a widely-broadcast video tape for the University of North Carolina Public Television; a live radio broadcast on WQXR, New York City; and on Minnesota Public Radio including its prestigious "Live from Landmark" series. His performances have taken him to hundreds of cities in over thirty-five states including engagements at the Indianapolis, Toledo, and Minneapolis Museums of Art, the Bakken Library, the Walker Art Center, and Steinway Hall. In addition he has been heard frequently as soloist with regional orchestras, including the Colorado Philharmonic; the Gulf Coast Symphony; the Fairbanks, Alaska, Symphony; the Chattanooga Symphony; the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra; and the Richmond Sinfonia. He has also appeared in recital as accompanist for many leading singers, including opera stars of the Metropolitan, New York City, Vienna, and La Scala Operas. In 1968 Mr. Huber began a four-year tour of duty as concert pianist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. In addition to numerous appearances with the Concert Band, he played over 350 engagements as accompanist for the Sea Chanters, the official Navy Chorus, appearing at the White House, the State Department, and for world dignitaries and government officials throughout the United States. Mr. Huber currently resides in New York City and Minneapolis, where he teaches privately in addition to his college teaching appointments. He has been actively involved in music education since 1960 maintaining his own private studios, college teaching positions, and appearing as guest lecturer and master teacher for colleges, universities, and professional organizations. He counts among his former students many scholarship and prize winners who are actively pursuing musical careers as distinguished performers, teachers, and church musicians. He is sought out by professional and amateur performing pianists alike who continue to study well beyond their conservatory training. During the 1989-90 academic year, Mr. Huber commuted to Princeton, New Jersey, where he served as Adjunct Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College. From 1974-1987 he was tenured Professor of Piano at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia, and was Founder and Director of Celebrity Concerts, a series which presented an extensive array of internationally-acclaimed artists. He also served ten years on the piano faculty of Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 1987 he was Artist-in-Residence for the theater department at Gardner-Webb College. During the summers he has presented lectures and recitals at both the American Matthay Association Festivals and the Mannheimer Piano Festivals, for which he was Artistic Director. He is often asked to adjudicate for national scholarship competitions and auditions, including the MTNA, the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, the Miss Kentucky Pageant, and St. Paul's Schubert Club. He is an active member of several professional musical organizations and has served two terms as panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. During the 1977-78 season, Mr. Huber's recitals featured the United States premiere of the Piano Sonata by Kenton Coe, distinguished American composer, including a performance at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The following season included the West Coast premiere of that work in a San Francisco debut recital at the Old First Center for the Performing Arts. In 1981 he made his Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) debut with cellist Paul Lawrence in New York City.


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Milton Kidd

is a past Treasurer of the American Matthay Association. He holds the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor Emeritus from The American University in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the piano faculty for thirty-one years. Ten of those years were in combination with his post as Director of A.U.'s Preparatory Music Division. In 1981 he was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the University-wide, Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. His principal piano studies were with Charles Crowder and the late Evelyn Swarthout (a student of Tobias Matthay). He has been a frequent performer in the Washington area as well as the presenter of numerous lectures on piano technique and pedagogy in this country and Canada, and has lectured at AMA festivals in Toronto, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Springfield. With Evelyn Swarthout, he performed the Canadian premiere of the Sonata for Two Pianos by Esther Williamson Ballou. Mr. Kidd's students have been prize winners in many D.C. area and national competitions, including the International Stravinsky Awards, Washington's National Symphony Young Soloists' Competition and the Clara Wells Auditions. Of late he maintains a private studio in Maine and teaches at the University of Maine Farmington. A forty-four-year member and supporter of the American Matthay Association, he has been a member of the Board and was for seventeen years Chairman of the Clara Wells Piano Scholarship Auditions.


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Elizabeth Lauer

holds a B.A. from Bennington College, where her teachers included Julian DeGray and Claude Frank, and an M.A. from Columbia University. She also studied composition with Otto Luening and Lionel Nowak. She spent all six years at these schools on full scholarship. She then received a Fulbright Scholarship to study with composer Phillip Jarnach, who was Director of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. Upon her return from Europe, she worked at Columbia Records as Assistant to the President, Goddard Lieberson. She is highly active as a composer, and her compositions are principally in the area of chamber music and vocal works. She has also written orchestral pieces, an opera, music for dance and ballet, incidental theatre music, plus an assortment of pieces for various solo instruments. She does a great deal of arranging as well. Her compositions are published by Arsis Press, Carl Fischer, Boston Music Company and Kjos Publishers; they are also obtainable in A.C.A.'s Composer Editions. Recordings on CD are available on the Newport Classics, Capstone and I Virtuosi labels, the last of which is an all-Lauer disc of piano works entitled "Five Flower Rags." played by the composer. Lauer's compositions are widely performed, and have been well reviewed, both in this country and abroad. She has won many prizes and several commissions, and has served as composer-in- residence. She has been the subject of two one-woman concert programs, both of which were performed in New York City and Connecticut. A busy pianist, both as soloist and chamber music player, she has appeared in concert halls, on television, radio and in video format from Maine to Florida, from New York to Michigan. This includes fifteen solo recitals at Lincoln Center. As a teacher, she has worked most recently for years as Professor in the Music Department of the University of Bridgeport, with responsibilities for piano, theory, ear training, and computers-in-music. She pioneered a muIti-disciplinary course which featured works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Mann and Nietzsche, on the subject of revolution in the arts. She has also taught Music Appreciation at Norwalk Community College.


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Marjorie Lee

is an independent studio teacher in Vienna, Virginia. She has taught over 30 years at the university and private levels as a member of the faculties of Western Michigan University, the University of Maryland, Peabody Conservatory, and George Mason University, and has maintained a thriving private studio which is her primary focus. Her students are consistent winners in national and international competitions which include the MTNA High School and Junior High Competitions, the Stecher and Horowitz Competition, the International Bartok Competition, the Arts Recognition and Talent Search of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, the Chopin Foundation Scholarships, and the Clara Wells Competition of the American Matthay Association. In 2006 her students were the winners of the Maryland and District of Columbia Junior High Competitions. A prizewinner of the Kapell International, Washington International and Clara Wells Competitions, Ms. Lee has appeared in recitals throught the United States and Europe, being selected as a United States Artistic Ambassador under the auspices of the United States Information Service and Voice of America. She has given U.S. premieres of works of Henri Pousseur and world premieres of works by Benjamin Lees and Meyer Kupferman. As collaborative and orchestral pianist, she has performed with Segei Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Mistislav Rostropovich, Alessandra Marc and William Warfield. She received her doctorate at the University of Maryland where she was a student of Roy Hamlin Johnson and won the Homer Ulrich Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student.


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George Loring

is the current Past-President of the American Matthay Association for Piano. He is Artist-in-Residence at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, and holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Jacob Maxin and Victor Rosenbaum. He also holds a B.A. cum laude (in music) from Harvard College. His other teachers include Albion Metcalf, Leonard Shure, Hungarian artist and teacher Dusi Mura, and Denise Lassimonne, the adopted daughter of Tobias Matthay. He performs frequently throughout New England as a soloist, collaborative artist and chamber musician, and has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Hawaii, and on New Hampshire public radio and television. Mr. Loring has performed concerti by Beethoven, Mozart, and Saint-Saens with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Philharmonic and the Jupiter Symphony of New York City. He has presented complete cycles of the Mozart and Brahms sonatas with violinist Roger Hall. He also appeared as pianist for the Monadnock Chorus at Carnegie Hall. A member of the Music Teachers National Association since 1982, Mr. Loring has twice been president of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. He is currently the Vice-president for Program of that organization. He is also a member and former board member of the New England Piano Teachers Association. He is frequently sought after as an adjudicator for state and regional competitions and festivals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.




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Terry McRoberts

is a past President of the American Matthay Association for Piano. A former editor of the Matthay News, McRoberts wrote an article about Matthay for Clavíer Companion, and gave a presentation on Matthay principles for the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association. His principal teachers include Donald Hageman, Robert Hopkins, Mitchell Andrews, and Genita Speicher, and he earned the Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, the MM from Youngstown State University, and a BS from Manchester University. He served the Tennessee Music Teachers Association as president and editor of Tennessee Music Teacher. His other professional offices include serving the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society as president, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as governor of Province 15. McRoberts teaches piano and organ, coordinates keyboard studies, and serves as Carilloneur at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He performs frequently as a soloist and a collaborative musician, and has made numerous presentations for the American Matthay Association for Piano, the College Music Society, the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers, the Music Teachers National Association and other music organizations. He lectured in China on contemporary American piano music and the music of Chopin. Currently he serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.


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Arjola Miruku

is a Nationally Certified Music Teacher and holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University where she received a Graduate Assistantship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rollins College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance on a full scholarship studying with Artist-in-Residence Dr. Gary Wolf. Under his tutelage, Ms. Miruku won the Orlando Music Club Piano Competition consecutively for two years, performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Orchestra, and was featured at The Boheme Bösendorfer Lounge Kessler Signature Young Artist Series. At Rollins, she was a chapter founding member and served as President of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women where she was awarded the Sword of Honor and the Collegiate Honor Award for Musicianship, Scholarship, and Leadership. Her other musical interests led to a semester study in London interning with St. Martin-in-the-Fields, concentrating on the classical music business. In London, she continued her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In addition, she created and hosted a weekly program titled PianoForte on WPRK- 91.5 FM Radio and was the score reader for the live webcast of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Ms. Miruku is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and MTNA, having served as President of the TCU Collegiate Chapter and presented at the national conference. Also a member of TMTA and FWMTA, she is a frequent adjudicator at many local festivals, contests and Texas state conventions. She has presented lecture recitals on the technical and teaching principles of Matthay at the TMTA state conferences, the American Matthay Association for Piano Festival, and local teachers' associations. Based on her research, she was awarded the SAI Professional Development Grant and also published an article on this topic in the American Music Teacher. Alongside her positions as Instructor in Musicology and Class Piano and Preparatory Division faculty at Texas Christian University, Ms. Miruku is an adjunct Professor of Piano at Texas Wesleyan University and has her own private studio. 


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John O'Brien

is Professor of Accompanying at East Carolina University. He has studied with John Perry, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, and Jean Barr. He has also studied harpsichord with Malcolm Hamilton, Elaine Funaro, and Arthur Hasshas. He has collaborated with such artists as Metropolitan Opera stars Hilda Harris and Victoria Livengood, violinist Eliot Chapo, tenor Bill Brown, flautist Carol Wincenc (The Juilliard School), and clarinetist Deborah Chodacki (University of Michigan). He has performed in New York's Merkin Recital Hall, at the Istanbul Festival with cellist Selma Gokcen, and his guest appearances include recitals and masterclasses at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Florida State University, Columbus State University, and the Southeastern Music Festival. He is active as both a pianist and harpsichordist and performs regularly with the Clarino Consort and Baroque dance soloist Paige Whitley-Bauguess. He was a featured artist at the 2005 and 2006 Magnolia Baroque Festival in Winston-Salem. Dr. O'Brien has also performed twice at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with the Chatham Baroque. He holds a DMA from the University of Southern California.




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Aiko Onishi

was born in Tokyo and began her piano studies with her mother, Teiko, an accomplished pianist and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. After winning a Japanese national competition, she was invited to study at the Eastman School of Music with Cécile Staub Genhart, with whom she credits her foundation as a pianist. After earning her B.M. with Distinction, Performer's Certificate, and Artist's Diploma, she continued to study with Frank Mannheimer, with whom she worked extensively over the next sixteen years. During the winter of 1964-65, she had the privilege of studying with Dame Myra Hess in London. Miss Onishi has concertized and given lectures in over 60 cities in the United States and she has played in all of the major cities in Japan. For six years she was a professor at the Toho School of Music in Japan and for twenty-one years she served on the faculty of San Jose State University in California. During those years she produced many outstanding students, some of whom have won prizes at international competitions including the Leeds, Busoni, Casadesus, Kapell, Chopin, Munich, University of Maryland and the Washington International Bach Competition. She is the author of Pianism, a highly acclaimed pedagogical work, which is available here.



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Nancy Perrin

received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Ohio State University where she studied with Miriam Mooney, herself a student of Tobias Matthay. At Ohio State, Nancy also minored in Vocal Performance. At Wright State University, Nancy earned a Master of Music with a concentration in piano. There, she studied with Donald Hageman. with whom she continued to study for a few more years post-graduation. In addition to traditional piano study, Nancy has also focused on jazz piano studies. She is a past lecturer-performer at the Matthay festivals. She has won the WSU Concerto Competition and performed Gershwin's Concerto in F with the WSU Symphony Orchestra. Nancy concertizes in the southern Ohio area including appearances at the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Music Club events, and Sinclair Community College. A memorable performance at the Art Institute was Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, performed outdoors and complete with a helicopter flying overhead mid-performance! She is a silver medal winner from the American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers for her performance of Alberto Ginastera's Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22. More recently, she has presented Brahms's Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, in Dayton. She is on the music faculty at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, where she teaches piano and music courses, and is a pianist for the vocal music and theatre departments. In addition, she does vocal coaching for voice majors at the college. Nancy is also a lyric soprano, featured in Opera Scenes presentations and other productions at the college. She is active as a pianist and musical director for many musical theatre productions in the Dayton area. Recently, she performed with a fellow co-worker in the 2-piano rendition of Sondheim's Side by Side by Sondheim which received critical acclaim and recognition for its piano performance. Nancy lives near Dayton in Centerville, Ohio.




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Jacqueline Privette Pope

is a native of South Carolina, and received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in music education from Furman University in Greenville. She later studied voice with Audrey Nasserman at the University of Louisville. She spent a 10-month period in Ruschlikon, Switzerland (Zurich Canton) at the Baptist International Seminary, with her then husband, Wallace Kilpatrick, and studied theology for 2 semesters as was required of wives. The international experience shaped a lot of Jacqueline's thoughts afterwards. When she returned to Louisville she taught junior high school music for a year before going to Atlanta, where she studied voice with Irene Harrower for 2 years. Jackie received a Master of Music with emphasis on voice peformance from Georgia State Uiversity in 1987, studying voice with Peter Harrower, a bass soloist of some renown. She also studied in London with Meribeth Bunch in conjunction with her Master's study, learning more about the anatomy of the voice, and she also pursued some studies at the Royal Academy of Medicine. She studied piano with Powell Everhart in Atlanta for 3 years and with Joseph Meeks of Kennesaw State University. For 10 years she taught in the Cobb County Public Schools as Music Specialist, and for several years she was the music director of Cobb Children's Theater. She has served the Nativity Lutheran Church since 1971, where she served as organist, pianist, Music Director, and Chancel Choir Director, at various times. She served as Director of Music for 9 years at Southminster Presbyterian Church, where she established their first hand-bell program, as well as directing chancel choir and children's choirs. Jackie is nationally certified by the National Music Teachers Association as a voice performer and teacher of voice. and by the Georgia Music Teachers Association as a certified piano teacher. She is also a member of MTNA. Jackie maintains a voice and piano studio in Austell, Georgia, where she and her husband, James, now live. She often presents lecture recitals on various topics for area music teachers and is in demand for judging auditions and competitions.




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James Pope

started studying the guitar at the age of 11 and had developed an equal temperament tuning system for the instrument by the age of 15, which he later used in greater depth in his piano tuning. His piano teachers include Paul Orlene, Harry Persse, and Regina Pudney of Juilliard. He was also a close friend of Powell Everhart—a student of Isidor Philipp—for whom he tuned and with whom he studied for the last ten years of Everhart's life. One of the most respected tuners and technicians in the greater Atlanta area, James in now in his fiftieth year of tuning and rebuilding pianos. His web site is http://www.popepianoservice.com/.









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Janice Larson Razaq

has a doctorate from Texas Tech University and additional degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois. Her Matthay-trained teachers include Frank Mannheimer and Cécile Genhart. A Fulbright scholar in England, she performed at Wigmore Hall in London, where she received excellent reviews. She was an award winner in the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona. Dr. Razaq is heard on WFMT and Minnesota Public Radio and plays concertos with regional orchestras. Solo performances range across the country. Her upcoming performances/presentations for the summer of 2013 include an appearance at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Razaq is active in the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, where she has been Certification Chair, and is currently State President. She is Director of Keyboard Studies at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine where she teaches applied piano, non-credit piano, class piano and piano ensemble. She often presents lecture recitals on various topics for area music teachers groups and is in demand for judging auditions and competitions.




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Richard Reber

is Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas, where he has taught piano and piano literature since 1964. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied piano with Cécile Staub Genhart. In 1962 he received a Fulbright Scholarship for study at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria. He furthered his studies with Frank Mannheimer and in 1973 became a founding member of the Mannheimer Piano Festival Association. Mr. Reber is an active recitalist and is recognized as an outstanding lecture-recitalist in the field of twentieth-century piano music as well as the traditional repertoire. He presents recitals, lecture-recitals, and workshops throughout the United States and recently lectured and performed in Japan. His orchestral appearances include the premieres of two concertos, and he has performed with the Dorian Wind Quintet. Mr. Reber has received numerous research grants from the University of Kansas. His recording of intermediate level twentieth-century piano music, entitled Kanzona, was the result of one such grant.







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Lynn Rice-See

has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician in the United States and in Europe. She has appeared three times with the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In the United States she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1982, and since then she has appeared as soloist with the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, the Johnson City Symphony, and the Kingsport Symphony. In 1992, she appeared in recital in Brussels, sponsored by the Ministere de la Communauté Français, and her 1993 recital tour of Germany was sponsored by the German-American Institute in Saarbrücken. She was a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission touring roster from 1991 through 1994. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Walter Hautzig, the Master of Music from the Juilliard School where she studied with Beveridge Webster, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where she studied with John Perry. Currently she coaches with Walter Hautzig and Sheila Paige. She is currently Professor of Piano at East Tennessee State University. She is also a member of the faculties of the Adamant Music School in Vermont and the Piano Wellness Seminar. Prior to coming to ETSU, she worked as an opera coach/assistant conductor at the opera houses of Münster and Essen, Germany as well as at Michigan Opera and Dayton Opera in the United States. She has also taught at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and at William Carey College. In celebration of the Tennessee Bicentennial she and mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry issued a compact disc (on the Heartdance label) of works by Tennessee composers. This disc contains world premiere recordings of works for solo piano and mezzo-soprano and piano by Kenton Coe of Johnson City, Michael Alec Rose of Nashville, Jeffrey Wood of Clarksville, and Michael Linton of Murfreesboro. The song cycle by Kenton Coe, A Family Gathering, was commissioned by Rice-See and Mabry and received its world premiere at ETSU in 1998.

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Neil Rutman

has been praised by the Washington Post for a performance that "met the highest standards," and for "spotless articulation" that "gave the whole program unusual polish and virtuoso marks." The New York Times stated that "he won the audience over for himself with exquisite performances—both commanding and full of character." Neil Rutman has performed in over thirty countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan, and the Schola Cantorum in Paris, with recent concert tours in the last five years of the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Persian Gulf. Mr. Rutman has distinguished himself as a top prize winner in several international competitions including the Busoni, Kapell, Casadesus, Joanna Hodges, Concert Artist Guild, a first prize for his performance of the Goldberg Variations at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, and recently, first prizes in two categories at the French Piano Institute International Competition in Paris. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and for Artistic Excellence from the Astral Foundation of Philadelphia. The latter allowed him to commission a new piano concerto by composer Albert Glinsky, which he premiered under the baton of conductor Eiji Oue. Among his recordings are two Mozart Piano Concerti with the Academy of London Orchestra, an all Poulenc CD with Emmy-Award winning actor Tony Randall providing the narration in The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, and his all-Chopin release on the Pro Musica label. Mr. Rutman has recently authored articles for the Piano Quarterly, The Piano Teacher, an interview with Aiko Onishi in Clavier, and is a contributing author to the book The Pianist's Craft. He is currently in the process of authoring a book compiling hundreds of interpretative anecdotes and imageries on specific pieces from the piano repertoire. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rutman had his formative training under the musical guidance of Aiko Onishi. He later graduated from the Eastman School of Music and Peabody Conservatory, where he worked with Cécile Genhart, Ellen Mack, and Leon Fleisher. Mr. Rutman is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas. As a young man, under the tutelage of Onishi, he became acquainted with the pianistic techniques of the English pedagogue Tobias Matthay, whose ideas he continues to share and emphasize with his own students and in Master Classes. Since 2008 his students have won top prizes in numerous competitions including the East-West Artist Auditions in New York City, the Clara Wells International Competition, and the MTNA. A fine amateur boxer by avocation, Neil Rutman is the coach for the University of Central Arkansas Boxing Team. He is also a volunteer Probation Officer and mentor for juvenile offenders in Faulkner County. In 2012 Mr. Rutman was one of 30 Americans to be awarded the Martin Luther King -President Barack Obama Service Award for his work with troubled youth in his county.


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Ann Sears

is a former President of the American Matthay Association. She currently serves as Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she teaches piano and courses in American music and has held Wheaton’s Mary Heuser Endowed Chair for the Arts. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, and The Catholic University of America, where her doctoral dissertation was about American art song in turn-of-the-century Boston. She has presented papers and lecture-recitals at national meetings of the Society for American Music, the College Music Society, and the American Matthay Association, and her writing appears in American Music, the Journal for Black Music Research, the International Dictionary of Black Composers, the Cambridge Companion to the Musical, and Blackness in Opera, released in March 2012. Her research interests are American art song, the concert tradition in African American music, and American opera and musical theater. She appears as pianist on three compact discs of African-American song for Albany Records: Deep River: The Art Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh, in collaboration with Oral Moses; Fi-yer! A Century of African-American Song, with tenor William Brown; and, Swing Time: The Songs of Will Marion Cook, also with tenor William Brown.


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Jennifer Shoup

received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Dayton. She began Doctoral studies at Arizona State University. Her teachers include Donald Hageman, Eric Street, Enrique Graf and Caio Pagano. Additional studies took place in Vienna, Austria and at Belgais Center for the Arts (Portugal). Jennifer has been a featured soloist with the National Orchestras of Chile, Costa Rica and the University of Dayton Orchestra. She has presented solo recitals for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Piano Series (South Carolina), Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention (Florida) and numerous faculty artist series across the United States. She frequently lectures, recently presenting a lecture-recital for the American Matthay Association for Piano at the University of Kansas and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Convention held in Cleveland. She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Earl Wild and Grammy award-winning composer Lucy Simon. Jennifer has taught for the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Prep School and as adjunct faculty for Cedarville University and the University of Dayton. She currently owns The Piano Preparatory School and Beavercreek Music, serving more than two hundred families in Dayton, Ohio.




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Stephen Siek

is a past President of the American Matthay Association. His biography of Matthay, England's Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay, was published by Scarecrow Press in January of 2012. He has studied with Stewart Gordon, Donald Hageman, Frank Mannheimer, and Denise Lassimonne. He has concertized extensively throughout North America and in 1986 he performed the 24 preludes of Rachmaninoff in New York's Lincoln Center. He made his London debut in 1988. His numerous articles have appeared in such journals as the American Music Teacher and the Piano Quarterly, and in the summer 1993 issue of American Music he presented new research concerning musical figures active in post-Revolutionary Philadelphia. He is also a contributor to the Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the forthcoming New Grove Dictionary of American Music, and his other articles include pieces for the American Musical Instrument Society Journal, Symposium (the journal of the College Music Society), and the Piano Journal of the European Piano Teachers' Association. He has also recently annotated a series of CDs for APR commemorating Matthay's pupils—including Harriet Cohen, Irene Scharrer, and Myra Hess—as well as a Hyperion disc of the solo works of Charles Griffes performed by Garrick Ohlsson. His recording of The Philadelphia Sonatas of Alexander Reinagle (c.1750-1809) was released on the Titanic label in 1998. Siek's interests have also extended to other areas of American history and culture, and he has published and lectured widely on the earlier work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including a three-lecture series on Wright's early work given in Chicago in July of 2013. He has recently signed a contract with Rowman and Littlefield to author A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist, scheduled to appear in 2015 as a component of R&L's Musical Instrument Dictionary Series. He holds the B. Mus. and the M. Mus. degrees from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. A professor emeritus of music at Wittenberg University in Ohio, he now lives in Tempe, Arizona.


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Dan Franklin Smith

is a resident of New York City where he is active as a opera and vocal coach. He graduated as a piano major from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and made his European recital debut in 1997 just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. The following year he made his European orchestral debut in Stockholm at Sofia Kyrkan and was later featured on Swedish TV. A debut recording with the Gävle Symfoniorkester soon followed, and not long afterward, a recording of two piano concerti by Hans Huber, with the Stuttgart Philharmonic. These premier recordings received outstanding reviews and are broadcast on dozens of classical stations throughout the US. As Music Director and recital soloist with the international festival, Elysium: Between Two Continents, he is showcased in performances here and in Europe. Major German newspapers praise his work for “stirring emotionalism, precision with keen intensity, the subtle hesitations and shifts that constitute great expression.” He has received high praise time and again from Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung as well as the Münchener Merkur, Coburger Tageblatt and Neue Presse, U. S. newspapers, international record magazines and websites. Mr. Smith just returned from recital performances of Spanish and Latin American music in Sweden and Canada. This fall he performed with the Central Oregon Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Brahms D Minor Concerto. Among recital performances this season are those in Arizona, California, New York City, and Washington, D. C. His European engagements have included Bernried, Dessau, Coswig, Wittenberg, and Leipzig in Germany, Oslo, Paris, London, including recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and appearances in Sweden. In recent summer seasons he performed in Berlin, Munich, Brussels, London, Zagreb, Warsaw, Lodz, and Kiev. In the fall of 2010 he appeared at the Bruckner Festival in Linz and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Orchestral appearances in 2011 included Chopin’s F minor Concerto, and Brahms's D Minor Concerto. Dan Franklin Smith's web site is www.danfranklinsmith.com


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Jane Luther Smith

received the Licentiate Performer’s Diploma in Piano (L.R.A.M.) from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her work with first-generation Matthay students includes extensive study with Denise Lassimonne in England and additional work with Frank Mannheimer in the United States. She earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees (cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in piano performance and the post-graduate Performer's Certificate in piano from the University of South Carolina, where her teachers included AMAP members W. John Williams and John Kenneth Adams. Miss Smith was also a student of the late Elizabeth Newell at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. Her experience as a performer in the United States has been varied, including appearances in California, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. She has also performed in England, Canada, and Eastern Europe. In June of 2012 she performed a lecture/recital on the music of Robert Schumann at the Fourth World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, where she was the only pianist representing South Carolina and was one of just twenty specially invited pianists from the United States who participated in the conference with more than 100 international pianists. The conference was held at the Isidor Bajic Music School. As an avid promoter of historic architectural preservation, Miss Smith has been a featured piano soloist in several concerts with the string orchestra from the Charleston Symphony performing the Bach F minor Concerto, benefitting two of South Carolina’s landmarks—the Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg and the Bishopville Opera House. Her music history research includes a special interest in American music of the 1920s “Jazz Age." In June of 2010 she presented a lecture/recital in the Legacy Theater at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where she performed transcriptions of popular standards as performed by legendary jazz pianist Art Tatum. A first-prize winner of the prestigious Clara Wells Piano Competition presented by the American Matthay Association for Piano, and a recipient of a Chattanooga Cotton Ball Fellowship for Advanced study in Music, Miss Smith has been a featured performer on the South Carolina Educational TV and Radio networks. She has recorded two CDs of classical piano music and received the “Woman of Achievement” in the area of Fine Arts presented by the South Carolina YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc. In addition to her demand as a solo recitalist, she is a full-time music faculty member of the University of South Carolina Sumter. Jane Luther Smith is listed on the South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Performing Artist Roster. She is owner of the Jane Luther Smith Piano Studios in Sumter and is organist for the historic Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) in Hagood.

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Raymond Songayllo

earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano from Northwestern University. He studied at Aspen, and in New York with Alexander Uninsky and Grant Johannesen and also in Boston with Alexander Borovsky. He has performed throughout the U.S., and has appeared in solo recital twice in Weill Hall in New York. As a composer, he is a founding member of the Iowa Composers' Forum, and has had works performed at several conferences and festivals, and in Fontainebleau, working in composition at the Conservatoire Americain. After 27 years of college/university teaching, he continues to perform solo and chamber music and he is the pianist and arranger for the international chamber group, the Midgard Ensemble. Recent performances have been in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area, three concerts in the UK, and in April 2011 in the Capetown, South Africa area. Mr Songayllo has recently completed 10 years as teacher of piano and theory at the Des Moines Symphony Academy and has retired to be more active with the Midgard Ensemble.



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Christopher Thompson

serves as Associate Professor of Music at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where he has taught since 1998. At Williams, he teaches all of the music theory and aural skills courses as well as music fundamentals, music appreciation, applied piano, and composition. He currently serves as president of the Delta Music Teachers Association of northeast Arkansas and president of the Schubert Music Club (affiliated with the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs). With the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA), he currently serves as an elected board member, chair of the student composition competition, and co-chair of state auditions. In 2010 he was named Arkansas Music Teacher of the Year by ASMTA, and in 2011 he received certification as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association. From 2009-2011, Dr. Thompson served as president of the south central chapter (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas) of the College Music Society. He received a B.M. in piano from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in music from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His principal piano teachers are Patricia M. Thompson, Karen Halverhout, Richard Reber, Richard Angeletti, John McIntyre, Carroll Chilton, and Howard Karp.






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Elizabeth Vandevander

received her B.S. degree in music education from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and her M.A. from Goddard College in Vermont She has worked extensively with Donald Hageman, who introduced her to the Matthay principles. She has served as Archivist for the American Matthay Association and from 1987 to 2002, as the Editor of the Matthay News. She presently serves as Secretary to the AMA. Mrs. Vandevander has performed for concert series at the Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute, the Dayton Music Club, the Sigma Alpha Iota women's professional music sorority, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, and First Church in Belfast, Maine. She has also played on the Shiloh Church Concert Series in Dayton. Presently she is a member of the piano faculty at the University of Dayton, and she also maintains a thriving piano studio in Dayton.







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David Watkins

is an international Steinway Artist, and Professor Emeritus of Piano and former coordinator of keyboard studies at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Watkins has released three commercial recordings on the ACA Digital label. Mr. Watkins made his solo recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1986. His students have received recognition on state, national and international levels. He also served on the summer artist faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. Mr. Watkins holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has studied and coached with many renowned artists. Mr. Watkins is certified as a master teacher by the Music Teachers National Association. He was President of the American Matthay Association 1994-1998, and was president of Georgia Music Teachers Association from 1994-1996. Mr. Watkins continues to perform, teach, adjudicate and serve as clinician nationally.   Mr. Watkins is active as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative performer with an unusually varied repertoire at his command.  He has performed on the national convention programs of the Music Teachers National Association (Little Rock, Nashville, Salt Lake City), the American Matthay Association (Dayton Art Institute, San Jose State University, Penn State University, Union University, Western Carolina University), and the College Music Society (St. Louis, Toronto). In January 2005, he appeared in a lecture-recital on “Mozart’s Year in Paris” at the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He performed with the Atlanta Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble in and around his home base of Atlanta and has made appearances with them in such prestigious places as the University of Mexico and the North American Cultural Institute in Mexico City. He has appeared as concerto soloist with many regional orchestras, including the Cobb Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States, from California to Massachusetts, under the auspices of many colleges, universities and community concert series. He also performed regularly with ‘cellist Roger Drinkall under the auspices of Allied Concert Services in Minneapolis, and has accompanied Metropolitan Opera sopranos Irene Jordan, Linda Zoghby and Patricia Craig in recital.

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John Williams

received his early training from Ralph Squires at Centenary College, and he later worked with Jack Roberts, Jean Mainous, and Silvio Scionti at the University of North Texas. He studied with Frank Mannheimer in Duluth, Minnesota, from 1962 until 1971, and he attended Denise Lassimonne's summer class in Buriton, England in 1975. He has been a piano faculty member at Southwest Texas State University, The University of South Dakota, and since 1968 at the University of South Carolina. His repertory includes the Goldberg Variations, the late sonatas of Beethoven, the Chopin Etudes, and several concerti. He has restored an 1862 Erard piano which has been in several recital performances, including the MTNA National Convention.





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Gary Wolf

is a former President of the American Matthay Association and is a frequent recitalist and ensemble musician who performs throughout the United States and Europe. Major cities where he has been heard include New York, Toronto, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Brussels, and Merida. He frequently conducts workshops, master classes and clinics at numerous colleges and universities. Dr. Wolf holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where his piano study was with Cécile Staub Genhart. He previously studied with Gordon Terwilliger and Adrian Pouliot at Wichita State University and also with Kurt Neumuller as a Fulbright Scholar at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He is active in many professional organizations and has taught many award-winning students. Dr. Wolf holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida.




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Signe Sebo Zale

has studied with Cécile Genhart, Frank Mannheimer, and Frank Glazer. She has taught privately in the Rochester area for more than 30 years, and adjudicated for the National Guild of Piano Teachers for more than 35 years. An active performer in the Rochester area as both soloist and collaborator, she is a member of the Rochester Morning Musicale and the Rochester Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. She is also District Director for Mu Phi Epsilon's Eastern Great Lakes Province One and she mentors chapters at the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastman in piano performance and pedagogy, and while there she performed as soloist with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra. She also holds a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Rochester and is the retired Director of Guidance for the Churchville-Chili Central School District in suburban Rochester. In the summer of 2005 she presented a workshop for school counselors at the Eastman Summer Session on "Career Counseling for Music Students.” She currently serves as Treasurer for the American Matthay Association for Piano.


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