Dr. Jane Magrath, Director of the Piano Seminar, is internationally known as an author, clinician, and pianist. Her book The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the US and abroad. She also is known for her more than forty piano literature editions through Alfred Music that are used widely in the U.S. and abroad. Respected nationally and internationally, she has presented over three hundred workshops and master classes throughout the US and on four continents. As a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, Magrath was Regents’ Professor and held the Grant Endowed Chair in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, where she was named Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts and served as Director of Piano Pedagogy. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016. Students and former students have been placed in university and college teaching positions throughout the US and many have won numerous prizes and competitions. Website: www.janemagrath.com
Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire," Chow has won major competitions including First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Palm Beach International Piano Competition. Chow also was a prizewinner in the William Kapell International Competition and was Silver Medalist and Audience Favorite at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. A Steinway artist, Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestras from coast to coast in major music centers in over 45 states. He regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. Chow studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland where he graduated Co-Valedictorian; with Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano; and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he received the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship. Previously on the piano faculty at Northwestern University for 19 years, Chow joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in fall 2017.
Alvin Chow has performed throughout North America and in Asia as orchestral soloist and recitalist.He has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Competition.His appearances as soloist with orchestra include the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Shanghai Philharmonic, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg.Mr. Chow graduated Co-Valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True.He also received the prestigious Victor Herbert Prize in Piano from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler. From 2011-14, he was the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory, and currently continues as Chair of the Piano Department.
Ralf Heiber is professor for Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio at the Music and Arts University in Vienna and also serves on the faculty of the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt. The son of a father who was in the diplomatic service, he was born in Berlin but grew up in Toronto, Caracas, Brasilia and Barcelona. He began studying the piano at the age of eight under the French pianist Monique Duphil and later studied with Maria Carbonel de Massiá while living in Barcelona. In 1983 he began his professional training with Roland Keller, first at the Academy of Music in Lübeck, and then at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, where he graduated with honors. A recipient of numerous prizes in solo piano, he was also awarded the accompanying prize at the International Brahms Competition in Hamburg and first prize at the International Schubert Competition in Vienna. He regularly appears as a soloist and is frequently sought after as an accompanist for renowned singers. His recordings have been highly acclaimed by both the public and press. Additionally, he is In demand as an adjudicator for international competitions and regularly conducts masterclasses worldwide (Austria, Italy, France, Spain, China, Japan and Korea). Many of his students have competed internationally and been awarded prizes for competitions in Hong Kong, Rome, Jaén, Concours international de piano Orléans, and first prize/Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris at the Olivier Messiaen Competition in Paris 2007 a.o.
Lauren Schack ClarkLauren Schack Clark is on the faculty of Arkansas State University and Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Germany. She has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and China. In 2017, she appeared as soloist with the New York Classical Players. She has collaborated with faculty members of over twenty universities throughout the world, including the Vienna Konservatorium, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan, and with principal symphonic players from such ensembles as the Boston Symphony, Slovenian Radio Symphony, and Cincinnati Orchestra. Dr. Clark has performed at the International Double Reed, Tuba/Euphonium, and Trumpet Guild Conferences, and at the American Viola Society Conference. She has presented at the World Piano Conference, the MTNA National Conference, and at several state music teachers conferences. She holds degrees from Boston University, Northwestern University, and the Hartt School of Music. Dr. Clark has recorded on the Centaur, Vienna Modern Master, Emeritus, and Mark Records labels. Website: www.laurenschackclark.com.
Yingying Su is guest pianist at the 2019 Piano Seminar, performing the Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Op. 120. She is a winner of many national and international competitions including the National Piano Competition of China, and the Concurso International Piano Competition in Venezuela. She has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, among others, and has given performances in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia. Recent highlights include a return to the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, a Debussy recital tour in China, and a performance of the Beethoven Emperor Concerto with conductor Chenjie Zhang of the Shanghai Opera House. Su studied with Monique Duphil at Oberlin Conservatory, Peter Frankl at Yale, and Alan Chow at Northwestern University where she received the DMA. She has served as visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma and is currently is on the piano faculty at the Soochow University School of Music. Website: www.yingying-su.com
Organist David Heller has risen to prominence as an outstanding performer and pedagogue in the United States. The American Organist has described him as “an eloquent performer,” and his playing as “an excellent demonstration of outstanding music making.” A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Heller holds degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music, which awarded him the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Organ. His teachers have included Miriam Clapp Duncan and Russell Saunders in organ, and Colin Tilney and Lisa Goode Crawford in harpsichord. His post-doctoral organ study was with David Craighead, and improvisation with Gerre Hancock. Dr. Heller joined the faculty of Trinity University in 1986 where he currently serves as Professor of Music and University Organist. In 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Music. MORE…
Judy Stafslien, is a Coach/Accompanist at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she received her degrees in piano performance and music education. Well known as a collaborative artist in the upper Midwest she has accompanied soloists and choral groups throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Stafslien has served as a professional accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing , the Metropolitan Opera District and Regional Audtions, and the Schubert Club Auditions. She has accompanied solo, choral, and chamber works for the Classical Music Festival since 1987.