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. In 2019 she received the Achievement Award, MTNA's highest distinction, and also the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. 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.
Jennifer Hayghe has performed in solo recitals and made orchestral appearances throughout the world, including the United States, Europe and Asia. Hayghe received her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. Hayghe won every award possible for a Juilliard pianist to receive during her time at Julliard. She made her New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall and has performed and taught as a soloist and chamber musician at universities and colleges throughout the country as well as appearing as a concerto soloist throughout the United States. She has performed in major chamber music series, including Bargemusic in New York and the Garth Newel Center for Music series in Virginia. Hayghe has given masterclasses at universities and colleges throughout the country and at Manhattan School of Music, the New York University Piano Master Class Series and Mannes College of Music pre-college. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and also serves on the faculty of the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy. She has previously been on the music faculties at Ithaca College and Louisiana State University.
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.
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…
Dr. Yeeseon Kwon is pianist and associate professor teaching piano musicianship and piano pedagogy at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Her areas of focus are piano performance and pedagogy, and she has published numerous music reviews and articles, including publications for the Piano Pedagogy Forum and Clavier Companion Magazine. As editor of keyboard music, Dr. Kwon collaborated with various composers, editing educational piano publications. in addition, she has presented masterclasses and lectures on developing strengths-based teaching approaches, adult piano learning, tachnical and musical artistry, group piano pedagogy, and on motivation. Kwon currently serves on the Adult Teaching Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She is active nationally and often serves as an adjudicator, workshop clinician, and masterclass presenter. Her performances include international solo and collaborative engagements in the United States and Russia. Kwon holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Northwestern University.
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.