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Department of Piano

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The Piano Department offers comprehensive professional training to talented performers. Its mission is to assist, guide, and encourage students in achieving the highest artistic and intellectual standard of which they are capable. Through individual instruction, ensemble coaching, and musicianship classes, the faculty strives to promote understanding while simultaneously encouraging original and creative thought. Students receive thorough preparation for careers as soloists, chamber musicians, accompanists and teachers.

faculty

Christopher Harding (Chair, performance)

Matthew Bengtson (piano literature, fortepiano)

Amy I. Cheng (chamber music)

Katherine Collier (performance, collaborative piano)

John Ellis (Associate Dean for Productions, Programs and Partnerships; pedagogy and performance)

Arthur Greene (performance)

 

 

 

Robert Grijalva (piano technology)

Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn (piano pedagogy)

Martin Katz (collaborative piano, voice literature)

Lydia Qiu (coordinator of accompanying)

Logan Skelton (performance)

 

news

Hyejin Cho, one of four piano DMA students performing with the Ann Arbor Symphony
DMA Piano Students Perform with Ann Arbor Symphony

Four piano students will enjoy a rare opportunity to perform concerti with the Ann Arbor Symphony in a free concert, as part of the requirements for their degree. more

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2018 SMTD Concerto Competition Winners Announced

The winners performed violin, percussion, and piano works and will be scheduled to perform with an SMTD orchestra. more

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Video Game Music Conference to take place at U-M

The fifth annual North American Conference on Video Game Music (NACVGM) at SMTD, January 13-14 from 9 am to 6 pm each day.  more

Master class (2015) with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic (Photo: Chris Lee)
UMS, SMTD and the New York Philharmonic Announce Details for 2017 MICHIGAN Residency

The New York Philharmonic residency will include performances, master classes, lectures, and workshops for SMTD students, including a side-by-side chamber concert. more

 

events

image for Guest Recital: Asaf Zohar, pianoGuest Recital: Asaf Zohar, piano

Monday, January 22 - 7:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Tuesday, January 23 - 10:30am
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Joonghun Cho, piano

Friday, January 26 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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Thursday, February 1 - 7:00pm
Museum of Art,
Free - no tickets required
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Thursday, February 1 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventGuest Recital: Giacomo Scinardo, piano

Wednesday, February 7 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

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Thursday, February 8 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Stephen Shipps, violin and Martin Katz, piano

Friday, February 9 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventGuest Master Class: Alexander Kobrin, piano

Tuesday, February 13 - 10:30am
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventGuest Recital: Alexander Kobrin, piano

Tuesday, February 13 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital: Dan Graser, saxophone, and Kathryn Goodson, piano.Guest Recital: Dan Graser, saxophone, and Kathryn Goodson, piano.

Tuesday, February 13 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Arthur Greene, piano

Thursday, February 15 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Fritz Kaenzig and Matthew Thompson

Friday, February 16 - 7:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Zhu Zhu, BM Performance 2010
Professor Christopher Harding and Sun Ah Lee, DMA Performance 2010Professor Martin Katz with Joel Ayau, DMA Collaborative Piano 2010SiYi Fang, BM Performance 2011Professor Louis Nagel with Dylan Perez, Arts and Scholars Degree candidate 2012Piano Chamber Music Coaching
“I take pride in our piano faculty for their engaging attitude and relentless passion not only in the teaching of a lesson but even outside the class, being willing to guide us, share with us their life-long experience as an illuminating source and significant part of maturing one’s musicianship....Michigan is where artistry takes flight!”
Tai-Hsuan (Kathy) Lee, MM 2012

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