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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

 

events

image for SMTD CommencementSMTD Commencement

Friday, April 27 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Yu-Hsien Lin, piano

Saturday, April 28 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventThird Dissertation Recital: Hyejin Cho, piano

Tuesday, May 1 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America: SMTD Faculty Recital

Wednesday, May 9 - 7:30pm
Off-Campus Location, First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor- 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America: All-Beethoven Recital

Thursday, May 10 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Federation of Music Clubs Welcome Concert

Thursday, May 17 - 6:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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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