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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

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

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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

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SMTD's Historic Pianos

Pianos are the lifeblood of any performing arts school or conservatory. No other instrument has as many uses as a fine piano. Steinway has been the "official" piano of SMTD for more than a century.   more

 

events

image for Guest Recital: Thomas Rosenkranz, pianoGuest Recital: Thomas Rosenkranz, piano

November 20
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Dearbhla Collins, piano

November 21
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty/Student Recital: Tribute to TaneyevFaculty/Student Recital: Tribute to Taneyev

November 27 & 28
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFirst Dissertation Recital: Susan Yang, piano

December 3
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventPiano Chamber Music Recital

December 4
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty/Guest Recital: Adam Unsworth, horn and Eric Huebner, piano

December 4
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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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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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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