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Department of Piano


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.


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)



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


SMTD logo for eventFaculty/Guest Recital: Kathryn Votapek, violin and Read Gainsford, piano

Sunday, January 7 - 2:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventGuest Recital: Sarah Frisof, flute and Daniel Pesca, piano

Sunday, January 7 - 5:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

See more department events

image for Collage ConcertCollage Concert

Saturday, January 13 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Reserved seating $34/$28/$12 with student ID

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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Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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