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Brenda Wristen is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is co-author of Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists (Oxford University Press), and has presented and published widely on topics of musician health and biomechanics of piano technique.
Alissa Dorman is a resident of Rexburg, Idaho. She studies at Brigham Young University, majoring in Piano Performance. She is currently servinga mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Milan, Italy. Stephen Thomas was Alissa’s major professor for this project at BYU-Idaho.
Gyeseon Choe is a South Korean-born classical pianist. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the Keimyong University in Daegu, Korea, and graduated with her Masters from CSUN with the honor of outstanding student. She holds her D.M.A. degree from Claremont Graduate University. Her academic interest brought her to research her dissertation, “The...
Gyeseon Choe is a South Korean-born classical pianist. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the Keimyong University in Daegu, Korea, and graduated with her Masters from CSUN with the honor of outstanding student. She holds her D.M.A. degree from Claremont Graduate University. Her academic interest brought her to research her dissertation, “The Thirty Etudes of Louise Farrenc.”
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A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, NANCY BACHUS is an internationally known clinician and teacher. She is author of the “Spirit” and Exploring Piano Classics series, Great Music and Musicians, and three anthologies of Edward MacDowell’s music. She has recently presented workshops in North America, Asia, the United Kingdom, Australia,...
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, NANCY BACHUS is an internationally known clinician and teacher. She is author of the “Spirit” and Exploring Piano Classics series, Great Music and Musicians, and three anthologies of Edward MacDowell’s music. She has recently presented workshops in North America, Asia, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Nancy is on the piano faculty at Cleveland State University, operates an independent studio in Ohio, and is on the Editoral Board for the Piano Magazine.
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Shana Kirk is an independent piano teacher, technology consultant, and arts advocate in Denver, CO. She works regularly with educators and industry leaders to navigate the intersection of pedagogy and technology for 21st century learners.
ELIZABETH LEMME holds a B.A. in piano Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 1992. performance and pedagogy from Whitworth University, and an M.M. in the same from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her music studio is in Nebraska, where she resides with her husband and two lovely children
AMBER YIU-HSUAN LIAO is Assistant Professor of Music at Borough of Manhattan Community College of CUNY in NYC. As a solo pianist, she has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Ms. Liao’s recording of works by Granados,...
AMBER YIU-HSUAN LIAO is Assistant Professor of Music at Borough of Manhattan Community College of CUNY in NYC. As a solo pianist, she has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Ms. Liao’s recording of works by Granados, Schumann and Beethoven was released on the MSR Classics label. Her recent projects include performances of music by women composers, and the composition of a collection of pedagogical pieces inspired by Taiwanese folk songs for solo piano. For more information, please visit: amberliao.com.
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COLE BURGER teaches class piano and piano pedagogy at Bowling Green State University. His recently released solo album, Beyond the Traveler: Piano Music by Composers from Arkansas, is available on MSR Records.

Susanna Garcia is on the faculty of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where she holds the Ruth Girard Endowed Professorship in Music. She has received many honors and awards for her work, having been named a UL Foundation Distinguished Professor (2001), MTNA Foundation Fellow (2012) and LMTA Teacher of the Year (2013). She has also been the...

Susanna Garcia is on the faculty of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where she holds the Ruth Girard Endowed Professorship in Music. She has received many honors and awards for her work, having been named a UL Foundation Distinguished Professor (2001), MTNA Foundation Fellow (2012) and LMTA Teacher of the Year (2013). She has also been the recipient of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette “Research Excellence Award” (2015) and the Friends of the Humanities Founder’s Award (2015). Garcia is the co-developer of eNovativePiano: Multimedia Tools for Developing Keyboard Musicianship, in use as a group piano text in colleges, universities and K-12 schools.

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Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators. Tim speaks at local and international conferences, helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim holds an MBA, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.
Pianist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Leah Claiborne, promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. Dr. Claiborne is the coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. She received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees at the University of Michigan...
Pianist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Leah Claiborne, promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. Dr. Claiborne is the coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. She received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees at the University of Michigan and her B.M. degree at Manhattan School of Music.
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Shalvi D’Arcangelo, music teacher, holds a B.M. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and a M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research areas include music semiotics and musician wellness.
J. Daniel Jenkins is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of South Carolina. A dedicated pedagogue, he has received teaching awards from the University of South Carolina, the University of Rochester, and the Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Jani Parsons is the pianist and artistic director of Latitude 49, and a faculty member at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is an award-winning teacher with diverse interests in piano performance, pedagogy, chamber music, and new music.
Laura Silva, former principal musician for “El Sistema” in Venezuela, is creator and director of the Piano Ensembles Project at Mozarteum Caracas and ACMS, Ohio. She completed an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Christopher Fisher at Ohio University, and is published by Piano Safari.
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Asher Armstrong is an Instructor of Piano and Piano Literature at the University of Toronto. A performer and Cambridge-published scholar, Asher holds a M.M. from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Toronto.
Diana Dumlavwalla is an Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, Diana taught at Western University where she developed the faculty’s inaugural doctoral piano pedagogy
course. She also serves as a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and...
Diana Dumlavwalla is an Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, Diana taught at Western University where she developed the faculty’s inaugural doctoral piano pedagogy
course. She also serves as a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and state/provincial competitions.  

As a soloist and chamber musician, Diana has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has presented lecture recitals and papers at numerous conferences and her research has been featured in
several publications. Diana was awarded the 2018 MTNA E-Journal Article of the Year.
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Cathy Smetana enjoys teaching students of all ages, creating independent musicians who can problem-solve and practice on their own, thereby equipping them for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. She loves teaching beginners, instilling in them good habits right from the beginning, as well as working with busy teenagers, helping them achieve great...

Cathy Smetana enjoys teaching students of all ages, creating independent musicians who can problem-solve and practice on their own, thereby equipping them for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. She loves teaching beginners, instilling in them good habits right from the beginning, as well as working with busy teenagers, helping them achieve great results in spite of their busy schedules. She has been teaching for 20 plus years and has been at MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota since 2000. 

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano performance from Goshen College and a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

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John Ellis is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan. He has served as Chair of the Piano Department as well as Associate Dean for
Administration and Associate Dean of Productions, Programs & Partnerships. He is in demand as a recitalist, master class clinician, adjudicator and lecturer. His performances
have...
John Ellis is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan. He has served as Chair of the Piano Department as well as Associate Dean for
Administration and Associate Dean of Productions, Programs & Partnerships. He is in demand as a recitalist, master class clinician, adjudicator and lecturer. His performances
have included recitals at Indiana University, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, the University of Hawaii, and the University
of Iowa. He has lectured at major national and international conferences including The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (Chicago, IL), Music Teachers National Conference (Kansas City, MO), the Sibelius Academy and the University of Helsinki (International Conference on Musical Signification). He has recorded the piano music of African-American composer Arthur Cunningham and has published in the American Music Teacher, Acta Semiotica Fennica of the International Semiotics Institute. His narrative analysis of Kinderszenen has been widely cited by music scholars.
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Ann DuHamel serves as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Minnesota-Morris. She earned a DMA from the University of Iowa, and in June 2019 began her term as the President of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

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