Student Accomplishments

Michelle Schodowski Wins Tech Prize

Michelle Schodowski (BM Piano Performance ‘18) won the 2019 Edmodo Ed Tech Ascend prize and launched the technology and education-based music business site Radda. The online service facilitates the seeking and giving of musical advice while developing connections among artists around the globe.  Michelle and business partner, Charles Laws, won first prize at the Ed Tech Ascend business plan competition.  

Recent Alumni Job Placements

Dr. Eva Polgar - Azusa Pacific University (CA)

Dr. Meilin Ai -  Full-time Piano faculty member, Conservatory of Music at Sichuan Normal University, China, beginning Fall 2019

Dr. Andreas Ioannides - Lecturer, Indiana State University

Gyuwan Kim – Staff appointment as Collaborative pianist at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dr. Arsentiy Kharitonov - pianist under Shupp Artists Management, Inc.

Jacob Nydegger Prizewinner in Piano Competitions

Jacob Nydegger was a finalist and prizewinner in the 2018 Kuleshov International Piano Competition in February, 2018. He also won First Prize for his performance of Ravel's Jeux d'eau in The Art of Piano Competition 2017, part of The International Great Composers Competition Series in London, and recently won the local Isabel Scionti Piano Performance Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year.

Eva Polgar Completes Recital Tour

Éva Polgár completed a recital tour in October, 2017 that included a performance at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC, the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles, and a masterclass at the University of Redlands in California.  In November, she gave a solo recital and a pedagogical lecture recital at the 9th Hungarian Festival in Cancún, Mexico.

Min Kyung Kim and Hyung Jin Moon – new CD of Shostakovich

Min Kyung Kim and Hyung Jin Moon have had a new compact disc released this fall by Toccata Classics in London. It is Volume Two in an ongoing series issued by Toccata Classics of the complete music for piano duo and duet by Shostakovich.  Kim and Moon recorded Shostakovich's arrangements of his own Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102, and his Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141.  Both of these works are world-premiere recording releases.  

Hando Nahkur's CD "Waltzing Mephisto by the Danube"

Review of Hando Nahkur in WholeNote (one of the largest music magazines in Canada) on his “Waltzing Mephisto by the Danube” CD (Estonian Record Productions ERP 8115). “The title track is brilliantly played with remarkable clarity through all the maniacal passages. The approach is disciplined and calculated but not lacking in any of the incendiary energy needed for this piece. “ Read more at Music Awards awarded it the Silver Medal in both Instrumentalist and Classical Music categories.