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Kent State’s Piano Institute Presents Its Seventh Annual Gala Concert and Series of Performances

Posted Jul. 9, 2012

The 2012 Piano Institute, in association with the Piano Division of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, will present a series of master classes from July 15-25 on the university’s campus. The seven-year-old program is a highly intensive festival for talented piano students in grades 7-12. The July 24 gala concert at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland will feature 14 highly gifted pre-collegiate pianists from the United States, China and the Czech Republic. All master classes and the gala concert are free and open to the public.

Photo from Kent State's Piano InstituteInstructors of the Piano Institute include Donna Lee, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of the Piano Division at Kent State, and Jerry Wong, Ph.D., associate professor of piano at Kent State. Guest artists for this year’s Piano Institute are Sandra Shapiro, concert pianist and preparatory and continuing education dean at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Joela Jones, principal keyboardist with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Piano Institute participants receive four hours of one-on-one lessons daily; attend master classes; and study sight-reading, technique, practicing and audition/competition preparation. They also will have the unique opportunity to share in the Kent/Blossom Music program, a premiere summer institution for summer collegiate level study of solo, chamber and orchestral literature.

For more information, please call 330-672-1061 or visit www.kent.edu/pianoinstitute.

Piano Institute Activities

MONDAY, JULY 16, 3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.
Master class with Jerry Wong, Kent State associate professor and co-director of the Piano Institute
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.
Master class with Donna Lee, Kent State associate professor and coordinator of the Piano Division in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, and co-director of the Piano Institute
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.
Master class with Sandra Shapiro, concert pianist and preparatory and continuing education dean at the Cleveland Institute of Music
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Master class with Joela Jones, principal keyboardist with The Cleveland Orchestra
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

MONDAY, JULY 23, 3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.
Recital dress rehearsal
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 7 p.m.
Gala Concert
Featuring all Piano Institute participants
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall in Cleveland

University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall is located on Terrace Drive, off of Main Street, in Kent. Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall is located at 11001 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.

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Photo Caption:
Donna Lee, an associate professor of music at Kent State University, leads a class during last year’s Piano Institute. The university presents its seventh annual Piano Institute on July 15-25.

Media Contacts:
Monica Brately, mbratel1@kent.edu, 330-672-1061
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595