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Kent State’s Piano Institute Presents Its 10th Annual Gala Concert and Series of Performances

Photo of Jerry Wong with student at 2014 Piano InstituteThe 2015 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 and recitals from July 15-20 on the university’s campus and culminate with the July 21 gala concert at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. The 10-year-old program is a highly intensive festival for talented piano students in grades 7-12. The July 21 gala concert will feature 14 highly gifted pre-collegiate pianists from the United States, China, Honduras and Canada. The master classes, recitals and gala concert are free and open to the public.

The 10th anniversary celebration also includes a special alumni recital at Steinway Piano Gallery, located at 334 E. Hines Road in Boston Heights, Ohio, on Monday, July 20. Several past participants of the Piano Institute will perform. This event is also free and open to the public. 

Instructors of the Piano Institute include Donna Lee, D.M.A., professor and coordinator of the Piano Division at Kent State, and Jerry Wong, D.M.A., associate professor of piano at Kent State. Guest artists for this year’s Piano Institute are Stanislav Khristenko, winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, 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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 3:45 p.m.
Master class with Donna Lee, Kent State professor and coordinator of the Piano Division in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 3:45 p.m.
Master class with Jerry Wong, Kent State associate professor
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 10 a.m.
Master class with Stanislav Khristenko, winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 7:30 p.m.
Recital by Stanislav Khristenko, winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition
Ludwig Recital Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts, Kent State University

MONDAY, JULY 20, 3:45 p.m.
Master class with Joela Jones, principal keyboardist with the Cleveland Orchestra
University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, Kent State University

MONDAY, JULY 20, 7:30 p.m.
Alumni recital featuring distinguished past participants
Steinway Piano Gallery, 334 E. Hines Hill Road, Boston Heights, Ohio
RSVP required by emailing Pam Hutson at phutson1@kent.edu or calling 330-672-8384

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 7 p.m.
Gala concert featuring all Piano Institute participants
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall, Cleveland

Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent. 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:
Jerry Wong, D.M.A., associate professor of piano at Kent State University, instructs a participant during last year’s Piano Institute. 

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