Faculty and Students Raise Spirits and Donations with Piano Gala

Piano Division PerformersPositive energy filled the room on the night of Kent State University’s Piano Division Scholarship Gala Concert.

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music brought in around $2,500 in donations thus far with nearly 100 donors, alumni, faculty and students in attendance at the Piano Division’s performance on Jan. 26.

“The stage was beautifully decorated by the CODA Collective with lighting design by Kent State graduate student Jae Min Park,” Andrew Paa, School of Music marketing assistant, said. “This really enhanced the mood of the music and transformed Ludwig Recital Hall into a really special place.”

The recital was followed by a complimentary reception, sponsored by Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland, with heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages which allowed attendees, students and faculty to mingle after the concert.

“The students were looking forward to performing alongside their faculty mentors,” Paa said, “and the audience was excited that the concert featured them together on the same program.”

The concert is presented as part of the 2019-20 Kent Keyboard Series, titled a “Season of Pure Artistry,” which offers five concerts featuring Kent State faculty members, their students and guest artists.

Performers included:


  • Kent McWilliams, Director of the School of Music
  • Donna Lee, Coordinator of the Piano Division
  • Drew Le, Assistant Professor of Piano
  • Hana Chu, Staff Accompanist and music faculty member

Graduate Students:

  • Hongrui Zhu
  • Alexandre Marr
  • Gréta Pásztor
  • Vicky Hei Man Tong
  • Bret Cowden
  • Menglu Zou
  • Shoufeng He
  • Shiqi Liu
  • Jinhua Zhang
  • Meng Zhao



Undergraduate Student:

  • Alena Miskinis


  • Jordan Wessel (MM '19)
  • Daniel Milan (BM '13)

Piano Division Teaching Institute Program (TIP):

  • Ana Scott (14)-College Credit Plus student at Kent State
  • Alex Tregub-7th grader currently also taking college classes at Kent State
  • Both take private lessons with students in the Kent State Piano Division

Paa describes music as very unique in that students work with their artist-teachers one-on-one in weekly lessons where they get to know each other very well.

“This kind of relationship facilitates a great deal of personal and artistic development for students,” Paa said. “It allows for constructive conversations and individualized attention.”

The Piano Division also hosts a number of special programs within the Glauser School, including the Teaching Institute Program, which allows Kent State piano students to gain valuable teaching experience under the guidance of their teacher, and the five-concert Kent Keyboard Series.

In addition, if you wish to provide additional support and discuss a gift, contact the College of the Arts at 330-672-2760.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:57am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 4:29pm
Andrew Paa and Macy Kittelberger