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Andrea Arévalo, from Lima Perú, finished her piano studies at Krakow Music Academy in Poland under the guidance of Dr. Marian Sobula. She received the academic excellent award in her undergraduate studies at the National University of Music of Peru where she studied with Professor Carmen Escobedo. She attended Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in 2012 and was awarded the “Fine Arts Award in Piano”. She attended “Brevard Music Center” and was awarded a scholarship to study at Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2013. She received the “Honorable Mention” at Eastern Music Festival Competition and won the Concerto Competition in Lima on 2015. She attended “Chopin-Gorecki Music Festival and is one of the winners of the American Protégé International Romantic Competition, where she performed at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall on 2018. She is currently studying a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis in Injury-Preventive Technique at Salem College with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink.
Clarinetist Andy Hudson has spent his career building bridges between education and performance: from the past into the future, and across the artificial barriers that separate artists from their potential audiences. He has performed widely across the United States and Europe, including appearances in Carnegie Hall’s ‘Weill Recital Hall,’ Chicago’s ‘Symphony Center,’ at the Lucerne Festival Academy, and at the World Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music. While Andy has premiered nearly 100 new works to date, he is most proud of the collaborations he’s often enjoyed with emerging composers and performers in public schools, universities, religious centers, and community centers - something that has been a hallmark of his approach since 2006. Andy holds degrees from Northwestern University and Columbus State University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the NC State Chair for the International Clarinet Association.

Annie Jeng is a pianist, educator, and go-getter. She is committed to listening, learning, and becoming a better member of society with the hopes of paving roads for justice, collaboration, and kindness in communities. Much of Annie’s research is devoted to contemporary music and studying the pedagogical capabilities of contemporary piano techniques. In 2018, Annie received the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship from the University of Michigan to create a pedagogical resource titled Circles and Lines that features newly commissioned works by female composers that introduce unconventional piano techniques to intermediate pianists. In the summer, Annie is the Assistant Director of Piano at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. Annie is on the NCMTA board as Student Activities Chair. She received her DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Annie is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Bethany Cothern, NCTM is owner of BC Piano Studios in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds an MM in both Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Louisville. Nine years piano teaching experience has given her the opportunity to teach students ranging in age from age 3-83, as well as five years’ experience teaching group class piano for music majors. She has international experience in Austria and France, and active participation and officer positions in local, state, and national music teacher associations. A recent adjunct lecturer, her current focus is musician wellness and studying Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College.
Brenda Bruce, NCTM holds an M.A. in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music and has studied widely in the United States and Europe. She has lived in North Carolina for 43 years as concert pianist and pedagogue, concertizing around the state on piano and harpsichord, including several concerts at the NC Museum of Art, for which she obtained the Steinway “D” in the main auditorium. She has a particular interest in the music of Chopin and is listed in the catalog of performing artists with the NC Department of Cultural Resources. Her husband and co-presenter, Mark Fountain--who is an historian of Poland and east-central Europe--is a native of Raleigh and was named in 2008 Honorary Consul for Poland in North Carolina. To commemorate Paderewski’s legacy, they founded the Paderewski Piano Festival of Raleigh in 2014. The Festival is now in its seventh year.
Dr. Bair Shagdaron, born in Moscow, Russia entered Moscow Gnesins Music School in 1964, studying with Esther Fedorchenko and Valeria Polunina. He studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Tatiana Nikolaeva, earning a Doctorate in Piano Performance. He assumed the position of Assistant Professor and became Assistant to Tatiana Nikolaeva. He earned another degree in composition, studying under Albert Leman. He is a prizewinner of 1980 International J.S.Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and 1992 International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy. He was awarded the Honorary Title: "The People's Artist of Buryat Republic” (1992). In the USA, Dr. Shagdaron taught at Ottawa University in Kansas (1996). In 2000 he joined the faculty of Appalachian State University as Professor of Piano. Bair Shagdaron has performed throughout the USA, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Mongolia, and has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras worldwide. In 2020 Bair Shagdaron will be on the jury for the XII Rachmaninoff International Competition for Young Pianists (Russia), as well as on the faculty of InterHarmony International Music Festival, Bavaria, Germany.
Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang has performed in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid). She is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a soloist, she has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Long Yu, Carl St. Clair, and Grant Llewellyn. She performed alongside Philip Glass in the Glass at 80 Festival, and she performed the world premiere of distinguished composer Chen Yi’s piano concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing. Her solo album Folding Time (Albany Records) won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal and was selected as one of the Best of 2016 by American Record Guide. Her students won top prizes in numerous competitions. In 2019, her UNC students won the first prize in the MTNA Stecher Horowitz Two Piano Competition national finals.
Dylan Savage, NCTM is a Bösendorfer Concert Artist, a winner of the Rome Festival Orchestra Competition, and has recorded for Capstone Records. He is author of The Transposed Musician: Teaching Universal Skills to Improve Performance and Benefit Life, and co-author of A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies for Developing the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance. His articles have been published in American Music Teacher, Pianoforte, Clavier, Clavier Companion, and Keyboard Magazine. He is a piano professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Jeanetta Powell Hopkins, pianist and music educator , earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Jackson State University. During her tenure in the classroom, Jeanetta has taught elementary general music, middle school piano, middle and high school vocal arts. Her matriculation to Durham, North Carolina created additional opportunities for performances at the Annual Tobacco Tower Lighting, Evening of Entertainment and participation in All County Middle School Chorus. After serving in the public school system, Jeanetta chose the entrepreneurial path and opened the Bull City Music School with locations in Durham and Hillsborough, North Carolina. The demand for Bull City Music School birthed the virtual academy reaching across the United States. Jeanetta lives by the motto, “ To whom much is given, much is required” and created an outreach arm, Bull City Performing Arts Conservatory, to provide access to the arts for the community and underserved populations.
As soloist and avid chamber musician, Jacob Hahn has given recitals in Texas, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Shenzhen, China, Kecskemet, Hungary, and the National Theatre of Costa Rica. He has also premiered Alexander Amadeo’s First Piano Concerto in Syracuse, NY, and appeared on the Joyful Noise Concert Series in Liverpool, NY. Hahn completed his DMA in Collaborative Piano at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2020. He received his Master of Music degree in piano performance from Syracuse University and his Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University where he won the Concerto Competition, and placed first at the 2006 Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Buckeye Competition. Hahn has also studied at the Kodály Institute of Pedagogy in Kecskemet, Hungary. Hahn frequently performs with his wife Wei Jiao, in both four-hand and two-piano concerts.
Dr. Olga Kleiankina is a pianist, pedagogue and researcher with the international career. She is currently the Associate Teaching Professor and the Director of the Piano Program at North Carolina State University. Kleiankina is the member of the Outstanding Teacher Academy and the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award at NC State University. She is the author and the visionary of the Piano+ App, a piano method and resource for beginning learners. Her research collaborations include engineering, computer science, health and educational psychology. Kleiankina has presented in regional and national conferences sponsored by Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society and American Technology in Music Association. Her performance career evolved with recitals, chamber music collaborations and concertos with orchestras in Russia, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Greece, France, Chile and across the United States.

Kristen Turner, Ph.D is a lecturer in the music department at North Carolina State University. Her research centers on race, class, and gender in American musical culture at the turn of the twentieth century and has been published in several journals and collected editions, most recently in the Cambridge Companion to Gershwin. Working with Dr. Horace Maxile at Baylor University, she is writing a teacher's guide to help musicologists incorporate the music and contributions of white women and people of color into the curriculum of courses on the history of classical music.
Dr. Rodney Reynerson is the coordinator of piano studies in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. He has been an active performer and teacher at ASU since 1980. Dr. Reynerson received the BM in piano performance from Murray State University, and the MM and DM from Indiana University, where he was a student of renowned pianists Jorge Bolet and Menahem Pressler. His student Molly Reid won the Young Artist division at the NCMTA conference in 2019, and subsequently won the Southern District award.
Scarlette Kerr, BM (James Madison University), MM (Salem College) studied with Lori Piitz, Gabriel Dobner, and Barbara Lister-Sink. She presents at national, state and local conferences and performs and teaches in North Carolina and Virginia. She is the owner of Music at 906 Studio in Winston-Salem, NC. Celeste Watson (BA, MA, MM in progress) has taught for 16 years, holds a Certificate in Injury-Preventative Keyboard Technique from Salem College with Barbara Lister-Sink, and is a FAME-certified teacher of First Steps in Music.
Dr. Wei Jiao is on faculty at High Point University. As a versatile soloist and devoted chamber musician, Dr. Jiao has given performances in a variety of venues nationally and internationally. Dr. Jiao received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Syracuse University, and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Columbus State University. Passionate about teaching, music education and community service, Dr. Jiao has served as a faculty member, collaborative pianist, and music instructor at Queens University of Charlotte, Catawba College, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Dr. Jiao has been a regular piano instructor at the UNCG Summer Music Camp since 2010. Dr. Jiao is a member of the College Music Society, Music Teacher’s National Association, Society of American Music, Association of Asian Studies and Association of Chinese professors of Social Sciences.
Yee Wing Chan is an independent piano teacher in Winterville, NC. An active member of MTNA, she has served as the president of its collegiate chapter at East Carolina University and the state chair of the NCMTA Piano Contest-Festival. She has presented at the MTNA National Conference, MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium, and NCMTA State Conference. Her research has been published in Clavier Companion Digital Edition. Most recently, she has been awarded the IMTF Scholarship by NCMTA to study the applications of sport psychology to music performance and teaching. Yee Wing holds an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and a Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies from East Carolina University, an M.M. in Music Theory from Florida State University, and a B.M. in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Meredith College. In addition, she has furthered her teacher training through summer intensives hosted by The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.