Susan Yang, piano
Susan Yang maintains a versatile career as a performer and educator. Dr. Yang began studying piano at the age of four and has garnered numerous prizes and scholarships throughout her career. She has been a prizewinner at the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, New York Festival and Competition, Ann Arbor Camerata Competition, Delta Symphony Young Artist Competition, and Naftzger Young Artist Competition. As a chamber musician, she has formed multiple groups that have won various regional Music Teachers National Association competitions. One of her piano trios was named Third Place Winner at the 2013 MTNA National Chamber Competition. Recent season highlights include solo appearances with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, and Liszt's Totentanz with the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra. Her upcoming commercial recording with Blue Griffin Records, entitled "DOORWAYS: Half-Remembered Music," is scheduled to release in 2019 and is currently on tour. This project is supported by both the University of Michigan's Rackham Grant and Excel Enterprise Fund.
Dr. Yang joined the piano faculty at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in 2018. Previously, she has held faculty positions at the Schoolcraft College, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and Cincinnati School of Music. She has presented various teaching topics at conferences and institutions such as the MTNA National Conferences, Piano Pedagogy Symposiums, Southwest Ohio Music Teachers Conference, and Capital University. In 2017, Dr. Yang was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Royal Conservatory of Music, recognizing her excellence in teaching and student achievement.
Committed to community outreach, Dr. Yang has provided free lessons to low-income students, organized various benefit concerts, and frequently performs in local venues, such as hospitals, libraries, and retirement homes. Her latest project was distributing donated upright pianos throughout the city of Ann Arbor to promote musical activities in the community.
Dr. Yang received her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with full support from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. As a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholar, she obtained her M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also holds a B.M. cum laude in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University, with a minor in East Asian Studies. Her primary teachers include Logan Skelton, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Amy Dorfman. Pedagogy teachers include John Ellis, Michelle Conda, and Karen Krieger.
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