Roland Schneller, founding member of NAMTA, honored

Blair Presents: An evening in honor of Roland Schneller
Saturday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.
Ingram Hall
Featuring past and current piano students from Schneller’s 50-plus years of teaching at Blair: Jerome Reed, Grace Huang, Roger Wiesmeyer, Holly Jurca, Rebecca Rousseau, Joanne Kang.
A reception will follow the performance.

Guest Artist, Timothy Ehlen

8 p.m. – Recital

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Masterclass and Lecture with Discussions: “Genre, Instrumental and Vocal Connotations in the Beethoven Piano Sonatas”

Fee: $20 for Fri & Sat; $15 for a day

Timothy Ehlen, currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, has performed extensively in the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. He first gained international attention after winning the World Piano Competition in 1987; after his subsequent debut in Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall in 1988, the New York Times raved that his “playing was filled with elegant personality… recalled bygone artists like Robert Casadesus and, especially Walter Gieseking in their mastery of both 18th century and impressionist music…immaculate technique.” The Pro Piano Recital Series sponsored his 1997 recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, which the New York Concert Review hailed as “…an absolutely remarkable tour-de-force.” Recitals in France, Germany, and Korea have elicited a similarly enthusiastic response: “Sensitive and tender creativity [in Ravel]” [Fürther Nachrichten] and “behind the fire hid a heartfelt emotion, held together by tender affection [in Beethoven]” [L’Alsace].

Recitals include the Cleveland Orchestra’s Schubert Bi-Centennial Series in Cleveland, festival Recontres Internationales de Piano en Alsace, International Franz Liszt Festival in France; periodic recitals on the series “Sundays Live” (broadcast live on KMZT in Los Angeles from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Kum Ho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea; numerous universities, including Indiana University in Bloomington, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, Seoul National University in Korea, New England Conservatory of Music, Michigan University in Ann Arbor, etc. He has been heard frequently on National Public Radio, in addition to numerous independent broadcasts of major market performances in this country and abroad.

Mr. Ehlen has recorded the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas for the Azica label. After the release of volume III, Fanfare Magazine (May/June 2011) wrote, “…I have the feeling that the cycle with the richest rewards will turn out to be the Ehlen.” His solo CD containing the Schumann Fantasie and other works was released on the Azica label in 2006 to critical acclaim. Other recordings have appeared on the Crystal, Omnibus, and Felia Mundi labels.

Appearances with orchestra include performances of concerti of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, Liszt and Dohnányi with various orchestras in the US, including the Ventura County Symphony and Redlands Symphony in California, Kingsport Symphony in Tennessee, Warren Chamber Orchestra in Ohio, Symfonia da Camera and Champaign-Urbana Symphony in Illinois, and, most recently performances of the Beethoven Concerto No. 4 and No. 5 with the University of Illinois orchestras.

Dedicated to fostering young talent, Mr. Ehlen regularly presents master classes at major universities and conservatories, including The San Francisco Conservatory, Seoul National University, Yonsei University and others in Korea, Eastman School of Music, The Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, The Colburn School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, Idyllwild School for the Arts in Los Angeles, Boston University, etc.

Mr. Ehlen has taught and performed at the summer festivals Rencontres Musicales en Lorraine in Nancy, France, the Vienna International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, and the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, and the Brevard Music Institute in North Carolina. He completed his BM and MM studies with John Perry at the University of Southern California, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Paul Schenly at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Timothy Ehlen is an International Steinway Artist.

Tennessee State Competition Results

A number of students and their teachers from NAMTA were winners in the state MTNA competition held in Knoxville May 31 and June 1.  Congratulations!


Early Elementary Piano

Winner: Brayden Zhang; Teacher: Li Li (NAMTA)

 Piano Grade 3

Winner: Roger Chen; Teacher: ChiHee Hwang (NAMTA)

• Runner-Up: Caleb Park; Teacher: Li Li (NAMTA)

 Piano Grade 4

• Winner: Joanne Kang; Teacher: Roland Schneller (NAMTA)

 Piano Grade 5

• Runner-Up: Belle Huang; Teacher: Li Li (NAMTA)

• Honorable Mention: Anna Chen; Teacher: Agnes Wan (NAMTA)


Piano Grade 6

Runner-Up: Emily Jao; Teacher: Agnes Wan (NAMTA)

 Piano Grade 8

• Runner-Up: Daniel Hosny; Teacher: Helen Gleason/Jerome Reed (NAMTA)

 Junior Piano Concerto

• Winner: Daniel Hosny; Teacher: Helen Gleason/Jerome Reed (NAMTA)


Piano Grade 9

• Runner-Up: Tony Huang; Teacher: Li Li (NAMTA)

 Piano Grade 10

• Winner: Rebekah Lim; Teacher: Karen Krieger (NAMTA)

 Piano Grade 11

• Runner-Up: Stanley Xiang; Teacher: Jerome Reed (NAMTA)

 Senior Piano Concerto

• Winner: Stanley Xiang; Teacher: Jerome Reed (NAMTA)

• Runner-Up: Vicky Zhang; Teacher: Jerome Reed (NAMTA)


Elementary String Solo

• Winner: Lillian Branch, violin; Teacher: Dana Meyer (NAMTA)

• Runner-Up: Emily Baker, violin; Teacher: Dana Meyer (NAMTA)

 Junior String Solo

• Runner-Up: Abigail Nelson; Teacher: Frank Auer (NAMTA)

Senior String Solo

• Winner: Linyue Fan, violin; Teacher: Connie Heard (NAMTA)

• Runner-Up: Blake Skelton, violin; Teacher: Connie Heard (NAMTA)

Senior String Concerto

• Winner: Linyue Fan, violin; Teacher: Connie Heard (NAMTA)





2014 YAAA List of Winners

K-6th Grade Winners

7th-12th Grade Winners


Megan Loh                  Dana Meyer                          K-2nd Grade

Sheerea Yu                  Dana Meyer                          3rd/4th Grade

Emily Baker                 Dana Meyer                         5th/6th Grade

Bright Johnston         Katherine Mansouri         5th/6th Grade

Andrea Huang             Dana Meyer                          7th/8th Grade

Jenna Mangum           Connie Heard                       9th/10th Grade

Blake Skelton             Connie Heard                         9th/10th Grade




Spencer Nicholas        Li Li                                         K-2nd Grade

Joanne Kang               Roland Schneller                 3rd/4th Grade

Daniel Hosny              Jerome Reed                         7th/8th Grade

Lu Zheng                     Roland Schneller                 7th/8th Grade

Tony Huang                Li Li                                            9th/10th Grade

Vicky Zhang                Jerome Reed                         11th/12th Grade


K-6 Concert Winner:

Joanne Kang

7-12 Concert Winner:

Jenna Mangum

Distinguished Service Awards


Barbara Hildebrand, Carol Butler, Carol Batson, Dan Landes, Debra Nelson, Elizabeth Cormier, Roland Schneller and Sallye Zeringue.

Pianorama Photos


Students enjoy Pianorama 2013!

The stage is set for Pianorama!

The stage is set for Pianorama!