College of Visual and Performing Arts

2018 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition Final Round Judges

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An active soloist and chamber musician, American pianist Kate Boyd has performed solo recitals at Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Musikhalle Hamburg, in addition to many places throughout the US and Canada.

As a faculty member at Butler University, she has appeared as a soloist with each of the University’s large ensembles in performances ranging from Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. This season she will be performing a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.

A passionate advocate for the music of our time, Boyd has performed numerous world premieres, including James Woodward’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble. Her first solo CD, Music for the End of Winter (Ravello), consists of previously-unrecorded works for solo piano by composers Daniel Koontz, Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, Howard Frazin and John Halle. Her second solo CD, consisting of works by John Cage (Navona),was met with critical acclaim and has received more than 60,000 digital downloads and streams to date.

With violinist April Johnson and cellist Peter Seidenberg, Boyd is a founding member of the New York-based Oracle Trio, a piano trio that performs works from the eighteenth century to the present. The Oracle Trio has been a featured ensemble for COLLECTANEA, a multimedia dance and music event, was a featured conference artist for the Indiana Music Teachers Association, and has performed on concert series in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, and elsewhere. In addition, Oracle has commissioned works from Daniel Koontz and Douglas McConnell, and champions works by contemporary American composers including Marc Mellits, David MacDonald and Samuel Adler.

In addition to her work with Oracle, Boyd regularly collaborates with musicians and artists of various disciplines. In Londonderry, NorthernIreland, she performed a work by composer Elaine Agnew with the Orbit Dance Centre dance troupe, as well as Bach’s C Minor Partita in live performances with the dance program at Butler University. She has performed dozens of chamber music works, including a televised performance of George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening, for two pianos and two percussion; and John Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro, for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart.

As an educator, Boyd is also active as a conference clinician. She has presented lectures and workshops at state, regional, and international conferences, including the International John Cage Conference in Malaysia, the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Germany, the College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, and the Kentucky Music Teachers Association State Conference. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, and has judged for many events, including the ISSMA state competition, the MTNA Southern Division Competitions, and Stickley Piano Competition. Boyd has also served on the national Fulbright screening committee for piano applicants. She regularly gives masterclasses to students through teacher organizations and universities,and has worked with students of all ages.

Boyd has received numerous awards and prizes, including an Indiana Arts Commission Grant and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, an award funded by the Lilly Foundation for creative artists of all disciplines.  Other awards and prizes include a Fulbright scholarship and fellowships at the Tanglewood Center, Blossom Music Center, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prussia Cove(England).

Boyd received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, under the tutelage of Russian pianist Sedmara Rutstein; her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, where she studied with renowned pianist and pedagogue Gilbert Kalish; and a Diploma from the Hannover (Germany) Academy of Music,where she studied with Israeli master teacher Arie Vardi. She also studied with Estonian pianist Arbo Valdma at the Cologne (Germany) Academy of Music, under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant. In addition to her major teachers, she received extensive coachings and attended residential masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Gyorgy Sebok, John Perry, Reinbert DeLeeuw, and Ronald Copes, among others.

Kate Boyd currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the summers she is on the faculty of the internationally-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan. Formerly, she was on the faculty of Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, Ohio, and for ten summers taught at Kinhaven Music School, in Weston, Vermont.

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Steven Glaser, professor of piano at Ohio State University, performs frequently throughout the United States and abroad with solo recital appearances in Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Merkin Concert Hall, New York City; and numerous recital tours of Israel, Europe, the Far East and New Zealand. He has performed on recitals series in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Kaohsiung, Taipei, Corfu, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and New York City. Among the chamber ensembles he has performed with are the Alard String Quartet, Thouvenel String Quartet, Quadriga Piano Quartet, and the Con Fuoco Duo with clarinetist Robert Walzel. The Con Fuoco Duo’s first compact disc, entitled Con Fuoco: Duets for Clarinet and Piano, received outstanding reviews; the duo has concertized in the United States, Europe, and toured Africa as part of the Artistic Ambassador Program of Arts America, a branch of the U.S. Information Agency.

Glaser holds degrees from The University of Michigan and The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Nadia Reisenberg. He has garnered the top prize in numerous piano competitions including the prestigious New York Chopin International Competition, the Liederkranz Competition, and the Society of American Musicians Competition. He has been a visiting professor of piano at the prestigious Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University and Capital University in the United States. Glaser is an advocate of Jewish music and a member of the distinguished faculty of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State in 1994, he served on the piano faculties at Texas Tech University, Penn State University, and C. W. Post College.

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Susan Wiersma Uchimura is a resident artist with the Merling Trio and a member of the piano faculty and staff accompanist at Western Michigan University. Previously she served on the piano faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Augusta College in Georgia, and the accompanying faculties of the Meadowmount School of Music and the Aspen Music School.

Ms. Wiersma Uchimura graduated as class valedictorian from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received bachelor of music degrees in theory and piano as a student of Jack Radunsky and Eunice Podis.  Ms. Uchimura earned the master of music degree in pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, where she studied under Max Camp and Charles Fugo. She has also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and in New York with Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky.

Ms. Wiersma Uchimura has performed with major young artists as resident collaborative pianist for the Stulberg International String Competition, the Music Teacher National Association-Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, and the Pensacola Summer Music Festival.  As a faculty member at the acclaimed ENCORE School for Strings for 20 years, she performed with such esteemed alumni as Robert Chan, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, violinists Stefan Jackiw and Soovin Kim, and Sheryl Staples, Principal Associate Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. She recently concertized with violinists Scott St. John, Jun-Ching Lin, and Ivan Chan. She is currently official accompanist for the International Cello Institute in Minnesota, where she collaborates with such prestigious cellists as Anthony Ross, principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Turtle Island String Quartet cellist Mark Summer, and Joshua Koestenbaum, Associate Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2012, she was resident collaborative pianist for the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico.

As a member of the renowned Merling Trio, Uchimura has performed in 40 states, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. The trio made their debut China tour in 2017, featuring a week-long residency at the China conservatory in Beijing. The trio has appeared on prestigious series at venues such as Merkin Hall, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Columbus Museum of Art, to broad critical acclaim. Their latest CD, postcards in e, featuring works of Dvorak and Shostakovich, was recently released by MSR Classics to rave reviews. The Sierra Vista Herald said, “The Merling Trio possesses tremendous talent, ingratiating tone quality, and unlimited technique. They are formidable.” The 2017-18 season will include tours to Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Florida.  Of special note next season will be the launch of the Merling’s latest project, “The Great American Songbook”, featuring newly-commissioned arrangements of popular works by composers such as Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, and Harold Arlen. The trio will be featured in June, 2018, on the final concert of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Concert Series.

Ms. Wiersma Uchimura maintains an active private studio.  Her students have won major competitions throughout the United States, and she is widely in demand as a clinician and adjudicator. She and her husband Bruce are the proud parents of two “hapa” daughters, both of whom became accomplished pianists. Melanie works in Arts Management at Kent State University, and Marissa is a fellow in the Teach for America program in Baltimore.