26 Performance and Teaching in the Life of a Musician | Esther Wang

I have truly savored each experience of performing in Minnesota. I have formed relationships with members of the Cleveland, St. Paul Chamber and the Minnesota Orchestras and continue to perform with them whenever possible. I will be the featured Guest Artist at the 25th Annual Truman Piano Festival at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO this spring. Performing significantly informs my teaching. Both disciplines contribute substantially to my life as a musician.

Keeping these opportunities in mind, I fully intend to develop a friendly performing environment with the various learning institutions in this area. I will continue to investigate new literature, as well as pursue new singers and instrumentalists with whom I may perform. Finally, I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to supportive friends and colleagues who have helped open doors of employment and performance over the years. I hope to generate similar opportunities for my students and co-workers wherever possible.

In addition to performing at venues ranging from Interlochen, Michigan to Vancouver, Canada, I have served as adjudicator for elementary and high school piano contests under the auspices of Minnesota Music Teachers Association in St. Peter, Rochester, and the Twin Cities area. I will continue my service as adjudicator this spring under the same auspices and expect to do a fair amount of judging for auditions and competitions in forthcoming years. I delight in this work, as it allows me to give positive and constructive feedback to non-university students. On the college level, I judged the Senior Concerto Competition at Carleton College in Spring 2007. I also served as the judge for Distinction in Collaborative Keyboard Performance Scholarship Competition at Luther College in Spring 2007. This spring I will judge the high school competition at the 25th Annual Truman Piano Festival in Kirksville, MO.

In the Spring of 2000, I formed a group called the Bach Four, a group four pianists, all of whom are college teachers and are devoted to teaching and performing the works of J. S. Bach. This group strives for innovative ways to explore the life and works of this great master through demonstration, lecture, Power Point presentations, audience interaction and performance. We have toured the United States presenting different versions of our lecture/performances. We continue to search for creative programming of this kind. Our most recent programs were presented Spring 2007 for the Rochester Keyboard Area Music Teachers and the Suzuki Piano Teachers Guild. Similar presentations took place in 2005 for the MMTA Minnetonka and Minnesota Valley monthly meetings and the MMTA State Convention.

I continue to give masterclasses by invitation. I taught a master class at Eastern Oregon University in May 2007. I also conducted master classes at UMN Duluth in February 2006 and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in October 2004. I will teach a master class at Truman State University this spring.

I have become significantly involved with the activities of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. In Fall 2005 I was chair and coordinator of the Performance Auditions which took place on this campus. I presented a program with Carleton piano colleague Nicola Melville on Brahms Op. 76 Piano Pieces at the 2006 MMTA State Convention. The presentation featured our performing pieces selected from the set and talking about how each of us approached these works as teachers and performers.

I serve in other musical capacities as I am able. I served as monitor for the Junior Competition Finals for the Music Teachers National Association National Convention in Spring 2007 in Austin, TX. As a resident of Northfield, I often serve as accompanist for high school and St. Olaf students when the occasion arises.

I served as a reader for the MN State Arts Board in Fall 2005 and Fall 2006, reviewing diversity grants. I am dedicated to ongoing issues of diversity on campus and in the state.

Regarding creative work, I would like to perform new music by composers Forrest Pierce (University of Kansas), John Halle (Yale University), William Hawley (NY-based composer), among others. While these projects are in its beginning stages, I hope they will develop into recordings or a series of recitals featuring these composers’ works.

 

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