Summer Programs

Piano Festival

Dang Thai Son works with a piano student.
Oberlin piano professor Dang Thai Son works with a student in a master class.
Photo credit: Dale Preston '83

Sunday, July 17-Saturday, July 30, 2022

Please note: All summer programs are subject to the College's public health and Obiesafe policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants agree to adhere to all College policy while participating in a summer program.

This two-week Festival is designed for pianists age 13 and above (middle-school students must be accompanied by a parent and live off-campus).

The Festival features private lessons, master classes, technique and piano ensemble sessions, an optional competition, a concert in Oberlin Conservatory’s Warner Concert Hall, and lots of summer fun including a trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park!

The application will remain open until program is filled.


Angela Cheng.Praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty, and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. She has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, St. Louis, Houston, San Diego, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Utah, and Colorado. She has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, including New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y), Wigmore Hall in London, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as venues in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Montreal, Toronto, Taiwan, Italy, and Australia. Cheng is a professor of piano at Oberlin Conservatory.

Alvin Chow.Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as an orchestral soloist and recitalist. In addition, he has performed extensively in duo-piano recitals with his wife, Angela Cheng, and his twin brother, Alan. A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated summa cum laude and co-valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler. Chow has performed in major concert halls including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall in Chicago; Weill and Steinway Halls in New York City; and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He is a professor of piano at Oberlin Conservatory.

Dang Thai Son.Dang Thai Son is regarded as a masterful interpreter of the works of Chopin and French repertoire. He has performed extensively in top concert halls and with major orchestras around the world and has enjoyed collaborations with artists ranging from Vladimir Ashkenazy to Pinchas Zukerman. He rose to prominence in 1980 by winning first prize and the gold medal at the X Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition, the first major international competition won by an Asian pianist. Dang’s extensive discography—much of it devoted to the music of Chopin—includes a pair of 2017 releases: a recording of Schubert on JVC Kenwood and a collection of works by Paderewski that includes a concerto recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Ashkenazy. In 2016 Dang won Canada’s Prix Opus for Concert of the Year, an award presented by the Fondation Arte Musica. He is a professor of piano at Oberlin Conservatory, where he also mentors fellows of the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy.

Stanislav IoudenitchBorn in Uzbekistan, Stanislav Ioudenitch earned widespread recognition in 2001 when he won the gold medal at the XI Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The victory served as a springboard that has resulted in engagements in premier venues around the world. Since then, he has collaborated with countless esteemed orchestras and musicians, including the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.; the Takács, Prazák, and Borromeo string quartets; and conductors including James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, and Mikhail Pletnev, among others. Ioudenitch is a former student of the prestigious International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy, and he later became the youngest teacher ever to present a master class there. He now serves as vice president of Lake Como, which since 2015 has enjoyed a partnership with Oberlin Conservatory that brings elite student pianists to campus for advanced study. Ioudenitch is a professor of piano at Oberlin.

Photo of Hui LingA renowned pianist and educator in Hong Kong, Hui Ling is a faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Baptist University of Hong Kong. Born in Beijing, Hui started studying piano at the age of three in a musical family and received her early musical training at the secondary school of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.  She completed her Professional Diploma with High Distinction at the HKAPA, and obtained Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in four years with full scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Hui has given many solo and chamber recitals, performances for radio and television programs, lectures, and master classes. She has also served on the jury for local and international piano competitions.   She formed the “HK Duo” with Julie Kuok in 2000, giving concerts premiering their own arrangements and compositions. 

Robert Shannon.Robert Shannon has traveled across the world, performing and teaching a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to John Adams. A double-degree alumnus of Oberlin, Shannon earned a Master of Music at the Juilliard School. He has studied with Klaus Goetze, Arthur Dann, Jack Radunsky, Ania Dorfmann, Dorothy Taubman, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Shannon’s numerous performances and recordings on the Bridge label of 20th- and 21st-century composers such as George Crumb, Carla Bley, and John Harbison have been met with critical praise, particularly his penetrating interpretations of such American composers as Charles Ives. Shannon is a piano professor at Oberlin Conservatory, where he founded the Cooper International Competition for Piano, a biennial youth competition supported by the Cleveland Orchestra.

Haewon Song.Haewon Song is a member of the acclaimed Oberlin Trio. An internationally recognized artist and pedagogue, she has performed and taught at top venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her frequent appearances include concerto performances with the KBS Orchestra in Seoul, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Oberlin Conservatory ensembles. Song has been a member of the Oberlin Conservatory piano faculty since 1991. Throughout her tenure, her students have won major prizes in national and international competitions, including MTNA Nationals, Wideman, Kingsville, Oberlin International Piano, Walgreen, World, and Corpus Christi, and they regularly appear with significant orchestras across the U.S. and Asia.

Peter Takács.Hailed by The New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Peter Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. He has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at important summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Chautauqua Institution, ARIA International, Schlern Music Festival in the Italian Alps, Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel, and Sweden’s Helsingborg Festival. He has performed and recorded the cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, which were released on the Cambria label to critical acclaim in 2011. Takács has taught piano at Oberlin since 1976.


1-3pm   Registration and moving in
5:15pm  Dinner at Stevenson Dining Hall
7pm       Orientation Meeting

Saturday, July 30
11am and 2pm   Participant Concerts

Please note that the application requires you to include a link to a video recording of a solo piece that demonstrates your level of skill.


Application fee: $55

Program fee, including dormitory room with linens and all-you-can-eat meals at the dining hall: $2,630

Please note that all fees paid are nonrefundable

Payment deadlines:

$400 deposit due one week after acceptance

Final payment due by April 1, 2022

You may make an electronic payment, or to send a check, please make the check payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Piano Festival
Conservatory of Music
77 West College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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