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 advanced pianists age 13 and above. Please note that students under 15 years of age 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!

We have now started a waiting list for the Piano Festival. If you would like to be considered for this list, please submit an application.


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.

Photo of Carl CranmerCarl Cranmer made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of nine. Since then, in addition to solo recitals in Europe, Asia, and North America, he has performed in concert with the Royal Philharmonic of England, the Gulbenkian Orquesta of Portugal, the Juilliard Orchestra and several other orchestras on the Eastern Seaboard. In addition to his study in conservatories of music in the United States, he also studied at the Sommerakademie at the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria under full scholarship, where he was under the tutelage of distinguished teachers Karlheinz Kammerling, Jacob Lateiner, and Hans Graf. Dr. Cranmer has been the recipient of many competition prizes and awards. He was the Grand Prize winner of the 1994 Missouri Southern Piano Competition. In 1995, he received the Spanish Music Prize, and the Finalist Prize in the Santander Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain. He also won Fourth Prize in the 1999 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, was a finalist in the 1996 Washington International Competition in Washington, D.C., and a semifinalist in the Montreal International Piano Competition in Washington, DC, the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris, France, the Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York City, and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2000, he was selected to be on Philadelphia's Astral Artistic Services outreach roster of performers. He has performed in recital with German violinist and Naumburg Competition winner Axel Strauss in Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle. In 2004, their performance in Steinway Hall in New York City was broadcast by NHK on public television stations in Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Dr. Cranmer has also collaborated with a variety of other musicians, including the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet, baritone Randall Scarlata, tenor Robert White, and violinist Akiko Suwanai. He has performed in the summers at Tanglewood, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival.

Photo of Ethan DongPianist and educator Ethan Yi Dong is the Founder of Opus119 School of Music, Opus Music Foundation and Opus Forte, a music educational software development team.  As a teacher, his students have been laureates of top prize winners of the Gina Bachauer Junior Competition, Bosendorfer Piano Competition, Virginia Waring Junior Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition as well as the United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission. His students have been accepted into many prestigious conservatories and universities such as Juilliard, New England, Eastman, Peabody, Oberlin Conservatory & College, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA etc.  He started learning the piano with his mother, Fei-Lan Li, professor at the Central of the Conservatory of Music and professor Ying Shi-Zhen, as well as guidance from Tatiana Kravechenko. He later studied in America with Mary Ann Cummins at the Crossroads School, Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory, and Claude Frank at Yale University.

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 Tatiana IoudenitchTatiana Ioudenitch holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Piano Teaching, Chamber Music Performance, and Piano Accompaniment from the Saratov State Conservatory of Music in Russia, and a Music Performance Degree from the Uspensky Specialized School of Music in Uzbekistan. Ms. Ioudenitch also studied at the Rachmaninov International Piano Courses in Russia and received a high accolade at the All-Russia Piano Competition. She is regularly performing internationally and in USA. Ms. Ioudenitch’s students have continuously received high
acclaim at multiple competitions such as Golden Classical Music Awards, WPTA Finland International Competition, Paderewski International Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition in Bonn and Salzburg, Baldwin Piano Award Competition, Music Teachers National Association competition, Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, Omaha Symphony Competition, Heritage Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, Missouri State University Fite Family Foundation Piano Competition, Topeka Symphony Concerto Competition, and Missouri Western State University Young Artist Piano Competition, Her students regularly participate in
masterclasses locally and abroad. Ms. Ioudenitch’s students many times participated at the prestigious International Lake Como Summer Piano School in Italy. Ms. Ioudenitch’s students have performed in recitals for the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation’s International Music Festival in Moscow, Russia, in concerts with Omaha
Symphony, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Independence Symphony, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and Carnegie Hall, and continue to perform in numerous other public recitals and events. Ms. Ioudenitch has recently received the position as a Tholen Fellow Master Teacher, as part of Portland Piano International.

Peter MackIrish pianist and Steinway Artist Peter Mack is celebrated for his moving playing and easy rapport with audiences. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union. Well known for his extensive repertoire, Mack has performed twenty-six different concertos with orchestras. Past engagements include performances at the Salle Cortot in Paris and Haydnsaal of the Esterhazy Palace in Austria. He is in great demand as a clinician and teacher and has delivered advanced master classes at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual convention and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP). His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions, including twenty-one MTNA national finalists and three MTNA national first place winners. Mack earned his doctorate in piano performance at the University of Washington. His principal teachers were Frank Heneghan and Bela Siki. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International piano competitions. He is a choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin and a fellow of Trinity College London.

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.


Practice and Lessons

Master Classes and Lectures: Theory, Piano Literature, Preparing for Auditions, Preparing for Competitions Piano Ensembles, Optional Festival Competition
Optional additional practice

Student and Faculty Concerts, Leisure Activities

Participants will be given the opportunity to request teachers for private lessons. We will do our best to schedule at least one lesson with the teacher(s) of your choice. Everyone will receive three 45-minute lessons per week (six lessons total).

Due to the limited number of master class performance slots, although we can not guarantee performance slots to everyone who wishes to perform, we look forward to seeing everyone at these open lessons.

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

Commuters are also welcome. The program fee for commuters is: $1,550.

Meals as-you-go at the dining hall is available for commuters.

Please note that all fees paid are nonrefundable

Payment deadlines:

$400 deposit due one week after acceptance

$200 deposit due one week after acceptance for commuters

Final payment due by May 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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