Piano

Piano study at the University of Missouri offers many opportunities for the undergraduate or graduate major.  Those who are accepted into a Piano Performance program will emphasize repertoire, technique, and performance; those in the Bachelor of Arts and the Music Minor programs have a broader liberal arts emphasis.  Students in the Music Education programs also study performance, as well as pedagogical training for piano teachers.  In addition to the core curriculum in the School of Music, piano students have opportunities to study Piano Pedagogy, Piano Repertory, Collaborative Piano, and Chamber Music, as well as to meet weekly in piano performance classes with faculty.

The School of Music offers a concerto competition annually, with the prize of a performance of a full concerto with orchestra; most upperclass and graduate majors qualify to teach in the Community Music Program.  The piano program is supported by a wealth of carefully maintained grand pianos as well as a digital piano lab, two harpsichords, and a historic reproduction fortepiano. Annually, distinguished pianists provide masterclasses to MU piano students, including recent guests Boris Berman, Malcolm Bilson, Anne Epperson, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Ian Hobson, and Ralph Votapek.

Guide for the Use of the Bösendorfer Piano

I. Members of the piano faculty are authorized to play the Bösendorfer piano. Its use shall be limited to conventional pianoforte literature, i.e., no "prepared piano, or such action as plucking strings, or hammering strings with foreign objects." All requests for the use of the Bösendorfer shall be subject to final approval by the keyboard area coordinator.

II. Guest Artist appearances: The piano faculty will screen and the keyboard area coordinator will approve the use of the Bösendorfer for guest artist appearances in Whitmore Recital Hall. The same procedure will determine those occasions when the piano shall be moved to Jesse Hall for performance.

III. Faculty Performances: The Bösendorfer may be used at the discretion of the faculty performer involved.

IV. Student Performances (all must be approved by the piano faculty):

  1. MM Performance Degree Hearings and Recitals
  2. BM Performance Degree Hearings and Recitals
  3. Undergraduate and graduate accompanying degree programs
  4. Selected Piano Performance Classes (Piano faculty member must be present)
  5. Final applied piano exams for Piano Majors and Concentrations

V. Special Circumstances:

  1. State Music Teachers Conventions
  2. Guest Master Classes as approved by the piano faculty
  3. Duo Piano Recitals or works that require the use of two pianos

VI. Additional Provisions and Responsibilities

  1. The faculty member concerned and the piano area coordinator will be responsible for the safe transport (on and off stage) of the instrument, insofar as the Whitmore Recital Hall is concerned.
  2. The extent of rehearsal hours shall follow the traditional guidelines currently in operation for the Whitmore Recital Hall.

Reservation and Use of the School's Harpsichord

Faculty members may reserve the Martin harpsichord for their own and their students' recitals and associated practice time. The instrument is located in 245 FAB-M.

Notice must be given to Dr. Wenger, the faculty member supervising the instrument, at least four weeks in advance of the date the instrument is required. If this deadline is met, the instrument will be moved to Whitmore Recital Hall at an appropriate time, tuned once before the rehearsals begin, and tuned again just before the recital.

Faculty should also be aware that the instrument is used heavily for teaching purposes in the early part of the fall semester of Piano Literature class. Requests to use the instrument during this time should be limited.

Piano Tuning and Repair

The School establishes a regular piano tuning schedule for all school instruments. This includes approximately biweekly tuning of the concert instruments in Whitmore Recital Hall, and less frequent tuning for those instruments in classrooms, studios, and practice rooms. When tuning or repair becomes necessary outside of this standard schedule, the services are to be requested by completing a form and leaving it in the mailbox of Lucy Urlacher, the School of Music’s Tuner-Technician. Blank forms may also be found in her mailbox.

Piano Faculty

Harry Beckett Harry Beckett
Collaborative Piano
Piano
Natalia Bolshakova Natalia Bolshakova
Collaborative Piano
Piano
256 Fine Arts Building
Peter Miyamoto Peter Miyamoto
Professor, Piano
Piano
209 Fine Arts Building
573-882-3758
Nobuko Hara Oba Nobuko Hara Oba
Collaborative Piano
Piano
Janice K. Wenger Janice Wenger
Professor, Collaborative Piano and Piano, *Piano Area Coordinator
Piano
208 Fine Arts Building
573-882-0932