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Alumni have gone on to have rich and varied professional and musical experiences as solo performers, teachers, collaborative pianists, administrators for arts organizations, and scholars all over the world. CCPA piano alumni highlights include:
Elena Lacheva (MM '10) is the co-creator and Program Director of the Collaborative Piano Summer Institute in Faribault, MN. Additionally, she is on the music staff at Louisiana State University School of Music after serving for three years on the music staff of the University of Houston Moores School of Music.
Yusuke Komura (MM ‘12) received the DMA (piano performance) from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2016, and is currently working as Chief piano instructor at Yamaha in Thailand.
Hyemi Kwon (MM ‘18) was named an Associate Member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Tong Liu (BM ‘14, MM ‘16) was accepted to and is currently pursuing a DMA at University of Washington, where he also holds a TA position at the University of Washington.
Bojana (Popovic) Rodic (BM ‘09) lives in Serbia, Novi Sad and teaches in the Music School Josip Slavenski since 2011. Her students won over 30 first prizes in national and International piano competitions. She was also a part of the jury at the International piano competition “Josip Slavenski” in Novi Sad.
Stephen Uhl (MM ‘ 15, PD ‘17) is the Collaborative Pianist at Glenbard East High School in Lombard. He is also the organist at the Union Church of Hinsdale after serving at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg for the last five years. He has also been the staff pianist at the Smoky Mountain Orchestral Institute in Waynesville, NC, as well as a coach and staff pianist at Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, MI, where he worked with many talented aspiring opera and musical theater singers.
Xiaofei Xu (MM ‘14) moved to California, where she found a piano instructor position. During this teaching period, her students got distinction and excellence in the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM) as well as in the United States Open Music Competition in 2017. She also founded a new music school, J&F Musician.
Janna Williamson (MM ‘18) is an instructor of piano at the Wheaton Yamaha Music School. Actively involved in MTNA affiliated organizations, she is giving a presentation on Schubert at the ISMTA convention in November of 2018.
Vivian Yawei Zhao (MM ‘10) completed her DMA degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017.
Yuan Zhuan (BM ‘14) is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas.