Currently an associate professor of music at the University of Mount Union, Maira Liliestedt received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. In addition to numerous academic awards, Liliestedt has twice been the recipient of the prestigious Presser Music Award. Active as a performer, pedagogue, and adjudicator, Liliestedt maintains a regular schedule of solo, chamber, and concerto performances. Her performances of the Liszt First Piano Concerto were received enthusiastically; in conductor Eric Benjamin’s words: “hearing Maira Liliestedt play [this concerto] is like watching an Indy race driver take the car out for a spin.” In 2015, Liliestedt presented solo recitals at many universities in the Midwest and abroad, as well as duo and solo concerto performances.
Since 1996, she has been a member of the Appassionata Piano Duo, a successful musical partnership with pianist Janelle Phinney. The ensemble has garnered praise for its “wonderful ensemble, balance, and unity of purpose,” and its “terrific collaboration full of grace and passion.” The duo’s playing has been described as “a warm and deft joining of palpable grace with flawless, often fiery technique,” displaying a “riveting, lucid finesse alternately muscular and delicate.”
Links to recent articles:
Dr. Maira Liliestedt in performance
- Rachmaninoff Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
- Beethoven Sonata Op. 57, “Appassionata”
- Haydn Sonata No. 50 in C Major
- Rachmaninoff Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2
Brent Schloneger, Lecturer (Piano)
Brent Schloneger holds a Master's degree in Music (Piano Performance) from Kent State University, where he studied with Margaret Baxtresser.
Brent is a member of the Ohio Music Teachers' Association, the Music Teachers National Association and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. He is certified by both the OhioMTA and the MTNA as a private piano instructor. Brent is currently the treasurer for both OhioMTA and the Stark County Music Teachers Association. He has been treasurer of OhioMTA since 1994.
Brent was the first place piano division winner in the 1990 Akron Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Audition. In 1990, 2004 and 2015, he and partner
Raquel Teare won first place in the duet/two piano category of the OMTA/Graves Piano Solo & Ensemble Competition in Columbus.
Brent is an independent teacher of piano. His students regularly participate in the annual Guild Auditions and the National Music Certificate Program as well as other events sponsored by OhioMTA and the Stark County Music Teachers Association.
Brent works closely with the Malone University Theatre, and has been the accompanist, orchestra director and/or musical director for numerous productions. His keyboard skills are in demand for local high school and community theater productions. He is currently working as a staff accompanist and applied piano instructor at the University of Mount Union, and as a pianist at The Chapel in Akron.