Courtney Gazda '12

Major: Music Education
Job Title: Musician/Substitute Teacher

Performing in Italy my junior year with the Mount Union Choir would definitely be a major highlight in my college career. There are so many things I would have never thought I would do that I was able to experience.

Performing Opportunities

There are many performance opportunities for Mount Union students:

  • Weekly piano studio class in Presser Recital Hall.
  • Every semester: Piano Keys is a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. Held every semester on campus, Piano Keys offers an ever-changing variety of piano music performed by the students of Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music at the University of Mount Union.

  • Solo con Tutti concerto competition for a chance to play a concerto with the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, UMU Repertory Strings, or the UMU Wind Ensemble.
  • 2008 winner: Laura (Jurasko) Mason ’09, performing Mendelssohn’s Capriccio brilliant for piano and orchestra
  • 2009 winner: Marina Iwao, performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, first movement
  • 2010 winners: Jennifer (Grant) Linville ’13, performing Kabalevsky’s Third Piano Concerto, third movement; Allyson (Oyster) DePanicis ’10, performing Kabalevsky’s Third Piano Concerto, first movement
  • 2012 winner: Ian LeRoy ’14, performing MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement
  • 2015 winner: Paige Morris, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, third movement
  • 2017 Honorable Mention: Samuel Atkinson, invited to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 488, second movement with the Alliance Symphony Orchestra on its April 15, 2018 concert
  • Other opportunities to play, possibly solo with the Repertory Strings Orchestra.
  • 2014: Chie Nishikawa ’16 performed Haydn’s Concerto in D Major, No. 11, first movement with the Repertory Strings
  • Thursday morning Student Showcase recitals
  • Accompanying and chamber music, including two-piano music
  • Student musicals
  • Other on- and off-campus performances
  • Half- and full-length junior and senior recitals
  • Sample performances of Mount Union piano students
  • Chie Nishikawa performs Chopin’s Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1 (March 2013)
  • Ian LeRoy performs Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3, first movement (March 2013)
  • Brittni Roach performs Liszt’s En Rêve (October 2011)
  • Marina Iwao performs Beethoven’s Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2, first movement (April  2009)
  • Marina Iwao performs Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor (April 2009)
  • Ensembles
    In addition to solo piano work, students can play the piano or harpsichord in many ensembles, including:

Learn more about the Music Scholarship Auditions.

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