We take special care of each entry, and provide individual constructive feedback upon request. Many of our participants have entered multiple times, growing their skills and love of piano further.

Kayoko Kuchiishi, MBA

Kayoko received B.M. in Piano Performance from Kunitachi Conservatory of Music, one of the top conservatories in Japan. She performed in Japan and U.S. in Classical and Jazz repertoire. She holds MBA and serves as the organizer of the Competition. She is certified in multiple instruction methods, and prepares for ABRSM, Certificate of Merit®, and RCM exams. Member of MTAC, MTNA, TMTA. 

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Tammy Lin

Tammy received M.M. in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music. As a solo pianist, she had debuts at the most prestigious concert venues in the US, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts in NYC and Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington D.C. She teaches in the Bay Area. 

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Dr. Haewon Yang

Korean-Canadian pianist Dr. Yang has been recognized for her colorful and sensitive performances. She has won top prizes in the Shean Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Indiana University Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. She received B.M. in Piano Performance from University of Toronto, M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and D.M. in Piano Performance and Literature with a Minor in Music Education. She has mentored and taught students as the piano faculty at Indiana University East, and currently teaching and performing in central Indiana. 


Kaden Larson

Kaden earned his BM from Brigham Young University studying with Dr. Scott Holden, his MM from the Jacobs School of Music studying with Norman Krieger, and continues as a doctoral student of Professor Krieger. Kaden is active as a collaborative pianist, organist, composer/arranger, and passionate teacher, Kaden is a frequent presenter at piano pedagogy conferences, and a founding member of the Ensign Piano Quartet and the consonari ensemble project.

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Dr. Kyunghoon Kim

Dr. Kim graduated as valedictorian from Seoul National University with his B.M. in piano performance, and went on to pursue his M.M. and D.M. studies in Indiana University under the guidance of Arnaldo Cohen. He has won top prizes at many piano competitions in the United States, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in South Korea, Vietnam, and U.S., including two appearances with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of Jacobs School of Music concerto competitions. He is an active collaborative pianist, educator, and composer/arranger. He also runs a YouTube channel where he performs his original arrangements of classical, jazz, and pop songs with his pianist wife.

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Dr. Peng Du Krol

A native of China, Dr. Du Krol serves as an educator and scholar in Illinois. She received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Xing Conservatory of Music as the recipient of the National Fellowship, an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the support of the Longford Keyboard Fellowship. Her students have been awarded prizes in the Champaign-Urbana Music Competition, the Illinois State Piano Competition and the American Protégé International Piano Competition. A portion of her doctoral research, “humor and irony in Beethoven’s variations for piano,” is published as a part of a series Speculum Musicae by Brepols (Belgium and Italy). Dr. Du Krol served as a Collaborative Pianist at the Carroll University (WI) and the Coordinator and Lead Instructor of the Piano Laboratory Program at UIUC.

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Dr. Jessie Welsh, NCTM

Jessie received M.M. in Piano Performance and M.M. in Piano Performance/Pedagogy from SMU, and B.M. in Piano Performance and B.M.E. in Music Education from the University of Central Florida. She is a D.M.A. Candidate in Piano Pedagogy at Texas Christian University. Jessie’s publications and presentations have been featured nationally by MTNA, The Frances Clark Center, and The College Music Society. She was also the 2019 recipient of MTNA’s MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. Jessie operates a private studio in Dallas, Texas.

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Carrie Chen

A native of the Bay Area, Carrie received her BM from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance. She then went on to the University of Michigan to do a double MM in piano performance and chamber music. She is currently pursuing a DM in piano performance at Indiana University under the tutelage of Arnaldo Cohen. She has won prizes at many competitions, recent ones include the MFMC Rosamund P. Haeberle Memorial Piano Award. She currently runs a private piano studio in Carmel, Indiana.

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Hyrum Arnesen

Hyrum Arnesen earned a BM and MM from Brigham Young University and is currently working on a DMA at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music studying with Dr. Ran Dank. He is an active soloist and collaborator and has enjoyed teaching piano for over 10 years, including 4 years of collegiate experience. His music research highlights the music of Latin American composers such as Carlos Guastavino. He is an active member of MTNA and a frequent presenter at national pedagogy conferences. Hyrum’s love for music and performing stems from his belief in its transformative power and he hopes that his audiences will not only enjoy but be uplifted and changed by his music.

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