Annual Piano Day

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | Weber Music Hall | Click here for Registration Details
Guest Artist Concert - Dr. Christine Tithecott  | Friday, March 27, 2020 | 6 PM | FREE | Weber Music Hall
Monster Piano Concert | Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 3 PM | FREE | Weber Music Hall

Annual Piano Day

The Annual Piano Day, hosted by the UMD Department of Music, welcomes pre-college piano students to our campus! The entire day-long event will be filled with fun educational activities. Together with Dr. Asami Hagiwara, Assistant Professor of Piano at UMD, students will prepare a Monster Piano Concert where they will perform ensemble repertoire as a large group like a choir or orchestra using multiple pianos. This event will take place on the stage of the Weber Music Hall as a final event of the day at 3pm. In addition to rehearsals, masterclasses, an improvisation session, and a final student concert, our guest artist Dr. Christine Tithecott (Assistant Professor of Piano at Western University, London, Canada) will give a solo concert on Friday evening, March 27th at 6pm.

Dr. Christine Tithecott, Assistant Professor of Piano at Western University (London, Canada), will present a program of 20th and 21st Century Canadian composition.  The Canadian classical music legacy is rich while being simultaneously eclectic and distinctive.  This program will highlight Canadian composers who have written works for young students along with works performed in concert halls from coast to coast.  From impressionist inspired works of composer/pianist Heather Schmidt, to the Asian influences of Alexina Louie, to the bold and vibrant works of T. Pat Carrabre, this concert will uncover a selection of beautiful, fascinating and innovative compositions.

Dr. Tithecott holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Univesrity of Iowa, as well as a Master of Music in Performance and a B.M. (Honors) in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario.  She has worked previously at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

In high demand as  a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Tithecott presents master classes for young pianists and workshops on pedagogical topics for piano teachers throughout North America.  She has presented lectures at national conferences for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA).  Christine is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association (CMFAA), and a clinician for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA).  Additionally, Dr. Tithecott has served as an editor for Conservatory Canada's New Millennium Series.

An avid performer, Dr. Tithecott has had the opportunity to perform as a solo and collaborative artist throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.  Christine has a strong passion for performing and promoting contemporary repertoire and has performed with numerous new music ensembles including Ensemble 319 and The CNM Ensemble (Iowa City, IA).

Christine currently resides in London, Ontario and is an Assistant Professor at Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music, where she teaches Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music.  She also works as a collaborative artist, and maintains a full studio of private piano students. 

Dr. Asami Hagiwara has been praised for her “tone-color palette of great warmth and nuanced richness” (Fuldaer Zeitung). Recent appearances include concerts in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.A. She has been invited to perform in music festivals including Joutseno Art Summer, Liszt-Garrison Festival, PIANALE International Academy, the Grieg Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Chair of Piano Area at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

In addition to her wide range of performing repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music, Hagiwara specializes in works of Nordic composers, especially those of Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. Her doctorate document, Guide to the Published Solo Piano Music of Jean Sibelius, provides an overview of Sibelius’s rarely performed 115 piano works. As an American-Scandinavian Foundation research fellow, she spent a year at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), which deepened her understanding of the Nordic sound and the composers.

Previously, Hagiwara held several teaching positions at the collegiate level including lecturer positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI), Iowa State University (Ames, IA) and the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA) and she was the coordinator of the University of Iowa’s Pre-College Piano Conservatory (PCPC). She has also served on the piano faculty at summer programs such as the University of Iowa’s Youth Summer Camp and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, Michigan).

Hagiwara has been a recipient of American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, Clara Rolland Award, Thomas J. Smith Award, and Gertraude Weber Gassman Award. Her former piano teachers include Erik T. Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy, Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marialena Fernandes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago.