Recipient of the 2020 Teacher of the Year award from the Illinois Music Teachers Association (ISMTA), Dr. Chee Hyeon Choi is the Assistant Professor of Music in Residence at Bradley University where she directs the keyboard program. Dr. Choi is the Vice President-Conferences of ISMTA and has frequently been invited to present internationally and nationally. She has presented and conducted workshops at Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, College Music Society national and regional conferences, Korea Pedagogy Conference, Improvisation Symposium, Central Michigan University, and at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her article was published in the International Piano Journal, and her new research article, “Integrating Technology in Group Piano Curriculum for Music Educators of the Next Generation,” was published in the Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.
Dr. Choi has actively performed at various venues for solo and ensemble concerts, such as the Music by Women International Festival, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Bradley Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Concert at the College Music Society National Conference, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, and the most recent University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. She performed at the American Protégé Winners Recital Concerts at the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) for the Music Teachers National Association and has adjudicated numerous festivals and competitions including Sejong Music Competition. She has served on the piano faculty for Illinois Summer Youth Music camps since 2007 and is the Founding Director of the Bradley Summer Piano Camp.
Dr. Samuel Gingher
Dr. Samuel Gingher currently serves as Assistant Professor of Practice at Northern Arizona University, with previous faculty appointments at Millikin University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bradley University (2015). His research interests include classical piano improvisation pedagogy and the discovery and performance of rare masterworks. Dr. Gingher’s world-premiere recordings of piano trios by Carl Czerny (with Sun-Young Shin and Benjamin Hayek) and four-hand piano fantasies (with Pei-I Wang) can be heard on the Naxos label.
Dr. Gingher has been the winner of several competitions and recipient of many awards, including the Krannert Debut Artist Award, first prize in Brevard Music Festival’s International Solo Piano Competition, first prize in WVU’s Intersection between Jazz and Classical solo piano festival competition, the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition at UIUC, and concerto competition winner at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Young Artist’s concerto competition in Georgia, to highlight a few. He has performed and taught in piano and chamber music festivals in North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, California, West Virginia, Austria and Switzerland, and has played in a variety of new music, chamber and jazz groups. Dr. Gingher was the keyboardist in Urbana-Champaign’s local jazz group, Almost “A” Quintet for many years. Dr. Gingher is an active member of MTNA and has frequently served as a clinician and adjudicator for ISMTA conferences.