BGSU has earned a reputation for its outstanding keyboard program, drawing students from all over the United States and the world. The four full-time piano faculty members, Solungga Liu, Laura Melton, Thomas Rosenkranz and Robert Satterlee have diverse backgrounds and maintain active performing careers. With approximately 50 piano majors, including undergraduate and graduate students in degree programs in performance and music education, the BGSU piano program offers a wide range of opportunities to build your pianistic artistry in a caring and nurturing environment.
The College sponsors a number of competitions for student pianists at BGSU. The Competitions in Music Performance offers students the chance to play concerti with the BGSU Philharmonia or Wind Symphony. The Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition honors students in various chamber music groups, and the Conrad Art Song Competition pairs pianists with singers to perform art songs, with prize money equally shared between the pianist and singer.
Keyboard Area News
May 30, 2017 10:16 AM Professor Thomas Rosenkranz to perform in Hong Kong
Associate Professor of Piano, Thomas Rosenkranz will travel to Hong Kong to be part of a multi-media project entitled "Many Visions of Many Cosmos: Olivier Messiaen's Visions de l'amen".
May 5, 2017 11:08 AM Olivier Messiaen's "Catalogue of Birds (Catalogue d'Oiseaux)"
BGSU faculty, students and alumni will present Olivier Messiaen's "Catalogue of Birds" on May 14 from 2-5 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon.
May 3, 2017 10:54 AM Solungga Liu Celebrates Major CD Release with the U of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
The highly respected independent label Bridge Records has just announced the release of an album featuring Solungga Liu, Associate Professor of Piano, in a CD of virtuosic works for wind ensemble by Gregory Mertl, performed by the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble.
May 2, 2017 1:40 PM CMA Students take top spots in Young Artist Competition
The Friends of the Symphony and the Lima Symphony Orchestra hosted the 57th annual “Young Artists Competition” for college musicians. Five of the eight finalists were BGSU students.
Mar 22, 2017 9:11 AM Piano Faculty member to give recital at NYU
Dr. Rosenkranz will be a featured recital soloist as part of the Waverly Project Concert Series at NYU.
Feb 14, 2017 9:09 AM Piano Professor, Thomas Rosenkranz establishes festival in Italy
Thomas Rosenkranz has established the Maccagno Piano Days Festival and Competition in Northern Italy.
Dec 8, 2016 11:57 AM Thomas Rosenkranz to be visiting artist at the Oberlin Conservatory and Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival
Associate Professor of Piano, Thomas Rosenkranz, will be a visiting artist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as well as the Walla Walla Winter Chamber Music Festival in Washington State from January 12-15th.
Dec 5, 2016 9:58 AM BGSU Alumni in Collaboration with members of the New York Philharmonic
Pianist and BGSU alumni, Anna Vasilyeva, was featured as a collaborative pianist with woodwinds players from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.