Adjunct Artist Teacher of Piano
Susan Yang maintains a versatile career as a performer and educator. Yang began studying piano at the age of 4, and has garnered numerous prizes and scholarships throughout her career. She has been a prizewinner at the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, New York Festival and Competition, Ann Arbor Camerata Competition, Delta Symphony Young Artist Competition, and Naftzger Young Artist Competition. Recent season highlights include solo appearances with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, and Liszt's Totentanz with the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra. Her upcoming commercial recording with Blue Griffin Records, titled DOORWAYS: Half-Remembered Music, is scheduled to release in 2019 and is currently on tour. This project is supported by both the University of Michigan's Rackham Grant and Excel Enterprise Fund.
Yang joined the piano faculty at the Blair School of Music in 2018. Previously, she held faculty positions at the Schoolcraft College, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and Cincinnati School of Music. She has presented various teaching topics at conferences and institutions, including the MTNA National Conferences, Piano Pedagogy Symposiums, Southwest Ohio Music Teachers Conference, and Capital University. In 2017, Yang was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Royal Conservatory of Music, recognizing her excellence in teaching and student achievement.
Yang received her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with full support from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. As a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholar, she obtained her M.Mus. in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also holds a B.Mus. cum laude in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University, with a minor in East Asian Studies. Her primary teachers include Logan Skelton, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Amy Dorfman. Pedagogy teachers include John Ellis, Michelle Conda, and Karen Krieger.