Dr. Rebecca Happel, applied piano instructor, coordinator of accompanying, and chamber music instructor, has performed as a soloist, duo-pianist, and collaborative pianist in the U.S. and in Europe. She is a frequent performer in chamber music recitals, on series including the Scarab Club and Meadow Brook Music Society Concert Series. Dr. Happel also teaches as part of the applied piano faculty at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied with the late Gyorgy Sandor, protégé of Bela Bartok. She also studied piano and holds certification from the Music Conservatory of Vienna, Austria. She trained in opera coaching at DePaul University, with renowned conductors Eduardo Muller and Jeffrey Tate. A frequent lecturer and adjudicator throughout the State, Dr. Happel also is coordinator of Oakland University’s annual Piano Day which attracts students across the State for mini diagnostic lessons and competition opportunities. Her students have won competitions and scholarships in the U.S. and abroad.
Mary Siciliano, applied piano instructor and coordinator of piano pedagogy, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Michigan State University and her Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she received the Joseph Brinkman Award for excellence in performance. She was a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan and taught for many years at the center for Creative Studies Institute of Music and Dance. Her private piano students have performed with orchestras around the world and have won major competitions and scholarships to prestigious universities and conservatories.