Preliminary Round Jury
Jean Barr is Professor of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. Considered by many to be a pioneer in her field, she has sought to engender a broad appreciation of the collaborative arts. The first keyboard artist in the United States to be awarded a doctoral degree in accompanying, Dr. Barr has created and directed collaborative degree programs at a number of universities.
Dr. Barr also worked closely with the Music Teachers National Association to establish a presence for collaborative artists within that organization, and MTNA created the Collaborative Performance Advisory Committee with Jean Barr as its first Chair. Most recently, in 2003, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy appointed a Committee on Collaborative Performance, chaired by Ms. Barr.
Much in demand as a guest lecturer and master teacher, Jean Barr has given classes in Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, North America, and the former Soviet Union. She has appeared in concert with such distinguished artists as Carmen Balthrop, James Dunham, Gerald Fischbach, Pierre Fournier, Thomas Hampson, Donald McInnes, Eduard Melkus, Igor Ozim, François Rabbath, Gabor Rejto, Mstislav Rostropovich, Eudice Shapiro, Ivan Straus, Andor Toth, Zvi Zeitlin, and others. At the outset of her career, she was accompanist for the master classes of Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose, and Martial Singher.
Prior to joining the Eastman faculty to establish graduate degrees in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, Jean Barr taught at the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University and, in the summers, at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. She also was on the summer faculty of the International Workshops for many years.
In 1994 Jean Barr received the Eastman School of Music’s prestigious Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was the recipient of the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Her most recent honor was the Music Teachers National Association 2008 Achievement Award.
Pianist and professor, Dr. Jacob Ertl has performed across the United States and abroad in Europe, Israel, China, Canada, Panama, and Mexico. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Dr. Ertl has given debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and on Chicago radio’s “Live from WFMT” series.
He has performed as soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles, and is regularly invited to give guest recitals and master classes at universities, colleges, and arts high schools. He also frequently performs solo and chamber music at international music festivals including Nice, Gijon, Oviedo, Tel-Hai, Banff, Bowdoin, Quartet Program, Pianofest, PianoTexas, Dakota Sky, Lake George, and Fox River ChamberFest.
Dr. Ertl recently released two commercial compact discs: a world premiere recording of Fisher Tull’s Piano Concerto released on Naxos, and a digitally released disc with Eastern Standard trio, including world premiere recordings and composer commissions.
Dr. Ertl was also recently featured as the conference guest artist for the New York State Music Teachers Association and completed a recital and master class tour of China in 2016. An advocate of music outreach, he has been an Artist-in-Residence Fellow for PianoArts for eight years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over twenty public schools, colleges, and universities.
An avid supporter of music of our time, Dr. Ertl regularly programs contemporary music, collaborates directly with composers, and participates in commissioning projects. He has been a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble, with whom he has toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York (Americas Society and Symphony Space). He has also toured to Panama as a guest artist with Pittsburgh based new music ensemble, Alia Musica, for the Musicarte Festival of Contemporary Music.
Dr. Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied regularly with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Roge, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Emanuel Krasovsky, among others. His pre-college mentors in piano and chamber music were Michael Kim and Carol Leybourn.
Dr. Ertl currently serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Assistant Professor of Piano at the Nazareth College Music Department in Rochester, New York. In addition,
Dr. Ertl is Director of the Lake George Music Festival On Tour, Director of the Nazareth College Piano Camp and Nazareth College Piano Competition, as well as a Visiting Guest Professor at Shandong Normal University in China.
Upcoming performances include a recital as the 2018 Conference Guest Artist for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and a return tour of China.
For more information on Mr. Ertl please visit: www.jacobertl.com
Keyboardist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Jeannie Yu has performed to critical acclaim in concert halls and educational institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East.
Among her many awards are first prizes in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition in New York, the Flint Symphony International Concerto Competition, the Portland Symphony International Concerto Competition, and the Kingsville Piano Competition in Texas. She also earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award, a full scholarship for a master’s degree program at the Juilliard School where she also received a bachelor’s degree. Subsequently she was awarded an accompanist fellowship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.
Dr. Yu has performed as soloist with the Flint Symphony, Portland Symphony, Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Brandenburg Symphony, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.
As a soloist and collaborative artist, she has performed on WQXR in New York, WOI in Des Moines, IPR in Interlochen, and WFMT in Chicago. Her numerous chamber music performances include the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Series, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music North, Three Bridges Chamber Music Festival, Frankly Music Series, Chamber Music Milwaukee, and MidSummers Music.
Dr. Yu is the pianist with the Rembrandt Chamber Players Series in Chicago and the Florenstan Duo with her husband, cellist Stefan Kartman.
Dr. Yu has performed and taught master classes as a faculty member of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the Ohio Wesleyan Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute. With the Florenstan Duo, she recently recorded the complete works for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. She has also recorded numerous volumes of music for various instruments for Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, the largest music publisher in the world.