Weber State University Music Faculty and Staff

Dr. Yu-Jane Yang

Director of Keyboard Studies

Dr. Yu-Jane Yang is a Presidential Distinguished Professor, Director of Keyboard Studies, and Director of the Piano Preparatory Program at Weber State University in Utah. Dr. Yang also served as the Artistic Director of the Sid and Mary Foulger International Strings and Piano Music Festival in 2013 and 2014, and as the State President of Utah Music Teachers Association in 2002-2004.

Yu-Jane received her doctoral degree with the highest honor from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She served as the faculty collaborative pianist for the American String Workshop at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and for the Classical Music Festival in Austria. She is the pianist of the Wasatch Piano Trio, the Weber State University Faculty Piano Trio, and the Formosan Violin-Piano Duo.

In demand as a clinician, presenter, performing artist, and piano master class teacher both nationally and internationally, Dr. Yang has performed in concert tours and given numerous piano workshops and piano master classes in Austria, Poland, Norway, Spain, Italy, Canada, Singapore, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the United States.

Dr. Yang has been invited to give presentations in many prestigious conferences and conventions in the U.S., including the National Conference of Piano Pedagogy, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and the Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Yang also appears frequently as an adjudicator for piano competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet Competition National Finals in 2017 and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition preliminary auditions held in Salt Lake City in 1997, 2006, 2008, and 2016. In addition, she has written many articles on various topics of piano teaching published in leading journals of Piano Pedagogy in the U.S., such as American Music Teachers and the Keyboard Companion.

Yu-Jane’s piano students have been selected as top prize winners in both collegiate and pre-college divisions in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions, including the National First Place Winner of the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Steinway Young Artist Collegiate Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition, Atlantic Music Festival Piano Competition, Snowy Range Piano Solo Competition, and the MTNA Southwest Division Collegiate Piano Solo and High School Piano-Duet Competitions. Dr. Yang has also produced the 1st place winners of many state, regional, and national concerto competitions such as the Aurora Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, and the Utah Music Teachers Association Piano Concerto Competitions (in both Collegiate and High-School Divisions).

Dr. Yang’s piano students who graduated from Weber State University have received piano scholarships to continue their graduate studies from renowned music schools such as the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her Weber State University pedagogy students have also won state and national recognitions for their outstanding teaching, including seven-time state winners of the UMTA Collegiate Student Teacher of the Year, and the national winner of MTNA Studio Teaching Fellowship (2009). She has also served as the Chapter Advisor for the nationally renowned WSU MTNA Student Chapter, the Treblemakers, the four-time national winners of the MTNA Student Chapter of the Year award (in 1997, 2003, 2005, and 2008).

Dr. Yang was awarded the Music Teachers National Association “Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter Advisor of the Year” at the MTNA National Conference (2008), selected as the Endowed Scholar/ Artist of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University (2010), and received the Utah Music Teachers Association’s Legacy Award (2010) for her exceptional teaching, outstanding professional achievements, and superior service to the music profession and to the university. She was also named a Presidential Distinguished Professor at Weber State University (2011), given the honor as a Music Teacher National Association Foundation Fellow (2011), and selected as the John Hinckley Fellow at Weber State University (2012).

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