Music Teachers Association to Host Piano Master Class
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– The Bloomington-Normal Music Teachers Association (BNMTA) will
host the Third Annual Piano Master Class on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 from 3 to 4:30
p.m. in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall. The class
is free and open to the public.
The BNMTA is a non-profit organization that began offering monthly music workshops
and events in August of 2017. They’ve since continued to offer programming presented
by experts in the field of music education and related areas.
The class will be led by critically acclaimed recitalist and chamber pianist Svetlana
Belsky. Belsky is a renowned recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable
rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. She has earned prizes in numerous
national and international piano competitions, including the Frinna Awerbuch and the
AMSA World Piano Competition.
Although born in the Soviet Union, Svetlana Belsky was trained mostly in the United
States. She received a bachelor of music and master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory
of Music. Later, she earned a doctorate in performance at the Manhattan School of
Belsky is currently Coordinator of Piano Studies as the University of Chicago. Her
students have gone on to pursue musical careers, win scholarships to music conservatories,
and, most importantly, become music lovers. She is also in great demand as a lecturer
on the subjects of piano pedagogy, masterclass guest teacher, and competition adjudicator.
In addition to the master classes, the BNMTA offers an array of other programs and
services such as adjudicated exams, performance opportunities, workshops, student
competitions and more.
To learn more about BNMTA, visit their website: https://www.bnmta.org/.
By Megan Baker ’21