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 Music.

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:

By Megan Baker ’21