New faculty member will present recital

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Cicilia Yudha, the newest faculty member at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, will give a piano recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bliss Hall recital hall.

Selections will include pieces by Mozart, Casadesus, Chopin and a special piece, “Two Birthdays Homage,” selected to recognize the 100th and 150th birthdays of composers Conlon Nancarrow and Claude Debussy, respectively.

A native of Indonesia, Yudha is the first full-time piano faculty hired in at least 15 years at YSU. She will primarily focus on keyboard musicianship and connect with all the performance and education majors in the Dana School of Music.

Yudha made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in 2003. In recognition of her musicianship and artistic personality, she was awarded the Rosario Marciano Prize, and presented a solo recital in Vienna sponsored by the Vienna International Piano Academy in Austria.

She was a winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, New England Conservatory Commencement Concerto Competition, and UNC Greensboro Student Artist Concerto Competition.

Yudha has served as a piano faculty at the New England Conservatory secondary piano separtment, NEC Preparatory School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music piano preparatory department, and she has served as a staff collaborative pianist of Boston Children’s Chorus and Eastern Music Festival.

She earned a doctorate in piano performance at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She holds a bachelor of music degree with honors and the artist diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music; and the master of music degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

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