Liza Auvil

Elizaveta Morshina Auvil has a musical background that is quite international. She received her diploma for completing piano studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia in 2009. During her time at the conservatory, she won first prize at the International Piano Competition in Palermo, Italy. She later received her Masters degree and an additional Post-Graduate Diploma from the University for Music and Performing Arts (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, she frequently played with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra (Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester) when they needed a keyboard instrument in the orchestra (harpsichord, organ, piano, etc.) In 2010, she received a full scholarship for AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies), in Graz, Austria where she made contact with professors from America. She has taught privately in Austria and Russia and is comfortable teaching in German and Russian if desired.

  

Richard Auvil

Richard Auvil completed his doctorate in collaborative piano at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where he was a recipient of a Hayes Fellowship. His past education includes an MM in piano performance from UNCG and a BFA in piano performance through the Robert E. Cook Honors College at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). In addition to this degree related study, he has spent nearly a year at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has given lecture-recitals related to his studies in this country at two international conferences. Richard has extensive experience as an accompanist for numerous recitals with every major instrument and voice type. He has worked as a rehearsal and performance pianist for operas, and as a musical director/ accompanist for musicals. His development was also marked by more sporadic experience in the choral, sacred, and pop music genres. In demand as a private instructor in the area, Richard has taught dozens of students at multiple locations. Richard enjoys traveling and has performed in various capacities in Australia, Austria, Croatia, and Italy. He participated at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria during the summer of 2010 where he received coaching in the German language as well as piano.



Mayumi Osada

Mayumi Osada, a native of Japan, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Master of Music and the Bachelor of Arts in music (cum laude and high honors) in piano performance from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has studied with Andrew Willis, Michael Salmirs, James Giles, Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe, and Seymour Fink. Experienced as a soloist, accompanist, chamber and orchestra pianist in many venues, she has received numerous awards and scholarships. At present, building upon several years’ study of injury-preventive piano technique with Barbara Lister-Sink, a leading authority on the subject, Dr. Osada is earning a Professional Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College. She encourages healthful musical development through the safe and efficient application of piano technique, cultivating a holistic practice of teaching that coordinates the whole body and mind. Dr. Osada’s foremost goal as a teacher is to share her love of music and help her students learn to enjoy playing the piano. Since 2009, she has enjoyed working with a wide variety of students at Moore Music Company. She also serves on the piano faculty at High Point University. Mayumi is married to a violinist, Ulric (Ueli) Schweizer, who actively performs at various venues in North Carolina. He also works at Moore Music Company as a repair technician for string instruments. Their cat Mimosa loves listening to Mayumi and Ueli play music together and occasionally sits on the piano bench and improvises short melodies with her paws!

Sarah Muehlbauer

Sarah Muehlbauer holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied piano with John Salmon and worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (magna cum laude) from Illinois Wesleyan University, studying with R. Kent Cook and spending a semester abroad studying in Vienna, Austria. Sarah has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those for pianists Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, Enrico Elisi, Yoshikazu Nagai, and several others. She has performed in Austria, across Bulgaria, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago, Bloomington (IL), Greensboro, Cincinnati, and Eastern Music Festival in the past few years.

Sarah enjoys teaching piano to all students with an interest in learning and has taught throughout her collegiate years at UNCG, IWU, and at summer music festivals. As a MM student at UNCG, she taught undergraduate class piano courses and private piano lessons to students of various ages through the Community Arts Collaborative program. Sarah has enrolled in piano pedagogy courses during her collegiate study and has experience accompanying all instruments/voice, operas, and choirs. At IWU, Sarah was a recipient of two alumni distinguished music scholarships, Honors Senior Recital award, nomination into the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda, and won the Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Competition as a sophomore. During her bachelor’s and master’s degree study, Sarah gave 6 solo piano degree recitals and plans to pursue a doctorate in the future.