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 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.
A native of Japan, Mayumi Osada holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and 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. Experienced as a soloist, chamber and orchestra pianist in many venues, she has received numerous awards and scholarships. Her teachers include Dr. Andrew Willis, Michael Salmirs, James Giles, Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe, and Seymour Fink. Mayumi also studied with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink in her professional certificate program in injury-preventive keyboard technique. In 2009, Mayumi published her doctoral dissertation “The Lister-Sink Method: A Holistic Approach to Injury-Preventive Piano Technique.”
Mayumi has been teaching at Moore Music since 2008. She also serves on the piano faculty at High Point University since 2011. She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Her foremost goal as a teacher and a performer is to inspire others to make music in their own way and enrich the lives of others through music. Mayumi encourages healthful musical development through safe and efficient application of the Lister-Sink Method and cultivates a holistic practice of teaching that coordinates the body and mind. Her students enjoy performing in studio recitals in which they play piano solos, duets, and ensembles with other instruments in collaboration with Mayumi, their friends and family members.
Mayumi has interests in various types of instruments including historical keyboard instruments. She has performed on various fortepianos for the Fortepiano Workshops led by Drs.Malcolm Bilson and Andrew Wills. She enjoys collecting and playing on toy pianos and instruments from other cultures (singing bowls, gong, thumb-piano, etc). She incorporates those instruments in her concert performances, meditation sessions and private lessons. With her cellist colleague at HPU, Dr. JW Turner, Mayumi leads meditation sessions and performs Japanese music (folk, anime, etc) and classical works by Japanese composers.
When she is not teaching or playing music, Mayumi makes clay cat sculptures to raise money to help local feral/stray cats. Mayumi lives in Greensboro with her violinist husband Ulric Schweizer and their cats.