TROY – Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will present a Steinway Artist Concert Series with performances set for Troy, Montgomery, Dothan and Birmingham.
The series features School of Music faculty members Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, a Steinway Artist and an assistant professor and coordinator of piano activities, and Dr. Michael Huff, assistant professor of trumpet.
The concert series, which is free and open to the public, will kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the John M. Long Hall band room on the Troy Campus. Additional concert dates are set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 in Sony Hall at Troy University's Dothan Campus and 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Alabama Piano Gallery, home of Steinway & Sons, in Birmingham.
"During the 2015 Spring semester, Troy University celebrated two significant artistic milestones: the John M. Long School of Music became an All-Steinway School; and, Dr. Hui-Ting Yang was awarded the designation of Steinway Artist," said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and Director of the School of Music. "In recognition of these two major accomplishments, the School of Music is launching a new Steinway Artist Concert Series to showcase musical excellence at the highest level."
Dr. Yang was named an official Steinway Artist in February after completing a lengthy application process. Steinway Artists, numbering 1,600 worldwide, must satisfy three main criteria: have musical ability and recording history, be a currently performing pianist and be a purchaser and owner of their own personal Steinway piano.
As an active performer, Dr. Yang has performed throughout the Czech Republic, Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Her extensive repertoire includes an increasing focus on American living composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Laura Schwendinger, Matthew Burtner, Ladislav Kubík, Chen-Yi, Paul West-Osterfield, and Clifton Callender.
Dr. Yang received the Doctor of Music in collaboration/chamber music and the Master of Music in accompanying from Florida State University, the Master of Music in piano performance from Ohio University and the bachelor's degree in music education from Taipei Municipal Teachers' College.
Dr. Huff teaches trumpet and works with the band program at TROY. Prior to his appointment at Troy University, he held positions at Mississippi State University and performed as a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. While performing as a member of this organization, Dr. Huff performed for a wide variety of audiences and dignitaries from around the world including Presidents George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He was invited to perform with the Airmen of Note as a guest on their 2002 tour of Europe and the Middle East.