Director of Keyboard Studies
Dr. Yu-Jane Yang is a Presidential Distinguished Professor, Director of Keyboard Studies, and Director of the Piano Preparatory Program at Weber State University in Utah. She was the State President of Utah Music Teachers Association in 2002-2004. Dr. Yang holds a BA degree from National Taiwan Normal University and two Masters degrees from University of Illinois. She received her Ph.D. degree with the highest honor from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1994. Yu-Jane’s principal piano teachers in the U. S. include Lydia Artymiw, Nina Lelchuk, and Kenneth Drake, and she also studied Piano Pedagogy under Joanne Smith at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and James Lyke at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She served as the faculty collaborative pianist for the American String Workshop at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) from 1992 to 1996, and for the Classical Music Festival in Austria in 1995 and 1999. In addition to performing with numerous instrumentalists and vocalists, Yu-Jane is the pianist of the Wasatch Piano Trio, Weber State University Faculty Piano Trio, and Formosan Violin-Piano Duo, and has performed extensively in concert tours to Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States.
Recognized as a leading educator in the field of Piano Pedagogy in the U.S., Dr. Yang was one of the three national winners of the distinguished D. H. Baldwin Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in Piano in 1991, and was selected and listed on "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" in 1996, 2002, 2005, and 2007. Furthermore, Dr. Yang has been invited to give presentations in many prestigious conferences and conventions in the U.S., including National Conference of Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and Music Teachers National Association.
In demand as a clinician and master class teacher both nationally and internationally, Dr. Yang has given numerous piano workshops and piano master classes in the U.S., Taiwan, Singapore, and China. She appears frequently as an adjudicator for piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition preliminary auditions held in Salt Lake City in 1997, 2006, and 2008. In addition, she has written many articles on various topics of piano teaching published in leading journals of Piano Pedagogy in the U.S. such as the American Music Teachers and the Keyboard Companion.
Dr. Yang’s piano students have been top prize winners in the collegiate and precollege divisions in many state, national, as well as international level piano competitions, such as the National First Place Winner of the 2010 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Steinway Young Artist (Collegiate) Piano Competition, 1st place Division Winner of the MTNA Southwest Division Steinway Young Artist (Collegiate) Piano Competition, 1st place State Winner of the MTNA Steinway Young Artist (Collegiate) Piano Competition in Utah, as well as first place winners of the International Festival for Creative Pianists Competition, Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, Aurora Symphony Concerto Competition, Coeur d'Alene Symphony's Young Artist Competition, Snowy Range Piano Competition, and first place winners of the Utah Music Teachers Association State Concerto Competitions in both the Collegiate and High School Piano Divisions. Furthermore, Yu-Jane’s students have also been selected as the top prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition, International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition, the Missoula Symphony Concerto Competition, the Utah Music Teachers Association state piano solo competitions and state concerto competitions, and the Utah State Fair Collegiate Piano Competition.
Yu-Jane’s Pedagogy students at Weber State University have also won state and national recognitions for their outstanding teaching, including six times winners for the UMTA Collegiate Student Teacher of the Year award in the last ten years, as well as the National Winner of the 2009 Music Teachers National Association Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. In the last eighteen years, she has also served as the Chapter Advisor for the nationally renowned WSU MTNA Student Chapter, the Treblemakers, who is the four-time national winner (1997, 2003, 2005, and 2008) of the MTNA Student Chapter of the Year awards. The WSU MTNA Student Chapter was also selected to present at the 2009 MTNA National Conference.
In 2008, Dr. Yang was awarded the Music Teachers National Association “Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter Advisor of the Year” at the MTNA National Conference in Denver, Colorado. In 2010 Dr. Yang was selected as the Endowed Scholar/Artist of the Telitha E. Linquist College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University, and received the 2010 Utah Music Teachers Association Legacy Award for her exceptional teaching, outstanding professional achievements, and superior service to the music profession and to the university. Most recently in 2011, Dr. Yang has been named a Presidential Distinguished Professor at Weber State University for demonstrating the highest quality of teaching, scholarship, research and community service.