Piano Faculty

 
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bill shaffer

William C. Shaffer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

William has over twenty years of teaching experience at such places as Solon Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Outreach and others. His philosophy is to encourage each student to achieve their goals by teaching everyone to their strengths.

William has enjoyed an extensive performing career, playing at all major venues in the greater Cleveland area, including Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, Cleveland Institute of Music, and several others. He has had opportunities to perform with the Chicago Symphony, Blossom Festival Orchestra, and at the White House, as well as on three international tours. As an organist, he was Music Director at Old Stone (Presbyterian) Church on Public Square in downtown Cleveland for 10 years. William has held positions at numerous additional churches including the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

William recently completed his first national tour with the Broadway show Something Rotten, where he was both Associate Conductor and Keyboardist. Other Broadway shows William has played for include Wicked, The Addams Family, Pippin, Cinderella, Grease, West Side Story, Finding Neverland, Hello, Dolly at Playhouse Square, and Mamma Mia with the Great Lakes Theater. He has directed numerous regional shows including Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Newsies, Aladdin and Oklahoma among others.

 

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Amy Weng

A native of Taiwan, Amy Weng has maintained an extremely active career both as a performer and teacher since she was a teenager. With over 12 years experience teaching piano, she has taught students of all levels, from beginners to advanced from young children through adults, holding positions at universities, as well as at high schools and middle schools, both in Taiwan and the United States.

Amy holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance as well as a Master’s in Collaborative Piano, both from the Tainain National University of Arts in Taiwan. She has also earned a Professional Studies Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and is currently on a full scholarship at CIM for its Collaborative Piano Artist Diploma program.

Amy is the recipient of numerous awards, including winning first prize two years in a row for the Taiwan University Piano Concerto Championship.

Amy performed frequently both as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician in Taiwan and the U.S. including a recital at the Kent Blossom Music Festival and the Baldwin-Wallace Music Festival. From 2010 to 2014 she was piano accompanist for the majority of first prize winners in several different instrumental categories for the Taiwan College Student Competitions. Presently Amy is a favored piano accompanist for Cleveland Institute of Music students’ degree recitals, performing extensively in this role.