D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.M. in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. in Piano Performance – Soochow University
B.A. in Music – Soochow University
Professional Affiliations/Organizations: American Liszt Society, College Music Society, Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, and Music Teachers National Association
A captivating and versatile pianist, Dr. Pei-I Wang is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Millikin University. She serves as Principal Keyboardist of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Keyboardist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
During her studies, Dr. Wang was awarded Yamaha (KHS) and Kawai scholarships for outstanding young musicians in Taiwan, accompanying/opera assistantships, and a competitively campus-wide Dissertation Travel Grant from UIUC. Dr. Wang has won many competitions, including the UIUC Concerto Competition, the Ninth Annual 21st Century Piano Commission Competition with composer John Ritz, the Asian Audition of International Piano Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize”, the National Music Competition in Taiwan, and the Liszt-Garrison international Piano Competition, among others. Her name appeared in the “Treasury of Young Talented Musicians” program sponsored by the Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. Her primary teachers were Drs. Ian Hobson, Rolf-Peter Wille, and Daming Zhu.
Dr. Wang performed extensively in master classes, music festivals, and concerts in the United States, Europe, and Asia, both as a guest artist and a soloist with orchestras. Her orchestra appearances include as a soloist with Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (UIUC), University of Illinois Springfield Band (UIS), and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. She regularly presented recitals of piano solo and duo and collaborated with fellow musicians at several institutions.
Dr. Wang is passionate about the world of collaborative art and opera. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying under Prof. Dennis Helmrich at UIUC and was fortunate to work as a vocal coach and rehearsal accompanist in the Opera division led by Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz. Since then, she was involved in many opera/musical productions and choral performances. She served as a vocal coach, accompanist, and pianist/keyboardist at several institutions and music ensembles, such as Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Choral Society, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Gloriana Chamber Choir, Millikin Opera, Blackburn Voice & Choir, UIUC Opera, Illini Women’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus of Soochow University.
Dr. Wang is an enthusiastic educator and an active member of several professional organizations. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Piano by MTNA and has served as a frequent adjudicator in auditions and competitions (both state and district competitions). Her prior teaching experience at the college level in US include Lincoln Land Community College, Blackburn College, and University of Illinois Springfield. Currently, Dr. Wang serves as the Secretary-Treasurer at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Coordinator of the ISMTA Competitions SOUTH, and the President of the Decatur Music Teachers Association.
Disciplines: Applied Piano, Class Piano, Preparatory Piano, Keyboard Accompanying/Ensemble