Lee University To Conduct Remote Piano Master Class With Juilliard Professor

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Michael Shinn, director of Keyboard Curriculum at The Juilliard School in New York will conduct a live, interactive piano master class with students assembled at Lee University—from New York City, more than 700 miles away. 

As students perform for Mr. Shinn on a Yamaha DCFX Disklavier PRO concert grand piano in Cleveland, a similarly equipped high-tech "reproducing" instrument at Yamaha Artist Services in New York will recreate, in real time, their exact performances for Mr. Shinn – the piano’s keys and pedals moving up and down to capture the subtlest nuance.  

Communicating over video chat on a big screen TV, Mr. Shinn and the students will play back and forth to one another, with each artist playing the other’s piano, in real time, even though they are located hundreds of miles apart.

This technology overcomes the challenge of distance, enabling top musicians and educators to conduct live piano master classes with students from anywhere in the world, and making it seem as if the instructor and student are sitting on the same piano bench. 

The event will be held at 3 p.m., Friday at Squires Recital Hall on the campus of Lee University. Students showcased in this pioneering master class are also participating in the university's 12th Annual International Piano Festival and Competition currently underway June 11-17. 

 



Cleveland State Debate Team Brings Home Awards

The Cleveland State Debate Team has something to smile about. The team just returned from two tournaments with three trophies! The team recently attended the Smoky Mountain Debate Tournament at Walter’s State Community College where Team Captain Alex Olive won fourth   place in the Novice Speaker Awards competition in a field of over 100 students. The team also attended the ... (click for more)

Mission: Remission Presents Students Opportunity For Remembrance, Awareness

For this year’s sixth annual cancer awareness fundraiser, Mission: Remission, GPS and McCallie students convened on McCallie’s campus to honor those affected by cancer. GPS Student Council President Blythe May introduced the student speakers of the event: Charlotte Vance, Max Ransom, and Ryan Crump.  Charlotte spoke from personal experience about her battle with childhood ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Arrested

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, was located and was in custody as of 3:25 p.m. ... (click for more)

Travis Caslin, 42, Shot While Walking Along South Willow Street

Chattanooga Police said a man was shot on Friday night while walking along South Willow Street.   The victim was identified as Travis Caslin, 42.   At 7:37 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers were called to a local hospital after a person showed up with a gunshot wound.   Police were informed that the victim's condition was non-life threatening. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s All About People

The leaders of Hamilton County’s Mental Health Court held a heart-warming open house Friday afternoon and it was announced that just since February, the creation has saved the county over $3 million in incarceration costs. But to hear County Mayor Jim Coppinger or Judge Don Poole tell it, that’s not what is important. “Soon after the court started, a kind, quiet man I’ll ... (click for more)