MASTER OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE – PIANO


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Master of Music in Performance – Piano

The Master of Music in Piano Performance is designed to train students to become professional pianists. This degree will prepare you to go directly into a professional pianist career.

• A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75

• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

• College transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended

• Live audition

• Write an essay that explains why you selected University of Mobile to continue your academic career and why you have chosen your area of study

• No GRE Required

Kadisha OnalbayevaDr. Kadisha Onalbayeva

Professor of Music, Director of Piano Studies, Steinway Artist

About the Artist

 “Kadisha Onalbayeva maximizes the intricate fascination of each work with obvious familiarity and proficiency. …expanded one note or chord for shifting tempi, masterfully, with lovely blended tones.  …expertise and electricity.   …sumptuous evocations of sorrow, longing, romance, and elegance.”

(Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower, Solo Piano Recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, June 6, 2018, http://www.robertaonthearts.com/classicalCultural/idC143.html)

Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva was born in Zhetisay, Kazakhstan and began her musical training at the age of five. She is the first pianist from Kazakhstan to be named a Steinway Artist. She attended the Zhubanov Special School for Children in Almaty, Kazakhstan. While at Zhubanov she studied piano and composition, gave piano recitals and was involved in both piano and composition festivals and competitions. Awards include the Soviet Union’s New Talent competition and various prizes in national piano competitions and Central Asia piano competitions. She also participated in international music festivals in Germany, Turkey, Russia, and Uzbekistan. After graduating from the Zhubanov School, Kadisha entered the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music. She was awarded the President’s Award for Young Artists and Chevron’s Award for Talented Students in piano and composition.

Dr. Onalbayeva continued her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer, and as an orchestral soloist. She received a Soros Prize for her work in the development of international cultural exchanges. She earned two Master of Musical Arts degrees in both composition and piano performance at the University of New Orleans. She then received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance at Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Dr. Onalbayeva has been a strong supporter of new music and she has been particularly interested in introducing the music of Kazakhstan to audiences the United States. She performs her music and participates in international new music festivals as a composer, performer and organizer throughout Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Europe, Costa Rica, Bahamas and the United States.

Dr. Onalbayeva is the Director of Piano Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Mobile. She is founder and currently serves as President of the Gulf Coast Steinway Society (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi). She was recently commissioned to write a symphonic poem titled Zherym (My Motherland) which premiered on May 17, 2014 by the Kazakhstan National Orchestra. On May 21, 2015 she premiered Artyk Toxsanbayev’s Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra with the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazakhstan. She performed these work again with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, Georgia, USA in November 2016. Toxsanbayev’s Rhapsody is dedicated to Dr. Onalbayeva. Another composition dedicated to Dr. Onalbayeva composed by her husband, Michael Coleman, entitled Arman (Dream) premiered with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, April 3, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan recently filmed a documentary on the life and musical career of Dr. Onalbayeva titled Independent National’s Heritage which was released in both Kazakh and in Russian in 2015. On December 20, 2016 Dr. Onalbayeva recorded four works for Steinway’s Spirio recording project at Steinway Hall in New York, NY. In 2017 she was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. On June 6, 2018, she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall. She lives in Pensacola, FL with her husband, Michael Coleman also a composer and pianist. She has one daughter, Malika.

Website: www.kadishaonalbayeva.com

SEMESTER 1
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MU 501 Music Theory 3
MU 533 Piano Literature I 3
MUA 535 Applied Piano 2
MUE 564 Large Ensemble 0
MUA 543 Collaborative Piano 1
TOTAL 9
SEMESTER 2
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MU 510 Music History 3
MUA 536 Applied Piano 2
MUE 565 Large Ensemble 0
MUA 544 Collaborative Piano 1
MU 534 Piano Literature II 3
TOTAL 9
SEMESTER 3
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MU 525 Advanced Piano Pedagogy 2
MU 511 Music History 3
MUA 537 Applied Piano 2
MUE 566 Large Ensemble 0
MUA 545 Collaborative Piano 1
TOTAL 8
SEMESTER 4
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MUA 538 Applied Piano 2
MUE 567 Large Ensemble 0
MUA 546 Collaborative Piano 1
MUA 500 Graduate Recital 1
MUA 501 Master’s Thesis 2
TOTAL 6
TOTAL 32
Assistantships are available within the programs and interested candidates may reach out for more information.

Contact: Alison Wilks
awilks@umobile.edu

MM in Piano performance audition requirements:

Student will perform Four contrasting styles:

1. Baroque
2. Classical Sonata (all movements)
3. Romantic
4. Contemporary

CPA Audition Information

Music (Piano & Vocal), per credit hour  $460
Fees
Technology fee (Fall & Spring)  $100
Technology fee (Summer)  $50
Parking and transportation fee (Fall, Spring, & Summer)  $60

Course fees may apply. See 2018-19 Graduate Tuition and Fee listing for more information. 

University of Mobile 2018-19 Tuition and Fees