William Baughman of Hudson, Ohio, recently participated in Kent State University’s 2014 Piano Institute. William’s parents are Dennis and Jennifer Baughman.

The Piano Institute is a highly intensive festival for talented piano students in grades 7-12 and is in association with the Piano Division of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University.

Fourteen students from all over the world attended the 2014 Piano Institute, which offers a unique combination of lessons, master classes and performance opportunities. The students received four hours of one-on-one lessons daily; attended master classes taught by Kent State pianists; studied sight-reading, technique, practicing and audition/competition preparations, while living on the Kent Campus.

Along with the classes, they also had the unique opportunity to share in the Kent/Blossom Music program, which is a premiere summer institution for summer collegiate level study of solo, chamber and orchestral literature.

At the end of the classes, the students performed in a Gala concert at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

Instructors of the Piano Institute included Donna Lee, D.M.A., associate professor and coordinator of the Piano Division at Kent State, and Jerry Wong, D.M.A., associate professor of piano at Kent State. Guest artists for this year’s Piano Institute were Joela Jones, principal keyboard for The Cleveland Orchestra, and Pierre van der Westhuizen Director, Cleveland International Piano Competition

For more information about Kent State’s Piano Institute, visit .

Media Contact: Monica Brately, mbratel1@kent.edu, 330-672-1061