Our piano faculty have extensive training in piano performance and pedagogy, and are supervised by the Director of Piano, Assistant Professor Jovanni de Pedro.
Category II Teachers
Kristen Cox is an undergraduate student at the University of Idaho majoring in Piano Performance. She has taught privately in the local area for three years and has been employed by the LHSOM Prep Department for one year.
Kristen attends the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) conferences, including the MTNA National Conference when her schedule allows. She was a presenter at the MTNA 2015 Collegiate Symposium where she discussed her method of teaching composition using the works of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera as a model for unique form and harmony.
Kristen's study of Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor with Dr. Rajung Yang allowed her to place in the New St. Andrews International Piano Concerto Competition in New St. Andrews, NB, Canada, where she made her orchestral debut with the New St. Andrews Festival Orchestra under Maestro Lewis Dalvitt. Her 2017-2018 performance schedule includes a senior recital in the University of Idaho Haddock Performance Hall, as well as recitals in Idaho, Washington and California. Her other interests include reading, traveling, hiking and fishing.
Stuart Evans is a senior at the University of Idaho studying piano performance under Dr. Rajung Yang. A Moscow native, Stuart studied with Sandra Mauchley for seven years prior to attending the U of I.
He has competed at Musicfest Northwest and medaled multiple years. With a love for chamber music, Stuart has participated in the Palouse Chamber Music Workshop, playing in different trios, quartets, and a quintet over the course of seven years. In addition, has taken part in the Northern Idaho Piano festivals/adjudications and gotten to perform in the honors recitals several different years. Stuart has also been musically involved with his church, playing the organ, piano, and keyboard in different capacities over the past seven years.
Since beginning at the University of Idaho, he has performed in multiple LHSOM convocations, premiered a couple student compositions, played for a masterclass with James Parker, studied organ for a year with Susan Billin, and accompanied the U of I Men’s Chorus along with a number of individual singers and instrumentalists for juries, convocations, and recitals. He is currently the accompanist for the Palouse Choral Society Children's Choir, the Emanuel Lutheran Church choir, and the U of I Men’s Chorus.
In addition to music, Stuart also has diverse interests in math, quantum physics, and cognitive psychology, and dreams of merging them all into a future career of teaching, collaborating, performing, research, and writing.
Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, Jin Xin (Alvin) Kong is a Piano Performance and Pedagogy Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at the Lionel Hampton School of Music. He studies piano with Dr. Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, teaches Class Piano, and accompanies the Opera Workshop at the LHSOM.
Alvin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota, where he studied piano with Dr. Esther Wang and Richard Tostenson. In addition to the piano, Alvin also plays and studied the clarinet with Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson, and performed with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Alvin is a member of the University of Idaho's Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Music Society.
A native of Penang, Malaysia, Calvin Kong is a first-year Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance student at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho. He studies piano with Assistant Professor, Dr. Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, and holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the school of music where he teaches Class Piano and serves as the accompanist for the Opera Workshop. Calvin is also a member of the Music Teacher's National Association Collegiate Chapter at UIdaho, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Music Society.
Calvin earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN in 2017. During his time at Gustavus, Calvin studied piano with Associate Professor, Dr. Esther Wang, and Mr. Richard Tostenson. Apart from playing the piano, Calvin also plays and studied the flute with Mr. James DeVoll. Additionally, he was a member of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra.
Melody Morrison is a second-year graduate student at University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music, where she is studying to attain a Master's in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Melody studies piano under Professors Rajung Yang and Roger McVey and holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Idaho, where she teaches Class Piano to music majors and minors, and accompanies Women’s Chorus, Orchestra and instrumentalists. She is actively involved with the U of I's Music Teacher's National Association Collegiate Chapter and is serving as Chair of Finances during the 2017-18 academic year.
Ms. Morrison has been playing piano since the age of five and has been teaching private lessons since 2011. Melody holds a Bachelor of Science in Piano Performance from Corban University in Salem, OR. During the course of her undergraduate study at Corban, she served as pianist and percussionist in Jazz Band, assistant principal second violinist in Chamber Orchestra, and accompanist for Chamber Choir. She also appeared as a guest soloist with the Corban University Concert Band and was a recipient of the 2016 Music Performance Award. During her time at U of I, Morrison won the 2016-17 University of Idaho Concerto Competition and the 2016-17 Washington-Idaho Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. Through these she has been able to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the University of Idaho Symphony Orchestra and is scheduled to perform with the Washington-Idaho Symphony as a guest artist during the 2017-18 concert season.
Ms. Morrison uses all of her past and present musical experiences to enhance her teaching in creative approaches and aims for each student to learn about and love music, while having fun along the way.
Megan Rich is a second-year graduate student in the Piano Performance and Pedagogy program. She is studying under Assistant Professor Roger McVey, and holds a teaching assistantship for Piano Class, individual lessons, and accompanying for vocal performances and the UI Vandaleers.
She has experience teaching at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, and extensive experience as an accompanist for university soloists and worship groups. She is currently serving as a member of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter at the University of Idaho, and has presented at national pedagogy conferences for the past three years.
In addition to piano pedagogy, she also has an academic emphasis in the Kodály Method, which is especially effective for young students. She is certified through the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle, and uses the research of Kodály-inspired teachers to present concepts through kinesthetic learning strategies.
Category VII Teachers
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, and Director of Piano for the Preparatory Division at the University of Idaho. He holds performance degrees from the Vienna Conservatory of Music, Trinity College of Music London, and a doctorate in piano Pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan. For more information please visit http://www.jdepedro.com
American pianist Roger McVey is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Idaho, and has previously taught at the University of Kansas, Mercer Univeristy, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. For more information, please visit http://www.rogermcvey.com.