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The annual Oklahoma State University High School Piano Competition was held in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, and here’s a shot of the winners along with the OSU piano faculty member judges. Left to right in the photo are First Place ($500) winner Ami Kitajima of Plano, Texas, student of Masaka Narikawa; Dr. Se-Hee Jin; Second Place ($250) winner Anthony Tan of Tulsa, student of Gloria Johnson; Dr. Thomas Lanners; Honorable Mention recipient Sophia Darvin of Stroud, student of Rachel Schmoyer; Third Place ($150) winner Richard Key of Norman, student of Nathaniel Harrell; and Prof. Heather Shea Lanners.


Congratulations to all the talented students who competed!


2019 HSPC winners




















Congratulations to OSU’s terrific Greenwood School of Music piano majors!


​The Oklahoma Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association annual state piano competitions took place Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.


​A Winner and an Alternate (second place) are named in each MTNA/OMTA category. There are 6 categories total, and students of OSU’s Dr. Thomas Lanners were entered in 5 of those (all but MTNA Junior), with 6 students garnering either first or second place. No other university placed more than 3.


In addition to the collegiate students, Lanners’ pre-college student Kayla Cao won the MTNA Senior Performance category, and will compete at the Division level for a chance to perform in the national finals in Spokane, Washington in March.


​Bravo to these excellent young pianists:


Kexin Liu – Winner, OMTA Category B (Collegiate Juniors-Seniors)


















Jiewei Hu – Alternate (second place), OMTA Category B


















Blake Hilligoss – Alternate, OMTA Category A (Collegiate Freshmen-​Sophomores)























YanJun Huang – Alternate, both MTNA Young Artist and OMTA Category C (Graduate Students)


















Kayla Cao – Winner, MTNA Senior Artist Competition







































     Dr. Thomas Lanners was highlighted in a New York Times feature article on the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Ned Rorem. The article, titled “At 95, Ned Rorem is Done Composing, But He’s Not Done Living," appeared in the New York Times on the occasion of Rorem's 95th birthday. Lanners' recording on the Centaur label of the Toccata finale from his Piano Sonata No. 1 was the one work the Times chose to embed in the article, and other links to excerpts of 15 of Ned Roem's works from various genres included two tracks from Lanners' recordings of his piano solo works. Here is a link to the article: New York Times 10/23/18


     BBC3 in London aired El Salón Mexico from Thomas Lanners' Touches of Bernstein: The Complete Published Piano Music of Leonard Bernstein on their Sunday Morning program. Bernstein’s piano transcription of Aaron Copland’s beloved orchestral piece was his first published work, having been chosen by Copland himself to create the transcription. Not surprisingly, the CD has enjoyed increased airplay in this Bernstein centennial year.



Photos from the 2018 OSU Summer Piano Camp:



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The 2017 OSU Summer Music Camp for junior high and high school pianists and instrumentalists took place July 9 - 14, 2017. This year, over 120 students took part in the camp, including 15 terrific pianists. From Sunday's opening recital through Friday's final student concert (which included performances by the camp pianists, band and orchestra, with an audience of approximately 500 in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall), it was a joy once again to be part of the camp, working with such eager and dedicated young students. Students reunited with old friends from the 2016 Camp and made many new ones. Bravo to all!


 HS Piano Competition 2017


Our annual Oklahoma State University High School Piano Competition took place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 and the piano faculty heard a lot of talented young pianists who played their hearts out on our Concert Hall stage! As usual, we gathered all the winners together for a photo with the judges after the results were announced.


Pictured above, left to right, with teacher names and prizes won in parentheses:


Dr. Se-Hee Jin, Grace Jackson (Margo Jones and Sallie Pummill-Pollack, Honorable Mention), Andrew Vargas (Tamas Ungar and Jennifer Song, First Place), Dr. Thomas Lanners, Elizabeth Grice (Mahlon Halleck, Third Place), Abby Terrill (Tatyana Lantos, Second Place), Prof. Heather Shea Lanners, and Blake Hilligoss (Stuart Deaver, Honorable Mention). Not pictured is Daniel Bryant (Anca Banerjee, Honorable Mention).


Bravo to all who competed, and to their parents and teachers as well!


Music Teachers National Association/Oklahoma Music Teachers Association State Competitions, November 4-5, 2016:


OSU piano majors Kexin Liu and Jiewei Hu, students of Dr. Thomas Lanners, won First Place and Alternate (2nd place) respectively in the OMTA Collegiate Category A competition for freshmen and sophomores. New master's student Yi Zheng received Honorable Mention in Category C (graduate students).


In addition, Kayla Cao of Tulsa, a 13-year-old student of Dr. Lanners, was named the state winner of the Music Teachers National Association Junior Performance category for the second consecutive year. She will compete at the MTNA South Central Division level against the Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana winners in January for a shot at the national finals in Baltimore in March.


These pianists all carried the OSU Music banner proudly!


 OMTA Kexin Kexin Liu and Dr. Lanners


Jiewei Jiewei Hu


Yi Yi Zheng and Dr. Thomas Lanners


Kayla  Kayla Cao and Dr. Lanners






Dr. Thomas Lanners, Professor of Piano and OSU Keyboard Area Coordinator, has been busy with professional activities in 2015 and 2016. In June 2016, he taught master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Middle School Affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory, and at East China Normal University, and will do so for the third consecutive year in Shanghai and at the Zhejiang Conservatory in Hangzhou in September 2016.


In November he will serve as an adjudicator for the Senior Division of the annual Texas Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association Piano Performance Competitions, having judged (along with Alexander Korsantia, piano faculty member at the New England Conservatory and winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, and Alexander Kobrin, 2005 Gold Medal winner at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Competition) at the inaugural Kuleshov International Piano Competition, held at the University of Central Oklahoma. Lanners also judged Wichita State University's Konrad Wolfe-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition and the Oklahoma City Orchestra League¹s Meinders Piano Competition. In February 2016 he presented a lecture session, for the third consecutive year, for the MusicEdConnect.com National Conference, a four-day online event that includes presentations from leading figures in the piano pedagogy field. He gave a session at the Texas Music Teachers Association¹s convention in Dallas in June.


Among many other activities, in 2015 Thomas presented a recital and master class to conclude Beijing Normal University¹s "International Music Week," served as an adjudicator for the Shanghai Open Piano Competition, and judged the 5th Mozart International Piano Competition in Bangkok,Thailand. American Music Teacher, the refereed journal of the Music Teachers National Association, published his feature article entitled "With Our Eyes Closed" in their April/May 2015 issue.




July 2016

Professor Heather Lanners performed Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Bulgarian State Orchestra of Vidin in Vidin Bulgaria under the Direction of Christopher Haygood.






July 2016


The inaugural OSU Summer Music Camp for junior high and high school pianists and instrumentalists took place July 10 - 15, 2016 at Oklahoma State University. From Sunday's opening festivities and faculty recital through Friday's final student concert (which included performances by the camp pianists, band and orchestra, with an audience of nearly 500), it was a joy to be a part of the camp, and to work with such an eager and hardworking group of young students! What a terrific week spent with these talented students!








April, 2015


Chul Hyung (Tony) Cho, who earned his bachelor’s degree from OSU as a piano performance major student of Dr. Thomas Lanners, has accepted a position as a full-time opera coach on the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, beginning in the fall semester of 2015. Oberlin is one of the top music conservatories in the United States. He worked on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City from September 2005 to 2007 as an Associate Opera Coach and Accompanist, and most recently as a principal opera coach at both the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and at Chapman University in Los Angeles.


Thomas Lanners’ current pre-college student Kayla Cao of Tulsa, now 11 years old, was named a Second Place Winner in the 11-14 year old category of the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and as a result she will perform in a winners recital at Carnegie Hall in June. She won First Place (as a fifth grader competing against 24 other pianists grades 5-8) in the 2015 Gilliam Piano Competition, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League.


Another of Dr. Lanners’ former students, 2014 OSU piano performance graduate Charlotte Dumesnil, was a double winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition at Oklahoma City University last week, winning as both a piano soloist and with a piano duo partner in two different concerti. As a result, she will be featured twice with the OCU orchestra next year.


Feb. 14, 2015


Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2015 Oklahoma State University High School Piano Competition.

First Place and a prize of $500 was awarded to Caleb Place, an 11th grade student of Tatyana Lantos in Tulsa. Second Place and $250 went to En Yao Lee (11th grade), a student of Sergio Monteiro in Oklahoma City. Daniel Yao, a 10th grade student of Greg Fisher in Edmond, won Third Place ($150). 10th grader Michael Lee, a student of Edmond’s Ekaterina Kuleshova, and 11th grader Emilie Griffin, student of Alice Sanders in Van Buren, Arkansas, received Honorable Mentions.


Judges for the Competition were OSU piano faculty members Heather Lanners, Sun Min Kim and Thomas Lanners.


March 26, 2014

Matti Raekallio, professor of piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, presented a solo piano recital in OSU's Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Stillwater on Sunday, March 30 at 2:30pm.  A native of Finalnd, Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital hall. Since then, he has made regular tours of the U.S., including solo recitals and performances with numerous American symphony orchestras. He has recorded 20 CDs of varied solo repertoire including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofieff sonatas on the Ondine label. Before his hire at  Juilliard in 2007, he was a full professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Mr. Raekallio included works by Beethoven, Wagner-Liszt, and Finnish composers Jan Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara. His visit was made possible through the generoisty of a grant from the OSU College of Arts and Science Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. Both the recital and the masterclass are free and open to the public. For further information, please call 405-744-6133.


December 2, 2013 

Dr. Paul Barnes, Professor of Music and Co-Chair of Piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music, presented a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. and a master class with OSU piano major performers at 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of Oklahoma State University's Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, December 4th.  Dr. Barnes teaches during the summer at the Vienna International Piano Academy and the famed Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy, as well as the Piano Plus Festival in Corfu, Greece.  Both events are free and open to the public. Dr. Barnes' residency is made possible by generous support from the Stillwater Area Music Teacher's Association and the St. Cecelia Federated Music Club.


November 5, 2013 

OSU piano majors took home top prizes in the Oklahoma OMTA/MTNA competition held November 2-3 on the OSU campus. Hannah Brashers (sophomore, student of Dr. Michael Kirkendoll), won the MTNA Collegiate Young Artist Competition and will compete in the MTNA regional competiiton in January in Louisiana. Charlotte Dumesnil (senior, student of Dr. Thomas Lanners) was the Winner of the OMTA Junior/Senior state competition and was named Alternate in MTNA Collegiate Young Artist Competition. Lucy Bates (senior, student of Dr. Thomas Lanners) was named Alternate for the OMTA Junior Senior state competition, and Emma Jones (sophomore, student of Dr. Michael Kirkendoll) was named Honorable Mention in the OMTA Freshman/Sophomore state competition. David Thacker of Wichita (high school student of Dr. Michael Kirkendoll) was the Winner of the MTNA Senior Competition and will also compete in the Louisiana regional competition this January. This is the sixth consecutive year a student of an OSU faculty member has won this competition. Finally, Jessica Yen of Stillwater (junior high student of Dr. Michael Kirkendoll) was named Alternate in the MTNA Junior Competition. Congratultions to all!


October 21, 2013 

Congratulations to Charlotte Dumesnil (senior piano performance major) on winning the Oklahoma MTNA Composition Competition. Charlotte won by composing a work for violin, saxophone, piano trio and will advance to the regional composition competition. Charlotte is a student of Dr. Thomas Lanners.


October 21, 2013 

Lucy Bates, currentlly a senior double majoring in piano performance and pre-med, was named OSU Homecoming Queen on Saturday, October 19. Lucy is a student of Dr. Thomas Lanners, and a violinist in the OSU Symphony Orchestra.


September 21, 2013 

OSU piano faculty member Dr. Thomas Lanners gave a thrilling performance of Ravel's Piano Concert for Left Hand Alone with the Tulsa Signature Symphony under the direction of Dr. Barry Epperly. A large crowd filled the Van Trease Performing Arts Center and offered Dr. Lanners a well-deserved standing ovation, prompting the performance of an encore written by Tulsa composer Joseph Rivers. Read the Tulsa World's concert preview here.


March 20, 2013

Charlotte Dumesnil (Junior piano performance major) performed in the national finals of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition with Trio Sienna (Sarah McKiddy, violin; Katie Duncan, saxophone). Charlotte is a student of Dr. Thomas Lanners, who also coached the ensemble in preparation for the competition.


March, 2013

Chris Reed (BM piano, 2011), was admitted to the doctoral program in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music  at the Eastman School of Music, having completed his Master's degree at Eastman in May 2013. In addition Chris was awarded the Brooks Smith Fellowship in Accompanying and Chamber Music,the top award offered to incoming graduate students each year.