Jiu-Hwa Upshur, Ph.D, History, and the students she funded in 2014 through the Chia Lun Lo Fellowship she established to honor her father
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Marie-France Lefebvre, D.M.A., Collaborative Piano
Job Title and Organization
Associate Professor of Opera/Vocal Coaching CCM, University of Cincinnati
First Position After Graduate School
I worked as a pianist répétitrice, diction coach, assistant conductor and prompter at Washington National Opera (then called The Washington Opera) full time from 1994-2004. I had already worked for them as a guest during my D.M.A. in 1992 and 1993.
Career Skills Graduate Students Should Develop
In our specialty, which in my opinion is a vocation, the desire to learn should be the main motivator. The knowledge we need to accumulate is limitless! Reading, going to museums, studying languages, people skills, all are very important. But a burning passion to learn and endless curiosity should be a required quality.
Advice for Graduate Students
There is currently a heavily media based culture in everything in society. It has led young people to believe that image is more important than it is at times. In our work as a coach accompanist, content is the answer: you must know a lot about a wide array of fields: learn read study. And never stop practicing the piano! Get inspired to inspire others. Daily
Last updated: October 11, 2016 - 3:12pm