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Director: Dr. Jeffrey Shumway
Dr. Jeffrey Shumway, pianist, is a member of the music faculty at Brigham Young University, serving as professor of piano. He received his bachelor of music degree in 1976 from Brigham Young University, gaining Most Outstanding Pianist and Most Outstanding Musician honors. Further studies included the master of music degree at Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Irwin Freundlich. He received the Doctor of Music degree with High Honors from Indiana University in 1981. Dr. Shumway was the second prize winner of the 1977 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Since joining the piano faculty at Brigham Young University in 1985 Dr. Shumway has performed extensively solo and chamber music. He has performed the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel. In 1990, he completed a series of ten recitals featuring the complete thirty–two sonatas of Beethoven, for which he received high acclaim and was honored with the inaugural Gina Bachauer Medal of Artistic Distinction. He is the recipient of the Utah Music Teachers Association 2007 Legacy Award for lifetime service to the profession. Dr. Shumway is the recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching award for 2009–2010 from BYU.
Dr. Shumway is a member of the internationally renowned American Piano Quartet with whom he has performed and recorded throughout Europe, Canada, the Far East, and the United States.
Dr. Shumway has also performed regularly since 1983 with his duo–piano partner, Del Parkinson of Boise State University, with whom he recorded a compact disc, Celebrating Gershwin, in 1998. Later CD’s feature the duo music of Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. Dr. Shumway has arranged numerous pieces for five pianos, published by Piano Ensemble International. A number of his arrangements, including Rimsky–Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, Dukas’ Sorcerers Apprentice,Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and American in Paris have been recorded on the BMG–Sony label by the Five Browns, and have reached number one on classical musical charts.
DMA, Piano, Indiana University, 1982
MM, Piano, The Juilliard School, 1977
BM, Piano, Brigham Young University, 1976