Collaborative Pianists

Dr. Mary Jo Cox (for Tuba Artists and Guest Artist Recital)

Dr. Cox received her Bachelor of music from Houghton College, and her Master of music and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Cox maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She has served on the faculty of Central Michigan University, currently holds the position of principal keyboardist with the Midland (MI) Symphony Orchestra, and is a frequent collaborative pianist for festivals and competitions throughout the US.


Dr. Hyekyung Sia Lee (for Euphonium Artists)

Dr. Lee, a native of South Korea, received her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Doctorate from Michigan State University. As a solo pianist, she has played with several orchestras, including Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas. She also has been a collaborative pianist with many instrumentalists, including SYMBIOSISDUO (Dr. Gail Robertson and Dr. Stacy Baker). Currently, she works at Church of the Holy Family in Grand Blanc, Michigan, as associate music director and at Oakland University as a staff accompanist.


Dr. Sheryl Iott (for Euphonium Students)

Dr. Iott, a frequent solo and collaborative performer throughout Michigan, is currently on the piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and Grand Rapids Community College. She studied principally with Ralph and Tina Votapek, Ian Hobson, and Joseph Evans, receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from MSU in 2005, and her Master of Music in piano performance from University of Illinois in 1988. She has served local and state music teacher organizations in various office and board positions and published and edited in piano pedagogy and music education.


Marie Blair (for Tuba Students and Adjudicators Recital)

Blair holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a prestigious professional performance diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in England, where she won the 2002 Bach Prize and the 2002 Piano Duo Prize. As a soloist, she has performed in New York, the Midwest and internationally. She is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Now residing in New York, she maintains contact with her home state, Michigan.


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