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Piano Faculty

DR. HYEYOUNG SONG  |  RICHARD POWELL

 Hyeyoung Song, Master Pianist, Artist-in-Residence

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • Artist Diploma in Piano Performance, Texas Christian University 

Pianist Hyeyoung Song, First Prize winner of The Janice K. Hodges Piano Competition, is an active performer who has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, noted for her warm and beautiful tone, tireless energy and great musical temperament.  

Praised for her “Exquisite sensitivity and a beautiful tone” and as a pianist who “captures audience’s ears and hearts,” Song enjoys her career as a performer and educator. In 2016, Song had her international tour which included Paris, Spain, Korea, and gave a sold out concert at Carnegie hall. The New Piano Group, in reviewing her sold-out Carnegie Hall performance, hailed her interpretations as “warm, expressive, yet powerful . . . Ms. Song gave a colorful account of this piece and made the piano sound like the orchestra . . . She is a keen listener who is aware of the voices and their movements. It was tender, calm, graceful and gentle.” In 2018, Song played Mozart piano concerto No. 23 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Giordano.

Her recent performances include recitals in such venues as Carnegie Hall, American Church in Paris, Candas Hall in Spain, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, Texas Hall, LBJ Fine Arts Auditorium, First State Bank Performing Arts Center, Margo Jones Performance Hall, Caldwell-Carvey Hall, Alkek Fine Arts Auditorium, Sejong Performing Arts Center, and 3.15 National Performing Arts Center in Korea.

As a dedicated educator, Song has been also invited to present recitals and master classes in many festivals and institutions such as Southwestern University, Texas Women’s University, Central Texas College, North Texas College, the Stony Brook international piano festival, the Gijon International Piano Festival, Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Seoul Theological University Piano Festival. She is a founding member of the piano duo AZUL with pianist Amy Gustafson and actively performs duo recitals throughout the United States. 

Song won the top prizes in competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Piano Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, the Sydney Wright Piano Competition, and Ewha Concerto Competition. She has also received the Best Teaching Award for superior teaching and has been nominated for the William S. Livingston Outstanding Teaching Award from University of Texas at Austin. Song holds Bachelor¹s and Master¹s degrees from Ewha Woman¹s University, an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Since 2007, Song has been serving as Artist-in-Residence at Weatherford College, Texas.


Richard Powell, Pianist, Adjunct Music Faculty

  • Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, Texas Christian University

Education

Richard Powell holds a Bachelor and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University, where he studied with such distinguished international concert artists as Tamas Ungar, Mde. Lili Kraus, Luis de Moura Castro and Keith Mixson. Richard was a winner of the Texas Young Artist Competition in 1967 (the only freshman ever to do so), where he played the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb with the Dallas Symphony. As a junior he was selected to perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor with the TCU Symphony. He was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia while at TCU. Richard has also performed in concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and the Greater Youth Orchestra of Ft. Worth, as well as in many solo recitals across the state of Texas.

Professional Performance Experience

Richard Powell is also well-known across the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex as a jazz and professional pianist with over 56 years of experience. He has performed with such jazz greats as Mel Torme, Nelson Riddle, drummer Ed Shaughnessy and saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Don Menza (all three from the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” orchestra), New York studio trombonist Urbie Green, and Mike Vax (the trumpet soloist on the original “Bob Newhart Show” theme). Other jazz artists include former Maynard Ferguson alumni Denis DiBlasio (baritone saxophone), trombonist Steve Wiest, and drummer Dave Mancini. Richard has performed with such name entertainers as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Wayne Newton, Betty Buckley, Ray Price and the original cast of the TV show “Dallas.” In addition Richard has performed for such political figures as former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. He has been the pianist for the Dallas Jazz Orchestra since 2004.

Teaching Experience – Tarrant County College NW 

In 1989 Richard was appointed to the full time faculty at Tarrant County College NW Campus, where he served as the Music Department Director until June of 2015. He created several classes, including the first Electronic Music class in the TCC District and the first Music Appreciation online course in the state of Texas. Richard has also authored several books, including a Music Appreciation text, A Guide to Music History and Appreciation, and a Music Fundamentals text for use with online classes.

He was the musical director for 19 college Broadway productions, including "Fiddler On The Roof" and "The Fantasticks," among many others. Richard was awarded a Golden Apple for exemplary teaching in 1998 and was elected to the Montclair Publishing Whoʼs Who of College Professors in 2006. Also, in 2012 Richard was named the Minnie Piper Award nominee for distinguished teaching (a statewide award) from the Northwest Campus. He retired as director of music at Northwest Campus in June of 2015. Richard has also taught jazz piano as an adjunct at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University. Currently he is teaching as an adjunct professor of music at Weatherford College.