Program Assistants

Jared Burseth

Jared Burseth is a freelance pianist, composer, and teacher in the East Lansing area. He collaborates frequently with area instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. He received B.M.s in both piano performance and composition, and M.M.s in piano performance and collaborative piano from Michigan State University, studying under Panayis Lyras and Dr. Zhihua Tang.

Tina Chou

Taiwanese-Canadian pianist Tina Chou has actively performed in national and international festivals and competitions. As a former member of the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra (WIYSO), she performed at the Maison Symphonique in the Association d'orchestre de jeunes du Quebec (AOJQ) Festival in 2016. She was awarded the Grand Champion at Quebec-Ontario Youth Music Festival in 2010, the first prize at Lakeshore Chamber Music Society Competition (senior) and the gold medal at Quebec Music Educators Association (QMEA competition) in 2011. As the first prize winner of the 2012 Crescendo International Music Competition, she has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, New York, and made her debut on January of 2012.  Her performance (in duo with her sister Gina Chou) on PBS Mountain Lake Television has also been broadcasted nationally.

Tina Chou holds a double DEC degree in music and science from Marianopolis College and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance as well as a double minor in music education and in early music from McGill University. She has also studied at the Orford Music Festival, Maine Chamber Music Seminar and Walnut Hill Summer Music Festival. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in piano pedagogy at Michigan State University where she studies with Dr. Young Hyun Cho and Dr. Derek Polischuk. Her former piano teachers include Prof. Sara Laimon, Prof. Ilya Poletaev, the concert pianist Wonny Song and Dr. Angela Chan.

Ling Lo

Ling Lo is concurrently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from Michigan State University. She also carries degrees in piano performance from Boston University and Soochow University. As a soloist Ms. Lo has competed in such prestigious competitions as the International Bohemia Metro Cup and Taiwan Cultural Cup Music Competition. In addition to her solo piano career, Ms. Lo dedicates her time to chamber music. As a member of the Lumi trio, Ms. Lo collaborates with selected students and supervising faculty to prepare performances of contemporary chamber works. In 2019, she has been giving duo recitals and chamber concerts around the states, including Michigan, Kentucky, and California. She recently traveled to Italy as assistant pianist for the musical program “Centro Studi Della Giacoma,” where she collaborated with vocalists and presented chamber work.

In addition to performing and competing, Ms. Lo spends a week every summer participating in “Celebrating of Spectrum: A Festival for Music and Life” as program assistant, a program for young autistic pianists, sponsored by Michigan State University and the C-RAIND program. Ms. Lo had the opportunity to present research from this experience at the DOCTRID and MTNA conferences located in Ireland and Texas. Her notable teachers include Deborah Moriarty, Zhihua Tang, Paval Nerssesian, Konstantinos Papadakis, and Lihui Chen.

Tamar Mikeladze

Tamar joined the piano faculty of the Michigan State University College of Music in 2015 where she serves as instructor of piano. 

A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Mikeladze made her orchestral solo debut at age 11. She started her study at the Special Music School for gifted children that same year. She holds graduate and post-graduate degrees from Tbilisi State Conservatory. While in Georgia, she actively performed with national orchestras and appeared numerous times on national television and radio. Upon completion of her degrees, Mikeladze was appointed to the piano faculty of the Special Music School, where she taught for five years. In 2003 she began studies at Indiana University, South Bend, where she travelled with her studio to perform at music venues in Europe, and received Artist and Performer Diplomas and a Master’s Degree in piano performance. In fall 2006, Mikeladze joined the piano faculty at the University of Notre Dame. Her most recent performances include appearances at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Steinway Hall. A recipient of the Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Piano award, Mikeladze served as adjudicator at the Michigan Music Association 47th Annual Competition.

Yalan Piao

Pianist Yalan Piao is originally from China. She is an active solo and chamber musician throughout North America and China.

Dr. Piao has worked as a collaborative pianist at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Stulberg International String Competition. She also attended many music festivals including Gilmore Keyboard Festival, “BIMFA on the Road” International Music Festival, Walnut Hill Music Festival, and Collabfest.  She was also invited to and competed at Wideman International Piano Competition, and won 2nd prize in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Dr. Piao holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers were Deborah Moriarty, Minsoo Sohn and Wei Zhou.

Lisa Summers

Michigan native Lisa Summers regularly performs in collaborative recitals, and works as a piano instructor at music studios in Holt and Grand Ledge. She has graduated with her Doctorate in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy, studying under Panayis Lyras and Derek Polischuk. This will be her fourth year participating in the “Celebrating the Spectrum” festival. In January of 2018, Dr. Summers and her Spectrum colleagues were selected to present at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium held at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin, focusing on the advantages of programs like the Spectrum Festival can offer to student participants, graduate mentors, and the community.

Jemal Tavadze

Native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Jemal Tavadze is best known in his country as a theatre composer and a pianist performing a wide variety of solo and chamber music repertoire. He has performed as a soloist in the Big Hall and Small Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory and has played solo recitals in Sweden, Germany and Italy.  In most recent years, he has regularly participated in the Contemporary Music Festival in Tbilisi, premiering the works of contemporary Georgian composers. His performance of Giorgi Janiashvili’s “Muffling Fog” (multimedia work after M. Heidegger) has gained a wide acclaim among Tbilisi Conservatory faculty and composers.

As a composer, he has cooperated with the State Drama Academical Theatre, Youth Theatre, Akhmeteli Drama Theatre and others on music for the stage, and his music is still heard in many theatres of Georgia. His interest in diverse musical styles and genres also led him to found the first klezmer music band in Georgia, for which he still serves as artistic director.

Tavadze holds MA in piano performance and composition from Tbilisi State Conservatory. Currently he is pursuing DMA in piano performance at Michigan State University under the guidance of Deborah Moriarty.