A frequent performer as both soloist and ensemble pianist, Dr. Michael Thiele is currently on the faculty at both Concordia University-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has taught piano at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Nebraska, Cornell College in Iowa, the University of Wisconsin Center-Fox Valley and the University of Wisconsin Center-Fond du Lac.
Dr. Thiele received his D.M.A. degree in performance from the University of Iowa, his M.M degree from Northwestern University and his B.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Asociation, Milwaukee Music Teachers Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Shiqi Xu is a senior music major with piano performance and piano pedagogy concentrations. She is a Chinese international student and has been studied in Carthage College for the past two years. She is the 2017 winner of the 4th Annual Carthage Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and has performed Chopin Concerto no.2 with Carthage Philharmonic and conductor, Dr. Kawakami. She has been involved as a pianist played with Carthage Wind Ensemble and Carthage Philharmonic for several times, and was appreciate to have change perform in Chicago Concert Hall. She has been a member of pits accompanied for the main stage music theatres, as well as the accompanist for the opera workshops and solo instrumental ensemble. Shiqi has a constant chamber music partner who plays the violin, and has successfully performed several recitals. She has been doing the tutor for both music theory and aural skills in the past two years. She works for Carthage Arts Academy as a piano faculty, and also for Carthage Keyboard Program as an assistant.
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