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The Dorothy Taubman Seminar at Temple University

Maria Del Pico Taylor

Seminar Director

              Maria del Pico Taylor is a Professor of Piano at Temple University in Philadelphia; Co-founder and Co-director of The Dorothy Taubman Seminars in New York City and Founder and Artistic Director of Latin Fiesta Inc., a member of music ensemble under the management of Milton Orkin at Producers Inc. Tampa, FL. Latin Fiesta is listed in the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Directory of Artists in Education and on the Artists Roster of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. 

             Maria Taylor was the first Cuban pianist to receive the coveted Canada Council Grant for advanced studies at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with distinction with Artist and Licentiate Diplomas in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She also holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University. Her teachers include Paul Stassevitch, Adele Marcus, and Dorothy Taubman. She has been working with Dorothy Taubman since 1980 and is responsible for introducing the Taubman piano technique to Philadelphia audiences. She is a frequent presenter of lecture and master classes on the Taubman technique at State and National Conventions throughout the USA. This includes: MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy.

             Internationally she has been a guest clinician in France, Poland, England, Czech Republic, and most recently at the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2004, 2005, 2006. Her article on the Taubman technique was published by Clavier in 2006. In 1984 Maria Taylor was the winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in teaching at Temple University and in 1994 she was selected "Teacher of the Year" in the state of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA).

Her expertise in Spanish and Latin American Piano Music has won her innumerable invitations to perform and present lecture-recitals both nationally and internationally. Ms. Taylor has premiered several Hispanic works in Philadelphia, including the Concerto Cubano by Paul Csonka with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and the Concertino for Piano, Strings and Cymbals by Carlos Surinach with the Pennsylvania Pro Musica Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Franklin Zimmerman and Rimas for voice and piano by Roberto Sierra.

            As a distinguished Latino artist she has been nominated for many awards and was recently selected by the Ibero-american Foundation as One of Six Outstanding Hispanic Women in the City of Philadelphia for her contributions to the promotion of Hispanic Music. Most recently, Professor Taylor lectured on the Taubman Approach in Scotland and Brazil. Upcoming lectures will take place in Finland and Peru.

Maria Hubler

Seminar Assistant Director

           Maria E. Botelho Hubler, pianist and piano teacher earned her Master of Music degree from the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University as a student of Maria del Pico Taylor with a full scholarship from the Brazilian Government. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from Faculdades de Artes Alcantara Machado, Brazil. Her teachers include Gilberto Tinetti, Sergio Melardi, José Eduardo Martins and Attillio Mastrogiovanni.

           She has participated in Master Classes with Dorothy Taubman, Magda Tagliaferro, Iara Bernetti and Charles Dobler. Ms. Botelho Hubler has been giving lectures on teaching the Taubman Technique to children for the past eight years for the Music Teachers Association - Pennsylvania, North Jersey and South Jersey chapters. She lectured for The Dorothy Taubman Seminar at the Lincoln Center, NY for the past two years. She has been adjudicating for the Music Teachers Association - Pennsylvania, North Jersey and South Jersey chapters for the past sixteen years.

            Ms. Botelho Hubler has been teaching piano for over 25 years. She taught piano and the Suzuki Method at Temple University Preparatory Division in Philadelphia, the Academy of Community Music in Fort Washington, PA and the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, Haddonfield, NJ. She currently has a full-time Piano Studio in Cherry Hill, NJ. She has been trained in the Suzuki Method with Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Haruko Kataoka and Ms. Joan Krzywicki.

            She received the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence and The Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching, presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America. Her students have won competitions in North Jersey and South Jersey and have performed at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

            As a pianist she performed extensively in Brazil from 1980 to 1987, appearing at the prestigious Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the National Institute of Music and National Foundation of Arts. In 1983, she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the VIII International Summer Course of Brasilia, Brazil playing the Concerto in F Minor and the Concerto for Two Pianos in C Minor, both by J.S. Bach. In the United States, she has performed at the Philadelphia Ethical Society and other venues as a soloist and as an accompanist. In 1997, she performed the Concerto in C Minor Op. 37 by L. van Beethoven with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.

             She participated twice in the Curso Universitario International the Musica Espanola in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with a scholarship from the Spanish Government. In Madrid, she appeared in recital at Casa do Brasil, sponsored by the Brazilian Diplomatic Service.

As a Church musician, she has worked in Churches in the Philadelphia area as a pianist, organist and Choir Director for 14 years.

Angelin Chang

Seminar Faculty

               Dr. Angelin Chang is America's first female GRAMMY® Award winning classical pianist. She is Yamaha Corporation of America's first Academic Performing Artist applying the Disklavier® to performance and teaching. Dr. Chang is currently Professor and Keyboard Area Coordinator at Cleveland State University.

2007 Grammy Award Winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, internationally acclaimed pianist Dr. Angelin Chang is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. She concertizes in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Miss Chang’s concert tours have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Beijing Concert Hall (China), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Dr. Chang is the first American awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (Paris Conservatoire).

               As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization and before the Royal Family of Nepal. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale, The de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

               Dr. Angelin Chang earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University, Premier Prix - Piano and Premier Prix - Musique de Chambre from the Paris Conservatoire, Master of Music and Distinguished Performer Certificate from Indiana University, B.A. (French) and B.M. from Ball State University, and highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her piano teachers have included Michel Béroff, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Robert McDonald, Menahem Pressler, Pia Sebastiani, György Sebök, Louis-Claude Thirion and Dorothy Taubman.

               Dr. Angelin Chang is head of keyboard studies and a professor of piano at Cleveland State University, where she is also coordinator for chamber music, and faculty advisor for the Bachelor of Arts/Music program and the Gamma Phi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music society. Previously, Dr. Chang was on the piano faculty at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.

              Recent release of her CDs include Soaring Spirit (Albany Records) with Angelin Chang on piano and Joseph de Pasquale on viola, Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC) with Angelin Chang as piano soloist in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Angelin (Sabintu) in solo piano works.

             Dr. Angelin Chang serves as the North America Representative for the Festival Afro-Asiatique Mondial des Oeuvres de Solidarité (FAMOUS), and President of the Panafrican Music and Arts Festival/Piano Division. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater Festival (Cleveland), Co-President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District, and State Coordinator for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Competition and MTNA Chamber Music Competition.

Through her work with the Taubman Approach and Seminars in New York, Dr. Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain and injury.

Silvanio Reis

Seminar Faculty, Executive Assistant

              Dr. Silvanio Reis is a concert pianist, a chamber musician, piano clinician and teacher based in Philadelphia. He maintains a nonstop schedule that includes music research, solo and chamber music recitals, and lectures in the United States and Brazil. As a pedagogue, he teaches piano at Temple University Preparatory School as well as at Temple University, in Philadelphia. He also serves as board member of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) as well as faculty for the Dorothy Taubman Piano Seminar.

              Besides modern piano, Dr. Reis enjoys performing and researching early music and music practice as well as historical keyboard repertoire (harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber organ). While at Temple University, he studied with Dr. Charles Abramovic and Dr. Joyce Lindorff, Prof. Maria del Pico Taylor, Prof. Harvey Wedeen and Prof. Lambert Orkis. His previous studies were with Dr. Sergio Gallo, Dr. Mauricy Martin and Prf. Phillip Thomson.

              Dr. Reis holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, a Professional Studies Certificate and Master’s degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Temple University, and a Master’s in piano Performance from the University of Akron. He earned his Bacherlor’s degree in piano performance at the Instituto de Musica e Artes de Penapolis, Brazil.