Adjudicators for 2014 USNSPC

Adjudicators for 2014 USNSPC

We have asked the following Piano Educators to be our Adjudicators for 2014 US New Star Piano Competition: Dr. Liang-Yun You and Dr. Dong-Dong Dong.


Dr. Liang-Yun You study with Mrs. Sedmara Rutstein at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music in 1995 and an Artist Diploma in 1997. She continued her studies with Mr. Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School where she earned her Master of Music in 1999. Ms. You earned her DMA in Piano Performance while studying with Mrs. Nancy Weems for five years at the Moores School of Music.

During her years at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ms. You was the winner of the Arthur Dann Competition, Concerto Competition and Second-Prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. While she was studying at the University of Houston, Dr. You was the First-Prize winner of the 2000 TMTA Collegiate Solo Competition and the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition.

As an internationally known artist, she has performed as the feature soloist with the Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Symphony North, the Clear Lake Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Civic Orchestra, the Lorain County Community Orchestra, and the Chihuahua State Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico.

As an active soloist in the Houston area she has performed many concerts including the “West Side Piano Series” at Houston Community College, the “Up Close” recital series at Lee College, “Meet the Artist” with the Clear Lake Symphony Society, the Texas Music Festival Piano Institute, the Forum Music Teachers Association, the Young Artist Showcase, as well as various faculty recitals at the Moores School of Music. Dr. You was an Affiliated Artist at Moores School of Music where she taught the graduate level of the Piano Pedagogy Course.

In the past eight years, she held the position of Piano faculty as well as the program coordinator of the Preparatory and Continuing Studies at Moores School of Music. She was also the Vice President at the Forum Music Teachers Association, Houston, Texas. She is currently a member of Music Teachers Association of California. Dr. You is invited yearly to the Xing Hai Conservatory of Music to give lectures and masterclasses. In 2010, she was invited as a faculty member for the Steinway Society Mid-Summer Youth Music Camp. In 2007, she was also featured in the South Bay News of the World Journal (Chinese Newspaper).


Dr. Dong-Dong Dong is an established pianist/teacher in music community. She earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, U.S. where she studied piano with Barry Snyder.  Her teachers also include Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard School) and Bradford Gowen (University of Maryland). Dr. Dong has extensive experiences of performing in the United States, Canada and China. In late 1980s, she was Assistant Professors in Hamline University at St. Paul, Minnesota.and in Monroe Community College of SUNY at Rochester, New York.

Before moving to California in 2014, she had been conducting a successful piano studio in Toronto, Canada, for 25 years.  Her students include many top prize winners in Canadian national and regional competitions.  Dr. Dong is founding President of the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto.  She has served as Vice President (2010) and Competition Consultant (2014) for the Toronto International Piano Competition.