Shuko Watanabe Petty

Instructor

Wilson Hall 4025
540.458.8272
watanabes@wlu.edu

Shuko Watanabe Petty received her early musical training in Japan under Noriko Kanayama and Shuku Iwasaki. Matriculating to the United States for further study, Watanabe entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University as a scholarship student under Lillian Freundlich, completing her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. She later earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she studied with professors Stewart Gordon, Roy Hamlin Johnson, and Ray Luck.

Dr. Watanabe is frequently engaged as a soloist, chamber-music performer, and as a lecturer. She has appeared in Japan and throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, and Southern United States, over 35 colleges, universities and concert series. Her performances have been regularly broadcast on Public Radio, WVTF FM 89.1. She has been a featured soloist with the Elon University Orchestra, Eurydice Community Orchestra of Roanoke, and the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra: her repertoire includes Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D Major; Mozart's Double Piano Concerto; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 & No. 3; and the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1.  She also served as Director of Accompanying at Washington & Lee University from 1999-2012 and was a collaborative pianist for "Con Spitito" Concert Series from 1992-2003.

Education

B.M.      Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, 1978
M.M.      Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, 1979
D.M.A. University of Maryland at College Park, 1992

Research

Contemporary Japanese Piano Music, Contemporary American Piano Music; Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano

Teaching

Music 108 Supervised Accompanying
Music 141P, 241P, 341P, 441P Applied Piano
Music 161 Aural Skills (First Term)
Music 162 Aural Skills (Second Term)
Music 260 Aural Skills (Third Term)

Recordings

Parma Artist, Parma Recordings [Capstone, Ravello Navona Labels/Naxos Distribution]    
As a founding member of Ardo Duo (with her husband, Byron W. Petty) and Ardo Consort

  • Traveler’s Tales—Recent Compositions of Byron W. Petty, Capstone Records label [CPS-8776], currently available as MP3 downloads through Navona label http://www.amazon.com/Petty-Travelers-Tales/dp/B0084ALIFY (re-released in 2012)
  • Tendrils, Navona Records/Parma Recordings [NV 5833] which was released in the fall of 2010, also available through Amazon as well as iTunes.  
  • Future Release: Clementi Project, utilizing Washington & Lee University's "1814 Clementi Grand Piano," featuring solo and duet works of Clementi (recorded together with her colleagues, Dr. Timothy Gaylard and Parma Artist Byron W. Petty on 1-key traverse flute), will be released in 2014, celebrating the instrument's 200th anniversary.

Publications and Paper/Lecture Presentations

“Tradition and Synthesis, East and West:  Japanese Contemporary Piano Music for Children,”     American Music Teachers Magazine (MTNA), October/November, 1991

“Synthesis of Traditional Elements in Western-style Solo Piano Works by Japanese Contemporary     Composers,” website publication, Hamilton College, 1996

“Solo Piano Works of Masao Honma:  Searching for the Japanese Sensitivity,” website     publication, Hamilton College, 1996

“Influences of Western Music through World War II:  Westernization and Emulation” [paper]
Symposium:  “Music of Japan Today III, Tradition and Innovation,”
Hamilton College, New York, 6 April 1997

“Tradition and Synthesis:  Contemporary Japanese Solo Piano Works” [lecture-recitals]
    Virginia Military Institute, 22 January 2006
    Southern Virginia University, 18 January 2006
State University of New York at Potsdam, 3 April 1997
    George Washington University, 9 November 1996
    Northern Virginia Community College, 8 November 1996
    Central Virginia MTA/Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 20 April 1994
    Roanoke Valley Virginia Music Teacher’s Association, 15 April 1994
    Illinois Wesleyan University, 7 April 1994
    University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 6 April 1994
    Bellarmine College, Kentucky, 4 April 1994
    Washington & Lee University, Virginia, 2 March 1993
    Radford University, Virginia, 24 February 1993
    Roanoke College, Virginia, 6 February 1993






“Widening the Horizon of Western Music with Eastern Elements:  Synthesis of Traditional Elements in Western-style Solo Piano Works by Japanese Contemporary Composers”
[lecture-demonstration]
National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc.
The Imagine ’96 Festival, University of Memphis, Tennessee, 29 March 1996

“Bloch:  Piano Sonata” [lecture-recitals]
    The College Music Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter 1996 Annual Meeting
    Elon College, North Carolina, 23 March 1996
    University of Maryland, 4 February 1987
    Hollins University, Virginia, 18 January 1987

“Japanese Music” [lecture-recital]
Art Museum of Western Virginia, presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Frank Lloyd Wright:  Architect for America/Japanese Influence on Frank Lloyd Wright,”
9 December 1995

“Piano Music of Ernest Bloch” [lecture-recitals]
    Northern Virginia Community College, 3 March 1995
    Roanoke College, Virginia, 19 February 1995

“Music of Masao Honma” [paper]
    Symposium:  “Music of Japan Today II, Tradition and Innovation,”
Hamilton College, New York, 10 April 1994
    Composition Seminar:  Illinois Wesleyan University, 8 April 1994

“Japanese Traditional Music:  History through the Sound” [lecture]
    Seminar in East Asian Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University, 7 April 1994

“Japanese Music:  An East-West Synthesis” [lecture-demonstration]
    The College Music Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter 1993 Annual Meeting,
    West Virginia University, 27 March 1993

“Synthesis of Traditional Elements in Western-style Solo Piano Works by Japanese Contemporary Composers” [lecture-demonstrations]
    Symposium:  “Music of Japan Today I, Tradition and Innovation,”
Hamilton College, New York, 28 March 1992

“Expanding the Horizon of Contemporary Music with Non-Western Elements” [lecture]
    “Twentieth Century Music Encounter Series,” Contemporary Art Group,
Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, 21 March 1991

“Twentieth Century Music Encounter Series:  Panel Discussion”
    Contemporary Art Group, Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, 21 March 1991