2020 Masterclass with Logan Skelton




Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Mixon Recital Hall at Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106


Presenter:  Logan Skelton,

Distinguished Concert Pianist,

Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan


This masterclass is completely FREE of cost and

is open to all.

Logan Skelton is a much sought-after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has concertized widely in the United States, Europe and Asia and has been featured on many public radio and television stations including NPR's "Audiophile Audition," "Performance Today," "All Things Considered," and "Morning Edition," as well as on radio in China and national television in Romania. He has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin, Supertrain, and Naxos Records, the latter two consisting of collaborations with fellow composer-pianist William Bolcom. Skelton regularly has appeared in such festival settings as Gina Bachauer, Amalfi Coast, Gijón, Eastman, Tunghai, Chautauqua Institution, American Romanian, Eastern, New Orleans, Poland International, Indiana University, Hilton Head Island, and the Prague International Piano Masterclasses. He is a popular presenter at music teacher organizations including numerous appearances at MTNA national conventions and EPTA World Piano Conferences. Moreover, he has given countless performances and masterclasses at colleges and conservatories throughout the world. He is a frequent juror for international piano competitions. As a pianist, Skelton has a particular love for the music of Béla Bartók, a composer whose works he has explored with great fascination for many years. In recent years he has contributed substantially to the upcoming Gershwin critical editions of Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue. As a composer, Skelton has a special affinity for art song, having composed nearly two hundred songs, including numerous song cycles, many of which have been recorded commercially and performed internationally. A devoted teacher himself, Skelton has been repeatedly honored by the University of Michigan, including in 2003 the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching, and most recently in 2017 with the Arthur F. Thurnau named professorship, among the highest honors given to faculty members at the university. Skelton’s own piano students and former students have won awards in many national and international competitions. His former students hold positions of prominence in music schools and conservatories throughout the world. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Missouri State University, and is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Piano and Director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan.

Students wishing to be considered for participation in this masterclass are required to submit:


1) An online application form.                         for form.


2) An unedited video recording (either Youtube link OR DVD is accepted)** 


The video recording must include ONE work or movement for solo piano drawn from the standard repertoire. The piece must be memorized and performance-ready and should be the EXACT piece the student wishes to play in the masterclass.
Intermediate-level repertoire (e.g. a Clementi Sonatina) and above will be accepted for the masterclass.

Videos should be of good audio/video quality and show the student's hands and body.  Any video submitted with poor audio/video will not be considered.


Students 12 years of age and older are eligible to participate in this class.

** If you are submitting a YOUTUBE LINK, please ensure that the video is "Unlisted" (before uploading the video, select "Unlisted" under Privacy settings).  Paste the URL onto the online application form.


If you are submitting a DVD RECORDING, please ensure that the DVD you are mailing includes the following information:

1) the name and age of the student
2) name of teacher
3) name of the work being performed
4) a contact email address and phone number. 


Please mail your DVD recording to:
Andrew Focks
4146 Bayard Road
South Euclid, OH 44121




Late submissions will not be considered.


An adjudicator will be appointed to review the recordings and select the master class performers. 


Notification of accepted students will be made via email on or before January 28th.


All questions can be addressed to NEOMTA President Andrew Focks (andrew.focks@gmail.com).