Coordinator of Piano and Collaborative Piano
DMA, Piano Performance, Univ. of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
MM, Piano Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
BM, Piano Performance, Loyola University New Orleans
Office: Silver Center for the Arts 326
Fall 2019 office hours: T 1:00-3:00pm
Born in Morgan City, Louisiana, Adam Mayon’s immense pianistic interest began at the early age of five. For twenty-one years, he has harnessed his talent, and his success as a pianist has grown substantially in recent years through his intensive schooling and professional experience. Adam has been nationally recognized with 1st and 2nd prizes respectively in the National Divisions of the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with previous performance degrees earned from Eastman School of Music and Loyola University New Orleans. Major teachers include Michael Chertock, Soyeon Lee, Douglas Humpherys, John Murphy, Frank Heneghan, and Chan Kiat Lim.
Significant performances include a recent solo recital at Steinway Hall in NYC and solo/collaborative performances in Long Island, NY as part of Paul Schenly’s PianoFest in the Hamptons. Adam has also given recitals at well-known conferences including the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. He has performed in masterclasses with distinguished guest artists such as Emanuel Ax, Robert McDonald, William Bolcom, Enrico Elisi, Nelita True, Logan Skelton, and Alexander Korsantia.
Collaboration with other artists and students has also played an ever-increasing role in Adam’s life. Aside from playing with various instrumental chamber music groups during his student years, he has worked as a vocal and choir accompanist at Loyola University New Orleans, which gave him the opportunity to partner with vocalists of all ranges and levels. He continues to perform four-hand piano works with his wife, Zi Liang, at school and community functions; such works include Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor.
A secondary research area for Adam involves extensive experience in the field of piano pedagogy. Through his background as a graduate assistant in Secondary Piano at both Eastman School of Music and CCM, he has worked with college-age students ranging from beginner to advanced levels in group class and private lesson settings. CCM also afforded him the opportunity to work as head Graduate Assistant under the supervision of famous piano pedagogy Dr. Michelle Conda for two years, which involved mentoring and leading a group of nine Secondary Piano graduate assistants.
Finally, Adam continues to be engaged in local communities and in music research. He has handled all financial duties as the Treasurer of the Southwest Ohio Music Teachers Association and has helped to create monthly career development workshops and service projects during his past years as president of the CCM MTNA collegiate chapter. As the recipient of the Dorothy Payne Scholarship, he was affiliated with a community amateur pianist organization entitled the Keyboard Club of Cincinnati, which organizes monthly meetings that are filled with pianistic performances from local citizens who simply love piano and music in general. In terms of research, his passion for both fitness and music led to a publication in the MTNA e-Journal entitled “Warming Up for the Warm-Up: A Case for Cardio Before Scales” in its November 2017 issue.