Linda Kobler is an educator with years of experience in both studio and classroom teaching. She currently maintains a private teaching studio with students of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Her pupils frequently perform as concerto soloists and recitalists on public radio and in community concerts, and have won competitions and music scholarships to major colleges and universities. As a studio instructor, her appointments have included such institutions as Mercyhurst University, Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School, Third St. Music School (NYC), and City University of New York. Linda Kobler is listed in the Juilliard School Private Teacher Directory.

Linda Kobler is also accomplished as a classroom teacher, workshop presenter, and online instructor. She served on the Music History faculty at The Juilliard School for seven years, and also taught music appreciation classes in the Juilliard Evening Division. She has presented workshops for music teachers at both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Juilliard School Evening Division. A pioneer in online instruction, she introduced many colleges and universities to their first experience in online music learning.

Highlights of her work in studio and classroom teaching are listed below.

Piano/Harpsichord Studio Work

Music History/Music Appreciation  


Piano/Harpsichord Studio Work
highlights of student activity since 2006
RADIO RECITALS (WQLN-FM)

The WQLN Radio Recitals originated with this studio. These are solo on-air recitals played live for a studio audience and streamed over the internet. Each broadcast includes an interview with the performer. All recitalists are also featured in a short article in Lake Erie Lifestyle Magazine. The following students have played Radio Recitals, several of them multiple times:

Katie Ahrens (video)
Nora Pertz
Deven Shah
Chris Song (article at right)
Madeline Su (video)
Brian Yan (video)

STEINWAY SOCIETY

Seven students from this studio have been accepted --through audition-- as members of the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania. Out of the seven, five were chosen (several multiple times) to give pre-concert recitals at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, preceding the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts. These solo recitals ranged from 15 to 30 minutes. SSWPA members have included:

Katie Ahrens
Jesse Edwards-Borowicz
Allegra Glinsky
Nora Pertz
Deven Shah (video)
Madeline Su
Brian Yan

ERIE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Five students from this studio have been concerto soloists with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, a professional chamber ensemble.
They played full 3-movement concertos, not excerpts. They include:

Erica Williams (2005)
Kostya Deyev (2007)
Madeline Su (2009)
Katie Ahrens (2011)
Deven Shah (2012, video)

COMPETITIONS

TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC CLUB

1st place: Deven Shah 2014
1st place: Madeline Su 2012
1st place: Brian Yan, Chris Song 2008 (shared; both members of Kobler studio)
2nd place: Chris Song 2010
3rd place: Erica Williams 2006 (upper division)
3rd place: Madeline Su 2006 (junior division)
Honorable Mention: Erica Williams, 2010
Honorable Mention: Amy Wang, 2006 (upper division)


Katie Hetz, 1st Place Winner, Junior Division,
Chautauqua Sonatina Festival, with judge, Rebecca Penneys

CHAUTAUQUA SONATINA FESTIVAL

1st place: Katie Ahrens, 2010 (video)
1st place: Katie Hetz, 2009 (Junior division)
1st place: Nora Pertz, 2009

DUQUESNE YOUNG ARTISTS NATIONAL COMPETITION (PITTSBURGH)

2nd place: Deven Shah (6-9 year old division)

NORTHEAST OHIO MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (CLEVELAND)

Buckeye Scholarship: Elenora Pertz, 2010

ERIE MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

1st place: Madeline Su 2010 (Intermediate division)
1st place: Deven Shah 2010 (Junior division)
1st place: Katie Ahrens 2008 (Intermediate division)
1st place: Kaitlyn Mitchell 2007 (Senior division)
1st place: Chris Song 2007 (Intermediate division)
1st place: Madeline Su 2007 (Junior division)
2nd place: Diane Lee, 2010 (Intermediate division)
2nd place: Brian Yan 2008 (Junior division)
2nd place: Erica Williams 2008
2nd place: Amy Wang 2007
3rd place: Brian Yan, 2011 (Intermediate division)
3rd place: Katie Hetz, 2008 (Junior division)

ITHACA COLLEGE PIANO COMPETITION (NEW YORK)

Honorable Mention: Katie Ahrens 2010

TALENTS FOR CHRIST (Statewide Pennsylvania Competition)

1st place: Chris Song, Senior High Division, 2008


Three students from this studio, Madeline Su, Deven Shah,
and Diane Lee, won this regional competition


Katie Ahrens performs a full recital at a house concert
HOUSE CONCERTS

There is a strong emphasis in this studio on careful preparation for important concerts or auditions. This includes presenting multiple try-out concerts in private homes. The aim is to help students refine their interpretations over time and to achieve consistency and confidence in their performing abilities.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

In addition to playing contemporary music by modern masters such as Copland, Ginastera, Kabalesky, Bartok, Prokofiev, and Barber, students from this studio have had significant interaction with living composers. Two works (one written by the Honduran composer Jorje Mejia; the other by Minnesota-based composer Wynne-Anne Rossi) were premiered by Kobler students, both of whom were 13 years old. Other pieces by living composers include Gymnopedie by New York composer Bruce Lazarus, Black Earth by the Turkish pianist-composer, Fazil Say, and The Continuing Story of Counterpoint, a two-piano work by minimalist composer David Borden, which was played in a masterclass with the composer and a live dance concert. The entire studio played a masterclass with Robert Vandall in 2005 and students have recorded performances and received email critiques from composers Christopher Goldston, Wynne-Anne Rossi, and Robert Vandall.

CHAMBER MUSIC

The Chamber Music Café series features chamber music in an informal setting-- in private homes-- modeled after the historic Schubertiades. In addition to Chamber Music Café, students have many other chamber music opportunities. Performances have included a Robert Schumann Tribute Concert (Schumann Piano Quartet, mvt. 1); the Performathon (six piano trios); and concerts at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, First United Methodist Church, Lake Erie Ballet, Zem-Zem Temple, and New Hope Presbyterian Church.

SOCIAL ACTIVISM

Students in this studio are accustomed to leveraging their musical skills to advocate for a wide variety of causes. Several initiatives were started by students. For example, Eliza Oppenheim organized a benefit performance for the Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center in 2013. In 2008, Allegra Glinsky volunteered to teach piano for one year at the downtown Neighborhood Art House, which reaches underserved children.  Other studio initiatives include:

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. This studio spearheaded the Performathon, a 12-hour marathon of music which united players from all over the community, young and old, experienced and novice. Performathon gained TV and newspaper coverage and raised over $5000.00 in one day. Proceeds went to rebuild housing in "Musicians Village" for musicians who had lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. (2007)

PREP SCHOOL PIANO FUND. Over $2700 was raised at one concert to help Mercyhurst Preparatory School buy a piano for their music program. The concert was played in memory of one of the members of the Kobler studio, Jesse Edwards-Borowicz, who attended MPS. The piano will be named in his honor. (2014)

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. Two holiday recitals were food/fundraisers for Second Harvest Foodbank. Both concerts (2011, 2012) raised over $100 worth of food/money.


The Performathon raised $5000 for Habitat for Humanity in one day. It brought together performers of all ages and abilities,  from diverse parts of the community.
Above, center: Linda Kobler with two of the performers, Dr. Peter Scibetta and Brian Yan.

MASTER CLASSES

Students have had the opportunity to play masterclasses with composers David Borden and Robert Vandall, with concert pianist Rebecca Penneys, and on harpsichord with the early music ensemble, Rebel.

NATIONAL PIANO TEACHERS GUILD

Every student in the studio participates annually in the National Piano Teachers Guild auditions. The Guild audition is a one-on-one performance in which a student prepares a program to play for an independent adjudicator, who gives a written evaluation of the student's work. This studio has participated since 2002. Four students have received the Guild's Five Year Award, given for presenting 10 piece programs for five years. Each year many students achieve  the Critics Circle Rating, the highest rating possible.


Masterclass with Rebecca Penneys

OTHER CONCERTS
(highlights only)

LAKE ERIE BALLET. Linda Kobler and Katie Ahrens performed David Borden's The Continuing Story of Counterpoint at a Mercyhurst University masterclass with the composer (video), and for the "Women of Myth" dance concert (video and article at left).

THURSDAY NOON TOGETHER SERIES. The studio has presented a full concert every year on this downtown series, 2005-2014.

PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. The studio participated in PMTA Honors Recitals in Pittsburgh, 2010 - 2011.

ERIE MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. The studio has participated in EMTA recitals every year, 2006-2014.

HONORS RECITALS AT CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION (by invitation only). Katie Hetz, Nora Pertz, 2010.


Composer Robert Vandall and his wife,
Karen, with Linda Kobler, after the
all-Vandall concert presented by the
Kobler studio.. Mr. and Mrs. Vandall
performed on the concert as well.

STEINWAY HALL, NEW YORK CITY. The studio presented a recital honoring the piano pedagogue, Eleanor Statmore, May 2007.

DAFMARK 'BACK TO BACH' CONCERT OF MUSIC AND DANCE. Madeline Su presented two works by Bach: Prelude and Fugue from WTCI and Duetto in G. 2008.

DOROTHY SUTTON PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL. A qualifying festival in which students have to earn a score high enough to participate. Seven students were invited to DSPF Fall 2009. Two students played in DSPF Fall 2010.

DOROTHY SUTTON PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL CONCERTO DIVISION. Katie Hetz presented one movement of a Haydn concerto at DSPF 2009.

ERIE ART MUSEUM, OPEN STAGE NIGHT. The following students presented solo works there: Brian Yan, Nora Pertz, Katie Ahrens, Madeline Su.

ROBERT VANDALL CONCERT. The Kobler studio presented an all-Vandall concert, open to the public. The composer and his wife joined in to conclude the concert with a duet.


Allegra Glinsky at Steinway Hall
in New York City

SCHOOLS

Members of the studio have been accepted to the following colleges/music schools:

Vanderbilt University (piano major at Blair School of Music; with scholarship)
Ithaca College (piano major at School of Music; with scholarship)
Bucknell University (piano major; with scholarship)
Indiana University (piano major; with scholarship)
University of Pittsburgh (piano minor)
George Washington University (piano minor)

Members of the studio have been accepted to the following summer music programs:

Jacobs School (Indiana University)
Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts
Vienna International Piano Academy (Austria)
Czehy Music Camp (New York)

MUSIC PARTIES


10th Annual Ice Cream Party, 2014
Above left: full house for wonderful performances. Above right: relaxing afterwards with ice cream sundaes, each sundae named for a famous composer


9th Annual Ice Cream Party, 2013
Above left: our tradition--alums always serve the ice cream. Above: the two graduates, Eliza Oppenheim and Madeline Su with their photo-cake. Above right: with alum, Nora Pertz


Left: giving out the "40 Club" medal. Right: with alum Erica Williams


Harpsichord Party, 2013
Left: Matthew Ahrens plays Purcell on the harpsichord, by candlelight. Center: 18th century foods.
Right: Amilah receives a copy of our Musical Lineage, given to every student when they graduate or move away.
It traces their musical ancestry through Linda Kobler back to Beethoven in seven generations and back to Haydn in eight.  

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Music History/Music Appreciation

TEACHING FACULTY:

The Juilliard School, New York City, Faculty, Music History Dept. Courses taught included Music History Survey (in both one year and two year formats), and senior seminars: Style Periods: Late Baroque through Early Classical; Style Periods: The Twentieth Century; History of Music in Performance; Topics in Instrumental Music.

The Juilliard School, Evening Division, New York City, Faculty, Music History Dept. Courses taught included Music History Survey (in both one semester and two semester formats), and Teaching Teachers Music, a class specially designed for American Federation of Teachers union members teaching music in grades 1 through 12.

The New School, New York City, Faculty. Early Music Studies.

Brooklyn College, New York City, Adjunct Faculty. Music Appreciation.

WORKSHOPS:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, two workshops presented for Fourth Annual Teacher Training Institute: Introduction to Musical Elements (teaching musical elements through rock music examples) and Music Goes to War: Understanding World War I through the Medium of Music.

ONLINE:

American College of Pre-Hospital Medicine, Central Virginia Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Gannon University, Graceland University, Greenville College, Mercyhurst University, Notre Dame College, UCLA, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern Mississippi

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