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April 9: Faculty and guest artist concert

FREDERICK, Maryland—Pianist Kuei-I Wu will headline the faculty and guest artist concert at Hood College on April 9 at 3 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Wu, an instructor at Hood College, will be joined by guest clarinetist Kyle Coughlin for two of the pieces.

Wu began winning national prizes at age 9 and is one of the most celebrated pianists to have come from Taiwan. Praised for her elegant style and exuberant technique, she made her major concerto appearance at the National Dr. Sun Yet-sen Memorial Hall with the National Taiwan Academy of Arts Symphony Orchestra before immigrating to the United States. As a soloist and a chamber musician, she has performed at numerous festivals in Taiwan, Spain, Austria and the U.S. She has won prizes at several international piano competitions.

Wu earned a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, and she graduated from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has been a member of the Musical Teachers National Association and the American College of Musicians since 2005. She had guided numerous students to winning competitions and performing in Carnegie Hall. Wu joined the Hood faculty in the fall of 2016, and her studio includes students from Hood and the community.

Coughlin is a musician, composer, author and educator who is proficient in styles ranging from classical to jazz to popular music. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody Institute. He has performed across the U.S. and in France and Italy, and he has performed with Seth MacFarlane, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Manhattan Transfer, the Four Freshmen, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Marie Osmond and Tony Curtis. His composition credits include works for CBS, PBS, Fox Television and the Discovery Channel, as well as broadcasts around the world.

Coughlin is the coordinator of jazz, winds, percussion and music technology at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. He has written 13 educational books and has designed and created numerous educational websites. His publications and websites can be accessed at www.KyleCoughlinMusic.com.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at woldw@hood.edu or 301-696-3782.