Dr. Maria Guénette
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
Department: School of Performing Arts
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music
Minor in Baroque Performance Practice
Eastman School of Music
Master of Music in Harpsichord Performance & Literature
Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Minor in Violin
University of Ottawa
Canadian pianist, Dr. Maria Mika Guénette began her formal studies at the age of eight and made her debut, at the age of fourteen, with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she appeared in numerous solo and collaborative performances in Canada, USA, Japan and Austria, including appearances on public radio stations such as CBC, NHK and WDAV. In addition to Well-Tempered Keyboards, she is keyboardist for East Texas Symphony Orchestra (ETSO) and serves as an accompanist/vocal coach in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Maria’s skills have afforded her the opportunity to study around the world. At the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, she was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree specializing in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music with a minor in Baroque Performance Practice, as well as a Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance and Literature. Her mentors were Dr. Jean Barr of Eastman and Dr. William Porter of Eastman and Yale University. Maria possesses a Baccalaureate of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in violin, at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Jean-Paul Sevilla and Andrew Tunis. While there, she was a winner of the University of Ottawa’s Concerto Competition, as well as several academic and merit scholarships, including the Joseph-Marie Quirion Faculty of Arts Scholarship. In November 2007, Maria returned to the University of Ottawa to perform a solo piano recital for their Alumni Concert Series. Her Masters degree in Piano Performance was made possible with an all-inclusive grant by the Japanese Government (Monbusho) to pursue her studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku). Maria’s interest and skills in violin and orchestral music provided her the opportunity to participate in string quartets and orchestras, including being a guest member of the first violin section of the Kagoshima Symphony Orchestra in Japan.
Dr. Guénette is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at Tyler and an examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations and The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. She was previously on faculty at Tyler Junior College, Winston-Salem State University, Greensboro College and the North Carolina School of the Arts.