Adjunct Instructor of Piano
MAYUMI OSADA has been on the piano faculty at HPU since 2011. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has also earned the Master of Music and the Bachelor of Arts in music (cum laude and high honors) in piano performance from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Experienced as a soloist, chamber and orchestra pianist in many venues, she has received numerous awards and scholarships.
Her teachers include Dr. Andrew Willis, Michael Salmirs, James Giles, Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe, and Seymour Fink. Having also studied with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink, a leading authority on injury-preventive piano technique, Osada encourages healthful musical development through safe and efficient application of the Lister-Sink Method and cultivates a holistic practice of teaching that coordinates the body and mind.
Osada’s foremost goal as a teacher and a performer is to inspire others to make music and enrich the lives of others through music. She also serves on the piano faculty at Moore Music Company in Greensboro where she enjoys teaching students of all ages, levels and backgrounds. Her students enjoy performing in studio recitals in which they play not only piano solos, duets, trios but also ensembles with other instruments as well as collaborating with their friends and family members who sing or play piano and other instruments. Osada is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Always looking for new and unique elements to keep music-making fresh and interesting, Osada has incorporated unconventional instruments including jingle bells, toy drum, triangle, tambourine and toy piano in her studio recitals. A dynamic duo, Osada and her colleague Elisabeth Malcolm recently delievered creative performances of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” with Lee County Community Orchestra conducted by Dr. Tara Villa-Keith. During narration, children in animal costumes marched on stage decorated with stuffed animals. For the encore, the duo (plus Osada’s husband accompanying on wooden chopsticks) delighted the audience with one-of-a-kind interpretation of Randall Compton’s “Chopstick Theme & Variations.”
She lives in Greensboro with her violinist husband Ulric Schweizer. Their cat Mimosa like to listen to them make music and occasionally likes to sit on the piano bench and improvises short melodies with her paws.