Dr. Michelle Schumann, pianist and teacher, serves as Associate Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Since 2002 she has been actively engaged in the music department leading the performance program by coordinating the UMHB Performance Lab and serving as Artistic Director of the Hillman Visiting Artists Series, which she founded in 2003. She is the coordinator of the piano division, where she oversees all adjunct faculty and coordinates curriculum. She teaches Applied Piano to numerous performance and music education majors, as well as Form and Analysis to upper division music majors. Additionally, she has served on the Music Department Library Committee, the Education Technology Committee, and was appointed by former President Dr. Jerry Bawcom to the Visual and Performing Arts Building Committee. In addition to her dedication to teaching the next generation of musicians, Dr. Schumann maintains a rigorous performance schedule, both on campus and internationally.
Dr. Schumann is a highly sought after solo pianist and collaborative artist both in her hometown of Austin, TX and throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Her performances have been described as smart, irresistible, and utterly captivating and have been included among the years top arts ten events by the Austin American Statesman. In 2009, Schumann won the award for best instrumentalist by the Austin Critics Table and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 won the award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2006, she was the top prizewinner in the 2006 Janice K. Hodges Competition for Contemporary Piano Music and most recently, her performance of Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue was named the #1 Classical Arts Event of 2008 by the Austin Chronicle.
Michelle is also the Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center where she leads the season programs, Austin Summer Chamber Music Festival, and all educational programs. Following her ground breaking first season with the Austin Chamber Music Center, she won multiple awards from the Austin Critics Table for Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Body of Work/Season. She has performed at international festivals including the Edinburg Fringe Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood, Round Top, Long Beach Opera Festival, Fou de Basson Festival in Angouleme, France, Bang on a Can Summer Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, Banff Festival of Music and Sound, International Institute of Music in Munich, Germany, Victoria Bach Festival, and the Snake River Chamber Music Festival.
Michelle has collaborated with leading ensembles throughout the US including the Jupiter, Cavani, Carpe Diem, and Chiara String Quartets; Meridian Arts Ensemble; Austin Lyric Opera; American Ballet Theater; New York City Ballet; Joffrey Ballet; the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and Long Beach Opera. Her solo and chamber music performances have been heard on CBC Radio, KMFA and Austins NPR affiliate, KUT.
Dr. Schumann received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2003 from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Anton Nel and Gregory Allen. Additionally she holds a Young Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory. She lives both in Belton and Austin with her husband, Matthew Orem, their two dogs (Bela and Ditta) and kitty (Dabbs). She is affiliated with the United Methodist Church where she has served in music ministry as pianist and organist since 1990.