Keyboard Studies

Heejung Kang

Dr. Heejung Kang was born in Seoul, Korea, and studied at the Seoul Music and Art High School for musically gifted teenagers. She graduated with the highest honors from the College of Music , Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul and later at the same university she earned her Master’s Degree in Piano, receiving the Ewha Graduate Research Fellowship Scholarship. Completing her doctoral dissertation on Rachmaninoff, she received her doctorate in Piano Performance at the College of Music at the University of North Texas in 2004.

Steven Harlos

Steven Harlos made his solo debut at Lincoln Center in 1986, performing the Gershwin Concerto in F. Known for his sensitivity as a collaborative artist, he has performed with many artists of international stature, including Timofei Dokshutzer, Harvey Phillips, Erick Friedman, and Gervase de Peyer. In the popular music field, he has worked with such diverse artists as Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Maureen McGovern and Tommy Tune.

Jesse Eschbach

Jesse Eschbach is the past chair of the keyboard studies division for the College of Music, and has served as a faculty member since 1986. Eschbach holds a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Robert Glasgow. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from Indiana University where he was a student of Oswald Ragatz. Eschbach studied early French music and the works of Jehan Alain in the class of Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison.

Brad Bennight

Brad Bennight completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord at the University of North Texas where he studied with Lenora McCroskey and Christoph Hammer. Mr. Bennight has performed with many period-instrument ensembles locally and throughout the U.S., including Texas Camerata, Orchestra of New Spain, Mercury Baroque, La Folia Austin, Denton Bach Society, Camerata Ventepane, Texas Early Music Project, as well as at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston with Christopher Hogwood and as pianist and harpsichordist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Brad Beckman

Brad Beckman is originally from Harvard, Illinois, and received his bachelor of music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1986. While at IWU Dr. Beckman received numerous competitive scholarships, was Honors Recitalist, and was selected for Pi Kappa Lambda membership. Continued study with Joseph Banowetz brought Dr. Beckman to the University of North Texas in 1986 where he earned both a master of music degree and a doctor of music degree in Piano. While at UNT Dr. Beckman held a competitive Teaching Fellowship in Piano and received the Mary M.

Joseph Banowetz

Joseph Banowetz has been described by Fanfare Record Review (U.S.) as "a giant among keyboard artists of our time," by Russia's News (Moscow) as "a magnificent virtuoso, who amazed the public by his deep understanding of the composer's spirit," and by Ruch Muzyczny (Warsaw) as "a virtuoso in the noblest sense of the word." A graduate with a First Prize from the Vienna Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, his teachers have included Carl Friedberg (a pupil of Clara Schumann) and György Sándor (a pupil of Béla Bartók).