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Brian Chung

Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation. He is a two-term president of the Piano Manufacturers Association International, a past member of the Board of Directors for NAMM (the International Music Products Association), a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow, recipient of the 2010 MTNA Distinguished Service Award and a 2015 MTNA Endowment Fellow. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, he studied piano and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Returning to the States, he pursued jazz studies as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. After several years as a professional musician and private teacher, he completed an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, arranger, educator, conference speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.

Dennis Thurmond

Dennis Thurmond has served as Director of Keyboard Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, chair of the music synthesis department and class piano program at the Berklee College of Music, and Teaching Fellow at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He has also served on the summer faculty at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands and master class faculty at Shanghai and Dailan Conservatories. A classical and jazz pianist and keyboard synthesist, his performance and technical background includes playing synthesizer for the Boston Pops, keyboards for the New York Vocal Jazz Ensemble, arranging for the Gospel Review for Symphony Orchestra with Della Reese and Billy Preston, and studio pianist for the television series Party of Five.  He is a composer and technical consultant for the Music Thru MIDI series and co-composer of the Jazz SophistiCat series for Alfred Publishing.