Pianist Deanna Oye is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Lethbridge where she teaches Studio Piano and Collaborative Piano, and also teaches with the UofL Conservatory of Music. She holds a doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), and has given solo and collaborative performances throughout Canada, the U.S., Scotland, Germany and Japan. In addition, her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio Two and National Public Radio in the United States. She is a founding member of the piano ensemble, FOURtitude, with colleagues Cheryl Emery-Karapita, Carolyn Herrington and Brad Parker.
A strong commitment to teaching and innovation led to the development of the unique Collaborative Piano/Guitar course series at the UofL, which gives undergraduate pianists and guitarists the opportunity to develop skills of high-level musical partnership with singers and other instrumentalists. Deanna’s piano students have achieved success in a variety of music endeavours, including performance and musicology studies at masters and doctoral levels, staff pianist positions, and piano competitions. In addition to frequent master class teaching and adjudicating, she is often invited to give career talks to aspiring young musicians. She is an enthusiastic advocate for new music and music in interdisciplinary contexts, with special interest in helping her students make connections between piano performance and their other passions.