Bio

Sheryl Iott is a frequent solo and collaborative performer, speaker, and adjudicator, and is currently on the piano faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp and Grand Rapids Community College. She recently spent a semester on a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching piano pedagogy and coaching collaborative piano/chamber music at the University of Brasilia in Brasilia, Brazil.  

Recent performance highlights include a solo recital in the Grand Rapids sister city, Perugia (Italy), and a tour of the British Isles as pianist for Voca Lyrica, a Big Rapids-based women's choir, with performances in Edinburgh, Scotland, London and Penn, England, Cardiff, Wales, and Dublin. She performs frequently with many of the members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, with the soprano Diane Penning, and was the pianist for West Shore Symphony Orchestra for seven years. 

Dr. Iott has served on the faculties of Hope College, Michigan State University, and Calvin College. Various appointments have included teaching piano, piano pedagogy, keyboard skills, music appreciation, and duties as staff accompanist.  She has studied with Ralph and Tina Votapek, Ian Hobson, and Joseph Evans, receiving a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, and a Masters in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Iott has presented at local, state, and national conferences on topics such as teaching sightreading, fugue analysis, repertoire teaching strategies, and eighteenth-century performance practice. She also has a particular interest in performance and analysis topics, and has presented at symposia for Indiana University, the College Music Society, and at the Eastman School of Music, in collaboration with Gordon Sly, theory professor at Michigan State University. She has published in the music education (ˆDevelopment and Practical Applications in Music Learning Theory, GIA, 2005) and piano pedagogy (American Music Teacher, 2005; MTNA e-journal, 2014) fieldsShe is currently the editor of Audea, the newsletter for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning, is working on a book on music cognition and effective practice strategies, and maintains a private piano studio in her home in Grand Rapids. 

updated 10/10/2017