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Bernadene Blaha is an Associate Professor on the keyboard faculty at The Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She also maintains a select pre-college class of students. During past summers she has been on the festival faculty at ARIA, the Banff Centre of the Arts and the Academie de Fourviere in Lyon, France.

In demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Blaha has given master classes at colleges, conservatories and universities throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Hong Kong. She has also served as a jury member at the Gina Bachauer International Artist Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Competition and the 2015 International E-Competition.

Her students have performed in solo concert and with orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Mexico and have won prizes, scholarships and awards in international and national competitions. Ms Blaha has receieved an Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award from the Nationals Arts Award Foundation.

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Athena Tsianos performs
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1
with YMF Debut Orchestra, 2015

Asana Onishi performing in Weill Hall
at Carnegie, 2012

Elizabeth Sun performs
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 at
Soka Performing Arts Center, 2015

Kyle Shafiee performing with the
Vienna International Orchestra, 2011

Asana and Jason after performing
at Carnegie Hall, 2014

Hedy Lee performing with the
Torrance Symphony, 2007

Arisa Ogino performing with
the Bellflower Symphony, 2013

Eric Hunter performing with the
USC Symphony Orchestra, 2006

Hillary Santosa performing the
with Glendale Youth Symphony, 2012

Student Awards and Scholarships

47th Annual Young Artist Competition, La Jolla
Academie de Fourviere, France
Allied Arts Award, Huntington Beach
Alpha Sigma Iota Arts Scholarship
American Protégé Competition
Artist International Special Presentation Award, NYC
Bach Los Angeles Complete Works Competition
Beverly Hills Auditions
Brentwood - Westwood Concerto Competition
Bronislaw-Kaper Awards
CA/NV/HI Search for Talent Competition
California Institute of Music at Weikersheim Castle, Germany
CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music Competition
CAPMT Concerto Competition
CAPMT Honors Auditions
CAPMT Sonata Competition
Carmel Music Society Competition
Career and Artists Scholarship
Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition
Cypress College Piano Competition
Debut Concerto Competition
E Competition
Edith Knox Competition Endowed Music Scholarship
First International Takamatsu Competition, Japan
Frank M Doyle Memorial Scholarship
Friends of W G Still Competition
Fullerton College Piano Ensemble Festival
G & M Oil Company/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship
Gabriel Mekler Memorial Endowed Music Scholarship
Gail Newby Concerto Competition
Glendale Piano Competition
Individualis International Music Competition – Ukraine
International European Scholarship – Vienna, Austria
Korean American Embassy Scholarship
Korean American Scholarship Foundation
La Jolla Young Artist Competition
LA Lamp Church Scholarship
Leni Fe Bland Scholarship Foundation, Santa Barbara
Lillian Shostac Memorial Scholarship
Lions Club Scholarship
Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
Mondavi Young Artist Competition
MTAC Concerto Competition
MTAC Glendale Branch Memorial Scholarship
MTAC Pasadena Branch Scholarship
MTAC Solo Competition
MTNA Competition
Mu Phi Epsilon Society Scholarship
Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego
National Arts Foundation
New West Discovery Artist Concerto Competition
Parness Fund Young Artist Concerto Competition
Pasadena Young Artist Concerto Competition
Peninsula International Concerto Competition
Performing Arts Foundation for Asian-Americans Award
Ploughman Chamber Music Competition
Redlands Young Artists Competition
Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition
Royal Cultural Foundation Scholarship
Sigma Alpha Iota, Orange County
Seattle International Piano Competition
Sejong International Music Festival at Curtis School of Music
Southeastern Piano Festival, South Carolina
Southern California Youth Music Competition
Spotlight Awards
Stravinsky Awards
Subotky Scholarship
USC Black Alumni Association Music Scholarship
USC Concerto Competition
Van Waynen Piano Competition
Westchester Symphony Concerto Competition
Wideman Piano Competition
Young Artist Guild
Young Beethoven State Competition
Young Musician’s Foundation National Grand Prize
Young Musician’s Foundation Scholarship

Pasadena Branch Honors Recital, 2012

Master class with Earl Wild

China Earthquake Red Cross Concert
by the studio of Ms. Blaha

Blaha Studio, 2008

Asana Onishi, Jason Kim, and
Athena Tsianos

At Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2008

Student Performances

Adamant Music School Summer Program
Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra
ARIA Summer Festival
Aspen Music Festival
Banff Centre for the Arts
Beijing International Music Festival
Bellflower Symphony Orchestra
Beverly Hills Recital Series “Sundays at 2”
Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center
Bowdoin Summer Music Festival
Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Bruno Wakter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, NYC
Church of Good Shepherd Performance Series
Contemporary Music Ensemble Concerts, USC
Culver City Symphony Orchestra
Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Escondido Center for the Arts – Emerging Artist Recital
Festival San Miguel d’Allende
Fox News – The Purpose of Christmas
“From the Top” Radio Broadcast
Glendale Youth Orchestra
International Institute for Young Musicians, Kansas
International Society of Music Educators Conference
Jordan Hall, Boston
La Jolla Symphony Orchestra
Long Beach Mozart Festival
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Montecito Summer Music Festival
Mount St. Mary’s Concerto Competition for High School, California
Music@Noon, USC
Music for China - Red Cross Benefit
National Recital Hall, Taiwan
New West Symphony Orchestra
Newman Recital Hall, USC
Orford Arts Festival
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Pasadena Community Orchestra
Pasadena Symphony Orchestra
Peninsula Symphony Orchestra
Phi Beta Kappa Honor’s Society Recital
Prague International Master Classes for Piano
Richard Nixon Library
Saddleback Symphony Orchestra
San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Seattle Piano Institute, University of Washington
Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy, Cleveland
South Coast Symphony Orchestra
Summer Institute for Contemporary Music, NEC, Boston
Sundays Live K-MOZART, Bing Theatre, Los Angeles
“Thornton Center Stage” – featured on KUSC 91.5
Torrance Symphony Orchestra
USC Symphony Orchestra
Valencia International Piano Academy, Spain
Vienna International Orchestra
Virginia Arts Festival
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York
YMF Chamber Music Series
Young Musician's Foundation Orchestra


Winners and Jury of 2015 International E Competition