Bronwyn Schuman is a pianist, collaborator, teacher, coach, and writer. She is currently a Doctor of Music candidate in Collaborative Piano at McGill University, under Michael McMahon. Bronwyn's doctoral research, supervised by Andrea Creech and funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, is in play-based and collaborative learning approaches within piano pedagogy. With her writing in pedagogy and music education, Bronwyn is a two-time winner of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association's National Essay Competition at the doctoral level. In 2020, Bronwyn graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano. At Juilliard, her primary teacher was Lydia Brown; she also studied with Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Diane Richardson, JJ Penna, Cameron Stowe, and Gina Levinson. A two-time winner of Juilliard’s Honors Recital, Bronwyn has performed in Alice Tully Hall at The Lincoln Center, in WQXR’s The Greene Space, and in regular performances for Juilliard’s Liederabend and Sonatenabend series.
Before attending The Juilliard School, Bronwyn graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2018 with a BMus in Piano, under Edwin Gnandt, and a BA in English Literature from Ambrose University in her hometown, Calgary, Canada. Bronwyn has attended several music festivals, such as SongFest (Los Angeles), Toronto Summer Music (Canada), Charles Foreman's and Kathleen van Mourik's Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music (Calgary, Canada), and the Franz Schubert Institute (Austria). At these festivals, she has participated in coachings and masterclasses with renowned pianists and teachers such as Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Rudolf Jansen, Roger Vignoles, Wolfram Rieger, Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Malcolm Martineau, Alan L. Smith, Kevin Murphy, and Michael McMahon.
Bronwyn performs a variety of musical styles with several different types of ensembles. While Bronwyn loves all forms of musical collaboration, her passions for literature, drama, and the singing voice have led her towards work in the field of vocal collaboration and coaching. Bronwyn is currently the choir director at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Montreal, where she directs the St. George Choir and the St. George English Children's Choir. She has held Opera Coach and Repetiteur fellowships at the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine) and Aquilon Music Festival (Oregon). Bronwyn has held positions as repetiteur for Opera McGill (2021, 2022) and Ammolite Opera (2023). Before moving to New York City, Bronwyn was a coach for the University of Calgary’s Vocal Arts Department. Bronwyn performs regularly with partners for recitals, concerts, auditions, and competitions.
Other areas of Bronwyn’s musical career include over a decade of teaching music to individual students and with group classes; substitute teaching in the English Montreal School Board; teaching piano pedagogy classes, workshops, and presentations; giving academic presentations on topics ranging from Ear Training to The Book of Hanging Gardens to Britney Spears; writing published newsletter articles for music teacher associations and other newsletters, including some in The Juilliard Journal (see Publications); leading and conducting choirs and small ensembles; and editing, administrating, and publishing through Canada’s Palliser Music Publishing. Bronwyn is also an editor and proofreader of written works, as well as an English tutor.
For nearly a decade, Bronwyn has also performed as a soloist and in ensembles for hospitals, retirement homes, and other care facilities in Canada. While at Juilliard, Bronwyn was a recipient of Juilliard’s Gluck community service fellowship, which provides students with opportunities to present original programs to communities in New York City, including retirement residences, hospitals, hospices, psychiatric wards, and schools. She is thrilled to continue bringing her music to the broader community.