Dr. Olga Rua earned her Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, her Masters' from the University of Toledo and her bachelors from the University of Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia).
Dr. Rua has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Colombia, Italy, Germany, and the U.S.A.
In 2003 and 2004 Dr. Rua was selected to participate in Chatauqua Summer School of Music with full scholarship. In 2008 she won Distinguished Musician Award at the Ibla International Piano Competition (Italy) and in 2009 she was selected to take part of the Asolo Song Festival (Italy) as collaborative pianist.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Rua is an avid scholar of early 18th-century music, particularly the music of Carlos de Seixas (1704-1742), and the Spanish music of late 19th-century, mainly "Iberia" of Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). In December of 2010, her D.M.A. Essay: "Historical Overview of Carlos Seixas's Works for Solo Keyboard," was published. In the Spring of 2016 she moved to
Cincinnati with her husband and son. She joined the faculty of Cincinnati Music Academy in July 2016.
As the piano studio’s year comes to an end, it is award time! Let’s honor the students who were best-prepared for each lesson during the school year September 2021 to August 2022.
Here are the students who received an award for their dedication and hard work last school year:
Student of the Year
Each student earns preparation points for each lesson. The student with more points each month becomes “Student of the Month”; the student with this honor for more months during the school year becomes “Student of the Year.”
For 2021-2022 the Student of the Year is: Curtis Grannan
Curtis was student of the month threes times during the year 2021-2022
Students who achieve a milestone this past year:
Apprentice Trophy: (Beginner students that move into Early-Intermediate level)
Skilled Trophy: (Intermediate student that moves into Late-Intermediate level)
Master Trophy: (Early-Advance student that moves into Advanced level)
Students who excel in attendance and preparation:
Distinguished Performer Trophy: (350 or more points)
For the month of July, the “Student of the Month” is Sofia Arthur. She is currently on level 2B of Faber Piano Adventures and started to learn some Jazz pieces. Congratulations Sofia on this achievement!