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Kristina Suter holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, and both Bachelor of Music and of Science degrees from Mansfield University.  She has studied with distinguished teachers and artists Ralph Votapek, Roy Johnson, Nelita True, and Angeline Schmid.  Her doctoral research on Charles T. Griffes led to premier performances of the unpublished sonatas by this American composer.

She is active in the Baltimore-Washington area as a soloist, duo-pianist with the Accordare Duo, accompanist, and chamber musician, performing in series such as the Americana Series, Viva Mozart Series, Elderhostel Series at Peabody, and the Cultural Events Series in San Diego.  A recipient of many awards, Kristina received the Outstanding Teachers Grant from the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and was also a two-time Gold Medalist in the International Piano Recording Competition for her recordings of Charles Griffes and Franz Liszt.

Dr. Suter has held teaching positions at Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. and Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She is a full-time faculty member at Howard Community College, where she has been teaching since 1997, and is currently the Coordinator of Piano Studies.  At HCC, she teaches applied piano and music theory courses including the music theory lab.  Additionally, she recently completed work on the curricula for two Associate Degree Programs in Music Technology.  She is an active adjudicator for county and state piano competitions, and presents workshops and lecture-recitals for local and state Music Teacher Associations. Most recently, Dr. Suter presented a lecture on Divide and Conquer – Practice Strategies for the Developing Intermediate Student at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and gave a lecture-recital on Unique Piano Repertoire for the Montgomery County Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Suter is the Past President, Vice-President for Student Activities, Secretary, and Chair for Competitive and Non-Competitive Events for the Howard County Music Teachers Association (HCMTA).  She is a Past Board Member of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA) and is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).  She is also credited for her part in the creation of a partnership between the HCC Music Department and the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS).

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