Graduating piano performance major Ian Duh has been named as the School of Music student marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 7, 2016. The son of Rong-Chii (Samuel) Duh and Hwei-Kit (Grace) Chang, he is from State College, PA.
Ian is a member of the Schreyer Honors College, the recipient of the George S. Wykoff Scholarship, and has been on the Dean’s List for the entirety of his Penn State academic career. Musical accomplishments include first prizes in the Vera Kochanowsky Piano Competition and Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artists' Competition, and second prizes in the Phyllis Triolo Music Competition and Nittany Valley Symphony Ann Keller Young Soloists Competition.
While studying his principal instrument with piano faculty members Steven Smith (emeritus) and Jose Ramon Mendez, Ian also studied violin with James Lyon and participated as a violinist in the Philharmonic Orchestra. He pursued additional study in orchestral conducting with Gerardo Edelstein.
Ian currently is the co-president of Penn State’s Liszt Society. He was founder and music director of Ulterior Motive and No Strings Attached (contemporary a cappella groups), and served the School of Music as an Esber Recital Hall technical support assistant and as a grader for theory classes. In addition, he conducted musical theatre productions including The Music Man, Next to Normal, and 1776. He was also music director of the Happy Valley Chinese School Chamber Orchestra.
After graduation, Ian intends to pursue a master’s degree in piano performance. He has invited Jose Ramon Mendez to accompany him in the commencement ceremony and to serve as the School of Music faculty marshal.