Title: Experimental Classical Pianist, Assistant Professor
Company: Saint Cloud State University
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Shannon Wettstein, Experimental Classical Pianist and Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Cloud State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical performance and education.
Dr. Wettstein always had a passion for music—growing up, she couldn’t imagine pursuing a career in any other field. She attended the University of Kansas and earned a MusB in 1990. She transitioned to the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a MusM in 1992, and in 1998, she started working for the conservatory as a summer session artist faculty member. Dr. Wettstein continued her education at the University of California San Diego, where she earned a DMA in 2000, and the same year, she started as an assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University (BSU) in Minnesota.
In 2005, Dr. Wettstein left her position at BSU and took a role as a pianist for Zeitgeist New Music. At the same time, she began working as a studio artist in music for Augsburg University, serving in both positions for a decade, until 2015. In 2015, Dr. Wettstein accepted a position as an assistant professor of music at Saint Cloud State University, where she continues to work to this day. She cites multiple people as mentors and influences throughout her career, including Markwood Holmes, Richard Angeletti, Claude Frank, Stephen Drury, and Aleck Karis.
For her excellence as a musician and music educator, Dr. Wettstein has been recognized with myriad awards and grants. In 1999, she became a Merle Montgomery fellow of the Mu Phi Epsilon international music fraternity. She was an individual artist grantee of the Minnesota Region 2 Arts Council in 2001, and has received multiple commissioning grants from the American Composers Forum in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2008. In 2010, Dr. Wettstein received the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and in 2018, she received the Saigo Excellence Award from Saint Cloud State University. Recently, in 2019, she received a grant from United States Artists International.
Dr. Wettstein spent a decade as the pianist for Veitgeist, a contemporary classical music ensemble, and released 15 CDs in this venture. She has also released several solo CDs, including “Shannon Wettstein Performs Music of Chopin, Berg, Ferneyhough and Debussy” in 2003, and she is proud to have performed on three continents. She is a member of the American Composers Forum, the College Music Society, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. As a testament to her stature and success, Dr. Wettstein has been featured in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders, the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women, and the 58th and 59th editions of Who’s Who in America.
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