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May 4, 2012

Sánchez Appointed to Conservatory Piano Faculty


The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music announces the appointment of pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez to its faculty.

Sánchez will fill a one-year interim appointment in piano that opened as a result of the retirement of Professor John Zimmerman.

“Paul possesses a unique blend of artistic verve and impressive interpersonal skills,” says Dr. Michael Wilder, Dean of the Conservatory of Music. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our faculty, and believe he will contribute very positively to the musical and spiritual life of the Conservatory.”

Sánchez graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University, where he received the Presser Scholar award for outstanding scholarly and musical work. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and earned his Master of Spanish Music at the Academia Granados-Marshall in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007. His CD, España: Piano Music of Spain from the 19th and 20th Centuries, was released by the Mundo Arts label in 2006.

He received the prestigious Max Landow Award for distinction in performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music degree and is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Sánchez has performed in solo recitals throughout North America and Europe, and in such festivals as the Barcelona Festival of Song and the Festival Internacional de Piano Reynosa, Mexico. He is the founder and artistic director of the annual Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which offers world-class concerts and educational opportunities for all ages.

Sanchez begins his appointment in the fall of 2012.

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