A native of Nova Scotia, Ian Hominick studied piano in the United States under the tutelage of the renowned virtuosi Jerome Rose and Earl Wild. He received a DMA in Piano Performance from Ohio State University where he served as assistant to both the legendary Earl Wild and Tchaikovsky Competition silver-medalist André Laplante. The Toronto Star has described his playing as exhibiting “flawless technique and high style.” An active soloist, adjudicator and teacher, he maintains a busy schedule of concerts and master classes across the United States Canada and in Europe. His latest CD “Off the Beaten Path” was released in 2010. Fanfare Magazine describes his playing as “… consistently compelling …” while the All Music Guide praises Hominick’s “… glowing pianism and a genuine desire to entertain.” His latest CD featuring sonatas of Muzio Clementi will be released in summer, 2013. Ian Hominick currently teaches on the piano faculty at the University of Mississippi, is past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association and Director of the Piano Discoveries Summer Camp.
Terry was born and raised in Decatur, Indiana, where as a youth he took years of piano lessons from a local teacher. His earliest exposure to ragtime occurred when he first heard some of his father's Joe "Fingers" Carr records. He was thunderstruck, and from that point on he has had a continuous fascination with playing and collecting ragtime. in the early 70's Terry and his brother were given an old upright player piano, and after many months of toil they got the instrument playing again. Among the first rolls they acquired was a large rag medley roll that featured Black and White Rag, which Terry learned note for note. From there, he started gathering any sheets and rolls with the word "rag" on it. Now, some forty years later, he continues to hunt for vintage ragtime music in any form. Since then Terry has played solo rag piano at many venues, including the Classic Ragtime Society Fest in Indianapolis, the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, the Joplin Fest in Sedalia, the Tom Turpin Festival in Savannah, and many other locations. He also plays piano and acts as leader for the "Elite Syncopators", a quartet made up of piano, banjo, tuba and washboard. The group has been together since the early 1980's and has played at the Scott Joplin Festival a number of times, including the upcoming 2013 fest. Terry is delighted to have been asked to be a judge for this years Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and is looking forward to hearing and judging some of the finest ragtime talent in the country!
Dean Gronemeier serves as the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also serves the College of Fine Arts as the Associate Dean. Dean is the committee chair for designing and implementing a new Master of Marimba degree at UNICACH in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, in Mexico. He also served for two years as a member of the percussion faculty at UNAM (La universidad nacional autonoma de México) in Mexico City. Along with being a percussion educator, Gronemeier is an active clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, SABIAN Cymbals, and Mike Balter Mallets. He has soloed extensively throughout the United States and Mexico, as well as making appearances as a soloist in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Australia, and Chile. Dr. Gronemeier received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree and his Masters of Music degree from The University of Arizona where he studied with Gary Cook. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University where he studied with Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, and Al O'Connor. In December of 2001 Gronemeier received his Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.