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Degrees

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, The Ohio State University
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance, The Ohio State University
  • Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano Performance), The College of Wooster
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics, The College of Wooster
Areas of Interest

As a versatile pianist whose styles range from Baroque to Contemporary, Dr. Shitong Sigler has dedicated her international performing career as a solo pianist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, and her home country China. Sigler began studying piano with her father at age three and started her tutelage under Professor Jinlan Jiang from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music at six years old, under whom she launched her multifaceted musical path after winning several prominent piano competitions.

Dedicated to the advancement of new music, Sigler has concertized works of many living composers and premiered new solo piano and chamber works. She has collaborated with Wooster Symphony Orchestra and The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra premiered new orchestral works. As a collaborative pianist, Sigler has performed on a wide range of performances from various chamber music settings to as the principal keyboardist for The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, opera production, and musical theatre. Recent professional highlights include performances as concerto soloist with Wooster Symphony Orchestra, premiere performances and CD recording of composer Stefan Swanson’s complete solo piano and chamber works, coordinated the second Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition, as well as presenting her research on piano pedagogy and music entrepreneurship at 2021 and 2019 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, 2020 College Music Society Great Lakes Conference, 2020 Music Teachers National Association National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and 2020 Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Symposium.

In addition to maintaining an active career as a committed performer, Sigler frequently presented her research on piano pedagogy and entrepreneurship across a range of national, regional, and state conferences held by the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Besides performing and presenting, Sigler is dedicated and passionate about teaching. She maintains a well-established studio in Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches a select number of pre-college students of all levels. Her students have received local and regional honors and participated various public performances as well as international piano examinations.

In addition to her teacher position at The College of Wooster Department of Music, Sigler currently serves as piano faculty at Ashland University Department of Music, where she coordinates applied piano and class piano studies.

Courses Taught
  • MUSC 132: Piano
  • MUSC 232: Piano
  • MUSC 181: Class Piano I
  • MUSC 182: Class Piano II
  • MUSC 372: Functional Pian
Professional Affiliations

Sigler has been severing as the competition coordinator of the Franz Liszt International Festival and Piano Competition, and also as the treasurer for the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter. She is an active member of American Liszt Society, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Music Teachers National Association.