Shitong has earned Dual Master’s Degrees, Master of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from The Ohio State University with a full teaching assistantship, where she continues to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance studying with Dr. Caroline Hong and Dr. Kenneth Williams. As a doctoral candidate, Shitong is currently working on her dissertation. Her work focuses on discovering the emerging entrepreneurial trends for concert pianists and the implications on structuring higher education music curricula. Under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Dykstra, Shitong hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree double major in Piano Performance and Business Economics from the College of Wooster.
As a versatile pianist whose styles range from Baroque to Contemporary, Shitong Sigler has dedicated her international performing career as a concert pianist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, and her home country China. Shitong began studying piano with her father at age three and started her tutelage under Professor Jinlan Jiang from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music at age six. Under whom Shitong began her multifaceted musical path after winning several prominent piano competitions.
Dedicated to the advancement of new music, Shitong has concertized the works of many living composers and premiered new solo piano, chamber and orchestral works. As a collaborative pianist, Shitong 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 recordings of composer Stefan Swanson’s solo piano and chamber works, coordinating the second Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Columbus, OH, and presenting her research on entrepreneurship at 2020 MTNA National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum.
In addition to maintaining an active career as a committed performer, Shitong 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 and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. As the secretary of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, Shitong serves as the coordinator of the Franz Liszt International Festival and Piano Competition.
In addition to her teaching position at the College of Wooster, Shitong also holds the position of adjunct piano faculty at Ashland University’s Department of Music, teaching class piano and coordinating the applied piano studio. Prior to these appointments, for the previous five years, she also taught undergraduate class piano courses at The Ohio State University.