2023 RTPC Judges

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Dr. Glenda Courtois

A native of Chiapas Mexico, Dr. Glenda Courtois began piano studies at age nine, and made her debut with the UNAM Youth Symphony Orchestra at age fifteen in Mexico City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from University of Chiapas (UNICACH), a Master of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona. Dr. Courtois has been recipient of academic awards and scholarships, such as the Chiapas Medal from University of Chiapas, The Best Mexican Student Medal by “El Diario de México” newspaper, and the Outstanding Woman Award and Graduate Fellowship Award by Northern Illinois University. Dr. Courtois received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2017, where she studied piano under the tutelage of Dr. John Milbauer and Dr. Rex Woods, as well as conducting with Dr. Thomas Cockrell. As a composer, her works have been performed in Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, Spain, France and Germany. Her teaching experience includes working as piano instructor in UNICACH, NIU Community School of the Arts and as teaching assistant in class piano at UA. Dr. Courtois served as music director at Dios con Nosotros Presbyterian Church in Chiapas for almost twelve years, and as accompanist of the Choraliers at Northminster Presbyterian Church from August 2015 to May 2017. Currently, Dr. Courtois is full-time faculty at the undergraduate and graduate programs at UNICACH, where she teaches applied piano, chamber ensemble, piano literature, and is the conductor of the UNICACH Student Symphony Orchestra.

Linder, Daniel

Dr. Daniel Linder

Praised as a “pianistic chameleon” (Fanfare), Dr. Daniel Linder is a versatile pianist, chamber musician, and teaching artist. He has performed to high acclaim across the United States and in the United Kingdom, France, and Denmark. Recent accolades include the Fresno Musical Club Susan Torres Award, and prizes in the James Ramos International Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition, and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. His recordings of solo and duo piano works by Daniel Asia are included on Ivory II (Summit Records), and he also appears on Johanna Beyer: Music for Woodwinds (New World Records).

Dr. Linder is Assistant Professor of Practice in Piano at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, where he serves as keyboard area coordinator, teaches applied lessons and piano literature, and teaches honors seminars in music. Daniel holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Arizona, and was named Outstanding D.M.A. Graduate by the Keyboard Studies Department of USC’s Thornton School of Music in 2018.