Deanna Oye is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Lethbridge where she teaches Studio Piano, Musicianship Skills, and directs the Collaborative Piano/Guitar area, a unique course series which she designed and implemented. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, she first pursued studies in journalism at Carleton University before turning to the full-time study of the art of music. She holds a doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), and maintains a busy and diverse performing schedule as both solo and collaborative artist. She has given performances and papers at major conferences such as the International Musicological Society (Amsterdam), Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Canadian University Music Society, and the World Saxophone Congress. Additionally, she was the official pianist for the Richard Miller Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Institute, an event that brought the internationally-renowned pedagogue to southern Alberta, as well as for the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine.
Recent performances include chamber music concerts in Scotland and Germany, as well as solo recitals throughout Canada. Her forthcoming CD on the Centaur Records label features piano music by twentieth-century Scandinavian and Eastern European composers. In addition, her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio Two and National Public Radio in the United States. She is a P.E.O. Scholar, three-time recipient of the Government of Canada’s Grant for Female Doctoral Students, and recipient of the National Association of Japanese Canadians SEAD Grant.