Dr. Jeff Manchur is equally dedicated to teaching and performing. As a pianist, he has performed across the United States, notably in important new music festivals, advocating for the works of living composers alongside the classical masterpieces. As an academic, he has spoken at conferences in the USA, Canada, England, and Ireland. As a teacher, Dr. Jeff has served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Toledo School for the Arts, and Marietta College, teaching private lessons and group piano classes as well as classroom music theory, history and appreciation. In his final year of doctoral studies, he was the College of Musical Arts nominee for the BGSU Graduate College’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. His students regularly rate his teaching very highly, especially noting his sensitivity and adaptability to difficulties in the learning process. Dr. Jeff takes pride in working alongside students, using his experience and wisdom to lead students to musical and pianistic discoveries.
Born and raised in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Dr. Jeff obtained a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brandon University. Living in the USA since 2009, he has graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Master of Music) and Bowling Green State University (Doctor of Musical Arts) where he was a teaching assistant to his own mentor and professor, Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. Dr. Jeff now teaches piano and piano repertoire at his alma mater, freelances in the Northwest Ohio region and teaches Suzuki piano through the Toledo Symphony School of Music.