Maria Fideliz Chavez
Fideliz Chavez is artist in residence, piano at Hartwick College since 2013. She is also an adjunct professor in Aural Skills and Keyboard Techniques. She serves as accompanist for music students, performing for convocation, jury and recital. In spring of 2014, Fideliz was the music director for Carrie the Musical held at Slade Theater.
Fideliz Chavez is an adjunct professor teaching Aural Skills and Keyboard Techniques at Hartwick College since 2013. She is artist in residence in piano and serves as accompanist for students in vocal and instrumental for convocation, jury and recitals. She is originally from the Philippines and migrated to the United States in 1993. She recently got her citizenship and proud to share her culture and heritage that is rich in folk music, ethnic music and instruments. Her Thesis focuses on integrating Kulintang Ensemble (similar to Gamelan of Indonesia) into the American public schools. She spent time with select students of Schenevus Central School learning how to play the kulintang and other indigenous instruments. The response was well received by the students and teachers who welcome the idea of diversified music instructions that includes the eastern cultures.
Fideliz received her B.A. in Music Education at Hartwick College in 2012. She also holds a degree in music performance, major in piano at the University of the Philippines, conservatory of music in 1988.
Fideliz started playing the piano at the age of three. She received her first formal piano lesson from her mother at age five, and later took lessons from Madeline Maceda, and Avelina Manalo, a professor at the University of the Philippines. Fideliz' graduation recital repertoire includes Concerto in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rupikal ng Kapis by Avelina Manalo, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, opus 31, Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in Cminor and Waldesrauschen by Franz Liszt.
Currently, she is the music director at the United Methodist Church in Cooperstown.