Professor of Piano
Office: 235 Keene Hall
Gloria Cook holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was a winner of many competitions including the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition, the Springfield Symphony Concerto Competition and the Ohio Federation of Music Club State Competition. As a soloist, she performed with the Springfield Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony and the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. She was also a chamber music player at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Dr. Cook studied under William Kurzban, Eunice Podis, Vitya Vronsky Babin and Grant Johannesen. She coached extensively with Martin Katz in collaborative repertoire and with Angela Cheng and Earl Wild in the work of Clara Schumann and George Gershwin.
Dr. Cook and her sister, Cynthia Lawing of Davidson College, are well known as duo-piano artists, especially in the Orient. They won many duo-piano competitions in Hong Kong and have given numerous concerto performances and recitals in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, as well as in the United States. As ACS duo-piano artists, they have performed at many colleges such as Birmingham Southern College, Southwestern University, Wittenberg University and Ohio University at Athens. Their recent tour took them back to the Cleveland Institute of Music with a performance at the newly inaugurated Mixon Hall. Dr. Cook and her sister have also embarked on a project to record the duo-piano works of Victor Babin for future releases.
Dr. Cook is a Professor of Piano at Rollins College. In addition to teaching applied piano at Rollins, she also teaches courses in piano pedagogy, piano accompanying, keyboard harmony and piano literature. Dr. Cook is in the process of publishing her own keyboard harmony text entitled Step by Step to Keyboard Harmony. Dr. Cook is a piano pedagogue who initiated the piano program and the Rollins Achievement Day at the Rollins Community School of Music. She is frequently asked to judge various state and regional competitions in Florida.