Omri Shimron

Associate Professor of Music
Center for the Arts 237
2800 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5690

Professional Expertise

Piano, Music Theory

Brief Biography

Shimron is an associate professor of music at Elon University in North Carolina, a medium-size, private, liberal arts institution. At Elon he teaches music theory, piano, group piano . He has been named a 2014-2016 Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Scholar and is the lead-faculty (at Elon) in a Teagle Foundation/University of Kansas grant investigating engaged learning in the humanities. During the summer, he is on the piano faculty at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival held at the University of South Florida, Tampa. In 2014, Shimron also become President-Elect of the College Music Society's Mid-Atlantic Chapter. 

As a  pianist, he appeared at the Jerusalem Music Center, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Tel Aviv Museum. In the United States, he won prizes from the Josef Hoffman Piano Competition and the Chautauqua Institution. As an orchestral soloist, Shimron played with the Hillsdale College/Community Orchestra, the Finger Lakes Symphony, and the Elon University Orchestra. Collaborative and solo concerts have included appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and New York City’s Sundays on the Island series. Live radio performances featured sessions for WBFO, WXXI, and WUSF stations.

An eclectic performer, Shimron’s repertoire choices are traditional yet increasingly contemporary. In the past decade he premiered several new works by young composers such as Marco Alunno (Concerto for Piano and Ensemble, 2003), Christopher Brackel (Deploration for amplified harpsichord, electric viola and electronics), Ben Hackbarth (Lines of Communication, 2004) and Christopher Dietz (Five Reflections on the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, 2009). Other recent projects include a commercial recording of David Lipten’s trio Whorl on the Ablaze label, and performances of Israeli composer Menachem Wiesenberg’s Metamorphosis II (2008) and George Crumb’s Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (2002).

Outside the US, Shimron has participated in the Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, the American Conservatory’s Summer School in Fontainebleau (France), and has presented recitals at Wolfson College (Oxford University) and the Bursa State Conservatory in Turkey. In 2008, he performed ‘anisotropie’, a new work for prepared piano by German composer Michael Quell, as guest artist at SoundsCAPE—a contemporary music festival in Italy. During the fall of 1997 he was a long-term resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In his piano teaching, Shimron embraces a holistic approach to music that integrates creativity and physical awareness with a historically informed approach to style and sound. His academic work focuses on analysis of tonal and post-tonal music, and performance studies. He has presented for the College Music Society and is a frequent guest recitalist and clinician in music departments in the US and abroad, including most recently: Eastern Carolina University, Gettysburg College, Winthrop University, Texas Woman’s University, Arizona State University, Erskine College, and the Jerusalem Academy of Music. In 2012, he performed Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! at Virginia Tech, Randolph College, and Duke University’s Nelson Room.

Shimron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Rochester (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997), a Master of Music (Piano, 2000), a Master of Arts in Music Theory Pedagogy (2004), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in (Piano, 2004) from the Eastman School of Music where his primary mentors were Rebecca Penneys and Steven Laitz. Before relocating to North Carolina, Shimron taught at Hillsdale College (MI) and Eastern Mediterranean University on the island of Cyprus.


Doctor of Musical Arts -- Performance and Literature (Piano) 

2004 - Eastman School of Music

Master of Arts in Pedagogy of Music Theory

2004 - Eastman School of Music

Master of Music in Performance and Literature, (Piano) 

2000 - Eastman School of Music

Bachelor of Arts (Music), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

1997 - University of Rochester

Employment History

Elon University, 2008-2012

Assistant Professor

Elon University, 2012-present

Associate Professor with Tenure 

Hillsdale College, 2005-2008

Assistant Professor of Music

Eastern Mediterranean University. North Cyprus, 2004-2005.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Eastman School of Music, 1998-2003.

Teaching Assistant and Course Supervisor in Music Theory

Finger Lakes Community College, 1999

Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Courses Taught

Piano: Individual Instruction

Group Piano: Class Piano I-IV

Keyboard Harmony

Piano Literature

Music Theory (core)

Music Fundamentals

Aural Skills (all levels)

Music Appreciation

General Studies: The Global Experience (First-Year Seminar)

Leadership Positions

College Faculty Chair, North Carolina Music Teachers Association. 2014-present.

President-Elect, College Music Society Mid-Altantic Chapter. 2014-present.

Chair, B.A. Curriculum Revision (Departmental Committee)

Current Projects

36 Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by Frederic Rzewski (New Focus Records)

Father and Sons: J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, and the Evoluation of Keyboard Music in the Mid-18th Century



Grants Awarded

“Father and Sons: The Bach Family and the Evolution of Keyboard Music in the mid-1700s”, A CD Recording by Omri Shimron

Elon Faculty Research & Development Sabbatical [Spring 2015]

C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Wq.52/4: Performance Practice in an Age of Transition (A Lecture-Recital).

Release Time Fellowship. Faculty R&D. [2013]


Repertoire Research Toward a CD Recording Project. Release Time Fellowship. Faculty R&D. [2013]

As part of my ongoing work in the area of contemporary, classical music for piano, I will identify new and previously un-recorded works by young, up-and-coming composers. This research, which will involved study and analysis of scores, led to a future CD project. 


CD Recording of Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Faculty R&D, Summer Fellowship. $8000. [2012]

Building on work that began during a Junior Faculty Sabbatical (Fall 2010) and continued through a Release Time Fellowship (Fall 2011), this award established the groundwork for the publication of a debut solo CD featuring a rare but seminal work by an American classical composer.


“The Continual Search for An Audience: Arnold Schoenberg and Media.” A guest lecture with Dr. John D. Jenkins (University of South Carolina, School of Music).  Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences. Elon College of Arts and Sciences and Phi Beta Kappa, $950. [2012]

This guest speaker shared parts of his upcoming book about Arnold Schoenberg – a seminal figure in the history of 20th century art music and the ways in which he used the media to promote his music and educate the public about its value.


Rzewski’s "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”: Structural Observations from the Piano Bench”. Release Time Fellowship. Faculty R&D.

This course release builds directly on work I began during my Junior Sabbatical. The goal of this project is to summarize and synthesize my analytical observations about this work into the format of conference presentations and/or a journal article.


“Collaborating with Students on Course Design (working title)” with Ketevan Kupatadze (Foreign Languages) and Katie King (Psychology and CATL). Faculty Writing Residency, $300. [2011]

In this residency my colleagues and I worked on an article relating to the inclusion and participation of students in the act of course design (or re-design).



“Group Piano Instruction: A Study of Curricula, Pedagogy and Technology”. Release Time Fellowship. Faculty R&D. [2010]

In this study I investigated piano class curricula, methodologies, technology at peer and aspirant institutions for purposes of reforming the Music Department’s piano program.


“Analytical and Performance-Based Research: Frederic Rzewski’s “36 Variations on The People United will never be Defeated!” Junior Sabbatical. Elon College of Arts and Sciences. [2010]

During this sabbatical I began laying the groundwork for a public performance of this monumental work (an hour-long in duration) by living American composer Frederic Rzewski.


“Text as the Basis for Text-less Music: 11th Century Persian Poetry Meets A 21st Century Composer”. A Two-Day Symposium. Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences. Elon College of Arts and Sciences and Phi Beta Kappa, $1800 [2010]

This symposium included a world premiere performance of Christopher Dietz’s Five Reflections on the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam – a work dedicated to me, as well as a panel discussion with Kevin Boyle (English), a lecture-demonstration with guest composer, and a guest lecture (by the composer) in Prof. Erdmann’s Form & Analysis class.


Recording session for a commercial release on the Ablaze Record Label (  Summer Research Funds (Dean of CAS), $1015. [2010]

Funds from CAS enabled travel to the recording site at Arizona State University


“Did You Notice the Phrase Ending? Aural and Verbal Perceptions of Cadence in First-Semester Music Theory Classes” Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership (ETLP). CATL, $4000. [2009-2010]

A yearlong investigation of issues related to classroom teaching and SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). In this program I collaborated with CATL staff, Elon faculty and area high-school teachers. For more details see


“Audiovisual Support for Teaching and Learning in Music Theory”. Teaching/Learning Grant. $850 [2008]

Digital audio recording device for capture in and outside classroom, MIDI keyboard to facilitate and expedite input into music notation software.


“Audiovisual Support for Teaching and Learning in Music Theory”. ATACC software grant, $740. [2008]

Music notation software and graphic design software for the production of teaching materials that integrate text, images and music notation.



Shimron, Omri. Review of The Phillip Keveren Series: Songs of Inspiration, 2014. American Music Teacher Vol. 64 (Oct/Nov 2014), 55.   

Shimron, Omri. Review of Sergey Prokofiev Diaries, 1924-1933: Prodigal Son, translated and annotated by Anthony Phillips. American Music Teacher Vol. 62 (Oct/Nov 2013), 48.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations 

North Carolina Music Teachers Association, Methodist University, Fayetville, NC 2014

Focus on Piano Literature, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2014

Greensboro Music Teachers Association,  Greensboro, NC, 2012

College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2011

College Music Society National Conference, Portland, OR, 2010

College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference, George Mason University, Fairfield, VA, 2009

College Music Society Super Regional Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2008.

College Music Society, Great Lakes Chapter, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2007

College Music Society Northeast Chapter, Lafayette College, PA, 2004

College Music Society Northeast Chapter, Bowdoin College, ME, 2001 

Other Peer Reviewed Lecture Demonstrations

Chautauqua Institution, Piano Department, 2011

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, Israel, 2010

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Eastern Michigan University, 2007

Chautauqua Institution, Piano Department, 2007

Service Activities

Arts and Humanities Curriclum Committee, 2014-present

Academic Standing Committee, 2013-present

Lyceum Committee, Elon University, 2011-2014

Eta Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa and Members in Course committees, Elon University. 2010-present.

Academic Technology and Computing Committee, Elon University, 2009-2011.

Departmental Search Committee Member: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Music Theory, Elon Univeristy, 2012.

Deartmental Search Committee: Instructor in Music Technology, Elon University (Music), 2010-2011.

Departmental Search Committee: Full-Time/Part-Time Instructor in Music Theory, Elon Univeristy (Music), 2010.