Omri Shimron

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

Professional Expertise

Theory, Piano

Brief Biography


Omri Shimron is a pianist and educator born in the US but raised in Israel. In Israel, he appeared at the Jerusalem Music Center, the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and the Tel Aviv Museum. In the US, he won prizes from the Hoffman Competition and the Chautauqua Institution. As an orchestral soloist, Shimron played with the Hillsdale College Orchestra, the Finger Lakes Symphony, and the Elon University Orchestra. Collaborative and solo concerts have included appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage; live radio broadcasts featured sessions for WBFO and WXXI 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 Hackbarth's Lines of Communication and Dietz's (Five Reflections on the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. Other projects included a recording of Lipten’s Whorl, and performances of Crumb’s Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (2002)

Outside the US, Shimron has participated in the Blumental Festival (Tel Aviv), the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France), and has presented recitals at Wolfson College (Oxford) and the Bursa State Conservatory (Turkey). In 2008, he performed ‘anisotropie’, a work for prepared piano by Quell, at SoundsCAPE—a contemporary music festival in Italy. 

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. He has presented numerous lecture-recitals for the College Music Society and is a frequent guest recitalist and clinician in music departments in the US and abroad. 

An associate professor at Elon University, Shimron teaches piano, group piano, and music theory. 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-present

Assistant Professor, Coordinator, Music Theory. 

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

Keyboard Harmony

Piano Literature

Music Theory I

Music Theory II

Music Theory III

Music Theory IV

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.

Current Projects

36 Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by Frederic Rzewski

Grants Awarded

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 identified 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.



Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations 

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

Academic Standing Committee, 2013-present

Lyceum Committee, Elon University, 2011-present.

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.