Anne Waltner

Anne Waltner

Office Phone: (540) 432-4226


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: LA 023

Assistant Professor

Music Dept

Private Lessons-Piano

Music Dept

“I grew up on a family farm in a Mennonite community in southeastern South Dakota. There we learned the value of hard work, the importance of resolving differences compassionately, and our interdependence—both on our neighbors and on our planet. After completing a bachelor’s degree from Goshen (IN) College with majors in piano and biology and a minor in Spanish, I moved to Mussoorie, India to teach Woodstock School. There, I rediscovered that living and “musicking” with others requires humility, discipline, perseverance, and the ability to truly listen—invaluable tools that continue to serve me well.

I returned to the US to pursue graduate study in solo piano performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts. From there I moved to Cleveland to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and an Artist Diploma in collaborative piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

I’m grateful that through the interweave of my upbringing, my experience outside the literal and figurative practice room, and my solo and collaborative musical training, I have assembled the sort of diverse toolbelt that equips me not only to appreciate divergent people and viewpoints, but to bring this varied perspective to my work with students. I’m honored to be on the music faculty of Eastern Mennonite University."

Pianist Anne Waltner has performed on four continents in numerous solo and collaborative roles. Currently assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, Anne is regarded both as a demanding teacher and a highly artistic performer. At EMU she coordinates the music theory sequence, the collaborative piano program, and teaches studio piano. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and an Artist Diploma in collaborative piano, where she studied with Anita Pontremoli and Olga Radosavljevich. Anne received her Masters and Bachelor degrees in solo piano performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts with Ludmila Lazar, and Goshen (IN) College with Marvin Blickenstaff, respectively. Learn more at “”.


Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH 2011
Major: Collaborative Piano Performance
Major Instructors: Anita Pontremoli, Olga Radosavljevich

Doctor of Musical Arts, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH 2010
Dissertation: An Analysis of Ned Rorem’s Song Cycle: Poémes Pour La Paix
Major: Collaborative Piano Performance
Major Instructors: Anita Pontremoli, Olga Radosavljevich

Master of Music, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Chicago, IL 2007
Major: Piano Performance
Major Instructor: Ludmila Lazar

Bachelor of Arts, Goshen College, Goshen, IN 2000
Double Major: Piano Performance & Biology
Minor: Spanish
Major Instructors: Marvin Blickenstaff and David Gross

High School Diploma, Freeman Academy, Freeman, SD 1996

Professional Memberships

  • College Music Society
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Virginia Music Teachers Association

New Courses Taught

CMUS 101 Introduction to Music Theory
CMUS 150 Music Theory and Skills I
CMUS 250 Music Theory and Skills II
CMUS 350 Music Theory and Skills III

MUED 131 Keyboard Proficiency I
MUED 132 Keyboard Proficiency II
MUED 413 Piano Pedagogy

MUPS 231/331 Studio Piano Lessons
MUPS 499 Form and Analysis