Joy Miller Kiszely

Co-founder and current Director of the Main Line Conservatory, Joy Miller Kiszely received her musical training in both the U.S. and Europe. Before college she studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and then went on to earn degrees in piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, with additional studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Over her 50-year teaching career, Mrs. Kiszely has produced a steady stream of winners in international, national, state, and local competitions.


Recent concerto winners performing in Russia: Five MLCM students have each performed a concerto with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia. (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff 2nd, Rubinstein 4th in D minor, and Saint-Saens No. 2 Concerto, Haydn Concerto in D). Their prizes also included master classes at the Moscow Conservatory with faculty members Slesarev, Ovchinnikov, and Plotnikova.


Five MLCM students were Grand or Gold Medal Prize winners in the Concerto section of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. They performed their prize winning performances with the Cincinnati Festival Orchestra (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, Franck Symphonic Variations, Beethoven Concerto No. 1, Mozart D minor Concerto K. 466 and Mozart Concerto K. 414 with the Cincinnati Festival Orchestra).


Local Concerto winners:

Southeastern Pa. Symphony Orchestra, Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor

Chester County Youth Orchestra, Grieg Concerto

New Jersey Plainsfield Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Concerto K. 450

Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition finalist, Beethoven Third Concerto, Mvt. 3


Summer Study in Weimar, Germany: Three students were winners of the Solo Competition of the AFAF, which entitled them to travel to Weimar, Germany for summer study. In addition to performing several concerts, the trip offered them the chance to perform on Liszt’s piano at the Liszt Museum, or in his Weimar home, as well as extensive travel through Austria and Italy.


Lecturer: Mrs. Kiszely has been in demand as a lecturer on a variety of topics including: "Competition Preparation: Techniques to Develop High Achievement in Music and Life.” The lecture discusses the fascinating process of helping the young pianist reach his or her full potential as a musician and as a person through performance preparation.

Mrs. Kiszely has been invited on numerous occasions by the Rittenhouse Square Committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra to be among the distinguished and accomplished musicians and historians who deliver lectures for the Orchestra’s Lecture/Luncheons program. The program is designed to enhance an appreciation of the composers and their works featured in that week’s concert.


Other facets of her distinguished career, including master classes, chamber music, accompanying, are listed in the International Who’s Who of Music and Who’s Who of American Women.

Dr. Michael Sheadel


For over 30 years, Dr. Michael Sheadel has maintained a career that combines an active performing life with the highest commitment to teaching.  He has taught for the Main Line Conservatory for 10 years, and the University of Pennsylvania for over 15 years, with several of his students being winners of the University Concerto Competition.  He teaches piano, coaches chamber music, and gives Master Classes regularly at the University.  He has performed in the United States and Europe as both soloist and collaborative pianist.


A co-founder of the flute and piano ensemble The Hamilton Duo, he has also appeared as ensemble pianist with the Chestnut Brass Company, Encore Chamber Players, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, and the Settlement Contemporary Players.  He has appeared on CD recordings with the Hamilton Duo, violinist Timothy Schwarz, composer Cynthia Folio, and Orchestra 2001.  He performs throughout the Delaware Valley as a chamber musician, and has participated in the regional and world premieres of numerous works by living composers. 


Dr. Sheadel has served for many years on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association, and is currently recital co-chair.  He earned degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and Temple University.  He is a former faculty member of Temple University and the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival.

Dr. Andor Kiszely (1922-2006)

Dr. Andor Kiszely was born in Balassagyarmat, Hungary on November 17, 1922. He received his musical and pianistic training at the Franz Liszt Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. His artist-teachers in piano were Dr. Ernö Daniel, and Dr. Bela Böszörmenyi-Nagy, who studied with Dohnanyi. His third piano teacher was Lajos Hernady, a Bartók student, who was an adjucator in the 1970 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Dr. Kiszely also studied with Zoltan Kodály. Shortly after he received his master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Franz Liszt Academy, he received his Doctorate in Political Science from Peter Pazmany University in Budapest.


After the Second World War, under the auspices of the U.S. Special services, he toured West Germany, giving concerts in Munich, Augsburg, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, and other cities. Until 1956, Dr. Kiszely led an active life in Budapest as a well-known performing artist and a respected teacher at the Budapest Academy of Music. He gave numerous recitals, was a soloist with the MAV Symphony Orchestra, and made recordings for Budapest Radio.


During the days of the Hungarian Revolution, Dr. Kiszely was one of the musicians chosen by his colleagues to lead the reorganized Ministry of Education. After the failure of the Revolution in 1956, Dr. Kiszely made Vienna, Austria his home. He received a Ford Foundation Scholarship for two years of post-graduate study in orchestral conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the State Academy of Music (Akademi fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst).


Among his classmates were Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado and Lorin Maazel. He received his Diploma in Orchestral Conducting in 1959.


In Vienna, he gave many recitals in the Musikvereinsaal and the Brahmssaal, and made recordings for the Austrian Radio and Television, (Österreichischer Rundfunk). Other appearances in Austria included Salzburg, Linz, and numerous other cities.


Dr. Kiszely came to the U.S. in 1959, giving recitals in Judson Hall, New York; Rutgers University, New Jersey; Klein Memorial Hall, Norwalk, Connecticut; and in Philadelphia at St. Joseph’s University, La Salle University, Holy Family College, International Institute, and International House.


Dr. Kiszely and his wife, Joy Miller Kiszely, founded the Main Line Conservatory of Music in Ardmore in 1967.


Over his 40 years of teaching, Dr. Kiszely produced winners in major competitions like the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition and The Mann Music Center Competition. He had medal winners in major competitions including the Bartok-Kabalevsky National, The Stravinsky International, The International Piano Recording Competition of the NGPT, The World Piano Competition, The American Fine Arts Festival, The Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey, The West Chester University and Drexel University Competitions, The Pottstown and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Competitions, the Baldwin Junior Keyboard, PMTA Concerto and Solo Competitions,


In addition, many of his students have gone on to serve on the faculties of universities and colleges while others have followed Dr. Kiszely’s example and founded music schools that are thriving today and proudly carrying on the musical tradition they learned at the Main Line Conservatory.


Dr. Kiszely was nominated as a Master Teacher by the American Music Scholarship Association, and in 1983, received the Teacher of the Year Award from PMTA. He is listed in Who’s Who in Music in the World, The International Who’s Who of Music, and Who’s Who in American Education.