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About John Mortensen, D.M.A.

Dr. Mortensen is a concert pianist, composer, and teacher. His interests at the piano include Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla, and the jazz improvisations of Oscar Peterson. His students learn a natural and coordinated approach to piano technique, which prevents injury and allows for unprecedented freedom and facility at the keyboard. He also performs and teaches Irish and American roots music, playing mandolin, octave mandolin, Irish flute, Irish button accordion, five-string banjo, Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistle. He leads The Demerits, Cedarville University's premier roots ensemble, and created America's only college-level traditional Irish music session class.


Present Professor of Piano, Cedarville University Department of Music and Worship

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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Summer Grant, Cedarville University (1998)
  • Faculty Summer Grant, Cedarville University (2008)
  • Faculty Effective Teaching Award, Cedarville University (2007)
  • Fulbright Specialist, United States Department of State Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (2015)
  • Faculty Scholar of the Year Award, Cedarville University - 2016
  • Steinway Artist - 2016


1995 D.M.A., University of Maryland
1990 M.M., University of Maryland
1988 B.M.A., University of Michigan

Contact Information

Department of Music
DMC 112
251 N. Main Street
Cedarville, Ohio, 45314


Journal Articles (5)

Music Compositions (7)

Grants (2)

Audio Recordings (3)

Recitals and Concerts (42)