Miriam Schwanauer earned her Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Applied Piano in 1983 from the Eastman School of Music, where subsequently she was awarded graduate fellowship to teach Class Piano (1983-1985) and received her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature in 1985. Her teachers include Ocy L. Downs, Frank Glazer, and Rebecca Penneys.
Prior to joining the piano faculty of the Conservatory of Central Illinois in early 2002, she served on the piano faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music, while also maintaining her own private piano studio. In addition to performing regularly as a soloist accompanist and choir directory for church liturgy, she served on the faculty of Saint Joseph's College in Maine, where she taught courses in Music History and Appreciation.
Dedicated to teaching students of any age, beginning through advanced levels, she developed and taught Pre-K music classes (ages 2-5) at the Cooperative Nursery School (in Urbana, IL), and while in Maine taught music classes and piano at the Hill School (K-6) and Waynflete School (K-12).
Before moving to Illinois in August of 2001, she enjoyed membership in the Portland Rossini Club ( a performing musicians' club founded in 1869.) She currently performs as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, as well as a substitute liturgical pianist in Central Illinois.