Dr. Yelena Wells joined the music department in fall 2019. Her responsibilities include class and applied piano instruction.
Yelena comes from Grand Rapids Community College, where she has taught applied and class piano, music appreciation and music history courses. Yelena's administrative work has included coordinating the GRCC Arts Outreach preparatory kids music program and the GRCC Music Audition Workshop.
Yelena was awarded the 2016 GRCC Excellence in Education Award for adjunct faculty and was also the recipient of League for Innovation 2016 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. She was awarded the 2019 Teacher of the Year by the Grand Rapids Piano Teachers' Forum.
She received degrees from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. Yelena has studied with Van Cliburn medalist Aviram Reichert, Dr. Silvia Roederer of the Verdehr Trio, Dr. Pauline Martin and George Vatchnadze. She has participated in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed pianists such as Kenneth Drake, Katia Skanavi, Frances Renzi, Dylana Jensen, Adam Aleksander, Milton Rubén Laufer, Christopher Taylor and others.
Yelena is an accomplished pianist and performs both as a solo and collaborative artist throughout West Michigan. She is an active member of Music Teachers Nation Association, Michigan Music Teachers Association and the Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids, where she recently served as president. Yelena serves as the technology chair for MMTA.
In addition to music, Yelena's interests include online business marketing and consulting. Yelena works with Elite One Media where she oversees web design, social media marketing and virtual tour services for local businesses. To connect with Dr. Yelena Wells, please visit LinkedIn.