The piano studies program at Northern Arizona University
offers a professional, supportive atmosphere for the piano student’s musical
development. A highly committed piano faculty provides individual attention in
a nurturing environment of academic rigor and creative challenge.
Bachelor of Music in Performance:
Bachelor of Music Education with emphases in:
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Music in Performance
Master of Music in Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music
The campus offers many performance opportunities, including
weekly master classes, piano ensemble/accompanying class, chamber music
coaching and solo, studio recitals, and chamber music recitals. Opportunities
to accompany singer and instrumentalists in lessons and recitals abound. The
Orchestra Solo Competition is held annually and winners perform with the
orchestra in concert.
The vibrant performing arts scene at the university helps to
enrich the student’s musical growth. The Northern Arizona University Horizons
Concert Series, Faculty Artist Series, and Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra present
a myriad of prominent artists on campus, many of whom are then presented in
master classes. Recent participating artists include pianists Andre Watts,
Martin Katz, Jeffrey Swann, Enrique Graf, Paavali Jumppanen, Stanislav
Ioudenitch, Olga Kern, Christopher Taylor, Francisco Alvarez, Marian Hahn, and
Carolyn Bridger as well as mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, violinist Ani Kavafian,
the Chicago String Quartet, and clarinetist Eddie Daniels.
Students may gain valuable experience and financial
remuneration through teaching in the NAU Community Music and Dance
Academy. The School offers lessons to young children, non-music students
and the Flagstaff community.
Auditions and scholarships
Auditions requirements for admission and scholarships are:
- 3-4 memorized selections, including a work by
Bach (or of Baroque period),
- Movement(s) of a classical sonata (Beethoven,
- Romantic and/or Twentieth-Century work.
- 4-octave scales and arpeggios played in a steady
tempo with correct fingerings
Scholarships are available for a limited number of qualified
pianists by audition.
Frank Scott , Director of Keyboard Studies, Piano
Coordinator of Accompanying, Piano
Chen-Ju (Janice) Chiang, Lecturer of Collaborative Piano
Michelle Wachter, Class Piano, Organ