Who We Are

The Pianist Program is a college preparatory program which augments the training of students in grades 7-12 whose goals include a performing or academic career. 

In addition to the Instrumental Music Program's theory, history, and musical elective curriculum, the Pianist Program offers classes in solo performance training, piano skills and style topics, score and sight reading, piano ensemble, and chamber music. World renowned visiting artist teachers regularly offer coaching to students in the Piano Master Class.

Master Artist Series

Master Artist Series

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Professor Ning An, California State University Fullerton
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Professor Mina Perry, John Perry Academy of Music
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Dr. Shun-Lin Chou, California State University Long Beach

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Dr. Polli Chambers, Salazar- El Camino College
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Dr. Mark Sullivan, General Chairman, Southern California Junior Bach Festival

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Prof. Kevin Fitz-Gerald, University of Southern California


Thursday, December 1, 2016
Junior Piano Recital, 7.30 pm Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 15 , 2016
Senior Conservatory Recital, 7.00 pm Symphony Hall

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Senior Conservatory Development Piano Recital, 7.00 pm DMS 101 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Piano Ensemble Recital, 7.00 pm Symphony Hall

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Senior Conservatory Piano Recital, 7.00 pm Symphony Hall

Congratulations to Our Students

2017 Young Artist Guild: Christine Cheng '18

2017 MTAC State Concerto Compeition (Deivision 3) South Region: Christine Cheng '18 (1st Place)

Piano performances of Ava Hojreh '19 were used as a music track in a documentary feature entitled F. Scott Hess: A Reluctant Realist, produced and directed by Shirin Bazleh. Expected release date 2018.

2017 Young Arts: Stacy Chang '19 (Honorable Mention)

2017 Azusa Pacific University High School Composition Contest: Andrew Courtney '18 (Chamber Category, 1st Place, Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello). 

2017 MTAC Artist of the Future Concerto Competition: Sean Antongiorgi '21 (1st Place). 

2017 Young Composers Competition: Andrew Courtney '18 (Honorable Mention, Movement for String Quartet). 

2016 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition: Stacy Chang ‘19 (4th), Christine Cheng ’18 (5th), Madeline McCanne ‘18 (Honorable Mention).

2016 Chopin International Piano Competition, Hartford CT: Rafe Schaberg ‘18 (Young Artist Category Bronze Medalist).

2016 Frost Composition Competition: Andrew Courtney ‘18 (Honorable Mention)\

2016 Southern California Junior Bach Festival Complete Works Audition: Sean Antongiorgi '21 (1st), Andrew Courtney '18 (2nd), Rafe Schaberg '18 (1st)

2016 MTAC State Concerto Competition: Christine Cheng ’18 (Honorable Mention)

2016 Glendale Piano Competition: Madeline McCanne ‘18 (Honorable Mention)

2016 Young Arts: Christine Cheng '18 (Merit)

2016 Sunset Chamberfest Young Composers' Workshop: Andrew Courtney '18

2016 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music: Christine Cheng '18 (1st)

2016 MTAC Panel Honors: Andrew Courtney '18, Rafe Schaberg '18

2016 CAPMT Contemporary Competition: Sean Antongiorgi '21 (1st Regional; 2nd State)

2016 National Piano Guild Audition Ten Piece Repertoire: Sean Antongiorgi '21 (Top Talent)

2016 MTAC Orange County Branch Theme Festival: Joshua Cho ‘22 (Gold Medal)

2016 MTAC Theme Festival: Faranaz Colton '20 (Gold Medal)

2016 Southwestern Youth Music Festival: Joshua Cho '22 (4th)

2016 Musical Arts Competition of Orange County: Faranaz Colton '20 (2nd Place)

2016 Thirteenth Annual Sejong Music Competition: Esil Empg '20 (2nd)

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Pianist Program Curriculum

7th-8th grades

  • Piano Master Class 7/8 (coached solo performance class)
  • Piano Seminar 7/8 (keyboard skills)
  • Piano Sight Reading

9th-12th grades

  • Piano Master Class
  • Piano Seminar (half topic discussion, half sight reading)
  • Piano Ensemble (duets and two piano works)
  • Musician Class
  • Chamber Collaboration (10th grade)
  • String/Piano Chamber Music (11th and 12th grades)