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.

Guest Master Classes 2018-2019

All OCSA parents and staff are welcome to attend.

Recitals 2018/2019

OCSA Pianist Program Showcase
December 8, 2018 - 4.00 pm
Barret Hall, Pasadena Conservatory of Music
This is a special event featuring all Pianist Program students in performance at the beautiful Barrett Hall in Pasadena.
Tickets for the event are $30 and will be available at the door.
OCSA Piano Festival
January 19 or March 19, 2019 - 9.00 am
Symphony Hall
The first annual OCSA Piano Festival for middle and high school students, designed to inspire young pianists to strive for artistic excellence.
Senior Conservatory Ensemble Recital
March 26, 2019 - 7.00 pm
Kathy & Gary Conrad Choral Room DMS 101
Performances of ensemble piano literature from the Baroque to present day by award winning students of the Pianist Program
Junior Conservatory Solo Recital
May 14, 2019 - 7.00 pm
Kathy & Gary Conrad Choral Room DMS 101
Performances of solo piano literature from the Baroque to present day by award winning students of the Pianist Program
Senior Conservatory Solo Recital
May 16, 2019 - 7.00 pm
Symphony Hall
Performances of solo piano literature from the Baroque to present day by award winning students of the Pianist Program
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Pianist Program Newsletters

Congratulations to Our Students

2017 Young Artist Guild: Christine Cheng '18.

2017 MTAC Solo Competition: Angela Lee '22 (2nd Place Division 2 Southern Regional).

2017 MTAC State Concerto Competition: Christine Cheng '18 (2nd Place State Final, 1st Place Division 3 Southern Regional).

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 Nextnotes High School Composition Awards: Andrew Courtney '18 (Honorable Mention, Movement for String Quartet).

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, Level One, 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)

Support Donations

Would you like to support the Pianist Program by making a cash donation? Please note that these donations should be above and beyond the annual parent Voluntary Contribution Agreement, which provides core funding for the arts conservatory programs.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding support donations, feel free to contact Dr. Sarkis Baltaian at 714-560-0900, ext. 6850 or by email at: sarkis.baltaian@ocsarts.net.

Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

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