Keyboard Studies

Notable Keyboard Studies Alumni

  • Jean Schneider

    ’87, MM ’90, piano

    Associate Piano Faculty, Sarasota Music Festival, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
  • Daniel Shapiro

    ’84, piano

    Piano Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Sandra Shapiro


    Dean, Preparatory and Continuing Education, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Ory Shihor

    MM ’02, piano

    Dean, Colburn Academy, The Colburn School
  • Cory Smythe

    MM ’01, piano

    Collaborative Pianist, Deutsche Grammophone Recording Artist
  • Keith Porter-Snell

    ’85, piano

    Founder, Academy Records, editor, author and composer of educational piano music
  • Laura Spitzer

    DMA ’00, piano

    Associate Professor of Piano, New Mexico State University
  • Michael Staudt

    DMA ’90, piano

    Director, ‘Klaviersommer’ Music Festival, Cochem, Germany; Piano faculty, Mainz Hochschule
  • Robert Thies

    ’93, MM ’95, piano

    Concert pianist; First Prize Winner, Prokofiev Competition
  • Louise Thomas

    DMA ’99, piano

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Chapman University
  • David Viscoli

    MM ’89, DMA ’92, piano

    Professor of Piano, Minnesota State University
  • Clara Yang

    ’04, piano

    Head of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Piano at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Xin Xin

    ’02, MM ’04, piano

    Piano faculty, Wuhan Conservatory of Music
  • Malcolm Hamilton

    DMA ’66, harpsichord

    Former USC Thornton Professor of Keyboard Studies (deceased)
  • Piotr Anderszewski

    non-degreed alumnus, piano

    Soloist, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago and London Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw; Recording artist, Virgin Classics
  • Doug Ashcraft

    MM ’90, DMA ’95, piano

    Head of School/Instructor of Piano, Idyllwild Arts Academy
  • John Blacklow

    DMA ’96, piano

    Professor of Piano, University of Notre Dame; Recording artist, Universal Music, Ltd.; ECHO/Carnegie Hall "Rising Star"
  • Nancy Bricard

    ’55, MA ’67

    Pianist/Editor; Chair (Emeritus), USC Thornton Department of Keyboard Studies
  • Lucinda Carver

    DMA ’89, piano

    USC Thornton Vice Dean, Division of Classical Performance Studies; Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies, Conducting and Early Music
  • Gloria Cheng

    DMA ’91, piano

    Piano faculty, UCLA; Former Regents Lecturer, UC Berkeley; Grammy Award Winner; harmonia mundi Recording Artist
  • Jean-David Coen

    DMA ’84, piano

    Professor of Piano, Willamette University
  • Timothy Ehlen

    ’85, MM ’87, piano

    Associate Professor of Piano, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • Grace Fong

    ’01, piano

    Director of Keyboard Studies, Chapman University
  • Grant Gershon

    ’85, piano (Piano/Choral Conducting)

    Music Director, Los Angeles Master Chorale; Resident Conductor, LA Opera
  • Lionel Hampton

    DMA, non-degreed alumnus, piano (Piano/Vibraphone/Bandleader)

    Jazz Hall of Fame
  • Peter Kairoff

    MM ’80, piano, DMA ’85, accompanying

    Professor of Piano, Wake Forest University
  • Wojciech Kocyan

    DMA ’00, piano

    First Prize Winner, Paderewski Piano Competition; Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
  • Giorgi Latsabidze

    GCRT ’07, DMA ’11, piano

    Concert pianist; Professor, Vienna Prayner Conservatory of Music
  • David Louie

    MM ’95, piano

    Piano faculty, Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
  • Thomas J. Lymenstull

    DMA ’90, piano

    Piano Faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Nelms McKelvain

    DMA, non-degreed alumnus, piano

    Piano faculty, Idyllwild Arts Academy
  • Thomas Otten

    MM ’86, DMA ’91, piano

    Associate Professor of Piano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Vicki Ray

    DMA ’88, accompanying

    Chair, Piano Department, California Institute of the Arts
  • Nadia Shpachenko

    DMA ’04, MM ’99, piano performance

    GRAMMY-nominated pianist specializing in new music performance