Chan to present talk at Sod House Museum, Spend summer performing abroad

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Chan to present talk at Sod House Museum, Spend summer performing abroad

Dr. Sarah Chan
Dr. Sarah Chan 

Dr. Sarah Chan, assistant professor of music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will speak on “Songs of the American West Frontier and Settlement: Music of the Pioneers, Soldiers, Railroaders, Miners, Cowboys, Ranchers, and Homesteaders,” at the Sod House Museum near Cleo Springs on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m.

This presentation will give an historical overview of the American west pioneer settlement as seen through the lens of the music that accompanied its movement across the American plains and coast. The study of American history and song will offer a rare glimpse into the intimate perspectives and sentiments of pioneers whose lives largely shaped the story of the great American west and whose legacy remains an important voice in its present cultural history.

Chan teaches piano, chamber music, music theory, music history and French at Northwestern.

In addition to her work as educator and scholar, Chan is an international concert pianist who has performed throughout America and Europe, with engagements at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Sala Ateneu (Bacau, Romania), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis), and Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Seattle).

In fact, on April 12, she will be in South Carolina performing a solo recital and masterclass at Erskine College.

After the semester is over at Northwestern, Chan will spend her summer traveling to New York, Germany and Italy. Chan will begin on May 24, as a piano soloist with the New York Concert Artists Symphony. In July, she will have solo recitals at the Kunstlerhaus Concert Hall in Munich and the Palazzo Albrizzi Concert Hall in Venice.

She received her musical training at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Manhattan School of Music and the University of Michigan. She achieved her liberal arts studies at La Sorbonne, Columbia University and the University of Michigan.