International pianist Dr. Sarah Chan to share musical talent Nov. 20

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International pianist Dr. Sarah Chan to share musical talent Nov. 20

November 9, 2011

A piano debut recital featuring international pianist Dr. Sarah Chan, professor of music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Herod Hall Auditorium.

The public is welcome to share in this free evening of music. The concert provides an excellent place for personal engagement with a rich musical experience. The works featured express the full-bodied musical style of German Romantic piano music in the first half of the 19th century, displaying two major developments in European art music known as the large-scale set of character pieces (Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6, by Robert Schumann) and the symphonic-style piano sonata (Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms). The music is powerful, rich, nuanced and profound.

Presently, Chan heads the division of keyboard studies and music theory in the Fine Arts Department. Active in the instruction of applied piano, class piano, music theory, music history and music appreciation, Chan engages a passion to see a new generation of artists, musicians, scholars and innovators arise out of the communities and institutions amidst where she is placed.

As an international artist, Chan has concertized throughout America and Europe, most recently giving her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as featured artist in the Carnegie Emerging Artists recital series in March. Winner of The American Prize in Piano Performance in 2011, Chan also was selected as “Rising Artist” by New York Concert Artists and Associates in 2010.

A native of Hong Kong, Chan received her musical training at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Manhattan School of Music, Le Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Paris Conservatory of Music), and the University of Michigan. She pursued liberal arts studies, French and French literature concentration, at La Sorbonne, Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

For more information on Chan, visit or contact her at or (580) 327-8690.