Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Keyboard Studies / Music Composition, Theory, History
Office: Fine Arts 315
An international artist, scholar, and educator, Sarah Chan has engaged a residency of musical artistry, scholarship, and teaching across three continents. As concert pianist, Chan has garnered numerous awards, including The American Prize in Piano Performance, three-time selection as "Rising Artist" by New York Concert Artists and Associates, featured debut in the Carnegie Emerging Artists series at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, performances in the Evenings of Piano Concerti III, IV, and V series in New York City. As piano soloist with orchestra, Chan has performed with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, Romanian State Symphony Orchestra, New York Concert Artists Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra. Chan has performed internationally at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (New York), Kuenstlerhaus Concert Hall (Munich), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Le Cinéma Balzac (Paris), Sala Ateneu (Bacau, Romania), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Seattle), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis), Altamura Center for Arts and Culture (NY), Blaine Performing Arts Center (WA), Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Battelle Northwest Young Artists Series, and Seattle Ladies Musical Club Awards-Debut tour of Washington State. Chan has furthermore participated in the music festivals of L’Académie d’Eté du Haut-Nivernais (France), L’Académie Musicale Internationale de Moulin d’Andé (France), Amherst Summer Piano Festival (MA), and Olympic Music Festival (WA).
A passionate musician and scholar, Sarah Chan hails from Hong Kong and received her training in the United States and in France. In music, she was educated at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (D.M.A.), Le Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (M.M.), Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), and the University of Michigan. Areas of expertise include piano performance and literature, with additional concentrations in music theory/theory pedagogy, composition, and voice. Concurrent with her musical pursuits, Dr. Chan engaged liberal arts studies at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan, concentrating in French language and literature studies, with cultivated interest in 17th- and 18th-c. French literary works. Dr. Chan holds a certificate in highest level French from La Sorbonne's Cours de Langue et de Civilisation Française. Academic honors include the Wolaver Award, Branstrom Prize, and James B. Angell Scholar Award from the University of Michigan, and the Harry M. Roth Scholar Award from the University of Rochester. Possessing a keen interest in cultural-historical periods of artistic dialogue, Dr. Chan spent her European residency conducting research on the aesthetic and cultural interchange resonant in turn-of-twentieth-century French and Spanish piano music, art, and architecture. Her present research interests include the movement of pioneer music during the American Westward expansion, as well as Chinese piano literature in performance, compositional analysis, and historical overview.
Dr. Chan presently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where she is Director of Keyboard Studies / Music Theory and History in the Department of Fine Arts. She additionally teaches French at Northwestern under the auspices of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Humanities. Dr. Chan was nominated for the 2013 and 2012 John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award at NWOSU and has additionally received the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester where she previously taught. With instructional expertise and experience in piano, collaborative music, music theory, music history, aural skills, vocal coaching, and French, Dr. Chan seeks to demonstrate a dynamic and comprehensive approach to training in higher education. Dr. Chan is adjudicator for The American Prize Competitions and Arts Advocacy Captain for Oklahomans for the Arts.
Engaging an ongoing passion for the artistic inspiration and musical/academic development of others, Sarah Chan is committed to motivating and training a new generation of artist-musicians, thinkers, and innovators. She is enthusiastic to serve a new era of movers and shakers in the performing arts, education, culture and society, and to see a flourishing of the arts and humanities demonstrated in multidimensional sectors of life.
Keyboard Studies at Northwestern
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