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Piano

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Jessica Siena
Director of Conservatory Admissions
209.946.2418
Faye Spanos Concert Hall, 3rd Floor
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
jsiena@pacific.edu

The Piano Department has always been one of the mainstays of the Conservatory of Music at Pacific. Our faculty members are trained pianinsts educated at the leading conservatories and music schools of the United States and Canada. Their own performing careers include concert tours not only throughout the United States but extending from Western and Eastern Europe to the Far East.

Weekly performance classes combine the two major studios and allow for input from both, the professors and the peers. In the junior and senior year, performance majors study with more than one instructor, increasing their exposure to different perspectives of music-making. This leads to a “double mentorship” experience for all of our performance graduates.

The performance curriculum includes an hour of private instruction weekly for freshman and sophomore majors, and two hours a week for juniors and seniors. Private instruction in accompanying and coaching of chamber ensembles rounds out the performance training. Two semesters of keyboard literature provide a broad perspective on the literature for piano, and a course in pedagogy trains students for the piano teaching profession.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to the weekly performance classes, there are opportunities for solo and ensemble performance through the Conservatory-wide performance class “Solo Class.” Performance majors give junior and senior solo recitals while music education majors give half-recitals in their senior year. As often as twice a year, the Stockton Symphony offers our students master classes with the Symphony's guest artists. A concerto competition for seniors provides the opportunity for winners to perform with the University Symphony at the Commencement Ceremony.

Our piano students have won the Music Teachers Association of California, Northern California Concerto Competition on several occasions, and gone on to win the state competition as well. Many of our performance majors have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at such leading graduate programs as the Eastman School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and the music schools at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California.

Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition

University of the Pacific's Conservatory co-sponsors this exciting competition for high school pianists in their freshman through senior years. The prize fund totals $2500 and this distinguished event has attracted many of the best high school musicans in the state. Learn more ...

Music Performance, Piano, Faculty

Sonia Leong
Associate Professor of Practice in Piano, Program Director

Natsuki Fukasawa
Visiting Lecturer in Piano

Frank H. Wiens
Artist in Residence

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, Piano, 4-year grid