Department of Music

piano black and whiteWelcome to the classical piano webpage! We typically serve around 50 piano students/semester, including music majors with piano as a primary instrument, majors with piano as a secondary instrument, music minors, and non-music majors. Our students have won prizes in solo and concerto competitions throughout North Carolina and the South, and have received scholarships/assistantships at the finest universities and conservatories in the country. We have sponsored guest artist recitals and masterclasses by world-renowned concert pianists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonaldPeter Serkin, and Andre Watts as well as residencies by leading pedagogues such as John Perry and Nelita True.

Alongside offerings in classical piano, the Department of Music also offers instruction in jazz piano and organ. Please peruse the links in the sidebar to the left for more information about our piano offerings.

If you encounter issues with our pianos, please email Max Mitler at

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Below, you can watch piano professors Thomas Otten and Clara Yang with junior Margaret Lynch performing “America” from West Side Story at the department Spectrum Concert on February 25, 2017.