Truman State University’s Piano Program offers a breadth of exciting opportunities for performers, scholars, and future music educators who want to make an impact on the world. Our unique learning environment is dedicated to the art of piano performance providing the perfect place to let your talent shine.
As a music major or minor, you will work closely with compelling and supportive piano faculty in private instruction, studio classes, and chamber music coaching. Solo and chamber music performances are presented throughout the year by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Also, student pianists are invited to compete in Truman’s annual Gold Medal Competition for the opportunity to perform concerto movements with the University Symphony Orchestra. The beautifully designed and acoustically adjusted Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall houses two nine-foot Steinway grand pianos. Additionally, practice rooms with Steinway grands are available for reserved times for piano majors.
Investing in Your Education
Truman’s piano scholarship program provides two important awards. Our annual Piano Festival, which is held on the third Saturday of February, features the competition that determines these two awards. The most prestigious is the Truman Piano Fellowship, eight semesters of full tuition, room, and board. Also, at the Truman Piano Festival a second award of $1,000 per year for four years is offered.
Featured guest artists at the Truman Piano Festival include: Dr. Joshua Pifer (Auburn University, 2017), Dr. Lisa Yui (Manhattan School of Music, 2016), Dr. Pamela Mia Paul (University of North Texas, 2015), Dr. Brian Hsu (Loyola University – New Orleans, 2014), Dr. Nicholas Roth (Drake University, 2013).
At the graduate level, $8,000 Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships are awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing the degree, Master of Arts in Music. These awards also include a full-tuition waiver. For pianists, GTRA assignments are available in accompanying, class piano, and in applied piano.
November 2, 2017
This past weekend, October 28-29, 2017 eight students represented Truman at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Auditions held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il. Participants were Cady Thomas, Marissa Elliott, Emily Heyl, Brienna Long, Allison Holloway, Noah Rogers, and Rachel Buttram. Six students made semi-finals, and three won honors. Allison Holloway […]
October 2, 2017
Dr. Jesse Krebs, Associate Professor of Music, recently performed “Ten Thousand Birds” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams with the critically acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis on Sept. 25. He played from memory the songs of a red-winged blackbird, mourning dove, green frog […]