Kathryn L. Fouse

Kathryn L. Fouse

Associate Dean for the Division of Music, Professor, Piano, Piano Pedagogy
School of the Arts
Division of Music
Office: Buchanan Hall 213
Email: klfouse@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2489

Dr. Kathryn Fouse is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Division of Music at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  In addition to her commitment to education, she continues to maintain an active career as a virtuoso pianist and a professional accompanist. She graduated cum laude from Baylor University with the bachelor of music degree in piano performance and received the master of music degree in piano from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She earned the doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas. Her major teachers include Eugenia O'Reilly, Dr. David Albee and Dr. Ruth Slenczynska. Before joining Samford, Fouse served on the faculties of the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth, Texas), Collin County Community College (Plano, Texas) and Lon Morris College (Jacksonville, Texas). 

Having developed a strong interest in contemporary music, Fouse frequently presents lecture-recitals in an effort to bring greater understanding of this music to audiences. In 1992, Fouse was the national recipient of the Merle Montgomery Doctoral Grant awarded by Mu Phi Epsilon for her research into the Surrealist movement and its influence on American composers. Her special interest in the study and performance of American piano music of the 20th century has resulted in invitations to present her research in lecture-recitals at such prestigious institutions as the University of Illinois, Baylor University, the Dallas Art Museum, Gothenburg University (Sweden) and the Norwegian State Academy of Music (Oslo).

In addition to her solo performances, Fouse is in great demand as a professional accompanist. She has collaborated with such artists as Timofei Dokschidzer, Edward H. Tarr, David Bilger, Ronald Barron, James Thompson, Vincent diMartino, Leonard Candelaria, Andrei Ikov, Steven Mead and Dale Underwood. She has served as staff accompanist for many international competitions and festivals, including conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the European Trumpet Days, the Moscow International Trumpet Competition and Festival and the prestigious ARD International Trumpet Competition in Munich, Germany. In 1996, Fouse was awarded the Marian Bowker Davidson Accompanying Award by Mu Phi Epsilon to travel to Saratov, Russia, to participate in the first Vassily Brandt International Trumpet Solo Competition and Festival.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.M., Baylor University
  • M.M., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • D.M.A., University of North Texas


  • Piano
  • Piano Pedagogy

Awards and Honors

  • Merle Montgomery Doctoral Grant, 1992
  • Marian Bowker Davidson Accompanying Award, 1996


  • World Piano Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2011, lecture-recital “Clusters and Dots” or “Sounds and Colors”:  What are they? What do I do with them?  A Pedagogical Look at Interpreting “Newer” Music
  • International Trumpet Guild Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2010, presented the world premieres of The Final Stroke of Nine by Eric Honour and Vaudeville by James Wintle                                       
  • Music Teachers National Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2009, workshop íPods, YouTube and Podcasts in the Studio
  • Alabama Music Teachers Association State Conference, 2009 íPods, YouTube and Podcasts in the Studio
  • Birmingham Music Teachers Association, 2009, lecture-recital “Clusters and Dots” or “Sounds and Colors”:  What are they and what do I do with them?  A Pedagogical Look at Interpreting “Newer” Music


  • The study and performance of music of the 20th and 21st centuries
  • The Surrealist movement and its influence on American composers


  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Alabama Music Teachers Association
  • Metro Music Forum
  • Birmingham Music Teachers Association
  • Birmingham Art Music Alliance