Are you interested in continuing your studies in piano but not sure what path to take?  Samford’s Division of Music provides multiple ways to pursue your passion with degree options in piano performance, pedagogy, music education in vocal or instrumental, pre-med, composition, music and music and worship

Students study with experienced and diverse faculty, perform individually as well as with chamber and large ensembles, and gain exposure to international concert artists. Instruction occurs through individual private training, master classes, seminars, workshops, teaching practicums, and observations. Our unique Catalyst program allows students to collaborate across disciplines and engage in senior projects that provide professional-level experiences while at Samford. Additionally, Samford students can take piano lessons as part of a minor in music or as a secondary area to other concentrations.

What Will I Study?

View the four-year graduation plan for the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.

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Career Preparation

Piano Presentation

We prepare our graduates for careers in performing, teaching, and church ministry. Students in our B.S. program move on towards medical degrees but become enthusiasts of the arts and stay connected with musical endeavors.

In addition to numerous performance opportunities, students work with local churches and/or teach pre-college students at the Academy of the Arts or in private studios. There are opportunities to attend conferences, perform with a cross section of ensembles, and travel and participate in a variety of organizations including the MTNA, AMEA and AMTA.

Studying music at Samford was a life-changing experience. Having close access to personable, highly acclaimed faculty enabled me to grow into a strong and confident musician. The Division of Music provided me not only with solid performance-based skills, but also with more than adequate academic training in music history, theory, literature, technology, etc. As a result of my time spent there, I have been able to continue my dreams of studying at the graduate level, and working professionally as a teacher.--Katherine Lynn Vest '15, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Samford
Doctoral  Candidate, University of Colorado-Boulder

Catalyst

The School of the Arts Catalyst curriculum enhances professional development through core classes and experiences. Students in their senior year undertake a capstone project that challenges them to apply their talents and skillsets in a real world application. Piano students can elect to combine the Catalyst project and their senior recital or develop a custom project. For example, 2021 seniors Eden Walker and Kevin James plan to record a multi-genre worship recording as their Catalyst project. The students are not only recording the album but also raising funds to underwrite the cost.

Performance Opportunities & Venues

At Samford, we value student performance opportunities and help students promote themselves as performers and teachers.

Multiple Pianos on Stage

Elite 88 Piano Concert

Samford piano students performed on 10 of the world’s best pianos all on one stage in our Elite 88 Piano Concert.  This event launched the initiative to invest in our piano inventory and provide our students with the highest quality instruments for instruction and performance.

Student Ensembles

Piano students perform in a variety of ensembles including the Jazz Band, Orchestra, chamber ensembles, worship arts ensemble, and campus worship teams. These groups also serve musical and opera needs for live productions.  Not only do these ensembles perform on campus but also offer opportunities to travel both nationally and abroad.

Competitions

Students are prepared to compete in local, regional, and national piano competitions and festivals.  Additionally, students have access to participate in  Samford’s annual Morris Piano Competition and Festival as well as in the concerto competition. 

Student and Teacher Piano

Guest Artist and Masterclasses

Samford invites concert artists to interact with students, providing essential networking experience with industry professionals.  Over the years, Samford has hosted some of the world’s best artists including Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Vadym Kholodenko, Jeremy Denk, Robert Plano, Gabriela Montero, and Marina Lomazov. 

2020-21 guest artists and clinicians include:

  • Misha Dichter
  • Brian Nabors
  • Kaju Lee
  • Karen Taylor

Performance Venues

Piano students have access to a variety of instruments and performance locations on campus. Students enjoy applied lessons in large studios equipped with two grand pianos. Additionally, Brock Recital Hall, Bolding Studio, Reid Chapel, and the Wright Center for Performing Arts all have concert grands and are renowned for their aesthetics and superior acoustics. Students also have access to practice and perform on an Italian modeled two-manual harpsichord. Graduates are prepared for careers as performing artists, pedagogues, church musicians, and/or advanced degree programs.

Piano Faculty

At Samford, you will study with a variety of full-time faculty along with guest artists and visiting professors.

Cindy St. Clair
Beth McGinnis
Fred Teardo
Jason Terry

2020-21 Student Recitals

Student playing piano

Fall 2020

  • Rachel Misheff, graduate recital
  • Cora Elmore, senior recital
  • Zac Wang, graduate recital

Spring 2021

  • Jessica Lien, junior recital
  • Pierce Moffett, junior recital
  • Joshua Davis, senior recital
  • Rachel Misheff, graduate recital
  • Zac Wang, graduate recital
  • Wei “Max” He, graduate recital