College of Fine & Performing Arts

Piano & Keyboard

Piano and Keyboard

Piano Area Coordinator, Dr. Milica Jelaca Jovanovic 

The Keyboard Program at Western includes a broad range of performance opportunities, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and an internationally acclaimed faculty. We offer weekly lessons in piano and organ for undergraduate and graduate music majors, minors, and non-majors. Students participate in weekly performance seminars in piano and accompanying, an annual Keyboard Area topical event, and participation every quarter in master classes with distinguished guest artists such as William Bolcom, Leon Fleisher, Margo Garrett, Frederick Rzewski and Martin Katz.

Weekly performance classes offer a wonderful opportunity to perform on three 9-foot Steinway concert grand pianos in Western's superb Concert Hall. Regular access to Steinway grand pianos for practicing is also available in all piano practice rooms. Numerous scholarships are available and awarded to students based performing excellence in annual auditions and performances throughout the year. Incoming students are scholarships awarded based on their entrance/departmental audition. Please visit our auditions page for more information.

Sanford Hill Piano Series

Western is home to the Sanford Hill Piano Series, providing our students and community access to professional pianists from around the world. Recent guests include Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Biss, The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, and top prize-winners from the 2013 and 2017 Van Cliburn Competitions. All revenue generated by the series funds endowed scholarships for talented WWU piano students. Selected students perform in master classes with Sanford-Hill guest artists.

Alumni

Recent piano graduates have gone on to pursue graduate programs in piano performance and accompanying at the nation’s most prestigious schools of music. Western pianists have won WSMTA/MTNA State and Regional Competitions, Seattle Russian Piano Festival Competition and Chopin Northwest Festival Competition, and have given solo performances live on KING FM, at Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, Benaroya Hall, and the Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival. Concerto performances include appearances with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Evergreen Philharmonic, and Marrowstone Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Performance opportunities

  • Concerto performances with our symphonic orchestra
  • Chamber Music Collaboration
  • Contemporary Music Recitals
  • Early Music Ensemble Recitals

Events

  • Sanford-Hill Piano Recital Series, and Masterclasses
  • Annual Piano Area Event Recital, featuring all piano students and faculty in a themed recital.
  • Annual guest recitals, masterclasses, and workshops

Guest artists

  • Jean-Paul Sevilla
  • Arthur Greene
  • Stephen Drury
  • Martin Katz
  • Gyorgy Sebok
  • Alexander Ardakov
  • Sara Davis Buechner
  • Jane Coop
  • Penelope Crawford
  • Margo Garrett
  • Bennett Lerner
  • Yong Hi Moon
  • Logan Skelton
  • Orion Weiss

Keyboard Program Faculty

 

 

Faculty

Piano and Keyboard

Name Title Phone E-Mail Location
Jeffrey
Gilliam

Professor of Music

(360) 650-3709

Jeffrey.Gilliam@wwu.edu

PA 052
DMA
Milica
Jelača Jovanović

Professor, Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Area

(360) 650-2870

Milica.JelacaJovanovic@wwu.edu

PA 172
Michelle
Stranges

Piano Technician

(360) 650-2485

Michelle.Stranges@wwu.edu

PA 061
Judith
Widrig

Senior Instructor, Piano

(360) 650-3252

Judith.Widrig@wwu.edu

PA 101
DMA
Kay
Zavislak

Instructor, Piano and Keyboard Skills

(360) 650-3235

Kay.Zavislak@wwu.edu

PA 101