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.
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.
- Concerto performances with our symphonic orchestra
- Chamber Music Collaboration
- Contemporary Music Recitals
- Early Music Ensemble Recitals
- 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
- 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
- Jeffrey Gilliam (Professor of Piano and Piano Accompanying)
- Milica Jelača Jovanović (Professor of Piano, Keyboard Program Coordinator)
- Judith Widrig (Senior Instructor of Piano and Organ)
- Kay Zavislak (Instructor, Class Piano)