Fall Semester: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 9:30 am
Westerbeck Recital Hall, Center for the Arts at Pasadena City College
Congratulations to our Pasadena City College piano students who have successfully transferred to four-year universities:
Leo Chang: University of Pacific - with Scholarships
Yitong Ding: California State University, Long Beach - with Scholarships
Lowell Johnson: Cal Poly Pomona
Emily Su: California State University, Los Angeles (Master's program)
Arisa Komori - 上智大学 Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Kevin Chan: California State University, Long Beach
Victoria Cua: University of California, Berkeley
Chris Gu: Biola University - with Scholarships
Michaella Nam: Azusa Pacific University - with Scholarships
Jesse Reyes: California Institute of the Arts - with Scholarships
Arin Shahjahanian: California State University, Long Beach
Congratulations to our Pasadena City College piano students who won the piano competitions:
Jacqueline Rasmussen - Pasadena City College Concerto Competition
Yitong Ding - Honorable Mention, CAPMT Honors Competition District 3
Yitong Ding - Pasadena City College Concerto Competition
Jesse Reyes - Pasadena City College Concerto Competition
Arin Shahjahanian - Pasadena City College Concerto Competition
Jesse Reyes - Fine Arts Club of Pasadena Competition
Arisa Komori - Honorable Mention, Pyrenees Music Society’s Spanish Music Festival Competition
Jesse Reyes - Honorable Mention, Pyrenees Music Society’s Spanish Music Festival Competition
The Pasadena City College Piano Program is at the forefront of piano education in Southern California. It has a longstanding tradition of excellence, including an impressive and comprehensive curriculum for both music majors and non-music majors. Pasadena City College's newly established Center for the Arts offers state-of-the art facilities including the Westerbeck Recital Hall, brand new Yamaha electro-piano lab and acoustic piano classrooms, 61 pianos, including 11 new Steinway grand pianos, and both Hamburg and New York Steinway Concert D performing instruments. The piano faculty members include leading performers and pedagogues who work diligently toward student success.
The Pasadena City College Piano Program offers several tracks of study. The Keyboard Skills track is designed for music majors to help them with musicianship, music theory, and the knowledge and skills to enable them to pass piano proficiency exams at four-year transfer institutions. The Class Piano track is a five-semester course series designed to develop fundamental piano skills for non-music majors. Additionally, piano performance major students have the opportunities to study privately with leading music professionals. The Pasadena City College Piano Program is also proud to offer Piano Ensembles and Accompanying classes that are designed to provide extensive performance experience for its participating pianists. Students in the Piano Ensembles class have also been recognized as prize-winners in both local and international competitions. Piano students have transferred to highly acclaimed institutions of music including the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music.
Another highlight of the Pasadena City College Piano Program is its Artist-in-Residence event, offering students opportunities to hear performances by and participate in master classes with internationally recognized artists and teachers. The Piano Program has hosted master classes including master teachers such as James Bonn from the University of Southern California, Ruth Tomfohrde from the University of Houston, and extended residencies with Ann Schein and Boris Slutsky from the Peabody Conservatory and Jerome Lowenthal from the Juilliard School.
We encourage you to apply for the Pasadena City College Piano Program. We also welcome visits from prospective students, sponsors, and members of the media. Tours of the Pasadena City College Center for the Arts building are available by appointment Monday through Friday. Please contact us to schedule a tour.
Dr. Phillip Young || Director
Office: Center for the Arts - CA202B
Phone: (626) 585-7795
Pasadena City College
Performing and Communication Arts Division