The Collaborative Piano program encompasses the study of instrumental, vocal and ensemble repertoire. Students join the inspiring and collegial environment at the Desautels Faculty of Music, where collaboration and mentorship between collaborative pianists, their performing partners, and faculty members occurs daily. Collaborative piano students are involved in every area of performance at the faculty, and they regularly receive support and feedback from active musicians who perform on the local, national, and international stage.
The Desautels Faculty of Music offers many opportunities for performing both at the university and in the larger community. Students have the option to emphasize instrumental or vocal collaboration and are encouraged to continue their solo piano studies if they wish.
Our students have come from across Canada and many have gone on to participate in programs such as SongFest, VISI, Opera NUOVA, and the Schubert Institute in Baden, Austria. Graduates of the program have continued their studies at schools including the Eastman School of Music and the Boston Conservatory. They have established themselves in active performing careers, both as freelance artists and within institutions.
Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert directs the Instrumental/Piano area and is a member of the piano faculty.
Dr. Laura Loewen, vocal coach and diction specialist, directs the Vocal/Piano area.