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Piano

Our piano faculty foster complete musicianship skills in a collegial and artistically inspiring environment. A hallmark of our piano program is an individualized approach to each students’ aspirations and goals.

Our piano faculty actively perform throughout the world, produce internationally acclaimed recordings of solo and chamber works, contribute to national publications, and have been recipients of significant national and international awards and performance grants.

While receiving their education, our students are in demand as performers, music directors and chamber musicians in a variety of settings and venues from university and the city’s premiere concert halls, to smaller local venues and churches. They have opportunities to teach privately through several thriving music academies in the city.

Our students have been prizewinners in numerous international and national competitions, have presented research at regional and national conferences and are published authors. Many of our graduates perform and teach in institutions of higher education throughout the U.S., Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil and Europe.

Each piano studio is equipped with two Steinway 7-foot pianos, and students have excellent practice facilities and access to historical keyboard instruments, the music technology center and recording studio.

 

Piano Faculty

Phillip Bush

Phillip Bush

Phillip Bush is associate professor of piano and chamber music. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, he has appeared as recitalist throughout North America and Europe and is a frequent performer at noted chamber music festivals.

Jerry Curry

Jerry Curry

Jerry Curry is professor emeritus of music theory and harpsichord. He has performed recitals and as a continuo player in chamber groups, including the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the author of freshman theory text, "Introduction to the Study of Counterpoint."

Charles Fugo

Charles Fugo

Charles Fugo teaches applied piano and coaches chamber music and is the recipient of the 2008 Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award given by the School of Music. He has played collaborative recitals at New York City’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Marina Lomazov

Marina Lomazov

Marina Lomazov is professor of piano, Ira McKissick Koger Professor of Fine Arts and Southeastern Piano Festival artistic director. Following prizes in the Cleveland, William Kapell, Gina Bachauer and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, she has performed throughout the world.

Scott Price

Scott Price

Scott Price is professor of piano and piano pedagogy, directs the piano area and coordinates piano pedagogy. He is creator and editor-in-chief of the online journal "Piano Pedagogy Forum," which won the 2008 Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. He is founder of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative, which provides music experiences for students with special needs.

Joseph Rackers

Joseph Rackers

Joseph Rackers is associate professor of piano, Southeastern Piano Festival program director and an International Steinway Artist. Hailed as an "American Virtuoso" (Audiophile Audition), Rackers has performed for enthusiastic audiences in New York, Chicago, Kiev, Rome, Shanghai and Washington D.C., at venues across Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine and extensively throughout the United States.