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Piano Studies


Like the entire Music Program at Emory, the Piano Studies program offers the highest quality musical training similar to a Conservatory or School of Music, but within a liberal arts setting. Open to pianists from across the campus, students have numerous opportunities in both solo and collaborative performance.

Private study is available with one of our excellent piano faculty and a Collaborative Piano class is offered each semester. Students perform solo works on recitals every year, in chamber music ensembles with strings and winds, 2-piano and 4-hand collaborative piano works, duo repertoire with instrumentalists and singers, and have the choice to play a solo recital in the junior or senior years.

The annual Concerto Competition provides an opportunity to perform with the University Symphony Orchestra. All levels of interest and experience are welcome to participate in Music at Emory.

Hear current student Colin Song play "Toccata" by Vassil Kazandjiev HERE

Piano Faculty

Elena Cholakova Headshot

Director, Piano Studies

Elena Cholakova
Director of Piano Studies
Burlington Road Building, Room 309
Patricia Dinkins-Matthews Headshot

Lecturer

Patricia Dinkins-Matthews
Lecturer of Piano, Music Theory, & Collaborative Piano
Burlington Road Building, Room 317
William Ransom Headshot

Mary Emerson Professor of Piano

William Ransom
Mary Emerson Professor of Piano
Schwartz Center, Room 336

Piano Artist Affiliates

Todd Qualls Headshot
Todd Qualls
Artist Affiliate: Piano Instructor
Hanna Song Headshot
Hanna Song
Artist Affiliate: Collaborative Piano
Burlington Road Building, Room 215
Erika Tazawa Headshot
Erika Tazawa
Artist Affiliate: Collaborative Piano
Burlington Road Building, Room 215

Collaborative Piano

MUS 300 - Collaborative Piano

This class is open by audition to all pianists, majors, and non-majors, interested in performing chamber music literature, 4-hand, or 2-piano repertoire.

Contact Dr. Cholakova for audition information.

New and Prospective Students

Audition Information

Two contrasting works from memory that demonstrate your level of musical and technical achievement. Sight-reading.

  • For Fall 2020 Auditions in the piano area will be conducted in the form of video submission. Please submit 1-2 pieces via YouTube to Dr. Cholakova at elena.cholakova@emory.edu. Contact Dr. Cholakova directly with any questions you might have.
Elena Cholakova Headshot
Elena Cholakova
Director of Piano Studies
Burlington Road Building, Room 309