Welcome to Piano at Keene State College!

Piano is the heart of the Keene State College Music program!

The Music Department provides top, conservatory-trained faculty to teach and mentor our student pianists in Performance, Education, and Technology undergraduate B.M. and B.A. degrees. Keene State employs two exceptional, full-time Staff Pianists to work with all music students in preparation for juries, workshop performances and recitals throughout their degree programs.

Under the direction of the Co-ordinator of the Piano program, Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova, students graduate from Keene State College with a robust and varied skill set, with extensive training in both solo repertoire and collaborative piano skills.

The piano program holds regular studio classes, fostering a sense of community while tailoring the program to the needs of the individual student. Our student pianists collaborate with other departments, playing for Theatre and Dance productions and working with multimedia and film in departmental recitals.

Come to campus to see our pianists in action!

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Performance Opportunities for KSC Piano Students

Wednesday Workshop Series (MU 100)

Every Wednesday, KSC Music Students perform informal recitals from 2-3:40 pm in the Alumni Recital Hall. Students of all disciplines and majors are asked to perform and speak from the stage about their repertoire. This is a wonderful opportunity for our pianists to gain valuable experience performing in front of an audience on our beautiful 9 ft. Steinway concert grand.

Piano Student Showcase Concerts

Each semester at Keene State, our pianists perform a student showcase recital before their Juries at the Alumni Recital Hall, with both major and non-major students an opportunity to hone their performance skills.

University Ensembles & Independent Studies Projects

Keene State offers several ensembles for pianists, including Orchestra and Concert Band, Jazz Combos, String Ensemble, and Latin American Ensemble. These unique opportunities have included repertoire for both piano and harpsichord students such as Bach’s Brandenburg No. 2 in F Major, Stravinsky’s Suite No. 2, Missy Mazzoli’s In Spite of All this, and Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde with the KSC Orchestra.

Come visit us on campus to learn more about our Piano Program!

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Performance Opportunities for KSC Piano Students

As part of piano studies at Keene State, students have opportunities to perform solo and chamber music works in Wednesday Workshop recitals and in masterclasses with guest artists.

Recent guest artists and clinicians include concert pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Stephen Drury (both Faculty at New England Conservatory), Virginia Eskin (former CAMI artist), and Christian Wilm Müller (University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany). This season includes recitals and classes by Richard Masters (Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts) and more!

Chamber Music at Keene State!

We feel strongly about giving Chamber Music opportunities to our students at Keene State!

In the piano program, pianists are encouraged to sign up for chamber music and contemporary ensemble during their study. In chamber studies, they learn how to work with other musicians and are coached by our leading chamber faculty, which include members of the Apple Hill String Quartet and other leading professionals in the chamber and collaborative fields. In contemporary ensemble, they discover new music written by living composers, as well as influential 20th and 21st century works. They are also able to work with student composers in collaboration with the KSC Composition department.

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Celebrating Diversity: Castle of our Skins Residency!

Piano is the heart of the Keene State College Music program!

We were thrilled to invite Castle of our Skins to Keene State College through a Redfern Arts Center Residency. Our Music Department students heard lectures about celebrating black artistry through music by Artistic Director Ashe Gordon, and benefited from hearing a wonderful evening concert, private lessons, a masterclass and a Student Composer's Reading. Wow! Thank you COOS for an outstanding, unique experience that our students will not forget.

Collaboration with Weimar, Germany & Apple Hill!

It was a fantastic collaboration this week with Professors and Students visiting Keene State College from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, in Germany! They had Master Classes with Keene State College Professors and the Apple Hill String Quartet, as well as a guest master class by Apple Hill Director Lenny Matczynski.

We are so happy to have a wonderful collaboration with Apple Hill, and to invite international Guest Artists to our campus!

Keene State College Invests in All-Steinway Designation!


Keene State College has agreed to a collaboration with Steinway & Sons to begin the process of becoming an all-Steinway school!

The College would be the first in New Hampshire to acquire this designation. The campaign is being run by the Keene State Advancement office, Marilyn Shriver, the Music Department Chair Dr. Heather Gilligan, and Dr. Wright-Ivanova, with generous support from the KSC upper administration and Keene community.

Junior Recital - Kirsten Becker

So proud of my KSC student Kirsten Becker, Junior Piano Performance Major, on presenting a beautiful, musical and thoughtful Junior recital today! Congratulations to Kirsten!

Kirsten's program included: Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K.330; Scarlatti's Sonata in A Major, K. 208 and K. 24; Liszt's Un sospiro; Ravel's Sonatine; Barber's Piano Excursions and Medtner's Fairy Tale, Op. 20, no. 1.

Go and buy her Debut CD here.

Spotlight: Master Class with Stephen Drury, New England

Student Jacob Huggins (BM. Piano Performance, 2018) works with NEC Faculty Stephen Drury on Beethoven's Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, no. 2 "Tempest". Check out some of Jacob's senior recital - link below!

Spotlight: MTNA Student Chapter

Our music and piano students are active in the Keene State MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Student Chapter!

Here's a shot from their field trip to Boston in 2019, where they experienced a performance at the Boston Symphony and a visit to New England Conservatory, along with a special tour of the Leonard Bernstein Collection.

More information here.

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Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova

Pianist, Professor, Chamber Musician, & Vocal Coach