Kawai Shigeru piano

The 9-foot Shigeru Kawai grand piano located in Salmon Recital Hall.

Four piano students from Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music competed in the recent Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Orange County Theme Festival for Romantic and Impressionistic Music held on Saturday, December 10 at California State University, Fullerton. The students, who study under Dr. Janice Park, came away with impressive results:

Mia Barinaga (Piano Performance Major, ’18) – Gold medal

Ashley Shahbazi (Music Minor, ’17) – Gold medal

Connie Tu (Piano Performance Major, ’17) – Silver medal

Brittany Buendia (Piano Performance Major, ’17) – Bronze medal

Of special note, Mia Barinaga won the division and was selected to perform and compete for a cash prize at the Winner’s Recital that evening. Ashley Shahbazi was the Alternate winner.

There are several opportunities coming this spring to hear students in Chapman’s Piano Program perform, including two free events in May 2017:

May 9
Student Piano Showcase
Salmon Recital Hall, Bertea Hall 100

May 11
Student Pianists in Recital
Salmon Recital Hall, Bertea Hall 100

Chapman University has been designated an EPIC School by the Kawai America Corporation and houses 62 acoustic Kawai pianos in its classrooms, studios, and practice rooms in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. The collection includes a magnificent 9-foot Shigeru Kawai performance grand piano, one of only ten pianos in the world built by hand to exceptionally exacting specifications, which is used in Salmon Recital Hall, and two 7-foot Shigeru Kawai pianos in the Duo Piano Studio.

For information about the Piano Program, contact the Conservatory of Music office at (714) 997-6871 or visit chapman.edu/music.

For information about other upcoming performance events in the College of Performing Arts, visit chapman.edu/events or call the CoPA box office hotline at (714) 997-6624.