Program overview

Westminster’s piano program fosters the development of students who perform on a high level as soloists, as artist-teachers and as collaborators with other performing artists.

Are you a high-school student interested in piano? Enroll in our Solo Pianist Week this summer!

Program highlights

Expand your knowledge and expertise with master classes, recitals and performance experiences.

Opportunities:

  • Master Classes - Gain new perspectives and artistic growth through participation in master classes with leading artists
  • Westminster Community Orchestra - Piano students have the opportunity to audition to perform with the Westminster Community Orchestra
  • Culminating recitals - All Piano majors present a half-recital in their junior year and a full recital in their senior year
  • Performing Experience - As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, students perform with major orchestras and conductors, an unparalleled opportunity to experience performing at the highest professional level
Audition Requirements
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Program requirements

Our program will develop your technique and knowledge of piano literature and style. Students also gain valuable performing experience in weekly studio and performance classes.

All pianists study voice, first in a class setting, and then privately to help build significant skills outside of your own area of musical expertise, including vocal skills for choir, which might lead to careers in conducting or collaborative piano.

Become a professional pianist

Westminster piano graduates find success in careers as soloists and collaborative artists in the United States and abroad. They also work as church musicians or music educators. They also are enrolled in graduate study.

Common careers:

  • Solo performer
  • Accompanist
  • Collaborative artist
  • Private teacher
  • Church music director
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The piano program at Westminster remains one of the most essential sources of my musicianship and professionalism to this day. If it were not for the rigorous exploration into musicality, detail-oriented approach to repertoire, and high standards of the faculty members, I would not be anything near the pianist, musician or person I am today."
John Franek
Class of 2018

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.

Contact

Piano (B.M.)

Ingrid Clarfield

Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department

Omega House

clarfield [at] rider.edu

609-921-7100 x8290

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