Specialization in Collaborative Piano


The UO’s keyboard area offers programs in piano performance, accompaniment and chamber music, piano pedagogy, jazz keyboard, organ, and harpsichord.

Piano students receive the highest-level professional training in an environment dedicated to personal attention. The members of the piano faculty are graduates of celebrated conservatories. UO pianists don’t have to imagine adapting their style for concert-grade instruments: students perform on nine-foot Hamburg and American Steinway concert pianos—some of the best instruments in the world—and practice on new Steinway Model A pianos.

Piano students participate in numerous competitions, are lauded with awards from festivals across the nation, and enjoy regular chances to learn from—and play for—master class visitors such as Emanuel Ax, John Perry, Nelita True, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Peter Mack, and Anne-Marie McDermott.

Weekly performance classes take place in Beall Concert Hall, renowned for its excellent acoustics, as well as for its dramatic, Baroque-style Jürgen Ahrend pipe organ. 

After receiving SOMD approval to pursue the chosen specialization, please submit this checklist along with the Declaration of Graduate Specialization form to the Music Graduate Office in the first term of enrollment in the Graduate Specialization. For questions or information, contact the Graduate Music Registration and Advising at 541-346-5664 or email GradMus@uoregon.edu.

graduate-level credits

For a complete list of all Music Performance Specialization in Collaborative Piano requirements download the checklist below.  

Performance Opportunities

Performers have numerous chances for solo and concerto music performances, and enjoy the opportunity to play chamber music with high-level coaching from faculty members. The UO performance experience is designed to maximize students’ abilities to achieve their pianistic, artistic, and professional goals.

Acoustic Keyboard Resources

Instruments include 130 pianos (including 7 concert grands and 46 Steinways), 5 harpsichords, 2 clavichords, 2 pipe organs, and 1 portative organ.

The school has also recently completed work on a state-of-the-art keyboard teaching lab featuring all new Roland digital keyboards. The lab features a Smart Board with internet access, large monitors displaying camera views of the instructor's hands and feet, individual monitors for each student instrument, and a headset and microphone system capable of connecting all students with the teacher, or allowing the teacher to interact with one student at a time.