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Texas State University-San Marcos
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The Piano Department at Texas State University is comprised of several highly qualified faculty members dedicated to serve the needs of the students.  Members of the Piano Department are specialists in many areas, including classical performance, jazz performance, collaborative performance, organ, group teaching, pedagogy, and chamber music.


The Piano Department is committed to preparing piano majors to become the best performers and educators. Our facilities include practice rooms, performance halls, numerous class and rehearsal rooms, a music computing center, a distributive learning center, and an extensive music library. Our faculty are leaders in teaching and performance. With about 600 music majors and 62 faculty members, the Texas State School of Music is a large and comprehensive musical center.

Recognized for artistic and academic excellence, the School of Music offers diversified undergraduate and graduate degree plans. Undergraduate degrees are offered in music performance, composition, jazz studies, sound recording technology, and music education, leading to teacher certification in more than forty states. We have many musical ensembles in which to participate and our calendar includes hundreds of concerts and events per year.



Christopher O'Riley


From the Top to visit Texas State


Texas State University, in conjunction with Texas State International Piano Festival, is proud to host From the Top to our campus. 

Hosted by acclaimed pianist, Christopher O'Riley, From the Top celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians.  Broadcast on 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners, From the Top is one of the most popular classical music programs on radio.

Please plan on joining us on June 8, 2013, 7:30 PM in Evans Auditorium.  For ticketing information, please click here.


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4th Texas State International Piano Festival

The 3rd Texas State International Piano Festival was again an overwhelming successes! We have hosted students and auditors from all over the world, including China, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, Brasil, South Korea, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatamala, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and The United States.  We also saw the addition of a Collegiate Division, which also turned out to be a huge success.


We all had one of the most wonderful musical experiences of our lives, which was demonstrated not only by the artistic growth each one of the participants experienced in such a short time, but also by the strong emotions that each other shared at the end of the week.  Strong friendships were developed.  In fact, some participants already visited each other abroad.


Drs. Garcia and Kwak are already busy preparing for the 4th Festival, which will be held on June 1 -9, 2013.  Professors Martin, Slutsky, and Lomazov have all confirmed their return in 2013.  We are equally proud to announce the addition of Professor Anton Nel from the University of Texas to our Faculty.  Further, we are delighted to host the famed show From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley from our festival.  We are anticipating the biggest festival yet.


For the latest news, please visit our website at www.music.txstate.edu/piano/txipf.