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Lucy Tan

Lucy Tan

College of Arts and Sciences
Area of Specialty: Lecturer/Director of Keyboard Studies/Applied Piano
Garvey Fine Arts Center
Room 224
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
New England Conservatory/MU, Bachelor of Music
New England Conservatory/MU, Master of Music
Univ of Colorado-Boulder, Doctor of Musical Arts
Academic History

Assistant Professor of Music/Artist-in-Residence, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, 2017-2020

  • MU 133 A, Group Piano I
  • MU 133 B, Group Piano I
  • MU 213 A, Group Piano III
  • MU 244 A, Collaborative Piano
  • MU 267 A, Piano
  • MU 337 A, Piano Literature I
  • MU 339 A, Piano Pedagogy
  • MU 444 A, Collaborative Piano
  • MU 467 A, Piano
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Kansas Music Teachers Association 2021 State Conference Formal Presentation: "Inspiring Students' Artistry Through Elements of Narrative and Imagery"

Colorado State Music Teachers Association 2020 State Conference Formal Presentation: “Pianist in the Panhandle: Anecdotes of Teaching and Performing in Rural America”

Colorado State Music Teachers Association 2018 State Conference Formal Presentation: “Unraveling La valse: Analysis and Implications for Piano Performance”

D.M.A. Dissertation: "Oiseaux exotiques: An exploration of structure, narrative, and interpretation" (2016)

D.M.A. Lecture-Recital Document: "Ravel’s La valse, Reconstructing Memory: Analysis and Implications for Piano Performance" (2016)

Service Interests/Activities
Northeast Kansas Music Teachers Association, Executive Board, President
Kansas Music Teachers Association, Board Member, Composer Commissioning Chair
Colorado State Music Teachers Association, Advisory Council, Advertising Chair​
Washburn Piano and Organ Society, Faculty Advisor
Career Accomplishments

Pianist, Lucy Tan, has concertized at many notable venues including Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Her young performing career began when she made her live WGBH radio debut at age 11 on “Morning Pro Musica” with Robert Lurtzema, followed by her concerto debut at age 12 with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Tan was later featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and WBGH’s “Classics in the Morning.” She can also be heard on the recording, Kuş Dili: The Language of Birds, a CD that integrates global and classical music. Outside of the U.S., Dr. Tan’s performances have taken her to Asia as well as Europe, and she has performed at renowned festivals such as Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West.

A passionate chamber musician, she had many performances with violinist Dr. Yunjung Lee, performing sonata duo repertoire in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, and Indiana. She is active as part of the Washburn University Piano Quartet, and is projected to perform with Topeka Symphony concertmaster, Dr. Zsolt Eder, on a concert of Beethoven sonatas in the spring of 2022. She was previously featured in Chamber Music Amarillo’s concert series, playing piano trios by female composers. A two-time recipient of the Masonic Cultural Enrichment Grant, she was Panhandle State University’s artistic director of “Celebrating 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein: An American Musical Legend” and “A Night in Paris.” She was recently showcased at Grace Episcopal Cathedral’s concert series in Topeka, performing solo works by Granados and Chopin. In summer of 2021, she performed in WPTA USA-Missouri’s concert series on the complete piano sonatas of Mozart.

Dr. Tan won awards at the XXVIII Incontro Internazionale Giovani Pianisti, the Chiang Wen Yeh International Piano Competition, the New England Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition, the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition, the Harvard Musical Association Award, and more. Her primary teachers include David Korevaar, Bruce Brubaker, Veronica Jochum, Bob Spillman, Tatyana Dudochkin, and Hui-Yen Chang. She had additional studies with Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin, and Arie Vardi. Dr. Tan received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from NEC, and was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. She presented at CSMTA and KMTA State Conferences, was a guest on NEC’s Piano Seminars, gave masterclasses across the country, and adjudicated events such as the Greater Southwest Music Festival, MAMTA Piano Concerto Competition, MTNA state competitions, and more.

Dr. Tan is an active member of MTNA and several local and state teacher associations. Her various service activities include serving as President of Northeast-KMTA, serving on the KMTA Board as Composer Commissioning Chair, and serving on CSMTA’s Advisory Council as Advertising Chair. Dr. Tan is passionate about teaching, fostering creativity in her students, and performing as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She is faculty advisor of Washburn Piano and Organ Society, is a leader in organizing the first ever Washburn Piano Day, and founded Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy, which will have its inaugural session in summer 2022. Dr. Tan’s past teaching experiences include the New England Conservatory, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Currently, she is the Director of Keyboard Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas where she teaches applied piano and a number of keyboard courses. Dr. Tan’s past students have won high marks in piano festivals and competitions, and have gotten accepted into acclaimed universities and graduate programs.

Certificate of Teaching and Learning 2020-2021

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