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Collaborative Piano Area

Enter an extensive, challenging and rewarding field.

Now, more than ever, the collaborative pianist is involved in numerous positions across multiple disciplines: from religious service to the opera stages of the world; from the classroom teaching to the annual recital series; from the recording studio to the digital marketing. 

The goal of the Collaborative Piano Program at LSU is to prepare you for as many or these situations as possible before graduation, within the supportive environment of University life. In addition to training you in the multitude aspects of the craft, our curriculum is focused on developing the critical thinking skills that will pertain to all aspects of your career.

During the two-year program, the collaborative piano students will have many opportunities to participate in the superb orchestral and choral programs at LSU, interact with a faculty that boasts world-renowned teachers and performers, and be involved in the productions of the historic Turner-Fischer Center for Opera, to name a few.

We encourage you to be a thinking individual in your everyday life, in your classes, in your playing, and especially in your practicing! We will expect you to be inquisitive, to question paradigms, to search for your own voice, and to extrapolate knowledge. We would like to present you with all of our institution's resources and discuss ways to create your own opportunities for learning and performance. We believe that upon graduation, you should have mastered most of the skills that will make you a valuable and successful artist: 

  • A strong musicianship
  • A wide variety of musical skills and interests
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Desire for community engagement

 

Collaborative Piano Faculty Members

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Ana María Otamendi

Assistant Professor
Collaborative Piano

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Elena Lacheva

Professional-in-Residence
Collaborative Piano

 

 

Curriculum Offerings

In addition to the required courses, every semester introduces graduate seminars exploring various topics: orchestral music at the piano, lyric diction, chamber music and duo sonatas, opera coaching and conducting, effective learning and practicing, and more. Admission to the collaborative piano degree programs is by audition only. 

  • Master of Music – Collaborative Piano Concentration
    • A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required to complete the Master’s degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit satisfies required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course area. The degree must be completed within five years.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts - Collaborative Piano Concentration
    • A minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit is required to complete the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. Up to six hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution if such credit satisfies required or elective courses at LSU and is approved by the Area Coordinator of the course area. The degree must be completed within seven years.

Learn more about the collaborative piano curriculum in this short video with Assistant Professor Ana María Otamendi.