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Sarah Chan

Area(s) of Expertise
Degrees / Education
Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.)
Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M.)
Manhattan School of Music (B.M.)
Paris Conservatory of Music (graduate studies)
University of Michigan

Sarah Chan engages a rich contribution to the musical arts and education as concert pianist, professor, research scholar, and artist-teacher whose experience and expertise integrates strength of disciplinary focus, breadth of cross-disciplinary knowledge, and connectivity to wide-reaching interdisciplinary interests.  Winner of The American Prize in Piano Performance, U.S. Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award, and three outstanding faculty and fellowship awards in teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity from California State University, Stanislaus and the Eastman School of Music, Sarah Chan maintains a strong commitment to creative, scholarly, and pedagogical excellence.

As an international concert pianist, Sarah Chan has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Salle Cortot-Paris, La Cité Internationale des Arts-Paris, Künstlerhaus-Munich, Sala Atenu-Romania, Beifang Performing Arts Hall, and Ningxia Normal University Concert Hall.  As concerto soloist, she has performed with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic of Romania, Romanian State Symphony, New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.  Chan’s solo recording album, Portraits of France and Spain:  Piano Music from Impressionism and National Romanticism to the Avant-Garde, 1880-1960, is anticipated for release in 2024-2025.

In her professorial role, Dr. Chan serves as Lecturer in Music (Piano) at Stanford University.  She concurrently serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Music (Keyboard Studies/Music Theory) at California State University, Stanislaus.  Chan’s work engages multidimensional expertise in performance artistry, interdisciplinary arts, and music pedagogy in interpretive (historical/contemporary), creative (music improvisation/extemporized art), and interdisciplinary (music-STEM, music-visual-dramatic arts, music in the humanities) expressions of the arts.  Insight into her work may be gleaned through interviews on Ukrainian TV , at Berlin, and in her journal article, “Innovative Teaching Practices in 21st-c. Music Pedagogy”, Мистецтво та освіта (Art and Education) (No. 3 (93) 2019), published in the international Ukrainian art and educational sciences journal founded by the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.

An active arts leader, Sarah Chan has engaged artist-teaching residencies, masterclasses, and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Ukraine, China, and remotely to Ghana.  In Ukraine, she served as artist-teacher at the “Toloka” Center for Educational Initiatives, University of Educational Management of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Ukrainian Global School, Mariupol Specialized School of Music; and in China, at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beifang University of Nationalities, and Ningxia Normal University.  North American residencies include the University of Lethbridge, California State University-Sacramento, Charleston Southern University, University of Central Missouri, Oklahoma City University, Erskine College, International Music Festival, and Pacific Institute of Music.  Chan adjudicates for competitions including Enkor International Music Competition, The American Prize Competition, and the United States Open Music Competition.  Sarah Chan currently serves national arts leadership as Chair of the Performance Council and Board Member for Performance at The College Music Society.