Dr. Sarah Chan

Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Music Theory

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An international artist, educator, and scholar, Dr. Sarah Chan has engaged a residency of musical artistry, teaching, and research across three continents.  As concert pianist, Chan has garnered numerous awards and honors, including The American Prize in Piano Performance, three-time selection as "Rising Artist" by New York Concert Artists and Associates, featured debut in the Carnegie Emerging Artists series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and distinguished appearances in New York City’s Evenings of Piano Concerti III-V series.  As soloist with orchestra, Chan has performed with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, Romanian State Symphony Orchestra, New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.  International engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (New York), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), Künstlerhaus Concert Hall (Munich), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Le Cinéma Balzac (Paris), Sala Ateneu (Bacau, Romania), Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Seattle), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis), TCU Ed Landreth Hall / Auditorium (Fort Worth), Altamura Center for Arts and Culture (NY), Enid Symphony Hall (OK), Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Battelle Northwest Young Artists Series, and Seattle Ladies Musical Club Awards-Debut Series.  Other honors include winning the 2014 PianoTexas International Academy and Festival Teachers Concerto Competition, Seattle Ladies Musical Club Awards-Debut Competition, and Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Competition.  Chan has participated in the music festivals of L’Académie d’Eté du Haut-Nivernais (France), L’Académie Musicale Internationale de Moulin d’Andé (France), Amherst Summer Piano Festival (MA), and Olympic Music Festival (WA).  

A native of Hong Kong, Sarah Chan received her formal education in the United States and in France.  She trained musically at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (D.M.A.), Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (M.M.), Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), and the University of Michigan.  Concurrent with her musical pursuits, she engaged liberal arts studies at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan, concentrating in French and French literature studies and cultivating an interest in17th- and 18th- c. French works.   

Dr. Chan currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music (Keyboard Studies and Music Theory) at California State University, Stanislaus, where she teaches applied piano, keyboard-related studies (harpsichord and piano literature, piano pedagogy, accompanying / collaborative music), and upper-division music theory (16th- / 18th- c. counterpoint, 20th-c. compositional techniques, chromatic harmony, form and analysis).  Previously, Dr. Chan served on the faculty of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, as Director of Keyboard Studies / Music Composition, Theory, and History in the Department of Fine Arts, and as Instructor of French in the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Humanities.  She has also taught at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and L’Institut de Culture Musicale-Paris.  Twice nominated for the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (2013, 2012), Dr. Chan also received the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.  Dr. Chan serves as adjudicator for The American Prize national piano competitions and has taught masterclasses at graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college levels throughout California, New York, Washington, Florida, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.  

In the realm of scholarly work, Dr. Chan maintains a keen interest in musical developments arising from distinct periods of artistic-cultural dialogue.  Research interests include the cultural interchange resonant in turn-of-20th-c. French and Spanish piano music, art, and architecture; aesthetic, compositional and performance analysis of contemporary Chinese piano literature in its historic relationship to linguistic, artistic, and cultural influences of native and European heritage; the movement of pioneer music during the great American westward expansion of 1840-1930; and arts investment as a significant contributor to social and economic growth of municipal, regional, and national communities.

With a passion for the artistic inspiration, musical engagement, and academic enrichment of others, Sarah Chan is enthusiastic to motivate a new generation of movers and shakers in the performing arts, education, and culture.  She is furthermore excited to see a flourishing of the arts and humanities in multidimensional sectors of society, culture, and life wherever she is called to serve.

Contact Information

Building Location:
Building #6:
Music Building - See Map

Office Location:
M 42 - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3429

E-mail: schan7@csustan.edu