Dr. Sarah Chan

Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Music Theory

Dr. Sarah Chan PhotoAn international concert pianist, educator, and scholar, Dr. Sarah Chan has garnered numerous awards, including The American Prize in Piano Performance, “Rising Artist” selection by New York Concert Artists and Associates, the PianoTexas International Festival competition professional prize, and distinguished artist features in 2015-2016 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Berlin Philharmonic Hall Kammermusiksaal (Berlin), St. James’s Piccadilly Hall (London), Beifang University Performing Arts Center (China), and Ningxia Normal University Concert Hall (China).  Chan has furthermore performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall (New York), Künstlerhaus Concert Hall (Munich), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Sala Ateneu (Bacau, Romania), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis), Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Seattle), Ed Landreth Hall (Fort Worth), Enid Symphony Hall (OK), and Steinway Recital Hall (San Francisco).  As soloist with orchestra, Chan has appeared with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, Romanian State Symphony Orchestra, New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.  

A native of Hong Kong, Sarah Chan received her education in the U.S. 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, where she received the Wolaver Award full tuition scholarship for dual degree studies.  Concurrent with her musical pursuits, Chan engaged French and French literature studies at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Chan presently serves as Assistant Professor of Music (Keyboard Studies and Music Theory) and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at California State University.  She teaches applied piano, collaborative arts, piano pedagogy and literature, and upper-division music theory (20th-c. compositional techniques, 18th-c. counterpoint, form and analysis, chromatic harmony).  Dr. Chan additionally holds the title of Visiting Professor of Music at Ningxia Normal University, an honor bestowed in 2015 for her contributions in international performance artistry and teaching.  Previously, she taught at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she was twice nominated for the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award, and at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In demand as an adjudicator, masterclass teacher, and lecturer, Dr. Chan judges internationally and nationally for The American Prize, U.S. Open Music, France Walton Music, Crescendo International Music, and Classical Masters Music Festival competitions.  She has additionally adjudicated for the Zeiter Piano Competition at the University of the Pacific, Ghiglieri Piano Competition at CSU Stanislaus, Northwestern Piano Festival (OK), and numerous competitions of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC).  As masterclass teacher, she has taught at professional, university, and pre-college levels throughout the U.S. and in China, most recently at Beifang University for Nationalities, Ningxia Normal University, Oklahoma City University, and Erskine College.  Active in the engagement of interdisciplinary musical research, Dr. Chan has moreover presented at business conferences, historical societies, and humanities conferences, including the MBAA International Business Society Conference, Oklahoma Historical Society, and East Asian Educators’ Conference of the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma. 

In scholarly work, Dr. Chan maintains a keen research interest in the area of musical developments arising from distinct periods of artistic-cultural dialogue.  Research areas include the aesthetic, compositional and performance analysis of contemporary Chinese piano music with historic relationship to linguistic, artistic, and cultural influences of both native Chinese and European heritages; the artistic and cultural interchange resonant in turn-of-20th-c. French and Spanish piano music; 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. 

Dr. Chan is enthusiastic to motivate a new generation of movers and shakers in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Passionate for the artistic inspiration, musical education, and academic enrichment of others, she is furthermore excited to see a flourishing of the musical arts 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