Dr. Sarah Chan

Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Music Theory

Dr. Sarah Chan Photo

International concert pianist Sarah Chan has garnered numerous awards, including The American Prize in Piano Performance, “Rising Artist” selection by New York Concert Artists and Associates, and the PianoTexas International Festival Competition professional prize.  She has performed throughout Europe, America, and Asia, with distinguished artist recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie Hall Kammermusiksaal, La Cité Internationale des Arts-Paris, St. James’s Piccadilly-London, Künstlerhaus Concert Hall-Munich, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space Thalia Theater, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Beifang University Performing Arts Center, and Ningxia Normal University Concert Hall.  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, 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 as a recipient of the full scholarship Wolaver Award.  Concurrent with her musical education, she pursued French and French literature studies at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.

Presently, Dr. Chan serves as Associate Professor of Music (Keyboard Studies and Music Theory) and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at California State University.  She also serves regularly in China as an invited Foreign Expert Artist-Teacher-in-Residence at Beifang University for Nationalities and Ningxia Normal University.  Past teaching experience and honors include the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (Award for Excellence in Teaching, applied piano instruction) and Northwestern Oklahoma State University (nomination for the John Barton Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service).

In high demand internationally as a masterclass teacher and adjudicator, Dr. Chan presented masterclasses recently (summer 2018) at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Ningxia Normal University, and the International Music Festival.  She has additionally taught masterclasses at Beifang University of Nationalities, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Missouri, Florida Atlantic University, Charleston Southern University, Erskine College and Anderson University.  As an adjudicator, she has judged for The American Prize (piano performance, chamber music performance, composition competitions), United States Open Music Competition, International Music Festival, Frances Walton Music Competition, Classical Masters Music Festival, Crescendo International Music Competition, Zeiter Piano Competition, Ghiglieri Piano Competition, and numerous events of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

Sarah Chan remains a strong proponent of forward-thinking research and the engagement of intellectual and creative activity in musical and cross-disciplinary interests.  Her most recent presentations, “Between Paris, Barcelona and Madrid:  Flourishing Musical Liaisons in French and Spanish Piano Music at the Dawn of the 20th Century” (lecture-recital, Symphony Space, New York, July 2018), and “China’s One Belt, One Road in the Musical Arts and Higher Education:  Advancing the Silk Road through New Business Partnerships with U.S. Universities and Conservatories of Music, 2015-2018” (MBAA International Business Conference, Chicago, April 2018), were received with high accolade, praised particularly for their effect in illuminating significant historical movements of artistic and cultural exchange in the development of Western art music as well as in engaging the relevancy of modern-day East-West higher arts education partnerships impacting significant dialogues of contemporary global expansion and investments in international business, society, and governmentWithin the locale of her own residency, Sarah Chan serves on the executive and district boards of the California Association of Professional Music (state affiliate of the MTNA, Music Teachers National Association), working to develop community and sustained visionary creative excellence among professional artist-teachers and music students throughout the state of California.


Keyboard Studies

  • Applied Piano
  • Class Piano
  • Collaborative Piano/Accompanying I-II
  • Piano Pedagogy I-II
  • Piano Literature I-II
  • Piano Pedagogy III (through Spring 2016)
  • Harpsichord Literature (through Fall 2015)

Music Theory

  • 18th-c. Counterpoint
  • Form and Analysis
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Chromatic Harmony (through Fall 2016)
  • 20th-c. Techniques (through Spring 2016)

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies - Graduate Independent Studies Courses

  • 17th-c. English Harpsichord Keyboard Literature and Performance Practice (Spring 2015)
  • Harpsichord and Pianoforte Keyboard Technology:  Developments and Relationship to Period Music Composition and Performance Practices (Fall 2016)
  • Graduate Student Project Supervision:  student film-documentary and research paper, “Women’s Roles in Musical Life, Performance, and Composition in 17th-c. England” (Spring 2017)

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