Whether they choose to play solo, accompany a choir, or play hymns for a church, the South Carolina School of the Arts piano performance grads are well tuned for a career in music.
The Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance trains students to become performing musicians. While graduates also are prepared to teach other keyboardists, their own skills are constantly challenged and nurtured in the classroom and onstage.
Within the Piano Performance program, students can add the Concentration in Piano Pedagogy, which prepares them in piano instruction and running a private music studio. Graduates could join an established music academy or start a new one.
Howard Kim is an Associate Professor of Music at the South Carolina School of the Arts and director of the AU Piano Ensemble. Concert pianist, collaborative artist, vocal coach, and conductor, Dr. Kim received his early piano training from master teacher Dorothy Hwang at the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of California-Los Angeles, studying under Antoinette Perry and Aube Tzerko. While completing the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance and literature under the tutelage of Rebecca Penneys at the Eastman School of Music, he was awarded the Performer's Certificate. Dr. Kim has won numerous awards and honors and has performed in California, New York, Florida, North Carolina, and Canada. He has been the featured soloist with orchestras, most recently the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Mallarmé Chamber Players and served as the keyboardist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra.
Lisa Kiser began her studies at age four under the tutelage of her mother, also a pianist. She made her orchestral debut at ten years old in Daegu, South Korea, performing Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. She attended Yonsei University and received a graduate degree in piano performance from Webster University in St. Louis. While there, she received a third place award in the St. Louis Symphony's Young Artists Scholarship Competition, and the St. Louis Artist Society chose her as best artist. Currently she is a finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Fugo. She is currently a piano faculty member at Anderson University and formerly at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. She has performed across the state as a solo and collaborative artist with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, and others. A respected teacher in high demand, her students have won state level and national competitions.
David Kiser began studying piano at 10 and has recently received his master’s degree in piano performance at Converse College with Professor Douglas Weeks. Formerly he studied at the University of South Carolina with Professors Charles Fugo and Marina Lomazov, having also studied at the College of Charleston with full scholarship under Enrique Graf. He took part in the first annual Genesis Piano Competition in Myrtle Beach where he won first place. He performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Carolina Youth Symphony. As part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival he performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1 in Charleston and in Perugia and Spoleto, Italy. His performances have been broadcast on South Carolina Public Radio and he has performed throughout the state. He is a passionate teacher and his students have won at the local and state levels. David produces and hosts On the Keys, an hour of piano music played by virtuoso pianists, for South Carolina ETV Radio, heard in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston on Thursday evenings http://etvradio.org/programs/keys).