Piano + Organ

A close up of a piano and the keys

The Keyboard Department offers professional training for students seeking a career in the performance and/or teaching areas. We are committed to the development of every student in their knowledge and experiences pertaining to their goals. Students receive individual attention through private instructions, ensemble coaching, and musicianship classes.

We offer many performance opportunities throughout the year in our concert halls, where we host two Steinway concert grands and a Bössendorfer imperial grand. Through assistant teaching and accompanying, students gain real life experiences outside of the classrooms.

    Degree Programs

    Piano students at Loyola can choose from many degree programs, including piano performance, music industry, music education, and music therapy.

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    Audition Requirements

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    Keyboard Guest Artist Series

    Loyola's Keyboard Department brings in a wide variety of piano performers, educators, and theorists to host concerts, masterclasses, and workshops with students. In addition, our keyboard concert series features national and international guest artist and faculty that provide our students with a broader exposure and experiences on teaching and performing.

    2018-2019 Keyboard Series Events include:

    • September 29-30, 2018 Piano Alumni Weekend Guest Artist: Dr. Sean Duggan '77
    • October 20, 2018 Faculty Chamber Recital featuring Dr. Brian Hsu, piano
    • February 10, 2019 Dr. Brian Hsu, piano
    • February 22-23 2019 Guest Artist: Dr. Tian Tian, piano
    • March 26-27 2019 Guest Artist  Dr. Milica Jelaca Jovanovic, piano
    • APril 28, 2019 Dr. Marcus St. Julien, organ


    Notable alumni of the Keyboard Department include:

    • Logan Skelton Professor of Piano, University of Michigan, Loyola Class of ’81
    • Robert Roux Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Department, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Loyola Class of ’70
    • Sean Duggan Associate Professor of Piano, SUNY Fredonia, Loyola


    Dr. Brian Keng-Lun Hsu
    Assistant Professor of Classical Piano

    Dr. Marcus St. Julien
    Extraordinary Professor of Organ, Theory, and Voice

    Ms. Karen Barbalich Smith
    Director of Preparatory Arts Program, Group Piano

    Mr. Matt Lemmler
    Instructor of Jazz Piano

    Ms. Yui Asano
    Coordinator of Accompanying