Dr. Louise Chan

Piano Faculty, Musicianship Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Dr. Chan received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music, as well as an Associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also received her doctorate degree from Northwestern University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

A few of Louise's significant teachers/mentors from over the years are instructors with whom she studied while attending the Eastman School of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. These teachers include: Alan Chow, Fernando Laires, John O'Conor, and Thomas Schumacher.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

The area of expertise that Ms. Chan has includes teaching traditional/classical piano for students of all ages and levels. She also specializes in Preparation for Achievement in Music piano exams.

Awards and achievements: 

Dr. Chan has performed as a solo and chamber musician for audiences in the United States, Canada, and France, including venues such as Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Weill Hall in New York, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
She is a past winner of the Canadian Music Competition, and has appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Northwestern Summer Orchestra.
Her performances have been broadcast live on CBC Radio in Ottawa and WFMT in Chicago.
She has been featured in chamber and orchestral performances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony, and was an Orchestral Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for four summers.
Most recently, she was a pianist at the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, New York.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Louise's dissertation, A Guide to the Orchestral Piano Repertoire, is an annotated bibliography of orchestral works with keyboard parts- she presented her work on this topic at the MTNA National Convention in New York City.

Having formerly held a tenured position as the principal pianist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she currently makes her home in Chicago, where she is a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago.