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Piano Adjudicators 2019

Dr. Karen Hsiao Savage, Piano

Karen SavagePianist Karen Hsiao Savage is Associate Professor at Washington State University School of Music, where she teaches solo and collaborative piano. She holds doctoral and masters degrees in solo and collaborative piano from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria.

Karen’s piano duo with husband Jeffrey, 88SQUARED won the Ellis Piano Duo Competition, the Abild Prize in American Music, and second prize and a Special Mention Award at Concours Grieg International Competition in Norway. 88SQUARED has been the featured guest artist at National Federation of Music Clubs and Music Teachers National Association state conferences in Illinois, Florida, Iowa, and Washington, DC. The duo has received critical praise for international premieres of Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos in Canada, Singapore, and New York, and for their CD of Liebermann’s complete works for two pianos on Albany Records at the invitation of the composer.

Students from the Savages’ studios have been accepted at such graduate programs as Northwestern University, University of Southern California, Boston University, and North Carolina School of the Arts, and they have been awarded competitive teaching assistantships and scholarships. Her major teachers include Veda Kaplinsky, Jonathan Feldman, Sam Sanders, Margo Garrett, Robin Wood, Winifred Wood, and Edward Parker.

Dr. Will Simpson, Piano

Will SimpsonDr. Simpson has performed and taught piano in several states across the US, and at all levels, from beginners through university. He has been an instructor of piano at Ball State University, Manchester College, and Taylor University, all in Indiana.

He frequently performs chamber music in the Seattle area and is part of the Emmaus Trio.  Dr. Simpson has degrees in piano performance from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Butler University in Indiana, and a Doctorate from Ball State University in Indiana. He has performed concertos with several orchestras and was the featured pianist in the PBS productions of the “The Life of Young Mozart” and “The Life of Mozart”. 

e is the Director of Music Ministries and organist at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Washington.

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