Piano Adjudicators 2019
Dr. Karen Hsiao Savage, Piano
Pianist 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 Simpson is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, home of the PAFE Festival.
He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, a Master of Music degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, and a Doctorate of Music degree from Ball State University in Indianapolis. His primary academic focus has been in piano, choral conducting, and organ, and in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.