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The Piano Department

The piano faculty at the Music Institute at HCC is a group of dedicated and experienced teachers who foster the love of music and enable lifelong enjoyment of music in their students.  Their love of music and pursuit of excellence is demonstrated through their own achievements and actions.  Most of the piano faculty have obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, and continue to distinguish themselves through performances in the Baltimore-Washington area as well as on national and international stages.  In addition to teaching and performing, they are also active members of the National Guild of Music Teachers and Music Teachers National Association, and its affiliated organizations, on the state and county levels.

The faculty work with students of all ages.  Whether you are a beginner, a piano student heading to a music conservatory or a college music department, someone who wants to enjoy playing the piano for yourself, or a working/retired adult who wants to realize the dream of playing the piano, come to The Music Institute and the faculty will support, encourage, and guide you to your goal.

Meet the TMI Piano Faculty:

Dr. Kristina Suter, Coordinator of Piano StudiesDr. Kristina Suter, Coordinator of Piano Studies
Read Dr. Suter's Bio here.

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Piano Faculty
  • Alan Blackman - Jazz pinao and improvisation

    Alan Blackman, jazz piano and improvisation

  • Dr. Wei-Der Huang - classical piano

    Wei-Der HDr. Wei-Der Huang, classical pianouang began playing piano at a young age in Taiwan.  Huang earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan with Hsuan Lee and Kuo-Shang Kao, and won the first prize in the Taipei City Piano Competition.  She holds the Master of Music degree and Professional Study Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she was a student of Solomon Mikowsky and Marc Silverman.  While in New York, she was the Music Director and Organist at Grace Lutheran Church, Astoria.  Dr. Huang received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland at College Park where she studied with Anne Koscielny and Raymond Hanson.

    She is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and Maryland State Music Teachers Association and has performed at Hubbard Recital Hall (New York), Homer Ulrich Recital Hall, NIH Masur Auditorium, Concert Hall at Montgomery College, Strathmore Hall, Levine School of Music, Washington Conservatory of Music, Charles Sumner School Museum, and Smith Theatre at Howard Community College.  In 2003, Huang, member of the Octtava Piano Duo, was invited to perform on the West Coast and in Taiwan.  Dr. Huang is currently on the piano faculty of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland and formerly served on the faculty of Washington Conservatory of Music in Bethesda, Maryland.  She is currently the Music Director and Organist at Greenbelt Community Church in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    Interested in lessons with Wei-Der? Click here to contact Kristina Suter, Coordinator of Piano Studies.

  • Dr. Hsien-Ann Meng, classical piano

    Dr. Hsien-Ann Meng, classical piano

  • Bill Scanlan Murphy, jazz piano, theory, composition, and improvisation

    Bill Scanlan Murphy, jazz piano, theory, composition, and improvisationBill Scanlan Murphy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1954 and holds an MA degree in Music from the University of Oxford. A professionally complex life has included hosting radio shows (rock, classical, and documentary) for the BBC, writing music for television dramas, and working with diverse performers ranging from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to the Beach Boys and Charles Manson.  “Cease To Exist,” a radio documentary on the musical life of Manson, remains the most-listened-to documentary in the history of the BBC Radio One network.  A parallel career as a naval historian has resulted in a book on early submarines and numerous articles and radio features, including one on how many composers have been naval officers.  Apart from teaching at Howard Community College, Murphy also teaches at Harford Community College and is Director of Music at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

    Interested in lessons with Bill? Click here to contact Kristina Suter, Coordinator of Piano Studies

  • Dr. Lisa Rehwoldt, classical piano

    Dr. Lisa Rehwoldt, classical piano

  • Dr. Hsiu-Hui Wang-Myers, classical piano

    Dr. Hsiu-Hui Wang-Myers, classical piano

  • David Wasser, classical piano

    David Wasser, classical piano

  • Dr. Kuei-I Wu, classical piano

    Dr. Kuei-I Wu, classical piano

  • Sangmi Yoon, classical piano

    Sangmi YoonSangmi Yoon started learning the piano at the age of seven in Korea. By the age of ten, she started winning prizes in competitions including the Art Festival of the State Competition and the Seoul Competition in Korea. This was the real starting point of her musical life. After she immigrated to the United States, she continued her piano studies with Ji Eun Lee and started to expand her musical career by winning prizes in competitions such as the U.S. Youth Piano Competition of Hymns in Washington D.C. and the MSMTA E.R. Davis Collegiate Piano Competition in Maryland. She also won the third prize and Best Required Piece in the 24th International Young Artists Piano Competition, in Washington D.C., in which she was invited to perform at the State of the Arts Cultural Series and the U.S. State Department. Ms. Yoon also premiered a composition by Li-Ly Chang, Capriccio for piano solo at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 

    Ms. Yoon studied with Dr. Hsiu-Hui Wang at Howard Community College for three years where she was the recipient of the HCC Rose Buck-Lew Family Piano Endowment Scholarship. Ms. Yoon continued to study with Dr. Hsiu-Hui Wang at Goucher College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship (FPAS). She received her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in piano performance from Longy School of Music, and she studied with the Dean of the Conservatory, Wayman Chin. While at Longy, she was selected for the honor to have private lessons with the internationally known pianist Peter Serkin, who gave private lessons to a select group of advanced Longy Conservatory piano majors.

    Ms. Yoon has collaborated and performed in numerous chamber groups. She is also active in accompanying for various types of solo instruments and for choirs. Ms. Yoon started to expand her teaching experiences while she was living in Boston for three years. She also taught at the Jubilee Christian Music School in Tennessee as an intern during the summer of 2015. After a long journey, Ms. Yoon returned to Howard Community College, her ‘home school’ to share her stories with her students and community through her teaching and performances. Ms. Yoon also works as the TMI Office Assistant at Howard Community College.      

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