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. Wei-Der Huang, Piano Coordinator,
Email address: WHuang@howardcc.edu.
Alan Blackman - Jazz pinao and improvisation
Alan Blackman -
Baltimore based pianist and award-winning composer. He and his ensembles have performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and many festivals and venues from San Francisco to New York. Recent performances have been with Donny McCaslin, Joe Locke, Ferenc Nemeth, Mike Pope, Warren Wolf, Tim Green, Alex Norris, and Sunna Gunnlaugs among others. He was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, The Banff Centre Residency program and has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in jazz composition, performance and world music as well as the Chamber Music of America’s prestigious New Jazz Works multi-year commission. Arrangements and performances of his music have been featured on NBC’s Parenthood, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, as well as Stephen King’s movie, 1408.
Turning Point featuring Donny McCaslin was released in 2011, Alone Together: The 2 Piano Project in 2012 and The Coastal Suite, a multimedia work is out now on Top Floor Records. Chapter 3, released in 2018 is the latest recording and features guitarist Gilad Hekselman.
Dr. Wei-Der Huang - classical piano
Wei-Der Huang 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
Hsien-Ann Meng holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, both Master of Music in Piano Performance and Music History degrees and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has studied and coached with distinguished teachers and artists Walter Hautzig, Marian Hahn, Yehoved Kaplinsky, Samuel Sanders, Anne Koscielny, Bradford Gowen, and Raymond Hanson.
Dr. Meng is active in the Baltimore-Washington area as a duo-pianist with the Octtava Piano Duo and chamber musician, performing frequently as a member of the Friday Morning Music Club in its recital series, as guest artist on the Ward Virts Concert Series at College of Southern Maryland, and as a member of faculty on the Faculty Concert Series at Howard Community College. Her duo performances has taken her to perform internationally in the National Recital Hall and Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan. In November 2015, the Octtava Piano Duo was featured as the duo soloists in a performance of Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos in Eb Major with the Howard County Concert Orchestra in Columbia Maryland. Most recently, Hsien-Ann Meng was the pianist in a performance of Darius Milhaud’s La Création du monde in a faculty ensemble performance at Howard Community College. In October 2016, she will be a part of a five-piano ensemble performing the premiere of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony arranged for five-pianos by the Steinway Artists Jane Tan. Dr. Meng is also a lecturer on topics in music, and she has appeared as pre-concert lecturer for the Columbia Orchestra Concert Series, the Candlelight Concert Series, as guest lecturer for OASIS in Bethesda, Maryland, SASI in Columbia, Maryland, and as a member of a panel of speakers for the Women’s Studies Speaker Series at Howard Community College.
Hsien-Ann Meng has held teaching positions at Washington Conservatory of Music in Washington, D. C. and Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She is currently the Chair of the Music Department at Howard Community College. Concurrently, she is Director of the Music Institute and the Howard Community College Concert Series. In her tenure as the Chair of the Music Department, she’s led the college through a successful re-accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. As the Director of the Howard Community College Concert Series, she’s built a successful Guest Artist Series that has featured stellar classical and jazz artists such as the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Fleisher-Jacobson Piano Duo, William Bolcom and Joan Morris, Amit Peled, Kenneth Slowik, and Alex Norris.
Dr. Meng is an active piano teacher in the Washington D. C. Metropolitan area. She is a member of the National Music Teachers Association and both state and county music teachers association. Her students participate in the Trinity College London Piano Exams, are county and state competition award winners, and many have gone on to become piano teachers, performers/recording artists, accompanist for dance companies, medical doctors and English majors. Dr. Meng is a sought-after adjudicator in local, county, and state piano competitions.
Bill Scanlan Murphy, jazz piano, theory, composition, and improvisation
Bill 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
As a youth, David Wasser performed regularly in Washington, DC. and its surrounding areas where he won numerous awards. From a concerto performance with orchestra at age 14, the music critic for the Washington Star said, “He has magnificent hands and a businesslike attitude at the keyboard which suggested more years. ...one would like to have heard more of his playing, for he seems destined to go far.”
Mr. Wasser is a graduate of the Juilliard School where, as a scholarship student, he studied with Jacob Lateiner and Adele Marcus. While at Juilliard, he performed in numerous concerts both at Juilliard and in the greater New York area with Lincoln Center Tours. Other major teachers include, Stewart Gordon, Ron Elliston, Cleveland Page, Nina Lelchuk and Kristina Suter. David was an award winner at what is now the William Kappell International Piano Competition. David is a father of two and lives with his wife in Columbia, Md. He is a retired CPA.
For more than 60 years, David Wasser, noted for his “musical sensitivity and pianistic virtuosity”, has performed in numerous solo and collaborative settings throughout the eastern United States. He is a member of the Howard County Music Teachers Association, and is a member of the piano faculty at Howard Community College.
Dr. Kuei-I Wu, classical piano
Kuei-I Wu, began winning national prizes at the age of nine and is one of the most celebrated pianists to have come from Taiwan. Praised for her elegant style and exuberant technique, Dr. Wu made her major concerto appearance at the National Dr. Sun Yet-sen Memorial Hall with the National Taiwan Academy of Arts Symphony Orchestra before immigrating to the United States.
Highly sought after as both a soloist and a chamber musician, Dr. Wu has collaborated with members from BSO, NSO and Colorado Symphony, and has performed at numerous festivals in Taiwan, Spain, Austria and here in the United States. Her concerto appearances has included performances of Liszt Concerto No.2 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Saint-Saëns Carneval of Animals at Kussmual Theater in Frederic and Mozart Concert "Coronation" at Smith Theater with Howard County Concert Orchestra. Dr. Wu is also a prize winner of several international piano competitions including the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Promising Artist Award at the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition and New York’s Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Piano Competition.
Dr. Wu received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mach McCray and was named "Outstanding Pianist" at graduation. While attending the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky, Dr. Wu was employed as an accompanying assistant and worked with renowned artists and pedagogues, pianist, Leon Fleisher and baritone, John Shirley-Quirk. Dr. Wu holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with Santiago Rodriguez.
Equally adept and passionate about teaching, Dr. Wu has been a member of MTNA and American College of Musicians since 2005. She had guided numerous students to winning competitions and performing in Carnegie Hall. Dr. Wu currently teaches at Howard Community College and Hood College while maintaining an active private studio in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Sangmi Yoon, classical piano
Sangmi 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.