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Susan Chou, D.M.
Title/s: Applied Piano Instructor
Office #: Mundelein 174
External Webpage: http://susanchou.com/
Susan Chou was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She immigrated to the United States when she was sixteen and completed her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Northwestern University. During her studies at Northwestern, she was greatly inspired by her piano teacher Professor Alan Chow and hence decided to pursue her career in piano. After graduation, she was awarded a full scholarship to study with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she completed her master’s and doctorate degrees. In addition to participating in masterclasses by Yoheved Kaplinsky, Nelita True and Jerome Lowenthal, she has worked with musicians such as Cliff Colnot, Julian Martin, Miriam Fried, Sylvia Wang and Victor Yampolsky.
Dr. Chou has given numerous solo recitals and appeared as a soloist with the Good Samaritan Symphony Orchestra, IU Student Orchestra, IU University Orchestra, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, and Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Recently she and Mr. Pressler performed the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys playing collaborative recitals, and some of her partners include Robin Scott, violinist of the Ying Quartet; Andrew Ling, principle violist of Hong Kong Philharmonic; and Min Kyun Kim, concertmaster of the Korean Symphony Orchestra. During the past few years she has also traveled extensively as an American cultural ambassador to teach and perform with Trio Chicago and Friends, founded by Elliott Golub and Marlou Johnston; Turkey, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Marshall Islands, Peru, Kuwait, Chile and the United Arab Emirates were among the nations toured.
Dr. Chou is also a devoted teacher in Chicago Northshore area. She currently teaches at Loyola University Chicago and Music Institute of Chicago, while maintaining a private piano studio of over 25 students. Her students have been accepted to prestigious music programs such as Indiana University and Northwestern University, won prizes at Walgreen Concerto Competition and participated in Fischoff National Chamber Competition.
B.S. Computer Engineering, Northwestern University
M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
D.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music