Kevin T. Chance
Assistant Professor of Piano; Assistant Coordinator Keyboard Area
DMA, Eastman School of Music
MM, Louisiana State University
BM, Birmingham-Southern College
Pianist Kevin T. Chance has been hailed as “a superlative musician” playing “with musical conviction and muscularity.” He has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both soloist and collaborator, including concerto appearances with the Magic City Orchestra of Alabama and the Brevard Music Center. In 2003, he was invited to the Lake District Summer Music Festival in England where he was featured on both of the festival’s gala performances. Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Athens Chorale in Georgia as well as the Baton Rouge Symphony, a recital at the Des Moines Symphony Academy in Iowa, and concerts for the Mobile Opera, the Mississippi Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of South Carolina, Columbus State University, Auburn University, Millsaps College, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Alabama.
Dr. Chance has been a prizewinner of several regional and national competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Awards Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competitions (MTNA), and the Brevard Music Center Concerto Competition.
Dr. Chance is a member of the Semplice Duo with flutist Cristina Ballatori. In August 2004, they were named the winners of the Notes at 9,000 Emerging Artist Series Competition in Colorado. Past seasons have taken them to Texas, Colorado, New York, and Louisiana, and they were selected as artist fellows for the 2005 Hampden-Sydney Music Festival in Virginia, where they returned for a series of performances in 2008. They have twice performed in recital on the “Live from Hochstein” series, which were broadcast live on WXXI radio in Rochester, NY, and in 2014, they will make their European and Asian debuts in Paris and China.
A successful teacher, Dr. Chance’s students are frequently named winners and finalists in local, state, regional, and national competitions, including the 2009 Music Teachers National Association’s National Competition Finals in Atlanta. He serves on the faculties of several summer festivals including the New Orleans Piano Institute, the Huntingdon College Piano Academy, the Samford University Senior Piano Seminar, and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, he regularly presents workshops and lecture-performances on repertoire and pedagogy throughout the country, including presentations at the 2008 MTNA National Conference in Denver, the 2008 College Music Society (CMS) National Conference in Atlanta, the 2009 CMS National Conference in Portland, Oregon, and the 2012 American Matthay Association Conference at Union University. He is a past Past President of the Alabama Music Teachers Association and currently serves on the boards of the Alabama Music Teachers Association and the Southern Division of MTNA.
Recently appointed as Assistant Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of Alabama, Dr. Chance is a former faculty member at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship for academic excellence. An alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, he holds the Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College. His teachers have included Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, Ann Schein, Anne Koscielny, Herbert Stessin, William DeVan and Betty Sue Shepherd.