Hannah Roberts

Assistant Professor of Piano


  • DMA, University of Oklahoma; MM, University of South Alabama


Dr. Hannah Roberts serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Alabama, where she teaches piano and piano pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, her playing has earned her opportunities to perform both across the United States and abroad at the Schlöss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria. She has been a featured soloist with the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and has given solo performances at institutions throughout the United States. She also maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist, including serving as staff pianist for the 2022 International Horn Competition of America and formerly as staff pianist for the University of Oklahoma School of Musical Theater.

Active as a clinician and presenter, Dr. Roberts regularly presents pedagogy workshops and has been invited to share her research nationally at the MTNA, CMS, NCKP, and GP3 conferences. She is published in American Music Teacher and MTNA e-Journal and has contributed video publications to the Frances Clark Center’s From the Artist Bench and Inspiring Artistry series. Her current research focuses on studying and performing the works of forgotten American female composers, with particular emphasis on the music of Helen Hopekirk. Her doctoral project on Hopekirk was nominated for the University of Oklahoma Dissertation Award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts, and she was awarded the 2023 Edward T. Cone Fellowship from the Society for American Music for continued research on this topic. Additionally, her interest in health and wellness for pianists led to her being awarded the David Kushner Paper Award from the College Music Society for her work addressing injury prevention strategies for pianists.

Dr. Roberts holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Alabama. She studied piano with Jeongwon Ham and Robert Holm and piano pedagogy with Barbara Fast and Jane Magrath. Dr. Roberts is an active member of MTNA and the College Music Society and currently serves on the board of the Alabama Music Teachers Association. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).