School of Music pianist in Fredonia's Rosch Recital Hall


Claudette Sorel Piano Competition & Fellows Program


Fr. Sean Duggan, Keyboard Area Head
Dr. Eliran Avni (Dr. Avni's YouTube channel)
Dr. Anne Kissel, Collaborative Piano

Piano Area Projects:

About the Area:

The State University of New York at Fredonia offers piano majors exceptional opportunities for growth and development as pianists and musicians. Under the guidance of expert faculty, students are given weekly lessons in which technical and musical issues are dealt with in a unified and holistic way. Familiarity with all style periods within the classical piano repertoire is stressed, and students learn to use the piano as a vehicle for expressiveness and creativity. Weekly recital seminars and performances afford students time and ready audiences for gaining experience as performers. The environment is individual-oriented and supportive, allowing each student to bring his or her own particular musical gifts to their highest potential and fruition. The faculty’s expectations and standards are high, and the program is rigorous; but the care and concern shown for each student is personalized and realistic. In addition, students obtain valuable feedback from every piano faculty member at semester juries, in addition to the weekly interaction with one’s own individual teacher.

Guest artists offer performances and master classes which further diversify the students’ interaction with professional pianists. All undergraduate piano majors have the opportunity to explore collaborative playing, from chamber music to work with our large ensembles. Fredonia also offers a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano for students wishing to further develop expertise in this area. 

The excellent School of Music facility provides piano practice rooms containing grand pianos as well as recital halls with first-rate Steinway concert grands in outstanding acoustical environments. Everything is provided for students to fulfill their musical dreams and aspirations. At the conclusion of their studies here they emerge well-equipped to pursue further higher education or enter the musical workplace as professional pianists in the fields of performance, education and collaboration.

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Fredonia Student Keyboard Association (FSKA) is a student-run campus organization that provides social and musical events within the piano area. 

Piano Area Projects

Robert Jordan Piano Festival

Robert Jordan Piano Festival

Established in February 2020, the Robert Jordan Piano Festival celebrates the life and career of the late Robert Jordan, international pianist and prestigious emeritus piano faculty at the Fredonia School of Music.

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Claudette Sorel Piano Competition

Claudette Sorel Piano Competition

The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition is open to talented young pianists, ages 15-18, of all nationalities. The competition is named for the late Claudette Sorel, celebrated emeritus piano faculty at Fredonia.

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Fredonia Piano Fellows

Piano Fellows Program

Established in 2019, the Piano Fellows program is a tuition-free weekend intensive for young pianists: master classes, workshops and behind-the-scenes tips for navigating the competition circuit, as well as university and conservatory auditions.

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Building a Community of Young Pianists

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