Piano

Solo and Collaborative

Our piano faculty consists of some of the finest performers and teachers in the country. To their credit are concert appearances in major cities from San Francisco to New York, and as far away as Hong Kong, Warsaw, Paris, Buenos Aires and Rome. As active performers they have won numerous awards and have served as adjudicators in national and international competitions.

The aim of the piano faculty is to develop the artistic personality of each individual student, regardless of degree emphasis. In addition to performance, piano majors have a wide variety of opportunities, including studio classes, chamber music coaching, piano ensemble and instrumental / vocal accompanying. Class and private instruction in classical piano are an integral part of all Duquesne music programs, providing every student with a working knowledge of the instrument, which enhances the total educational experience.

In 2001, Duquesne University became an “All Steinway” school by taking delivery of 69 beautiful new Steinway pianos, which are the choice of 98% of the world’s concert artists.

Jazz Piano

Students who pursue jazz piano are afforded many opportunities to hone their skills through performances in big bands, combos, and recitals. Mastery of the tenets of jazz piano also creates the ability to play other styles of music. Many of our jazz piano students and alumni have successful careers performing all over the world in jazz, rock, or various forms of popular music.  

Duquesne students enjoy a thriving, vibrant jazz scene in Pittsburgh. Home to jazz legends like Erroll Garner, Art Blakey, and Billy Strayhorn, the city also boasts a wide range of cultural amenities and performance venues including the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.

Organ and Sacred Music

The sacred music courses are ecumenical and emphasize both the musical and spiritual development of each student. Courses emphasize a high level of training in a variety of liturgical aspects, including organ, choral directing, cantoring, lectoring, and internships. Areas such as sacred music repertoire, history, scripture and liturgical planning are also covered.

Students practice and perform on eight organs on the Duquesne campus and often present recitals on concert-quality instruments throughout the Pittsburgh area, including Calvary Episcopal Church (1963 Casavant, four manuals), Church of the Ascension (1980 Austin, four manuals), St. Paul's Cathedral (1962 Beckerath, four manuals, mechanical action), Heinz Chapel of the University of Pittsburgh (1971 Moeller, four manuals), Christ Methodist Church (1987 Casavant, three manuals), and First Presbyterian Church (1988 Casavant, four manuals). 

In addition to the rigorous coursework for the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, courses such Hymnody, Liturgics, Development of Christian Worship, Sacred Solo and Choral Literature, Practicum, Organ Pedagogy, and Service Playing are available as electives for organ majors. These courses, offered on a rotating basis over a two-year period, may be taken to further prepare students for careers in sacred music.

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Graduate Students

We are proud to offer highly competitive Graduate Performance Awards and Assistantships that can cover up to 100% of tuition.

Questions About Studying Keyboards?

Contact the Keyboard and Sacred Music Area Coordinator.

Anoush Tchakarian

Adjunct Professor of Piano; Interim Keyboard and Sacred Music Area Coordinator

Classical Piano Faculty

Mary Lynne Bennett

Mary Lynne Bennett

Adjunct Professor of Piano

Anoush Tchakarian

Anoush Tchakarian

Adjunct Professor of Piano; Interim Area Coordinator for Keyboard & Sacred Music

David Allen Wehr

David Allen Wehr

Dean; Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair; Professor of Piano

Jazz Piano Faculty

Ronald Bickel

Ronald Bickel

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano

Max Leake

Max Leake

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano

Organ and Sacred Music Faculty

Ann Labounsky

Ann Labounsky

Professor of Organ and Sacred Music

Upcoming Keyboard Events

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Guest Artist Master Class/Recital: Peter Steiner, trombone & Constanze Hochwartner, piano

Pianist/organist Constanze Hochwartner and trombonist Peter Steiner have been performing...

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Guest Artist Master Class: Tina Faigen, piano

Tina Faigen, concert pianist, recording artist, teacher, and published music-writer, holds...

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Guest Artist Master Class: Khasma Duo

The Khasma Piano Duo was formed in 2012 by Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo. They have...

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Guest Artist Master Class: Nathan Hess, piano

Nathan Hess has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in solo, chamber,...

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Keyboard Facilities

The Mary Pappert School of Music has dedicated spaces for practicing classical and jazz piano as well as organ.

Duquesne University is home to seven organs that are available for students to use for performance and practice.

DU Chapel:


Room 314 (Organ Teaching Studio):


Room 107:


Room 206:


Room 216:


Room 2O:


Room 2P:
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The Jazz Studio is equipped with a drumset, baby grand piano, guitar/bass amps, and a digital piano/synth workstation that is used for private instruction and small combo rehearsals.



Piano Major Practice Rooms

If your applied instrument is piano, you will be granted access to a suite of practice rooms equipped with Steinway baby grand pianos. In addition, one of the piano major practice rooms includes two pianos. The piano practice rooms often double as rehearsal spaces for accompanied instrumental or vocal works. Accompanists and students in the collaborative piano program often use these spaces to prepare for student recitals.