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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Master's, Diploma
Winston Choi
, Head of Piano Program and Associate Professor of Piano

What Differentiates Us

Opportunities Galore

Opportunities Galore

Guest artist master classes, workshops, performance festivals, and school sponsored competitions provide extra opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in.

Unique Opportunity for International Students

Unique Opportunity for International Students

Our strong and varied body of international piano students is further served by our unique English language program, which allows non-native English speakers to study English and piano intensively, to prepare them for entrance into the full BM or MM curriculum.



For students who are looking for an intensive music conservatory experience paired with the rich musical and cultural experiences provided by living in a major city, the CCPA Piano Program will prepare help prepare students for a successful career in music. CCPA's emphasis on entrepreneurial activities also prepares students for multiple career opportunities after graduation.

Expectations & Requirements


  • Establish a foundation in historical and practical understanding of the musical language and evolution of music
  • Development of musicianship and reading skills


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Alumni have gone on to have rich and varied professional and musical experiences as solo performers, teachers, collaborative pianists, administrators for arts organizations, and scholars all over the world. CCPA piano alumni highlights include:

Elena Lacheva (MM '10) is the co-creator and Program Director of the Collaborative Piano Summer Institute in Faribault, MN. Additionally, she is on the music staff at Louisiana State University School of Music after serving for three years on the music staff of the University of Houston Moores School of Music.

Yusuke Komura (MM ‘12) received the DMA (piano performance) from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2016, and is currently working as Chief piano instructor at Yamaha in Thailand.

Hyemi Kwon (MM ‘18) was named an Associate Member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Tong Liu (BM ‘14, MM ‘16) was accepted to and is currently pursuing a DMA at University of Washington, where he also holds a TA position at the University of Washington.

Bojana (Popovic) Rodic (BM ‘09) lives in Serbia, Novi Sad and teaches in the Music School Josip Slavenski since 2011. Her students won over 30 first prizes in national and International piano competitions. She was also a part of the jury at the International piano competition “Josip Slavenski” in Novi Sad.

Stephen Uhl (MM ‘ 15, PD ‘17) is the Collaborative Pianist at Glenbard East High School in Lombard. He is also the organist at the Union Church of Hinsdale after serving at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg for the last five years. He has also been the staff pianist at the Smoky Mountain Orchestral Institute in Waynesville, NC, as well as a coach and staff pianist at Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, MI, where he worked with many talented aspiring opera and musical theater singers.

Xiaofei Xu (MM ‘14) moved to California, where she found a piano instructor position. During this teaching period, her students got distinction and excellence in the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM) as well as in the United States Open Music Competition in 2017. She also founded a new music school, J&F Musician.

Janna Williamson (MM ‘18) is an instructor of piano at the Wheaton Yamaha Music School. Actively involved in MTNA affiliated organizations, she is giving a presentation on Schubert at the ISMTA convention in November of 2018.

Vivian Yawei Zhao (MM ‘10) completed her DMA degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017.

Yuan Zhuan (BM ‘14) is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas.

More Opportunities

Chicago International Music Institute will run virtually August 4 - August 11, 2020. CIMI invites string players and pianists (HS through college aged) to join CCPA’s world-class faculty and guest artists for lessons, interactive lectures that will include a live Q&A, and master classes. Detailed info is available on the CIMI event page!

Performance Opportunities

Performance classes, recitals and large ensembles


Winston Choi

"Ideally located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Roosevelt University is situated within easy walking distance of the Chicago Symphony, the Art Institute and Lyric Opera. Being in one of the world's most exciting cities, there are ample opportunities for our pianists to network, to perform in a variety of venues, and attend concerts of the highest echelon of performers. We offer a weekly performance seminar, which allows for students to play frequently in front of their peers, while faculty engage them in discussions on a large variety of pianistic and musical issues."

Winston Choi
​Head of Piano Program and Associate Professor, Piano, Roosevelt University

Admission Info

Piano Audition Requirements

All repertoire to be performed from memory. Sight reading will be required at all auditions.

Freshman & Sophomore transfers (BM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Three-Part Invention or a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • The first movement of a sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Music Education (BM)

  • A Two-Part Invention or another more difficult work by J.S. Bach
  • A first or last (Allegro) movement of a Mozart, Haydn, or early Beethoven sonata (through Opus 28)
  • A shorter piece by a composer of the Romantic or Impressionist school. In addition to the instrumental audition, piano applicants must present a short vocal audition for the Chair of the Music Education department.

Junior transfers (BM)

  • A work by J.S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
  • An Etude by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninov or Scriabin or a piece of a virtuosic nature
  • A significant work by a Romantic or 20th Century Composer

Senior transfers (BM) or Graduate (MM)

  • A work by J. S. Bach at least of the difficulty of a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A complete sonata by Clementi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
  • A significant work by a Romantic composer
  • A significant work by a 20th Century Composer

Performance Diploma

  • A minimum of four complete major works representing four stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century.
  • At least one of these must be a multi-movement work.
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