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Dr. Paul Whitley

Dr. Paul Whitley

Assistant Professor of Music
D. Mus., Northwestern University
M. Mus., New England Conservatory
B. Mus., Wheaton College

Paul Whitley received his Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Alan Chow. He also holds degrees from Wheaton Conservatory and New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with Dr. William Phemister and Gabriel Chodos respectively.

Dr. Whitley is currently Assistant Professor of Music at John Brown University, and he also enjoys teaching private piano lessons in JBU's Community Arts Academy. He has been soloist with several orchestras and ensembles (including Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, NU Saxophone Ensemble, Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra), and has won various competitions (including the Thaivu-Isaac Competition, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation of Chicago Competition, and Illinois State MTNA Piano Competition.) Before coming to Arkansas, Dr. Whitley held teaching positions at Wheaton Conservatory of Music and Northwestern College in Iowa.

 

Alan Chow

Alan Chow was the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition, the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition and the UCLA International Piano Competition. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he was also a prizewinner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Mr. Chow has studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland, Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School, and Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. He has performed to critical acclaim in 45 states playing recitals in New York (Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago (Symphony Center and Ravinia), Cleveland, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, D.C., New Orleans as well as concerto performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. His numerous tours of Asia have included recitals and master classes in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu, Wuhan), Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya), Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, and concerto appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic and the Pan-Asia Symphony Orchestra. And avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the American, Pacifica and Miami String Quartets and has been guest artist at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Juan Islands Chamber Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and Music Mountain. In addition, he appears in the Cheng-Chow Trio with pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow. Formerly Artist-in-Residence at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Chow currently serves on the piano faculty at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.

 

 

 

 

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