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Karen Ann Krieger

Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy; Chair of the Collegiate Piano Program; Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department

Karen Ann Krieger, Collegiate Piano Chair, is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Blair School. Before coming to Blair in 1988, she was Assistant Professor of Piano at Columbus State University in Georgia, and an award-winning TV journalist in Columbus, Ga., and Nashville.

Krieger has had solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States, British Columbia, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Yugoslavia, and concerto performances with the symphony orchestras of Nashville, Chicago Heights, Columbus and LaGrange (Georgia), Mercer University, Western Illinois University, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. She has also toured with saxophonist Neal Ramsey through Columbia Artists, New York, performing on both piano and accordion.

Krieger has presented sessions at the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and at MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Conferences. She is the author of student solo and duet compositions and books on blues and rock ’n’ roll published by Alfred Publishing Company and FJH Music. Her textbook, Group Piano: Proficiency in Theory and Performance, is a 2019 Hal Leonard publication. As a composer, pianist and clinician, Krieger has given more than 100 workshops and concerts around the world for Alfred Music and Yamaha.

Krieger’s students have won local and state competitions and placed in national solo, composition and concerto competitions. One of her current Vanderbilt students is the Tennessee collegiate young artist winner, and many other students have gone on to successful teaching careers at universities and performance careers in music.

Krieger earned a BM degree in piano performance with a minor in business at Western Illinois University, and a MM in piano performance at the University of Illinois. Her performance and pedagogy teachers include William Heiles, James Lyke, James Magsig, Ann Collins and Roger Shields. Master class performances and coachings include John Browning, Ilana Vered, Ann Schein, John Perry and Mitch Miller.