Professor of Music: Piano
"SCSU has an excellent piano department which has produced some outstanding graduates over the years, both in performance and education. A significant number of our piano majors have won regional performance competitions while here and have received assistantships to some the finest graduate music schools in the country. SCSU offers many music degrees as well as numerous opportunities for piano accompanists, chamber music performers, and concert soloists. The SCSU Preparatory Program offers studio teaching experience in piano to advanced students."
242 Performing Arts Center
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Carmen Wilhite is currently professor of piano at St. Cloud State University where she teaches pinao, piano pedagogy, and chamber music/accompanying. . She has held faculty positions at Kansas State University at Pittsburgh and the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Wilhite received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas. Her major training in piano included study with concert pianists Eugene List, Leonard Shure, Jorg Bolet and Lili Kraus.
Dr. Wilhite has performed as concerto soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Youth Symphony Orchestra, The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Civic Symphony, the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra and with several University orchestras. Her recitals have included performances at the Wigmore Hall in London, for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and the National Conventions of Sigma Alpha Iota in Atlanta and Cincinnati, as well as numerous performances in Minnesota, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina and New York.
Dr. Wilhite has also performed in the East Room of the White House as well as on the Ed Sullivan Television show, and she participated in the 126th Anniversary Concert of Steinway and Sons in Carnegie Hall in New York. During a recent sabbatical leave she performed a solo recital tour in France, Germany, Denmark and England.
Dr. Wilhite is a member of the Minnesota Music Teacher's Association, Music Teachers National Association and professional music fraternities Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda. Her students have been prize winners in numerous state and regional competitions, and many have received Graduate Assistantships at prestigious music schools throughout the United States.