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Applied Piano, Piano Performance Advisor, Director of Chicago Piano Festival, Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
Applied Piano
Performance Seminar
Repertoire Seminar
Research Interests 
Piano pedagogy and performance

D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music, Piano performance
M.M., University of Rochester - Eastman School of Music, Piano performance and Performer’s Certificate
B.M., University of Rochester - Eastman School of Music, Piano performance and Arts Leadership Certificate


Susan Tang is Assistant Professor of Piano at Northeastern Illinois University. Passionate about teaching, Dr. Tang worked with students of all ages at the Third Street Music School Settlement (NYC), and held the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of North Dakota prior to her coming to Northeastern.

An active professional performer, she enjoyed a successful New York solo piano debut at Carnegie-Weill Hall as a Winner of Artist International Management Special Presentation Winners Series. Reviews by the New York Concert Review, described her playing as having “well-grounded technique…fluid, elegant readings…highly effective interpretations.” She has also been called a pianist “with technique to spare coupled with a lively intelligence…her tone is clear and conveyed with nimble agility” by David Gordon Duke, music critic for the Vancouver Sun, and after a recital at the 2008 Ravinia summer festival in collaboration with soprano Nicole Cabell, a “fluent pianist” by the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Tang performed as a pianist/actor in many of the shows at New York City's Mabou Mines Theater Company, including a production adapted from Henrik Ibsen's Dollhouse at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Invitations to perform and teach masterclasses have taken her throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Colombia. She was featured live on New York City’s classical music station WQXR, performing in the “The Gardens of Spain” special hosted by David Dubal; won first prize in the Eastman Concerto Competition and performed with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra; and received the coveted Performer’s Certificate, a special award for excellence in performance. She was a top prize winner at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations National Piano Competition in Montreal and received the special jury prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. Dr. Tang has studied at the Banff International Keyboard Festival, Van Cliburn Piano Institute and the Leipzig Summer Academy of Music. She is also the co-editor with Marc Ponthus of Elliot Carter: A Centennial Celebration published in 2008 as part of the Mannes’ Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance. Recently, she has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival, Savannah Music Festival, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Blue Ridge Concert Series; present at the College Music Society National Conference in Portland; and was the guest artist/lecturer for the North Dakota Music Teachers Association state conference.

Dr. Tang’s primary teachers include Nelita True, Nina Svetlanova, Robin Wood, Kenneth Cooper, Anthony De Mare and Susan Magnusson.

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