Susan Tang
Associate Professor, Applied Piano; Piano Performance Advisor; Director of Chicago Piano Festival
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5905
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 Associate Professor of Piano at Northeastern Illinois University and artistic director of the Chicago Chamber Music Festival, an intensive summer workshop for young artists. 

An active professional performer, Susan 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 an assured playing that sparkled" by the Baltimore Sun and a “fluent pianist” by the Chicago Tribune.

Susan Tang has performed and toured with Mabou Mine’s Dollhouse, a theater company based in New York City as a pianist/actor, has been featured live on New York City’s WQXR and Chicago’s WFMT, performed with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra along with receiving the coveted Performer’s Certificate. Invitations to perform and teach have taken her throughout Canada, United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Colombia. 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. She 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, and has published articles in Clavier Magazine. She has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival, Jewel Box Series, Dame Myra Hess, Savannah Music Festival, University of Minnesota-Duluth, McNeese University, Dominican University, Blue Ridge Concert Series, Loyola University, Quest University, and Shriver Hall Concert Series. As an active clinician and adjudicator, Susan was the guest artist for the North Dakota Music Teachers Association state conference and is often invited to present for the local MTNA chapters. She has also presented at both the MTNA and College Music Society’s national conferences and is a member of the Royal Conservatory Of Music's college of adjudicators.  

Susan Tang received her BM and MM from the Eastman School of Music and DMA from Manhattan School of Music. Her principle teachers include Nelita True, Nina Svetlanova, Robin Wood, and Susan Magnusson.

Room FA 117
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5905
Office Hours
M: 12-2 p.m.
TR: 12-1 p.m.
Main Campus