Emily Jane Katayama
Director of the North Central College Piano Academy, Emily maintains a diverse career as an educator, solo recitalist, and chamber musician. She holds a Master of Music degree in harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Edward Parmentier, and a Bachelor of Music degree with Summa Cum Laude honors in piano performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL). Ms. Katayama is a founding member and harpsichordist of the period ensemble New Comma Baroque. Her solo and collaborative playing has been heard on WFMT and WUIS Public Radio, and her writing has been featured in Clavier Companion. Ms. Katayama has served on the faculty of the Madison Early Music Festival, and she has judged for Sonata-Sonatina Festivals, Achievement in Music Examinations, and festivals for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (district level) and chapters, Columbia University, and the Western Springs Music Club. She has formerly taught in the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, and has previously served as president, recital chair and newsletter editor for ISMTA chapters. Ms. Katayama is currently a member of the Naperville and Chicago chapters of the Music Teachers National Association, Early Music America, and Pi Kappa Lambda.