School of Music

Faculty & Staff


Dr. Karen Savage

Office: Kimbrough 258
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-3971
FAX: (509) 335-4245

Dr. Karen Savage

Clinical Assistant Professor of Music
Piano, Accompanying

Praised as a “tour de force” (Santa Barbara News-Press) and for the “breathtaking beauty and pure lyricism” of her playing (Le Soleil, Vancouver), Karen Hsiao Savage won first prize in the 2009 Ellis Piano Duo Competition with husband Jeffrey Savage, as the piano duo 882 (Eighty-eight Squared). 882 also received the Abild American Music Prize for best performance of an American work at the competition. The duo received second prize and a Special Mention Prize at Concours Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo, Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic.

Karen Savage’s recent performances include featured recitals by 882 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the National Federation of Music Clubs 2009 National Convention in Orlando, Camerata Musica, University of Puget Sound’s Piano Festival, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada). As collaborative pianist with the Perlman Music Program on its China tour and residency at the Shanghai Conservatory, Karen performed in a live national broadcast from the Shanghai Theater. She has also performed in Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall, and in community outreach concerts through the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, Sing for Hope, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Inside Chamber Music.”

Karen Savage completed masters and doctoral degrees in collaborative piano at The Juilliard School under full scholarship. She also holds a masters degree in piano performance from Juilliard, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria, and performance diplomas from the Victoria and Toronto conservatories. Her major teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jonathan Feldman, Samuel Sanders, Margo Garrett, Robin Wood, Winifred Wood, and Edward Parker. She was the graduate teaching assistant in Juilliard’s Collaborate Piano department, as well as the studio pianist for Heidi Castleman at Juilliard, the Aspen Music Festival, and Perlman Music Program.

Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University’s School of Music, she teaches piano and chamber music and coordinates accompanying. Her piano students have been medalists at regional and state competitions. Committed to education, Karen Savage has adjudicated and given workshops for MTNA events in Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, and throughout Washington.

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