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Stephen Cook

Piano Department Chair

Stephen Cook received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied composition and piano performance and pedagogy; additional studies were at the Aspen School of Music. While completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Dr. Cook served as an assistant lecturer in the Keyboard Studies Department under the direction of Stewart Gordon. From 1996-2012 he taught on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and from 1996-2004 was the Director of the Pianist Program at the Orange County School of the Arts. He served on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and is a former Research Program Specialist with the Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute at the University of California, Irvine. From 2002-2017 Dr. Cook was Associate Professor of Music at Whittier College and currently is Associate Dean of Arts at California School of the Arts | San Gabriel Valley while maintaining his position as Chair of the Piano Department at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Past activities included adjudication of the Pro-Romania International Piano Competition in Bucharest, performances and master classes in Tokyo, Japan, Montreal, Madrid, Barcelona, Carnegie Hall, and numerous concert appearances with Broadway talent Susan Egan.

Studying music allows the learner of any age to understand one of the most meaningful ways of communicating without words. Music unites, inspires and informs while taking the listener along an incredible journey, and it is a privilege to share this experience with others.
Stephen Cook