Frank Chiou (Department Chair)
Associate Professor of Music
- B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory
- M.M., M.A., D.M.A., University of Michigan
Dr. Frank Chiou engages music in the multiple roles of performer, teacher, and scholar. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, he began piano lessons at the age of five, but serious study did not begin until high school, when he attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and the University of Michigan (MM, DMA) as well as a master’s degree in music theory from the University of Michigan. His teachers have included Haewon Song, Anton Nel, and Logan Skelton. He has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario) and Utah State University; he has also served as collaborative pianist and instrumental coach at the University of Michigan while also teaching privately in Ann Arbor.
Currently, Dr. Chiou is Assistant Professor of Music and the head of piano and music theory at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. As a performer, Dr. Chiou is at home not only as asoloist but also as a chamber musician, and he enjoys collaborating in a variety of settings, from songs and piano duets to larger ensembles with strings or winds. His pedagogical research centers on the bearing of music analysis on performance and teaching. Other areas of interest include performance practice in the music of Brahms and Rachmaninoff and the role of music in film.