Louise Kupelian Collection
Louise Kupelian, a graduate of Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, studied
under scholarship for three years with Madame Olga Samaroff-Stokowski. She also
studied harmony and counterpoint under Vincent Persichetti and later attended
the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied piano with Leonard Shure and
continued her work in composition with Herbert Elwell. Kupelian then furthered
her graduate studies at Columbia University in New York, where she specialized
in piano pedagogy under Robert Pace.
While she has concertized widely in
the East and Midwest, both as a soloist and as a member of a two-piano team,
Kupelian has also been a performing artist member of the Friday Morning Music
Club and the Arts Club of Washington, D.C. for many years.
A member of
the Washington Music Teachers' Association and the Maryland State Music
Teachers' Association, Kupelian was certified in 1987 as a Master Teacher - the
highest award given by the Music Teachers' National Association to its members.
As a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a consultant for the
International Piano Teaching Foundation, she has presented numerous pedagogy and
master classes for piano teachers in the Washington, D.C. area.
recent years, she has pursued an intensive study of jazz improvisation at the
University of Maryland graduate school, studying with Ron Elliston, and she has
become a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. She has
published in the field of jazz education ("What's So Great About Jazz?" - Keys
Magazine, 1989), and her composition, "Theme and Variations on Happy Birthday,"
(Warner Bros. 1995) represents a marriage of classical and jazz styles. She
enjoys the creative challenge which is at the heart of jazz, and her greatest
joy is in teaching teachers the art of jazz.
The Kupelian Collection in
IPAM contains documents on her own career as well as memorabilia pertaining to
her studies with Olga Samaroff.
Louise Kupelian died on October 18, 2011
at age 89.
10 am to 3 pm
Monday through Thursday
9 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday
Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8115 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA