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.
In more 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.