Dr. Ruby Chou, classical pianist and music educator based in Salt Lake City, is driven by working with community and continuing education music programs, playing chamber music, and engaging in entrepreneurial endeavors.
She specializes in teaching and creating group piano curricula for children, adults, and instrumentalists. Her research on intergenerational learning environments developed through her experiences as the Assistant Instructor of Group Piano at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Chou held a fellowship at The Center for Music Entrepreneurship at the Manhattan School of Music from 2012-13 where she worked alongside Angela Myles Beeching, director of CME and author of Beyond Talent, to assist MSM students and alumni with taking an entrepreneurial approach to creating sustainable careers. This led to being the public relations coordinator for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation from 2014-17 where she successfully strengthened relationships to bridge the mission of the foundation with the Utah community and international music communities.
At the age of 17, she was named as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist of the Year. She has performed on summer festival recital series at Steinway Hall in New York and at The Millennium Stage at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. For the bicentennial celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, she performed The Raven- A Monodrama for Mezzo-soprano, Viola, and Piano by Gerald Elias with the composer at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Chou continues to collaborate with vocalists and instrumentalists as well as with young musicians from her colleagues’ teaching studios.
Dr. Chou earned a doctoral degree in Music and Human Learning—Piano Pedagogy Specialization from The University of Texas at Austin where she worked closely with Martha Hilley and Dr. Laurie Scott. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master’s degree in piano performance where she also studied pedagogy with Carol Ann Aicher. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City where she grew up after emigrating from Taiwan at the age of six.