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Nathan Hess

Chair, D'Angelo Department of Music, Assistant Professor of Piano

D'Angelo Room 14

(814) 824-2576


Nathan Hess has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in solo, chamber, and concerto settings. He has soloed with the Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent guest recital appearances and masterclasses have included the Second Sunday Recital Series in Binghamton, NY; Bowling Green State University; West Chester University; Morgan State University; pre-college students in Stroudsburg, PA; Buffalo Piano Teachers Forum; and the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. 

Hess holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University, where he was named a Presser Scholar. He has performed in chamber music settings with members of orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Hess has also acted as orchestral pianist with the Erie Philharmonic and Binghamton Philharmonic.

Dr. Hess is especially interested in the music of French composer Francis Poulenc and also twentieth and twenty-first century American music. He recently presented a lecture-recital on Ned Rorem’s music at the 2014 College Music Society Northeast Regional Conference, and in April 2014 he performed Lukas Foss’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird at the Americas Society in New York City. In 2014-15, he will delve into the music of Poulenc that is suitable for the pre-college piano student. For five years Hess chaired and taught in the piano program at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in Erie, teaching piano to some of the state's most talented pre-college students. He performed in and produced a set of recordings for the textbook Harmony in Context, published by McGraw-Hill and written by Miguel Roig-Francoli. In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Hess is active in Music Teachers National Association and also adjudicates frequently throughout the region and East Coast. He is Assistant Professor of Piano at Mercyhurst University, and each August he teaches on the piano faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. 



Doctor of Musical Arts       University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Master of Music                 University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Music              James Madison University   

Courses Taught: 

Applied Piano

Secondary Piano

Class Piano II

Piano Pedagogy

Piano Small Ensemble


Piano Studio Class

Attendance Requirement Coordinator

Selected Publications: 


The New Lyric Flute, with flutist Susan Royal, Centaur label