Director of Keyboard Studies
Dr. Shun-Lin Chou has appeared internationally in concerto, solo, and chamber performances. Declared
an artist of international stature (Taiwan Times), who
shined at the piano ... effortlessly and flawlessly (Schwäbische Zeitung, Germany), he has performed to critical acclaim as soloist with over a dozen orchestras in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Eastman Theatre.
Dr. Chou has completed an around-the-world recital tour to Europe and Asia, with successful performances in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. Recent appearances include concerto re-engagements with the Gala Festival Orchestra (Taiwan), Braddell Heights Symphony (Singapore), as well as the Antelope Valley Symphony, and the Long Beach Community Concert Association. An experienced chamber musician, Chou was a member of the Hawthorne Trio, the resident artist group at Missouri State University.
An active adjudicator and clinician, Shun-Lin Chou has adjudicated for Music Teachers National Association, Fite Young Artist Piano Festival, and the national Hellam Competition, among others, and has presented masterclasses and lecture recitals in colleges and universities in several countries. He was invited to serve a four-day residency in Kansas City, Missouri, as the KCMTA’s 2002 master teacher. He has held a number of posts in music teachers organization, serving twice as Missouri Music Teachers Association’s Convention Chair and is currently state chair of Honors Auditions for California Association of Professional Music Teachers.
Sam Chou was appointed Director of Keyboard Studies at California State University, Long Beach in August, 2003. Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, he served as a tenured associate professor of piano at Missouri State University. An experienced teacher of students of all ages and levels, he has previously taught at Tunghai University summer music festival in Taiwan, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, the Preparatory Piano Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music. Chou earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music after being awarded a Graduate Fellowship, and received a Masters in Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Nelita True, Louis Nagel and Reginald Gerig.