Dr. Jeanette Louise Yaryan began performing and studying the piano at age three, winning numerous awards, scholarships, and competitions throughout the years. Earlier mentors include Marlene Fagan, Yuki Mack, Elizabeth Pastor, and Caroline Oltmanns. She earned two MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM Solo Piano ’03, MM Collaborative Piano ’04), having studied with Kathryn Brown and Anita Pontremoli, and a DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California (’09), where she studied piano with Norman Krieger and composition with Morten Lauridsen and Frederick Lesemann.
A prizewinner for USC’s concerto competition, she performed Liszt’s Totentanz with the USC Symphony in 2008. Summer festivals offered her performances and study in France, Vienna, and Pebble Beach, California. Both a talented soloist and a gifted collaborator, she has worked extensively in the studios of violist Donald McInnes and flutist Jim Walker, and also with the students of William Preucil, Paul Kantor, Jeffrey Irvine, and James Umble. Recent collaborative endeavors include performing at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in January, 2011.
Dr. Yaryan is an avid chamber musician as well, and is a performer, arranger, and board member of The Definiens Project, a non-profit chamber music organization based in Los Angeles. Definiens has won multiple grants and recognition, including being ensemble-in-residence at Fresno’s New Music Festival, Cal State Long Beach’s student composer concert, and UCLA. Working with playwright Oliver Mayer and composer David Conte, Definiens produced multiple sold-out performances of the provocative opera America Tropical, as part of a Visions and Voices grant at USC. Definiens was also featured in the May, 2008 issue of Gramophone Magazine, and Yaryan gave multiple radio interviews on KCSN on behalf of the group throughout its 2008 season.
An active teacher, Dr. Yaryan maintains a private piano studio, and has taught at USC, Cypress College, El Camino College, and California Academy of Math and Science High School. She has also presented at international music education conferences in Malaysia and Italy. Always interested in many styles of music, Yaryan studied jazz for many years, winning awards and scholarships in that genre as well. Additionally, she has served as Music Director for numerous stage productions, working as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for both opera and musical theatre. A church musician from a very early age, she has been the pianist and organist for Hope United Methodist Church in Torrance since September, 2004. In her free time, Dr. Yaryan enjoys travel, languages, cooking, film, and whenever she can, downhill skiing.