Charles Combopiano, a piano teacher in the
Daytona Beach area, works primarily with
intermediate and advanced students of all
ages in his studio in Port Orange, FL which
houses a Steinway Model D as well as a
Steinway Model B.
Several of his students
have won piano competitions, allowing them
to perform piano concertos with orchestras.
Also, several students have gone on to
conservatories and into careers in music.
Mr. Combopiano has taught piano privately
and in college in New York, Indiana and
Florida for over 40 years. In addition to
teaching piano he has served on the faculty
at the State University of New York at
Stonybrook, Earlham College (Richmond, IN),
Indiana University East and Miami University
He received a Bachelor of Music Degree Magna
cum laude with major in Piano from Syracuse
University and then went on to a PhD Program
in Musicology at New York University. After
completing all courses and exams and
beginning work on his dissertation, he left
New York to teach at Earlham College in
Indiana where he also founded the Whitewater
Opera Company and later also founded the
Sorg Opera Company in Middletown, OH. Due to
the heavy scheduling demands he was not able
to complete the dissertation. However, in
2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of
Music Degree by Indiana University.
In addition to his University studies, he
also studied piano privately in New York
with Josefina Megret and attended master
classes with Claudio Arrau. He also studied
conducting with Laszlo Halasz (founder of
the New York City Opera).
Besides teaching piano he served as Jury
Chairman for the Cincinnati World Piano
Competition for three years.
In addition to his piano teaching he has
Conducted more than 500 performances of
operas, operettas, musicals and concerts.
Conducted two festivals of summer opera at
the Peterloon Estate in Cincinnati, OH and
served as guest conductor for opera
companies in Indiana and Japan with the
Debuted as Guest Conductor with the
Orchestra Sinfonico di San Remo, Italy for
three concerts of French Opera.
Created opera education programs as well as
opera residencies for elementary school
children in Indiana, Ohio and Massachusetts.
Served as guest lecturer and conductor for
Created apprenticeship programs for young
artists and foreign study programs.
Served as management and long-range planning
consultant to several Indiana arts
organizations funded by the Indiana Arts
Served as judge for opera competitions at
the Columbus (OH) and Dayton (OH) Opera
Served as judge for scholarship auditions at
The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and
Stetson University School of Music as well
as choral and vocal finals for the Indiana
Statewide Music Competition Finals.
Served on boards of directors for Indiana
Public Radio, the Phoenix Quartet (NYC), the
Dayton, OH Boys Choir, the Indiana
Presenters Network, and others.
Served as Music Panelist for the Indiana
Received awards from the Governors of
Indiana and Kentucky for his contributions
to music and music education.
Worked for nearly thirty years as organist
and organist/choir director in churches in
New York, New Jersey and Indiana.