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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 of Ohio.

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 also:

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 Osaka Symphony.

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 several universities.

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 Commission.

Served as judge for opera competitions at the Columbus (OH) and Dayton (OH) Opera Companies.

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 Arts Commission.

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.

Studio Location
Port Orange, FL 32127
(386) 951-3064