Michael and Jessica Chow Shinn, co-founders and artistic directors of pianoSonoma will be offering a piano master class at Sonoma State University on Monday, March 16 from 10:00-11:30 in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center. The master class, which is open to the public will feature SSU students of piano professor, Marilyn Thompson.
Michael Shinn is Dean of Music at Boston Conservatory at Berkeley and Jessica Chow Shinn is Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the same institution.
Jessica Chow Shinn
Jessica Chow Shinn joined the Conservatory in 2018 and is an associate professor of collaborative piano.
She was a faculty member at the Juilliard School in the College and Evening divisions from 2012–2017. She is the cofounder and coartistic director of the pianoSonoma Music Festival, which brings together artists in residence and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and community workshops across the country.
Michael Shinn joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2017 as dean of music. In this capacity, he oversees Music Division faculty, students, and curriculum development.
Shinn’s diverse career in music reflects his deep passion for performance, education, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the arts. Prior to this appointment, Shinn was chair of keyboard studies at The Juilliard School, where he taught piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and keyboard skills for both pianists and conductors. He also served as senior advisor for educational and artistic programs at Juilliard Global Ventures, where he was the professor for Juilliard’s first online course, Juilliard Piano Class: Sharpen Your Artistry.
Shinn and his wife, Jessica, founded and direct the pianoSonoma Music Festival, a unique festival that brings together artists in residence and adult musicians of all backgrounds to collaborate and perform in Sonoma County, California. As duo pianists and Yamaha Artists, they regularly perform throughout the United States.