Mini Adult Piano Seminar: Piano Masterclass and Performance by Hsing-ay Hsu

In-person in Boulder and online on Zoom || Adult pianists 18+ || Anyone can audit the masterclass and attend the performance afterwards

February 5 || 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM MT

Join us for a morning of piano and a taste of what our summer Adult Piano Seminars feel like! On February 5, Rocky Ridge Music faculty member Hsing-ay Hsu (bio below) hosts a hybrid (in-person and virtual) piano masterclass (capped at 4 players) and performance.

  • Only four masterclass participants can perform. The four masterclass participants must be present in-person and will each get 30 minutes to perform for Hsing-ay Hsu and receive feedback.
  • Participants must be 18+.
  • Auditing of the masterclass and subsequent concert is open to anyone.
  • All participants and auditors will be required to wear masks.

Participant slots for the masterclass have been filled for this event. You can still sign up to audit the masterclass and workshop.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at or by calling 303-449-1106. Thank you! 

No cap on auditors or workshop attendees.

More Info

Masterclass and Concert Fees

Masterclass and Concert Fees

Masterclass Participant Rate: $100.00 || Includes lunch and attendance at Hsing-ay’s performance after lunch

Day Pass: $25.00 || Audit the masterclass, have lunch, and join us for the performance!

Online Audit Rate: $10 || Join us virtually on zoom for the masterclass and concert.


February 5, 2022

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome and Coffee Social
10:00 – 10:30 Masterclass Participant #1
10:30 to 11:00 Participant #2
11:00 to 11:30 Participant #3
11:30 to 12:00 Participant #4
12:00 to 12:30 Lunch (provided by Rocky Ridge Music)
12:30 to 1:00 Mini Concert by Hsing-ay Hsu


For the first time since the beginning of a pandemic, we plan to host this event live in-person at our Boulder studio! If you plan on registering for the in-person event, the address is:

1128 Pine St
Boulder, CO 80302

Our studio is housed within Boulder’s First Congregational church (located on the Southwest side of Pine and Broadway in Boulder). There is a paid parking lot between Spruce and Pine, just south of the church. There is also street parking throughout the neighborhood.

The entrance you should use is on the south side of the church. Please enter through the bottom-most doors under the church (not up the stairs into the main part of the church). More information will be sent to you after you register for the event.

Participant slots for the masterclass have been filled for this event. You can still sign up to audit the masterclass and concert.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at or by calling 303-449-1106. Thank you! 

No cap on auditors or workshop attendees.

No cap on auditors or concert attendees.

Do you take private lessons? How would you characterize your level on the piano? Most importantly, what piece(s) do you intend on performing for Hsing-ay Hsu?
I would like to audit the masterclass and attend the lunch and concert afterwards.
Price: $25.00
I would like to audit the masterclass and watch the concert live on Zoom .
Price: $10.00
Hsing-ay Hsu
Piano (Session One)

Hsing-ay Hsu

APS Session One Faculty
Instruments: Piano (Session One) Education: M.M., Yale; B.M., Juilliard


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Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and abroad in Asia and Europe. A Steinway Artist, Ms. Hsu is winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition Silver Medal, the Ima Hogg National Competition Gold Medal, The Juilliard School’s highest honor for a pianist- the William Petschek Recital Award, a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award, among others. She was also named a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House, and a “2011 Pathmaker” by the Denver Post.

A versatile concerto soloist performing Bach to Barber, she is described by the Washington Post as full of “power, authority, and self-assurance.” Concerto collaborations include the Houston Symphony Orchestra as first-prizewinner of the Ima Hogg National Competition, the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, Pacific Symphony (CA), Colorado Springs, Florida West Coast, Fort Collins, New Jersey, Waterbury(CT), China National, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen orchestras. Television and radio feature broadcasts include Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Live from Tanglewood (for a 10,000+ live audience members and 3.9 million broadcast audience), NPR’s Performance Today with Martin Goldsmith, TCI cablevision’s Grand Piano Recital (CA), CPR’s Colorado Spotlight, China Central National TV, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, and Danish National Radio. She has recorded CD/DVD’s for Pacific Records, Albany Records, and Nutmeg Press labels.

An advocate of new music, she has given numerous world premieresincluding Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No.3 and Beshert; Ned Rorem’s Aftermath (2002) for baritone and piano trio; Daniel Kellogg’s scarlet thread at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and his Momentum, which she commissioned for the 1998 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; as well as Du MingXin’s Piano Concerto No.3 at the Gulangyu International Piano Festival and National Tour. Chamber music appearances include Carnegie Weill Hall, Bargemusic in New York, the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Detroit Art Museum, Denmark’s Viborg Hall, Taiwan’s Novel Hall, and a 2007 all-stars gala in Hong Kong for the 10th anniversary of the reunification. Recent projects include the ongoing multi-media recital China through the Lens of Piano Music, co-directing/performing in the George Crumb at 80 Music Festival, and producing/performing the Olivier Messiaen Centennial series.

Born in Beijing, Hsu studied piano with her parents and her uncle Fei-Ping Hsu, and later with Herbert Stessin at Juilliard and Claude Frank at Yale. She also trained in the fellowship programs at the Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Programme (UK), the Aspen Music Festival, and abroad.

Until recently, Ms. Hsu was the Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music Series at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has taught piano for numerous universities including the University of Colorado in Boulder and Ohio University, and has lectured for University of Denver Enrichment, the Denver Art Museum, the Friends of Chamber Music Denver salon series, the MTNA national conference, and the DAMTA Lecture Series. She created the Conscious Listening method to give audiences and pianists a broader perspective on the art of performance. An educator, adjudicator, teacher of prize-winning students, and CSMTA’s College Faculty Chair, her teaching honors include the NFMC Ouida Keck Award.

Ms. Hsu resides in New York City with her husband, composer and Young Concert Artists president Daniel Kellogg, and one daughter. Her favorite pastimes are dance and improv theater. Her concert and seminar schedule and recordings are available at

Check out Ms. Hsu’s most recent virtual seminar: Hear That?, a 6-week tonal analysis intensive for lifelong learners, music teachers, and performers of any instrument!

Also, see Ms. Hsu in action during a Rocky Ridge piano seminar: