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Alicia Shirley


office: MSM 130
office phone: (713)743-3009
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017

A native of Texas, Alicia Shirley earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Christian University where she studied with Donna Edwards and a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston where she studied with Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon. She taught preschool music for the Preparatory and Continuing Studies program at the University of Houston Moores School of Music from 1998 to 2003; and she has served on the faculties of San Jacinto College North and the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where she is currently professor of applied piano as well as instructor of the undergraduate and graduate Piano Pedagogy programs. In addition to serving on the faculty of the 2007 Texas Music Festival High School Piano Institute, she has taught at the University of Houston Moores School of Music Intermediate Piano Camp since 1993 and has served as its director since 1997.

Ms. Shirley also teaches privately and has owned her own studio since 1990. Her students continue to garner prizes in competitions including the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) Solo Performance Contests, the Texas State University Young Pianist Competition, the Baylor/Waco Piano Competition, the Houston Forum Young Artists Competition and the Wysong/Joplin Young Artists Competition for pianists, among others. Since 1993, several of her students have attended and continue to attend the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and are offered college scholarships from some of the country’s finest music schools. An expert pedagogue, she receives invitations as a clinician and adjudicator from music organizations throughout the state of Texas and Louisiana.

As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Shirley performs regularly with artists throughout Houston and appears annually with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Along with her duo piano partner, Ariane Alexander Liao, she has performed in recital and given master classes throughout the United States including the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Bravo! String Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Shirley served on the TMTA Board of Directors as Chairman of the College Faculty Forum from 2001 to 2004 and is currently serving as the MTNA/TMTA State Performance Competitions Co-chairman. She is active in Forum MTA where she served as president from 1995 to 1997.