Carissa Pitkin, BM MM
A native of Richland, Washington, Carissa Pitkin attended Whitman College with the support of a Whitman College Higley Scholarship, Robert Richardson Scholarship, and WSMTA, Tri-Cities Chapter Scholarship. While at Whitman, Ms. Pitkin studied piano under Dr. Leonard Richter as well as pedagogy and collaborative piano under Dr. Lee Thompson, graduating with honors in 2001 with a B.A. in Piano Performance and a minor in Education.
Ms. Pitkin went on to earn a Master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory in Piano Performance where she studied under Max Levinson, vocal coaching under Patty Thom and collaborative piano under Max Levinson. While in Boston, Ms. Pitkin was admitted into the Collaborative Pianists Program, and also studied piano pedagogy while teaching Music History and Piano at the Conservatory. In 2007, as a result of her work at the conservatory, she was awarded the Collegiate Honor Award by Sigma Alpha Iota.
Ms. Pitkin has taught piano and music history since 2004 and has held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music and The International School of Music (ISM) in Bethesda, Maryland where she had an active and energetic studio of more than 50 students. While at ISM, she successfully developed and ran a monthly Piano Performance Class, as well as a Summer Piano Camp for the school. Ms. Pitkin has returned home to the Tri-Cities and is an active member of Tri-City Music Teachers Association, and is District Governor in the Washington State Music Teachers Association.