Kay Etheridge, DMA

Kay Etheridge
Phone: (619) 260-2243
Office: Camino Hall 161B

Professor of Practice, Music

Professional Experience

Kay Etheridge is a versatile pianist and musician who has been performing since the age of seven. A native of Dallas, Texas, she began her piano studies with distinguished teacher, Eugenia O'Reilly, who not only taught her how to become an artist, but inspired her to teach others. For this reason, she developed a passion for teaching early on.

Her intensive training and experience in piano performance has enabled her to enjoy many years of success as both piano teacher and ensemble coach.  Over the years, her piano students have been accepted to music schools such as San Francisco Conservatory, Yale University, University of Southern California, New York University, Indiana University, and University of North Texas where they could continue their music studies.

Scholarly Work

Kay completed her BM and MM degrees in piano performance at the Arizona State University School of Music where she studied with James Ruccolo and Jean Barr. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of North Texas College of Music, studying with Tong-Il Han.

Kay moved to San Diego in 1982 to accept a teaching position at Point Loma College. In 1990, she joined the faculty at the University of San Diego where she has taught piano, class piano, Music and Society, Introduction to American Music, Introduction to Jazz History, Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators and Fundamentals of Music Theory.

Kay has distinguished herself as both a solo pianist and chamber musician in styles as diverse as classical, jazz and sacred music.  This is evident in her three self-produced recordings on Equipoise, the record label she established in 2000.   Scholarly research and presentations include Women in Words and Music, a series of programs written and performed with actor, Marilyn Bennett, Stylistic and Technical Considerations for Pedaling the Debussy Preludes, and Sight Reading: An Indispensable Tool for All Piano Students, published in 1985.

Conferences and Presentations

She has been a presenter at various conferences, including a panel presentation on What Adjudicators Are Looking For at the State CAPMT Convention. She was also asked to give a master class on pedaling at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference.  She has adjudicated such prestigious competitions as the Arizona Young Artist Competition, the Virginia Waring International Competition, the San Diego Symphony “Hot Shots” Competition, the Musical Merit Auditions, and the H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Auditions.   She has served on the Executive Board of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (state affiliate of MTNA) and is currently the Concerto Competition Chair for the Music Teachers Association of California-San Diego Branch.  She is an active member of NAFME, MTAC, and MTNA.