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Herb Alpert Music Center

Steven Niles

Steven NilesSteven Niles attended the University of Southern California where his degrees culminated in a Doctor of Musical Arts. He majored in Piano Performance, studying with eminent master pianist Daniel Pollack for ten years, receiving instruction in the Lhevinne lineage of Russian pianism. He minored in Historical Musicology, with emphases in extended techniques of twentieth century piano music, Reform Opera Seria, and historic tunings and temperaments, and completed doctoral elective concentrations in Music Education and Harpsichord performance.

Dr. Niles has been teaching and accompanying in the LACCD since 2010, beginning as a Project Match intern at Los Angeles Mission College, where he went on to teach Music Appreciation as an adjunct instructor, and accompany the Mission College Choir. He has also taught Class and Applied Piano at Los Angeles Pierce College. He regularly performs solo and collaborative recitals in the series at Mission, Pierce, Pasadena City College, among other institutions and concert venues.

Dr. Niles is a dedicated proponent of contemporary music, having performed new works by major living composers, including Roberto Sierra, Peter Child, Chris Dench, and others. He founded a 501©c(3) nonprofit musical presenting organization, Music of Changes, and organized a composer portrait series at the Herbert Zipper Auditorium of programs featuring the music of one composer alone per concert. Dr. Niles performs early music on the harpsichord, often using the keyboard tunings and temperaments particular to the period, region, and composer. In addition to performing solo harpsichord music, he also realizes basso continuo and improvises in early music ensembles.

Besides performing and teaching, Dr. Niles writes music criticism, contributing classical music reviews to such publications as AOL's and Pasadena Weekly. He is also an avid dancer.

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Herb Alpert Music Center 106
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2880

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Caroline Reyes

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Department of Music
Los Angeles City College
Herb Alpert Music Center
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029

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FALL 2018

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Hours are subject to change.

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


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