Dr. James H. Knight, assistant professor of piano, has been with Friends Univeristy since 1995. He began piano lessons at the age of 10 with Lucille Hayden of Sedgwick. During high school, he studied with Guy Johnson of Friends University and later received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance in 1988 from Friends. He won the Naftzger Piano Award and the Kansas Cultural Trust Award, enabling him to study under Constance Keene at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. In 1990 and 1996 respectively, he earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He took master classes from John Perry, Aube Tzerko, Bela Nagy, Byron Janis, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Joaquin Soriano. Dr. Knight was a finalist in the Leschetizky Piano Competition and has performed at Steinway Hall in New York City. Dr. Knight is now in his 13th year of teaching at Friends University, where he is an Assistant Professor of Piano. He also teaches Twentieth Century Music and Analytical Techniques. Dr. Knight is a member of the Kansas Arts Commission Touring Roster, as well as the Mid-America Arts Alliance Touring Program.
Contact Dr. Knight at 316-295-5532.Assistant Professor of Piano Contact