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Staff Accompanist, Piano

Dr. James Pitts began his piano studies with his mother, Dr. Ruth Pitts. He earned his B.M. at Baylor University and received his M.M. and D.M.A in piano performance from the University of North Texas, where he was a pupil of the eminent artist, Vladimir Viardo. Dr. Pitts joined the faculty at SFA in the Fall of 2000. He is an active solo performer, giving recitals frequently. He recently participated in the International Competition of 20th Century Piano Music in Orleans, France, where he was a semi-finalist. Dr. Pitts has been a soloist with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the Central Texas Orchestra, the Houston Civic Orchestra, the North Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the University of North Texas Orchestra. At SFA, Dr. Pitts has been the pianist for the SFA Opera, Choral Union, and Women’s Choir. He maintains a very active schedule as a collaborative pianist, performing in faculty, guest artist and student recitals, competitions, auditions, and master classes. He has also taught applied piano, class piano, and a two-semester survey of piano literature.