A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with two decades of experience instructing piano to students of all ages and levels, Dr. Lark Powers loves bringing her enthusiasm and expertise to her students. Maintaining a private teaching studio in Puyallup, WA, in addition to her position teaching at Pacific Lutheran University, Lark is equally effective with young students as well as high school ages and adults. She maintains a nurturing and supportive environment in her studio, working with students to fulfill their full musical potential through a strong basis in technique, a priority on building efficient practice strategies, emphasis on sight-reading and developing the ear, and repertoire choices students love. There are frequent performance and competition opportunities for those students who wish to participate, and Lark works with her students to help them achieve their personal musical goals.
In demand as a solo and collaborative artist as well as an adjudicator and presenter, Lark has performed at such venues as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Internationally she has been heard in Europe, Mexico and Canada, including performances at the International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music in Spain, the Simón Bolívar Amphitheater in Mexico City, and the Bibliothèque de Dinan in France. In addition to numerous collaborations with ensembles, she appears in frequent two-piano concerts as part of the duo she forms with pianist Ricardo de la Torre.
Lark received a DMA in piano performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, and holds three Master’s degrees and a graduate performance diploma in piano from the Peabody Institute. Her undergraduate studies occurred at the University of the Pacific, after which she attended the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris. Her studies include a degree in harpsichord, so she is able to bring a unique perspective to her students in their study of the Baroque repertoire.
This year, she joins Pacific Lutheran University where she coordinates the group keyboard program, teaches applied lessons and accompanying. Previously, she taught at piano at Washington State University, before this working at East Central University in Oklahoma, leading the piano area and teaching music theory. Interested in scholarship, Dr. Powers has presented on topics including managing performance anxiety, the influence of the great pianist Ricardo Viñes, and birdsong depictions in piano music. She is a proponent of new music, and has recently given the Latin American premiere of Mark Janello’s Concerto for Two, as well as recording works by award-winning Thai composer Siraseth Pantura-Umporn with the Pan Pacific Ensemble.