Billie Howard, MMus

Preparatory and Community Piano Program

College of Arts and Sciences

Billie Howard is a Chicago-based pianist, violinist and educator. As a performer, she is the winner of several competitions and awards including the Montana State Music Teachers National Association junior piano competition, the Montana Association of String Orchestras Young Artist Competition and the Montana State University Concerto Competition. She frequently works in collaboration, often with one of her ensembles: NbN Trio, a.pe.ri.od.ic, and Aptera Strings. She also composes under the moniker Akosuen, which ranges from a solo endeavor to a full 6-piece band with chorus. Akosuen recently scored the short film, Olion, which was accepted to the 2017 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.

In demand as a violinist and pianist, she has performed with Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, Bobby Conn, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Girl Group Chicago, Liam Davis, Lykanthea, Very Truly Yours, The Rutabega, Ronnie Kuller, Matthew Shelton, the Heritage Chorale of Oak Park and Classical Revolution. An active session musician, Howard has been featured on studio recordings by American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Grammy-nominated children’s artist Justin Roberts as well as many other recording artists. She is the founder and director of Concordia-Chicago's Popular Music For Piano Camp, a summer songwriting program for middle school students.

In addition, Howard is a dedicated arts curator and producer, working as the Artistic Planning and Administration Manager for the arts incubator High Concept Labs.


  • MMus, Piano Performance and Pedagogy - Northwestern University; Evanston, IL
  • BA, Piano and Violin Performance - Montana State University; Bozeman, MT

Academic and Professional Highlights


• Phi Kappa Lambda
• Music Teachers National Association
• Illinois Music Teachers Association
• Chicago Area Music Teachers Association