Emily Jane Katayama


Preparatory Piano

College of Arts and Sciences

Emily Jane Katayama maintains a diverse career as an educator, solo recitalist, and chamber musician. She joined the Preparatory and Community Piano Program teaching faculty in 2010, and also teaches in the North Central College Piano Academy, in addition to maintaining an independent studio.

She is an active member of the Fox Hills, Naperville, and Chicago chapters of Music Teachers National Association. She holds a M. Mus. degree in harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Edward Parmentier, and a B. Mus. degree summa cum laude in piano performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL). She has studied piano with Karin Redekeopp Edwards and Elvina Pearce, and organ with Edward Zimmerman.

As a performer, Ms. Katayama is a founding member and harpsichordist of the period ensembles New Comma Baroque and Antiqua Baroque Consort. She has also played continuo with the International Chamber Artists and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra chamber players. In her work as a solo harpsichordist, she has presented numerous recitals, including for the Academy of Early Music in Ann Arbor and the Harpsichord Clearing House‚Äôs series at the Boston Early Music Festival. A member of Early Music America and the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, she owns and performs on her 1977 William Dowd French single manual harpsichord. Ms. Katayama has also served as a church musician and freelances as a choral, vocal, and instrumental collaborative pianist.


  • MMus, Harpsichord Performance, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • BM, Piano Performance, Wheaton College; Wheaton, Ill.