John Rogers studied piano performance with Hedi Salanki of the Juilliard School and completed a BM in Piano Performance from the University of West Florida. In Los Angeles, John studied piano ensemble with Phillip Young and piano accompanying with Laraine Ann Madden. He is the recipient of the 2011 Pasadena City College Piano Accompanying Award for Outstanding Contribution, the 2011 Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Award for “Unusual Promise in the Field of Piano Performance” and the 2012 PCC Collaborative Piano Award in honor of Betty Dandy. He credits his mentor and piano professor, Laraine, with inspiring him to develop a creative and supportive attitude in his teaching.
John’s objective at LAMusArt is to introduce students to fundamental piano techniques, enabling them to develop those skills into a means of expression and communication of ideas. John’s students have gone on to win 2nd place in the Jack Gard Music Competition, been accepted to the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and have explored arranging for piano through other genres, including electronic and video game music.
In his spare time, John enjoys working as a freelance musician and accompanist. Highlights include working as a rehearsal pianist for Broadway composer Kathryn Bostic (Robin Williams, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), accompanying for the opera studios of David Sannerud, Deanna Murray, and Erica Davis, and collaborating in recital with LA Phil violinist, Paul Stein. In 2012 and 2013, John had the pleasure of presenting the first West Coast performances of the contemporary piano solo “Black Box” for award winning composer Felipe Rossi, previously performed in New York City and Boston. John also volunteers his time to the Filipino Music Ministry of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in LA.