Dr. Tammy Lum

Professor of Music

D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music
M.M., B.M. Eastman School of Music

Piano, Theory, Ear Training, Form & Analysis, Chamber Music Piano Studies: Pedagogy, Accompanying, Literature. Hudson River Pianofest, Program Director


TAMMY LUM, pianist Praised by the New York Concert Review for her “Bravura performance…brilliantly light finger work…confident and dramatic, bringing the audience to its feet”, Tammy Lum is an international performer, multiple competition prize winner and music educator. As the winner of the 1990 Leschetizky Foundation Competition, Ms. Lum made her U.S. solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in the same year. She is a first prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Competitions of the Five Town Music and Arts Foundation (1990), the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition (1988), the Mieczyslaw Munz Foundation Scholarship Competition (1988) and the William Boyd Competition (1987). Other prizes include the New Orleans International Piano Competition (1995), The Liederkranz Foundation Competition (1986), and the Young Keyboard Artists Association (1985). Her recordings include “Piano Trios: Parker, Rachmaninoff, Chaminade, Liljestrand & Piazzolla” (2013) with the Amasi Trio, Trio In Residence of Nyack College, and her solo piano, “My Treasure Box” (1999), released under the label of Hugo Productions, Inc.

As a versatile and creative performer, her programs include a world premiere and presentation of “The Alchemy of Improvisation, Composition and Performance: Piano Sonata, “By Faith” by Dan Carillo, “Les Ballades”, “American Treasures”, “The Star and The Cross”, multimedia programs: “Legends and Fables on the Piano” and “Around The World In Music”, presented by the International Arts Carnival in Hong Kong, Emily Dickinson’s song settings performed live on “Around New York” WNYC, FM 93.9 with Fred Child, “The Twilight Stood” a “one-act opera” of Emily Dickinson song cycle by Leon Kirchner with soprano, Beverly Hoch at the College Music Society’s 50th Anniversary National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Among her more important concerto appearances and recitals have included collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Augusta, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Nyack College String Orchestra. Her more important performances have been in Alice Tully Hall in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, The Annual Beethoven Festival in New York, the Sarah Lawrence College Concert Series, the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, the Town Halls in Hong Kong and La Salle Cortot at l’ École Normale in Paris.

As a passionate chamber music lover, Tammy Lum performed in a world premiere of the Piano Quintet by Thomas Oboe Lee with the award winning Formosa String Quartet. Ms. Lum performs regularly with the Amasi Trio, the Trio in Residence of Nyack College School of Music for the last eighteen years. The Amasi Trio, which name stands for American Asian, recorded the “Trio Parables” and “Violinist in the Mall” by composer William Vollinger. The latter received first prize at the 2005 Friends & Enemies of New Music Composition Competition. Other chamber music collaboration have been with violinist, Joseph Lin, violist, Lawrence Dutton and bassist, John Patitucci.

As a professor and piano pedagogue, she has conducted master classes for the last two decades to young children, college music students, professionals and adult amateurs in colleges and universities in the US, Hong Kong and China. In January 2013, Dr. Lum led a tour of Nyack College students and faculty under the auspice of Global Service Learning Department to perform multiple programs of “Chamberfest Asia” in Korea, Hong Kong and China. Her academic teaching subjects include all piano studies (Pedagogy, Accompanying, Service Playing, Literature), theory and analysis and chamber music. She is a NCTM (National Certified Teacher of Music) with the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). Graduates from her studio have continued on to successful musical careers and studying at notable graduate programs, such as The Juilliard School, Oxford University, Rutgers University, Eastman School of Music, New York University, Ithaca College, to name a few. She is also a frequent judge at competitions and auditions in the NY-NJ-CT tri state area. As a strong believer of using music as an intellectual and social meeting place, she is the founder and artistic director of Hudson River Pianofest at Nyack College, a member of the MTNA and the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild. Tammy Lum is a tenured music professor at Nyack College, New York.

A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Lum received her higher education in the United States, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, participated in the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music. She was also a scholarship participant at the Aspen Music Festival. Her teachers have included Barry Snyder, John Perry, Bradford Gowan, Herbert Stessin, Constance Keene, Steven Mayer and Elena Tatulian.