Shannon Hesse, DMA


Office Address: Brown 226
Phone: (281) 649-3365
Assistant Professor of Music


  • BM, Westminster Choir College, Rider University
  • MM, The Catholic University of America
  • DMA, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Courses Taught

  • Applied Piano
  • Piano Literature
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Instrumental Accompanying
  • Vocal Accompanying
  • Studio Accompanying
  • Chamber Music Ensemble

Teaching Focus

Dr. Hesse's primary teaching areas include effective and efficient practice techniques, holistic approaches to expressive playing across all periods of piano literature, and entrepreneurial models for presenting classical music performances.

Additional Information

Shannon Hesse has performed both nationally and internationally as a solo and collaborative pianist, including a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall with soprano Marion Dickson in 2009. Her concert schedule consists of recurring guest appearances in recitals sponsored by organizations such as the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Society of Composers, Inc., Tuesday Musical Club, Galveston Island Arts Academy Concert Series, Greenbriar Consortium, and the Houston Composers Alliance. She regularly performs with musicians from the Houston Symphony, including her husband, cellist Anthony Kitai. A devoted teacher, Dr. Hesse is a long-standing member of Music Teachers National Association, where she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She is frequently in demand as an adjudicator and her students have been prizewinners in Houston-area piano competitions.
Dr. Hesse has served on the faculties of Texas Southern University and Valdosta State University, and spent many wonderful summers teaching at Westminster Choir College's High School Piano Camp and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she served as Coordinator of Collaborative Piano. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she was a Martha Stone scholarship recipient and winner of the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Prize, Dr. Hesse holds additional degrees from Catholic University and graduated magna cum laude as a Presidential Scholar from Westminster Choir College. She is also a member of the honors societies Phi Kappa Lambda and Alpha Lambda Delta. Her teachers have included Ingrid Clarfield, Marilyn Neeley, Rita Sloan, and Jean Barr.