A passionate educator and performer, Dr. Jaime Namminga is an assistant professor of music at Susquehanna University, where she coordinates the collaborative piano area and teaches ear training and class piano. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a doctorate in collaborative piano from Arizona State University, where her major teachers included Allison Gagnon and Andrew Campbell. Namminga has been rehearsal pianist, coach, and vocal director for various opera and theatre productions, a choral and dance pianist at several universities, an adjudicator and pianist for concerto and composition competitions, and has performed on numerous recitals with noted performers such as Wesley Baldwin and Dennis AsKew. Indie Opera Podcast described her playing as “gorgeous and fantastic.” Namminga’s scholarship includes writings and presentations on various collaborative piano topics, including the pianistic enhancing of musical theatre and choral repertoire and rehearsing with a pianist. She composes children’s songs and arranges hymns and musical theatre medleys. Namminga has been vocal director for SU’s fall musical and also developed and directed its first annual summer Strings and Keyboard Institute in 2019. She is a member of Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the newly found International Collaborative Keyboard Arts Society (ICKAS).
I am originally from a small town in southeast South Dakota, and both music and sports have always been competing parts of my life. A common weekend activity involved singing with my family, mom at the piano and dad on the accordian, but then also shooting hoops or throwing the softball around. Throughout high school, I was an all-state athlete in three sports and in college a six-time national qualifier in the triple jump. During my junior year of college, I realized that, as much as I enjoyed sports, that is what they were — an enjoyment. Music was my passion, and I could use my athleticism to enhance my musicianship. Playing for a school musical and church cantata at age nine were the first of many collaborative experiences that lead to realizing my joy and abilities for collaborative piano.
For me, being a collaborative pianist means supporting and encouraging other musicians, helping them be at their very best, while attaining the highest musical integrity possible, both in my individual technique and as an ensemble. Teaching, coaching ensembles, and rehearsing and performing are not work to me because I love every moment. But, I do have another passion in life, and that is my family. My husband Darin and I have three children: Sophia (8), Dakota (4) and Oliver (2). When I am not on campus, you may find me spending time at a park with these amazing people, playing piano or running, my other favorite hobby.
- MUSC-005 Piano Lesson
- MUSC-006 Piano Lesson
- MUSC-049 Piano Class IV
- MUSC-066 Collaborative Piano
- MUSC-101 Introduction to Music
- MUSC-163 Ear Training I
- MUSC-164 Ear Training II
- MUSC-263 Ear Training III
- MUSC-265 Ear Training IV