Dr. Jaime Namminga is a lecturer in music, staff pianist, and coordinator of the accompanying area at Susquehanna University.
She received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, studying under Carol Flower. Namminga went on to receive her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Dr. Allison Gagnon, and was awarded “Outstanding Performer” and “Outstanding Leadership” by the UNCSA faculty. Namminga was a lecturer and staff pianist at Valley City State University, North Dakota for four years before pursuing her doctorate. She graduated from Arizona State University in spring 2016, earning her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano, studying under Dr. Andrew Campbell.
Namminga has been rehearsal accompanist and coach for various opera and theatre productions, a dance and choral accompanist at several universities, an adjudicator for concerto and composition competitions, and has performed on numerous recitals with noted performers such as Wesley Baldwin and Dennis AsKew. Her scholarship includes writings and presentations on the improvisation of musical theatre and choral music. She has presented on this topic at the ASMTA conference in Phoenix, AZ and was selected to present at the annual MTNA convention.
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. During high school, I was an all-state athlete in three sports, and in college a six-time national qualifier in the triple jump. It was during my junior year of college that I realized as much as I enjoyed sports, that is what they were, an enjoyment. Music was my passion. There was a reason I began studying piano with my mother at age 3 and knew so early in life that I would someday pursue a career in music. I felt complete joy at age 9, when I played for the school musical and a church cantata, and it was through various accompanying experiences such as these that I realized my passion for collaborative piano.
For me, being a collaborative pianist means supporting and encouraging other musicians, helping them to 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 beautiful children: Sophia (6), Dakota (2), and Oliver (3 months).
When I am not on campus, you could either 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-066 Collaborative Piano
- MUSC-101 Introduction to Music
- MUSC-163 Ear Training I
- MUSC-164 Ear Training II