Piano Adventures Clinicians

Piano Adventures Clinicians have been selected by Nancy and Randall Faber to conduct teacher training, workshops, conference lectures and product showcases on behalf of Piano Adventures. As specialists in the field of piano pedagogy, their high levels of achievement make them uniquely qualified to teach both students and teachers, at every level and stage of development.



Fred Karpoff
Senior Clinician and Director of Professional Development

Winner of the MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award, former USIA Artistic Ambassador, and Steinway Artist, Fred has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents. He presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, and is artistic producer of Entrada Piano Technique, an online video resource for teachers and students. He is Professor of Piano at Syracuse University and has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music.


3169-edit-3-kulkarni-v-headshot-2014Veena Kulkarni
Lead Instructor, Faber Piano Institute

Veena delights in teaching piano students of all ages — from the earliest years of study through advanced concert repertoire. She has also taught at Madonna University and at the University of Windsor in Canada. As a worship leader at the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, Veena is at home in both the contemporary worship band and on the concert stage, and performs regularly as a solo and chamber musician. In 2011, she won the Best Liszt Interpretation prize at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition and gave two East Coast premieres. Veena earned a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under Logan Skelton and John Ellis at the University of Michigan. Prior to that, she studied at Indiana University with Emile Naoumoff and Professors Brancart, Auer, Gulli and Tocco, and at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne.


jon-ophoffJon Ophoff
Director of Production and Technology, Faber Piano Adventures

Jon works with Nancy and Randall Faber on all aspects of book production and multimedia support. As a workshop clinician, he educates teachers in effective use of the publications in studios across the U.S. and Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University Michigan School of Music where he studied Film Music Composition, and was a winner of BMI’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship. He has produced custom music for media, with brands including Best Buy, Levi’s, and Dockers. At the Faber Piano Institute, Jon enjoys teaching students of all ages. He encourages creativity through composition and improvisation, incorporating music technology alongside traditional tools.


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Performer, Composer, Blogger, Clinician

Pianist Elizabeth Gutierrez enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, author, composer, blogger and clinician. She has taught on the keyboard faculties at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The University of Texas at San Antonio, and has also served as a piano editor for major music publishers. Her articles on teaching have been featured in national music journals and she is co-author of the highly acclaimed A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music, a comprehensive reference guide to the standard piano repertoire. She has taught Piano Adventures since its inception and for many years worked closely with Nancy and Randall Faber as an editor.  Elizabeth tours the U.S. regularly showcasing Piano Adventures and presenting teacher workshops at all levels.



Isabel Otero Bowen
Production Editor, Faber Piano Adventures

Isabel works directly with Nancy and Randall Faber on all aspects of editing. She is also the lead editor and translator of the Piano Adventures Spanish Edition. She is closely involved with the release of Piano Adventures in Central and South America through workshops, teacher training and conferences. Prior to joining Faber Piano Adventures in 2009, Isabel was Managing Keyboard Editor at FJH Music Publishing. She obtained an advanced degree from the Conservatory Antonio Newman in Ecuador, and received a full scholarship from the Foundation Juan Gabriel Vilaseca-Soler for piano studies at the University of South Carolina. There she obtained her Master of Arts in piano performance with an emphasis on piano pedagogy. Isabel has extensive experience as a church music director and leads a successful teaching studio.


mike-riceMichael Rice
Lead Clinician, China

Between China, the UK, and his home country of the USA, Michael has been teaching private and group piano lessons for more than fifteen years. Michael is the lead clinician for Piano Adventures in China, with more than two thousand teachers from all over China attending his training sessions. Michael is currently the accompanist for the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and has previously served as a classroom music teacher, organist/choir director, theater music director, and early childhood music and movement teacher. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Anna Maria College. His principal piano instructors include Dr. Robert Goepfert and Mark Marquis. Michael is the director of Joy in Piano in Leominster, MA.