Donald Alfano, Pianist and Teacher


Donald Alfano has operated a successful independent piano studio in the New Haven area for the past several years and is committed to teaching students of all ages and levels. His varied teaching experience includes teaching in public schools and on the college level.
He currently teaches Music History, Latin and Caribbean Music, and Music in America: from Jazz to Rock at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Alfano also serves as organist at St. Joseph's Church in New Haven.

Donald Alfano received his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was the recipient of the Victor Babin Award in Piano and was awarded an accompanying fellowship.

His teachers include Constance Keene, Jack Radunsky, Jean Shepler, Elizabeth Hagenah, Michel Block, Elizabeth Pastor, and Sophia Rosoff. Dr. Alfano has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in North America and Europe.

In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Alfano has had several articles published in both foreign and American journals on a variety of musical subjects. His articles have also been referenced in Guide to the Pianists Repertoire by
Maurice Hinson (3rd edition)His particular interest is the pedagogy, performance and interpretation of 18th and 19th century piano music in addition to developing a healthy technique.

A member of the Natlonal Federation of Music Clubs, the Connecticut Federation of Music Clubs and the College Music Society, Dr. Alfano is a frequent adjudicator at various festivals and competitions. He has also appeared on National Public Radio in the capacity of performer and commentator.

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