Department of Music

Josh Pifer

Josh Pifer

Senior Instructor
219 Goodwin Music Building
(334) 844-3182

DMA - University of Southern California, Piano Performance

MM - Miami University, Piano Performance

BA - Wittenberg University, Pre-med/Biology & Piano Performance

Dr. Joshua Pifer joined Auburn University in the fall of 2011.  At Auburn, he teaches Piano Skills, Functional Piano, Music Skills, and Applied Piano. During summer, he serves as piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Festival.  Prior to 2011, Dr. Pifer taught applied piano at Florida State University and the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.

During the 2017 season, solo and collaborative performances will take Dr. Pifer to Canada, Taiwan, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, and New York. Dr. Pifer performs with the Auburn Faculty Jazz Ensemble and he co-found the duo, Plains2.  Dr. Pifer has premiered works by 21st Century composers Cormier, Aftab, Shields, Townsend, and Clearfield, and is an advocate for the piano music of Tcherepnin.  His first CD, “Alexander Tcherepnin My Favorite Piano Works”, is a showcase co-produced with Chandler Bridges, a Grammy award winning recording engineer. 

Dr. Pifer regularly appears as guest artist/ clinician at universities, conferences, and concert series, and has adjudicated over 25 festivals and competitions.  As a clinician, his favorite  presentations include “The Piano Music of Alexander Tcherepnin”, “Arm Usage and Injury Prevention in Piano Playing”, and “Teaching Improvisation, It’s Not That Scary”.  He currently serves as the VP/President Elect for the Alabama Music Teachers Association and is a strong advocate for increasing professional music opportunities for collegiate students throughout the state.

Last Updated: August 09, 2017