Dr. Lynn Worcester is a native of Orange County, California and began her piano studies at age 5 with her mother, Eiki Paik Worcester. She has lived and taught piano in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Iowa. Currently, Dr. Worcester live in Cedar Falls, Iowa and serves as the Coordinator of University of Northern Iowa's Group Piano and Graduate Piano Pedagogy Program as Instructor of Piano Pedagogy.
Recently earning her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma (2015), Dr. Worcester holds a MM in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Baylor University (2012) as well as a MM in Piano Performance (2010) and a BM in Piano Performance from California State University, Fullerton (2007). She has won numerous national awards and prizes and performed with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and in numerous international summer festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival in addition to solo and collaborative recitals throughout the United States. Active as both a collaborative performer and a teacher, Dr. Worcester has performed with composers such as Frederick Rzeswki and enjoys performing both modern works and music in the standard literature. As a presenter, she continues to be invited to speak at local, state and regional conferences. In June 2017 presented "How to Approach New Repertoire: Solutions for Successful Teaching," at the Iowa State Music Teachers Annual State Conference at Iowa State University, and in October 2017 and November 2017 will be presenting "Do vs. Don't: The Power of Language in Teaching" at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Conference (Fresno City College) and the Georgia Music Teachers Association Annual State Conference (Berry College). She has had articles accepted in leading keyboard journals including the MTNA e-journal, Clavier Companion, and in April 2017 published "A Review of Studies on Piano Performers and Pedagogues," in Piano Pedagogy Forum. Dr. Worcester is an active member of the Iowa Music Teachers Association and serves as IMTA Foundation Chair and faculty advisor for the University of Northern Iowa Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, and continues to adjudicate competitions and festivals.
Before moving to Cedar Falls, Dr. Worcester previously held a faculty position at Shorter University as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, where she taught piano, piano accompanying, coordinated the group piano program, and served as Director of Piano Pedagogy. In Georgia, she was active in the Georgia Music Teacher’s Association where she presented workshops and lectures at local conferences and the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conferences (2015 and 2016) and also served as the Performance Collaborative Chair of the Georgia MTA. In Orange County, California, she was an active member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California from 2000 to 2010 and maintained an active and high-achieving private studio of all ages. Her students have won competitions and participated in festivals across the country. Currently, she is a member of the Music Teacher's National Association, Iowa Music Teacher's Association, Georgia State Music Teacher's Association, and College Music Society. In the summers, she teaches piano at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan since joining the piano faculty in the summer of 2013.
Dr. Worcester has studied piano and piano pedagogy with Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Krassimira Jordan, Lesley McAllister, Eduardo Delgado, and Dr. Martha Baker-Jordan. She enjoys coffee, smoothies, yoga, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband Patrick Jones and labrador retriever Moses.