Abbie Brewer, D.M.A
Velma J. MacMillan Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Abbie Brewer teaches courses in music theory and piano, and is the collaborative pianist for the Concert Choir. She is also the pianist for Durward contemporary music ensemble, and is in demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher throughout the Cedar Rapids area.
Abbie began studying the piano at the age of 8 in Nebraska. After moving to Iowa in junior high, she began exploring collaborative performance by accompanying her junior high choir. Active involvement in music throughout high school led her to pursue a degree in music education.
As a student at Wartburg College, Abbie studied with Ted Reuter and Suzanne Torkelson. She continued to accompany and began teaching piano. Her first teaching position took her to southern California where she earned her masters degree from Azusa Pacific University, studying with Robert Sage. She returned to Iowa for her doctorate from the University of Iowa, studying with Ksenia Nosikova. She also continued to teach piano and perform collaboratively, taking advantage of chamber music opportunities in Bulgaria and Italy. Recent performance credits include concerts in Costa Rica and Ireland.
Abbie has been praised for her thoughtful playing as well as for her confident, direct approach to teaching.