Dr. Karali Hunter was raised on a farm in Idaho where she began playing piano at the age of three. Her love for all things musical have opened opportunities in education and performance around the world. Dr. Hunter currently resides and teaches piano in Chandler, AZ.
Dr. Hunter was awarded the StAR Award in 2008 by the Music Teachers National Association for her excellence in academics, teaching experience, and leadership abilities. She was awarded the Oscarson Grant from BYU in 2006, and was elected to the President's Leadership Council of BYU in 2007 for her distinction in academic and musical achievements.
Her students have gone on to compete, teach, and have been accepted to various colleges and universities. Her student was also recently awarded a National Gold Medal from the Music Development Program, which are awarded to students achieving the highest mark in the country on their Music Development Program assessment.
D.M.A. Piano Performance, Arizona State University (2014) under the direction of Dr. Baruch Meir, and was awarded a Teaching Assistantship and scholarship for her quality of performance.
M.M. Piano Performance, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music (2010) under the direction of Dr. Karen Shaw.
B.M. Piano Performance, Brigham Young University (2007) under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Shumway and Dr. Irene Peery-Fox.
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Dr. Hunter’s musical pursuits have led to prizes in various national and international competitions, as well as master classes with some of the world’s foremost musicians. She has played in master-classes with Ruth Slenczynska, Gary Graffman, Frederic Chiu, John Perry and many others. She has performed with orchestras all over the Western United States, and also in Italy. She performs regularly as a founding member of East Valley Salon concerts, as the pianist of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, and also in collaboration with various artists such as Grammy Nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker.