Westmont Student Piano Accompanists (2015-16)

The Music Department strives to provide appropriate piano accompanists for all regular curricular purposes including for-credit lessons, colloquia appearances, jury exams, masterclasses, and formal Junior and Senior recitals. Any student who wishes to receive Department provided accompanist services should inquire to Dr. Steve Hodson.

At times students need additional services for individual projects and outside events, the funding for which may not be provided by the Music Department. Below is a list of student pianists who are regularly employed by the Music Department, and a listing of professional accompanists that our students and faculty have successfully worked with in the past. If you need the services of an accompanist beyond what the Department has assigned to you or can provide, you may inquire with any of these individuals regarding what they will charge you to provide the services you need.

Lillian Chen   lilchen@westmont.edu
Merckx Dascomb   mdascomb@westmont.edu
Mia Dortch  


Bethany Le   ble@westmont.edu
Serena Lee   serlee@westmont.edu
Zelin Luan   zluan@westmont.edu
Chelsie Sen   chsen@westmont.edu
Aaron Wilk   awilk@westmont.edu
Rhea Williams   rhwilliams@westmont.edu - Fall Semester

Community Piano Accompanists

Neil Di Maggio has over 10 years of experience as a professional accompanist. He earned a Masters of Music in piano accompanying at UC Santa Barbara in 2005, and frequently performs locally and regionally. Neil enjoys coaching vocalists and instrumentalists in genres that include classical and musical theater. Contact at 805-967-2289. Please visit dimaggiomusic.com.

Christopher Davis earned his BA Degree in Music from UC San Diego, his MM Degree from the University of Arkansas, and completed his DMA Degree from UC Santa Barbara in 2013, studying with Paul Berkowitz and Robert Koenig. Chris has been a prizewinner in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, California Young Artists Competition, and San Diego Symphony Young Artist Competition, and has been a concerto soloist with several orchestras. In addition to being the Music Academy of the West’s house manager since 2009, he has worked for Camerata Pacifica and collaborated independently with many of their musicians. Dr. Davis is also currently on the staff of the Santa Barbara Music Club and the Ojai Music Festival. He can be reached at (619) 405-3218.

Eben Drost graduated from Westmont College in 2011, with a degree in music. He worked as an accompanist all four years as a student, and has training as a vocal coach. He was president of the College Choir, received the departmental award in music, and loves working with singers. Rates are negotiable. Contact at edrost@westmont.edu, or 909-435-3200.

Nancy Gilbert received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007. She received a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from San Diego State University in 2013. Her thesis was written on the topic of Recreational Music Making as it relates to adult beginners. She held an administrative position in the Music Department at Westmont College until 2015, and loves working with college students.She can be reached at njosephinegilbert@gmail.com.

Alysha Karle has received several honors from the Music Teacher's Association this year and in years past for the quality of her piano playing, and will continue her music pursuits as a music major. Neil Di Maggio has had the pleasure of working with her this past year both as soloist and accompanist. Please consider her if you need an accompanist email or call her at 805-964-3676.