Judith Adell Gebhardt Schoepflin
Judith Schoepflin is professor of music and director of piano studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, a position she has held since1987. While at Whitworth, she has developed a piano pedagogy program which is state and nationally certified. A popular and effective teacher, she maintains a large studio. Schoepflin also directs Whitworth's annual concert series featuring women composers, The Untapped Source: Music by Women Composers.
Born in Bremerton, Washington, Schoepflin studied in Seattle with Victor Smiley. In 1966 she began her career teaching at Southern Adventist University, where she taught for three years. She completed a doctorate in piano performance at North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, in 1972, where she studied with Richard Cass and Joseph Banowetz.
An active solo and chamber music performer, she has made numerous appearances throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a member of the Muhlfeld Trio, she performed to critical acclaim in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. She performed as a piano soloist at the Northwest Regional University Pianists Concert in 2008 and as a soloist at the Cooper Recital Hall Dedication in Spokane, Washington, in that same year.
Schoepflin has made numerous presentations at music association meetings in the Northwest and published an article, “Why Should I be certified?,” in The Clarion, Vol. XXI, a Washington State Music Teachers Association publication. She serves as a coordinator for annual auditions for WSMTA and serves as an adjudicator in numerous competitions.
Sources: Biographies at Whitworth University website, 2004 and 2013; U.S. Public Records Index, volume 2, Ancestory.com; personal knowledge.