Rose H. Eide-Altman

1956 -

Rose Eide-Altman, a pianist, organist, and choir director, has taught classroom music at several Seventh-day Adventist and public schools. She now maintains a private piano studio and is the primary piano teacher at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland.

Rose started piano lessons at age seven with Joan Lintner at Spencerville Junior Academy. One of her influential teachers there was Terry Koch, whose wife, Teresa, was her first organ teacher. By sixth grade, she was studying with Florence Clarambeau at Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, and competing in local Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competitions.

Rose participated extensively in the Takoma Academy music program and during her academy years also played violin in the CUC orchestra and served as an accompanist for the CUC select choir, Pro Musica, and other groups and soloists.

She completed a B.S. degree in music education at Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, in 1980, where she studied piano under Neil Tilkins. In that same year she married David Altman, an organist, and they combined their talents and last names, becoming known as the Eide-Altmans. They have since played for countless services as a piano/organ duo in Washington, D.C., Seventh-day Adventist churches.

They have served as longtime worship leaders in the Hyattsville, Atholton, South Carrol Company, and (currently) Olney churches. The Eide-Altmans have also substituted at numerous other churches in the area.

In 1996 Rose completed an M.Mus. in music education at the University of Maryland, College Park, with piano as her performing area and Bradford Gowen as her teacher. Through the years she has frequently performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist and continues to participate in numerous piano seminars and workshops. Because of her efforts in continued learning and self-improvement and competence as a performer and teacher, she was certified by MTNA as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in 2010.

Rose, who resides in Sykesville, Maryland, also directs several community choirs, including The Encore Singers. This chamber choral ensemble sings predominately a cappella music and performs annually in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as well as at the Glenview Mansion in Rockville and in other significant performance venues in the Washington area.

She founded and directed the South Carroll Choral Society, which performs major choral works with orchestra. Recent concerts with this group have included performances of Rutter's Requiem in 2010, and Handel's Messiah (parts two and three) and Vivaldi's Gloria (she was organist), both in 2009.

Eide-Altman has served as organist/choir director at the Salem Methodist Church in Brookville, Maryland, for over sixteen years; is accompanist for Evonne Baasch's Strings for Joy violin studio; and is editor/webmaster of several websites, including Women at the Piano ( She and her husband, a church organist and piano instructor, have two daughters.


Sources: Emails from Rose Eide-Altman, 13 April 2010 and 14 July 2011; Information provided by Rose Eide-Altman, 2010; Rose's Piano Studio website, .