Rick Stanton
Rick Stanton holds a doctorate degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.  He also holds a M.M. degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an B.M. degree in piano performance from Butler University (Indianapolis). His teachers have included Elizabeth Pastor (Cleveland Institute of Music), Martin Marks (Butler University), Tong Il Han (Illinois State University) and Claude Frank (Aspen Music Festival). 

He has appeared as soloist and collaborative pianist in concerts in the Midwest and as soloist with orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cleveland Institute Orchestra (with James Levine as conductor), the Butler University Orchestra, and the Fargo Moorhead Orchestra. 

He has taught piano in the preparatory division of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has been an assistant professor of piano at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.  He recently retired from the prestigious MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where he taught piano and Suzuki piano.
He enjoys learning from students and colleagues and looks forward to remaining active as a part-time teacher at the Charleston Academy of Music and occasional performer in the Charleston area. 
He and his wife, Jan, are the parents of an adult son who lives in Maryland.  Rick and Jan enjoy running, biking, and being outdoors and look forward to living in a beautiful city with a warm climate!