Dr. Young is an active pianist, teacher, composer, and accompanist on Piano Faculty at Purdue University – Fort Wayne. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Steven Spooner. At KU, his doctoral research focused on Rachmaninoff’s “Concealed Variation” Principle: Inspiration for Motivic Unity in his Preludes, Op. 32. Dr. Young received his Master’s Degree in piano performance from UMKC and a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Wheaton College. In Summer 2018, he was a Coach at the Opera in the Ozarks 68th season in Eureka Springs, AR. In 2016, he attended the Bel Canto Summer Academy in Munich, Germany as a Collaborative Pianist, and in 2013 he performed solo piano in Haydn’s Esterhazy Palace at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has also performed as a pianist multiple times with orchestra, including the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Orchestra in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 2007. Dr. Young enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie, daughter Leah, and dog Jack.