Adriana Morales grew up in Colombia, where she studied piano from early childhood through high school. A scholarship to Texas Christian University brought her to the United States, where she earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy (teaching). During her studies, Ms. Morales developed an interest in jazz and joined the Curt Wilson Big Band. She also won the Young Artist Performing Series Competition in her hometown and performed in one of Colombia’s finest concert halls, the Library Hall Luis Angel Arango.
Prized as a pedagogue, Adriana teaches dozens of young pianists at the Coppell Conservatory, where her students frequently take home top prizes in area festivals and competitions. Active in her local community, she is also the music director at Silver Creek United Methodist Church in Azle and served as the vice president of Carrolton Music Teachers Association. Her lecture recitals have highlighted the intersection of language, culture, and music in Texas and abroad; topics have included Music and Language Intertwined, Latin American Art Song, and Viviendo la Música. She is excited to join Cliburn in the Classroom as a host for the first time in the 2022–2023 school year!