Accompanying resources are available to all students enrolled in applied lessons, and in a variety of forms. The Ithaca College Collaborative Pianist resources are not intended to cover all the accompanying costs, but are provided as a supplement to help offset the out-of-pocket expenses.


If you would like to request an Ithaca College Collaborative Pianist, follow the link below to a request form. 

This request must be submitted ONE week in advance for vocalists and THREE weeks in advance for instrumentalists.

Music students can request a collaborative pianist for:

  • Juries
  • Private lessons
  • Repertoire class
  • Rehearsals - for any preparation needs of students enrolled in applied lessons
  • Recording 
  • Degree-required recitals (included dress rehearsal)

Collaborative Pianist Request Form


Expand each section below to find out more about our pianists and their availability

I-Hsiang Chao is an alumnus of Eastman School of Music and has extensive experience accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists. He is also an avid practitioner of American and European contemporary music.


  • Tuesday, 1/24
  • Wednesday, 1/25
  • Saturday, 1/28
  • Sunday, 1/29
  • Wednesday, 3/1
  • Thursday, 3/2
  • Friday, 3/3
  • Saturday, 3/4
  • Wednesday, 4/5
  • Thursday, 4/6
  • Friday, 4/7
  • Saturday, 4/8
  • Saturday, 4/29
  • Sunday, 4/30
  • Jury week TBD

Please also see I-Hsiang's calendar of availability here:

All requests must still be submitted through the request form.

Ms. Darling graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Music Education. She has an extensive repertoire of vocal music and has collaborated with vocalists and instrumentalist for many years. 


  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays

Tyler Hayford received a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music. His collaborative repertoire covers a wide range of instrumental and vocal works in all styles, but he also specializes in sight-reading and improvisation. He has been a Departmental Assistant in Studio Accompanying at the Eastman School since 2020.


  • Sundays
  • Mondays

Mr. Montgomery has collaborated with vocalists at Ithaca College for many years. His repertoire is extensive in all genres and styles.


  • Voice students

Mr. Vallery is an alum of Lawrence University of Wisconsin and Ithaca College.  He predominantly focuses on vocal music.


  • Flexible
  • Not available Friday's after 3:30PM



Senior Voice Performance Majors should enroll in MUMC 47301 - Required Senior Voice Recital. This is a course that meets one hour a week with a vocal coach. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Zemliauskas (

For students interested in individual coaching with their collaborative partner, we offer the course MUEN 31800 - Piano/Vocal Duos. For more information, contact Dr. Charis Dimaras (

For students interested in individual coaching with their collaborative partner, we offer the course MUEN 31700 - Piano/Instrumental Duos. For more information, contact Dr. Charis Dimaras (


In addition to the resources provided by Ithaca College, there are many collaborative artists available for hire. Please contact your private teacher for recommended names and contact information.