School of Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
David Servias has appeared throughout the Northwest as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He was an Idaho state winner in the collegiate MTNA competition and has appeared as a soloist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony and the Washington State University Symphony. Servias has performed solo recitals throughout the states of Washington and Idaho. Well-regarded as an accompanist and chamber musician, he has served as a staff accompanist at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan for several summers, and has appeared in music departments throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon -- accompanying recitals, juries, lessons, auditions and master classes.
Also at home playing jazz and popular music, Servias has played in church groups, jazz combos and big bands and has performed in restaurants, night clubs and on cruise ships.
His primary teachers have been Robin McCabe, Gerald Berthiaume, Jay Mauchley, and Preta Laughlin. He has also coached with Thomas Lymmenstull, Bonalyn Bricker-Smith and Margie May Ott, John Pickett, Susan Chan, Björn Edjemo, Ortwin Stürmer and Eva Engström, and has studied jazz piano with Charles Argersinger and Marc Seales.
In addition to performing, teaching has always been an important part of Servias' professional work. Prior to teaching at Oregon State University, he taught piano, ear training and music theory at Saint Martin's University, and most recently served as the coordinator of the secondary piano program at the University of Washington. While living in Seattle he also maintained a thriving private studio.
Servias earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington. He now lives in Eugene with his wife, who is also a pianist. They both teach music and work as freelance pianists.