Alan Ngim earned a D.M.A. degree in piano performance specializing in chamber music and accompanying at the University of Miami where he received a University Fellowship. His Master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy is from Northwestern University, and he holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and piano performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with honors in both areas. Dr. Ngim also studied piano at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He has taught at North Central College in Naperville, IL, San Jose City College, in San Jose, CA, and New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami.
A frequent performer of 20th century music, Dr. Ngim particularly enjoys the works of French composer Olivier Messiaen. His doctoral dissertation was a study and performance of Messiaen's two-piano work, Vision de l'amen. Other performances include Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and solo selections from Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus with Momentum Dance Company, and Oiseaux Exotiques at Florida International University.
Before accepting the full-time faculty position at Miami Dade College, Dr. Ngim worked as a collaborative pianist for University of Miami, Florida International University, New World Symphony, and New World School of the Arts. He has been guest artist with South Bay Symphony, and Palo Alto Symphony in California, and Alhambra Symphony in Miami. He continues to work as the principal pianist for the Miami Children's Chorus.
A versatile musician, Dr. Ngim collaborates with all of the Miami Dade Faculty in concert performances, and specializes in chamber music. He has conducted all of the musical theater and opera productions at the Wolfson campus since 2003. A respected pianist, Dr. Ngim has served often as an adjudicator for music competitions in Dade and Broward counties.
Dr. Ngim teaches music appreciation, music theory, chamber music, and piano at Miami Dade College, Wolfson campus. He also coaches and accompanies students and hosts the recitals series, often performing in collaboration with students and faculty.