May 18, 2024Congratulations to Jim Fangjun Li for winning 2nd place in the Phyllis Triolo competition!I just got the news that my student Jim Fangjun Li got 2nd place in the junior level of the Phyllis Triolo competition (his first piano competition ever!).
I am so proud of him and his incredible hard work this last 8 months. He came to me in September playing Anna Magdalena notebook level repertoire and had never memorized a piece. Today he performed the B-flat major John Field nocturne and Aaron Copland's Cat and the Mouse today in the competition! Congratulations!

November 21, 2023Congratulations to Anh Nguyen for getting Honorable Mention in MTNA for the state of Pennsylvania!Anh Ngueyn, 15, received an Honorable Mention in the MTNA Senior category in November 2023.

Sunday, April 30, 2023Spring RecitalWe had a wonderful spring recital at the Boal mansion and museum in Boalsburg, PA!

December 12, 2022Holiday RecitalStudents of Dr. Gustafson performed at the holiday recital at the University Baptist and Brethren Church on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

Friday, December 09, 2022Anh Nguyen performs Grieg Concerto with the Williamsport SymphonyAs the winner of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Piano Competition, Anh Nguyen performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor with the Williamsport Symphony at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, PA.

October 10, 2022Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival 2022My students Anh Nguyen, Ian Yuan, Silje Rankin, and Arianna Gu will participate in the Dorothy Sutton performance festival at Penn State University on October 16, 2022 at 1 p.m. Congratulations to all!

October 10, 2022Anh Nguyen wins Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist concerto competition Congratulations to my student Anh Nguyen, who won the Williamsport Symphony Concerto competition on Sunday, playing the Grieg concerto. She will perform with the orchestra on December 9, 2022.

Monday, August 08, 2022Anh Nguyen wins Tureck Bach Competition, Category 6New York Concert Review reported about the winners recital: ¨As terrific as the twentieth and twenty-first-century selections were, it was a joy to return to the honoree of this competition, J. S. Bach, in the hands of Anh Nguyen (age 14, Vietnam, Category 6 – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Italian Concerto, Sonatas). She played Bach’s magnificent (and difficult) Toccata and Fugue in G Major, BWV 916, handling its contrapuntal challenges extremely well. Her rendition will undoubtedly feel more and more settled as she lives with it, but it had much to offer. She gave it a brisk and authoritative opening, a sensitively wrought Adagio, and a percolating fugue. It will be a pleasure to see where music leads this young player.¨

Tuesday, July 05, 2022Palmetto International Piano Festival 2022 was a success!We welcomed ten middle and high school aged young pianists to Due West, South Carolina, to the beautiful campus of Erskine College and had a wonderful two weeks of intense learning. Applications for 2023 will open in the fall!

June 23, 2022Anh Nguyen accepted to the finals of the Tureck International Bach CompetitionAnh Nguyen was accepted into the finals of the Tureck Competition in Category 6, playing Bach Toccata in G Major and the Italian Concerto. She will compete in July, 2022.

February 19, 2022Elizabeth Crawford wins first prize in the Mansfield highschool piano competition!Congratulations to my student Elizabeth Crawford, who won first place in the Mansfield highschool piano competition today! She competed with Beethoven's Sonata Op. 2, No. 1 and Chopin's Nocturne in g minor, Op. 37, No. 1.

February 14, 2022Anh Nguyen wins first prize in the Junior division of the Millersville International Piano CompetitiAnh Nguyen played the G Major Bach Toccata and the Chopin Rondo, Op. 1 and won first place in her Junior division in the Millersville International Piano Competition! Congratulations, Anh!

Wednesday, January 05, 2022Anh Nguyen, age 13, wins first prize in the Opus International Music Competition Anh Nguyen, age 13, wins first prize in the Opus International Music Competition for the State of Pennsylvania, and will be competing in the national round in March 2022.

November 29, 2021Students perform in first in-person recital in two yearsDr. Gustafson's students performed at Penn State's music building in their first in-person recital since COVID-19 lockdowns began in March of 2019. Everyone played beautifully!

May 24, 2021Three spots available in Dr. Gustafson's studio for fall.Please contact Dr. Gustafson if you are interested in one of the available spots and would like to schedule a trial lesson.

Monday, February 22, 2021Anh Nguyen wins first prize in the Millersville International Piano Competition Anh Nguyen, age 12, won first prize in the Millersville International Piano Competition last weekend.

May 24, 2021Anh Nguyen wins second prize in her age category at the Frost International Piano Competition Anh Nguyen, age 13, won the second prize in her age category at the Frost International Piano Competition last week, which was held live on Zoom. She also received a discretionary jury prize for her performance of the Chopin Rondo, Op.1. She participated in a winners' recital on May 22, which was streamed live on YouTube!

Sunday, February 21, 2021Yi Feng wins second prize in his category in the Millersville International Piano Competition Yi Feng, age 10, won 2nd prize in his category at the Millersville International Piano Competition last weekend playing Chopin Etude, Op. 10, No. 5 and Moszkowski's Caprice Espagnole.

November 14, 2020Anh Nguyen is named Alternate (2nd place) in the MTNA Junior Performance Competition in PennsylvaniaSo proud of Anh Nguyen who was named the Alternate in MTNA's Junior Performance category for Pennsylvania. She performed pieces by Granados, Bowen, and Beethoven.

May 19, 2020Apply to Millersville for a B.A. in PerformanceIt is still not too late to apply for a B.A. in performance at Millersville University for Fall 2020. Take advantage of our unique program, which stresses the idea of the PERFORMER AS ENTREPRENEUR. Our keyboard division offers excellent instruction in piano, jazz piano, harpsichord, or organ; world class facilities; and access to top notch music business and technology courses.

May 15, 2020Uyen Nguyen accepted to major music schools with scholarshipCongratulations to my student Uyen Nguyen who was accepted with great scholarship offers to Millersville University, Penn State University, Duquesne University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music. She will pursue her Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance at Mannes under the tutelage of Pavlina Dokovska starting in September 2020.

March 17, 2020COVID-19 CrisisDue to the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Gustafson will begin teaching all students online at least through the middle of June.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020New Music Classes at the Learning StationDr. Gustafson will be teaching music and movement, as well as pre-piano and piano lessons at the Learning Station in State College, PA, starting in the Spring of 2020. These classes, with an interactive curriculum created by Dr. Gustafson, are open to students of the Learning Station only at this time. For inquiries, contact me at

Sunday, September 01, 2019Dr. Gustafson joins the Piano Faculty at Millersville University Starting in Fall of 2019, Dr. Gustafson will be teaching at Millersville University's Tell School of Music in Millersville, Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 12, 201920th Edition of the Gijon International Piano Festival The 20th edition of the Gijon Piano Festival will take place from August 12 to August 28, 2019.

November 10, 2018New Concert Series in Boalsburg, PennsylvaniaDr. Gustafson will be starting a concert series Boalsburg, Pennsylvania at the Boal Mansion Museum. Three concerts will take place in Spring 2019: the opening Gala concert by Alexander Kobrin in February, a recital of all Spanish music by Francisco Montero in March, and a closing recital by Dr. Gustafson in April. For more information, check back here in February of 2019 for more details:

Monday, August 27, 2018The 19th edition of the Gijon International Piano Festival was a great successThis year's Gijon Piano Festival was a total success! We had sixty-five students from all over the planet come to play for our world-renowned faculty, and we listened to fabulous guest recitals by Alexander Kobrin, EunAe Lee, and Gilles Vonsattel. Dr. Gustafson served for the 8th year as the director, and she was interviewed by the local newspaper about the this year's edition.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017Uyen Nguyen wins MTNA for the state of Pennsylvania.Uyen Nguyen, one of Dr. Gustafson's students, won the MTNA Senior Piano competition for the state of Pennsylvania. She will compete in the regional competition in January. Congratulations, Uyen!

Friday, June 09, 2017Release of "Reverie," Amy Gustafson's debut albumDr. Gustafson's debut album, "Reverie," was released on June 9, 2017 and celebrated with a release concert in New York City at Florence Gould Hall. Purchase the CD at Amazon, iTunes, or