Lani Elston currently lives in the greater Portland area, where she teaches, owns and manages Piano Possibilities an independent mobile teaching studio. She greatly enjoys sharing her love of music by teaching students of all ages and skill levels as well as making music a “possibility” for everyone. Lani’s education in music includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona). Here she studied piano with Tannis Gibson and minored in theatre with a focus on sound design and production under the instruction of Melissa Marquis. After graduating summa cum laude in 2005, Lani has taught piano as well as worked within the medical field.
During her time at the University of Arizona, Lani studied and performed works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Debussy and Cowell. Additionally, she sang within the Collegium Musicum (a select choir, University of Arizona) and has performed masterpieces such as Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion & St. John’s Passion and Handel’s Messiah. While studying sound design and production, Lani composed and arranged the music and sound effects for the live production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV part I and II (performed by the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona). Outside of the arts, Lani was also a scholarship varsity athlete (golf) and competed with her team at events across the country during her time at Arizona.
In her free time, Lani continues to play golf competitively as well as study piano. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends and puppy Oliver.
To listen to Lani performing Chopin's Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op 57 live in concert, click on the audio file below.