Faculty Bio

Panos Messis, a dual citizen in the US and Greece, Mr. Messis is an experienced educator and teacher with a unique background in piano, conducting and accompaniment. He is currently on the faculty at both Johnston Community College and Piedmont Community College where he does private piano teaching and also teaches various music courses and ensembles. He received his BM, Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music (NY), his MAT from Columbia University (NY) and his MA in Orchestral Conducting from Queens College (NY). He also studied piano and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria, and did further graduate studies in Cyprus, Greece. He was on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, has worked as director of music at several churches, and has also served as guest instructor and clinician for various university music camps and professional music teaching organizations. A passionate teacher, Panos loves to work with students of all ages and interests. He has a wonderful ability to meet the student where he or she is, and find out how best to interest and motivate them to learn and grow as musicians, always keeping the process joyful. Panos is also fluent in Greek and conversant in German.