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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Elena Panchenko

Office: Kimbrough 178
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300

Vocal Ensemble Coaching

Elena Panchenko is a collaborative pianist, church musician, and private piano teacher born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She studied music theory, history, and collaborative piano at Moscow Conservatory-College and Kharkiv College of Music, earning her degree in 1986. After relocating to the US with her family in 1994, Elena embarked on a career as a freelance collaborative pianist. She initially worked in Wichita, KS, followed by Delaware, Pennsylvania, and, for the past two decades, in the Palouse area.

Elena holds the position of Music Director at St. James Episcopal Church in Pullman, serves as a pianist for the Palouse Choral Society, and maintains a private piano studio. Her musical journey has intertwined with the WSU School of Music community since 2003, culminating in her appointment as the pianist for all Vocal Ensembles in 2022.