Cathy Albergo joined FGCU in July 2012 as Director of the Bower School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Visual Art. She was formerly Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
Professor Albergo is a curricular specialist in piano pedagogy and group piano teaching and has contributed numerous articles to professional keyboard journals. She is co-author, with Reid Alexander, of the Piano Repertoire Guide published by Stipes Music Publishing Co. and is co-author, with Reid Alexander and Marvin Blickenstaff, of the Celebration Series Perspectives®, Handbook for Teachers published by Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. In collaboration with J. Mitzi Kolar and Mark Mrozinksi, she co–authored the piano method Celebrate Piano!®, published by Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited.
With degrees from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Professor Albergo is a nationally recognized authority on piano instruction and a frequent lecturer, adjudicator and workshop clinician. In addition to her academic positions her leadership contributions include President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Regional Chair of the National Association of Schools of Music, Membership Chair of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and National Certification Chair of the Music Teachers National Association.