ELVINA TRUMAN PEARCE attended the University of Tulsa followed by study in New York City with the renowned Russian artist-teacher, Isabelle Vengerova. She was also a long-time pedagogy student of Frances Clark in Princeton, NJ. For fourteen years, she taught pedagogy and directed the Preparatory Piano Division at Northwestern University. She currently resides in Naperville, IL where for more than twenty years she has been associated with North Central College, both as a teacher and as director of its Division of Preparatory and Community Music, a program which she founded in 1980. Her concert career is highlighted by a solo appearance with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall, a coast-to-coast broadcast over The Chicago Theater of the Air, and by recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Elvina has presented workshops, recitals, and master classes in more than forty states as well as in Canada, The Republic of China, and Australia, where she was a keynote speaker and recitalist at the 1999 Australian National Piano Pedagogy Conference at Western Australia University in Perth. In 2000, she returned to Australia to present a series of workshops sponsored by the Western Australia MTA and the Suzuki Talent Education Association. In the U.S., she has been a featured presenter at MTNA national conferences as well as the headliner at numerous MTA state conventions throughout the country.

In addition to her ongoing career as a pianist, teacher, lecturer, and composer of educational piano music, Elvina is one of the founders of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and serves as Vice President on its Board of Trustees. In 2000, she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of KEYBOARD COMPANION Magazine with which she has been associated since its inaugural issue in 1990.