I am excited to say that I have accepted a job offer from The College of St. Scholastica at the rank of Assistant Professor of Music! I will be moving up to Duluth, Minnesota in August to begin this full-time, tenure track position. My courses for the moment will include applied lessons in piano, class piano, and music theory. I'm looking forward to starting this new chapter of my life with the great community there!
The College of St. Scholastica was founded in 1912 as a Benedictine college for women, and became coeducational in 1969. To this day, Benedictine nuns still have a presence on campus. Service to others and one's community remains a bedrock of the Benedictine values.
St. Scholastica lived in the sixth-century Roman Empire and was the twin sister of St. Benedict (for whom the order is named). While Benedict founded the male Benedictine monastic order, Scholastica founded its female counterpart.
It's official! After three tough years at the University of Michigan, I graduated with my DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Piano Performance this past weekend. I am so thankful for the help, guidance, and comaraderie of all my teachers and colleagues in Ann Arbor!
Here are some photos from the celebration, as well as a video excerpt - the second movement from Franz Schubert's glorious final Piano Sonata, D. 960 - from my final dissertation recital in early April.
The doctor is now seeing patients!
I am pleased to announce that I have just been awarded one of two 2017 Clara Wells Fellowships through the American Matthay Association!
The two Clara Wells Fellows (one high school, one collegiate) will be in residence during the Matthay Piano Festival, June 14-17th in Tempe, Arizona. I am looking forward to participating in the festival performances, deepening my understanding of Tobias Matthay's pedagogical works, and meeting the members of the association.
In case you missed my interview with Kathy Lawton Brown last week on 107.3 (The Radio Arts Foundation) in St. Louis, you can listen to the whole thing right here. We had a great time talking and getting to know each other - I am so appreciative to the radio station for having me!
Amidst the conversation, you can also hear three tracks from my new CD, Scarlatti Now:
1. Sonata in C major, K. 159 (Domenico Scarlatti)
2. Figaro's Cavatina from the Barber of Seville (Gioachino Rossini, transcribed by Grigory Ginzburg)
6. Une barque sur l'océan (Maurice Ravel)
The day has finally come - my debut CD "Scarlatti Now" has been released! The disc is available for purchase in the website's new online store.
Check out this performance video for a preview of the disc. The CD centers around the music of Domenico Scarlatti, and this playful work (Sonata in F major, K. 379) is but one of several pieces by him that I recorded. Enjoy!
As many friends, family, and colleagues have already heard, I am releasing my debut CD within the next month or two! This was a long-term project that has grown with me for nearly a year now. Through all of the preliminary planning, grant writing, practicing, recording, graphic design, publicity materials, and liner note writing, it will be a relief to have the finished product in hand!
The concept of the disc is an eclectic mixing of old and new music. I wanted to focus the disc on the sonatas of Baroque keyboard composer Domenico Scarlatti, but without issuing the standard "all-Scarlatti" disc, of which there are already so many very good examples. Instead I decided to trace his keyboard language through later generations of Italianate works (including transcriptions of Rossini and works by Liszt, Ravel, Berio, and Sciarrino), with the older works mixing freely with the newer works.
Huge thanks to the incomparable sound engineer, Colin Mahoney, and to all who have pre-ordered the CD. A copy will be coming your way soon!
Wedged in between these was an inspirational week of teaching and performing with friends at the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra (Branson, MO), where I gave two masterclasses and performed the Grieg Concerto.
Larkin Sanders, CEO of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, is doing great work for that two-week event. It is always a pleasure to play for the Branson public; they are so warm and appreciative!
March and April were busy months for me, with performances from the Tavern of Fine Arts (St. Louis, MO) to the Musical Art Society (Lancaster, PA), and finally two performances at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) as I finish out the semester at UM.
Here are some photos from my recent recitals!
I am overjoyed to announce that I was named the winner of the 2016 Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Piano Award auditions last week in Rochester Hills, MI!
The audition is held annually over two rounds, first a review of resumés followed by a live audition. The award is sponsored by the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs (MFMC).
I had so much fun last month performing and teaching at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi - What a great facility and group of students! Huge thanks to Dean Steve Sachs for hosting me and to the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs for attending the event!
With members of MFMC following my recital. From left to right: Dr. Stephen Sachs, Susan Johnson, Carolina Whitfield-Smith, Nick Susi, Frances Nelson, Kay Johnson, and Cecil Fox
I am excited to announce a new performance added to the calendar at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis, MO. The program will take place on March 3rd, 2016 at 8:00pm and features the music of Beethoven, Liszt, and Ravel. Seating fills up very quickly, so come early to grab a table. See you then!