60th Anniversary Alumni Faculty Recital: Todd Van Kekerix
In celebration of 60 years of excellence in piano teaching and learning at NSMS, we invite you to attend a very special recital, featuring performances by NSMS alumni faculty. Join us on Saturday, November 21st at 8:00PM ET. As we countdown to the recital, we will profile each performer.
When were you at NSMS, and what was your role?
I was hired as a junior faculty member in 2007 and remained on faculty until 2016. I still remember Louise picking me up from the train station in Princeton for my interview. What a nerve-wracking experience! During my early years, I served at the music librarian and from 2014-2016, I was the Director of Enrichment Programs and led the Junior PEPS program. In 2016, I decided to pursue my DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma.
What are you doing now?
I am Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Houston in the Moores School of Music.
What is your favorite memory from your time at NSMS?
It’s hard to narrow this down to one. There are too many fond memories between the students, colleagues and parents. One highlight each year was recital weekend. What a treat to see the progress of each student. You really got the sense that every faculty member was invested in all of the students. I really enjoyed the spirit of collaboration that was very much alive in that building, teachers helping teachers.
How has NSMS impacted your teaching and your life?
The impact has been quite immense. I feel the positive effects of it every day in my current role, through my pedagogy classes and supervision of graduate teaching assistants. NSMS was a wonderful training ground that set me up for success. I wouldn’t be the teacher I am today without the guidance of Louise Goss, Marvin Blickenstaff and Amy Glennon, as well as each of my colleagues during my time there.
What will you be playing for the recital?
I will be playing two selections from Peccadilloes by Paul Schoenfield — “Allemande" and “Fughetta."
Join us in celebrating the legacy of NSMS in words and music! Sign up, and you'll receive links for the recital broadcast and Zoom reception. $10 minimum donation per family.