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 composer-in-residence during the academic year 1980-1981.
What are you doing now?
I am teaching at the Eastman School of Music, where I am Professor of Piano; Director, Piano Pedagogy Studies; Coordinator, Class Piano Program; and Affiliate Faculty, Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media.
What is your favorite memory from your time at NSMS?
Time spent with Frances, being inspired by her each and every time we spoke.
How has NSMS impacted your teaching and your life?
Each time I start a pedagogy class (now going on 31 years at Eastman), I am reminded of the fall semester in September, 1980, when I attended her class, and became thoroughly immersed in her philosophy and approach. And now, new generations are embracing her thoughts, her perspectives, and her love of students and their potential for self-instruction. That distinctive FC voice is with us all, in every lesson, in every piece we teach, and in every child who performs.
What will you be playing for the recital?
Jeux de Plein Air by Germaine Tailleferre, performed with Professor Marina Lomazov. This was part of my Eastman Faculty concert, entitled Celebrating the Music of Women, and was recorded on September 8, 2019, in Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music.
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.