Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy, Aug. 5-7

Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy featuring a yellow and orange piano keyboard and the event dates, Aug. 5-7, 2015.

Three days of extraordinary workshops with nationally renowned presenters, Dr. Peter Mack and Dr. Joseph Zins

Date & Time:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
9:15 AM - 3:45 PM
Workshops sessions run daily 9:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-3:45 p.m.

Admission:

Workshop sessions are $45 each, $25 for full-time UST and ACTC students. Discounted registration for all three days is available.

Location:

Brady Educational Center, 111
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN

Housing

On-campus housing is available in air-conditioned apartments with private bedrooms, semi-private baths, living room and kitchen.

Dr. Peter Mack and Dr. Joseph Zins

Special Guests

Dr. Peter Mack and Dr. Joseph Zins

Schedule of Workshop Sessions

Wednesday, Aug. 5: Dr. Joseph Zins

Session I: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Brady Educational Center, 111

Establishing a Rich Firmament for Artistic Realization

This presentation will examine a far-ranging philosophical and practical argument for establishing the foundation from which springs artistic development.  Concepts such as The Gifted vs. Talented, Conceptual Understanding vs. Inspiration, and Technique vs. technique will be explored.  A philosophical blueprint for a teaching practice will be presented along with a practical discussion of technique, the fundamentals of performance, acquisition of superb study habits, extensive lesson time, expectations for practice time, and the art of performance.

Teaching Demonstration:  The Components of Artistic Expression

This teaching demonstration will explore the guiding principles of artistic expression.  Salient components of music such as melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, and tempo will be investigated as to how they merge, unite, intermingle, combine, conflict, and resolve in determining value judgments for a rich and organic interpretation.    

Session II: 1:15-3:45 p.m.
Brady Educational Center, 111

Student Masterclass

An interactive teaching demonstration featuring local students and teachers.


Thursday, Aug. 6: Dr. Peter Mack

Session I: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Brady Educational Center, 111

Lower the Rear End of the Elephant Slowly onto the Keys

Our job as teachers is simple: know what to tell them, and try to do it in a way that they will remember. In this talk Peter Mack shares some of his most memorable metaphors that help students technically, artistically, and intellectually. Find out exactly how the hippopotamus helps you count, when the little fishies swim in the Sea of Chopin, and why the roof of the handy hen house had better not collapse!

Session II: 1:15-3:45 p.m.
Brady Educational Center, 111

Student Masterclass

An interactive teaching demonstration featuring local students and teachers.


Friday, Aug. 7: Dr. Peter Mack

Session I: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Brady Educational Center, 111

Marvelous Moderns and their Needlessly Neglected Mid-Level Masterpieces         

In this repertoire lecture Peter Mack explores mostly modern shorter works, offering an alternative to the tried-and-true twentieth century favorites that we hear again and again.    There is a vast body of neglected repertoire out there.  This demonstration uncovers unknown pieces to spark the interest of students, teachers, adjudicators, and audiences alike.  Most of the pieces played are of mid-range difficulty.    

Not Only Für Elise: Gorgeous Unknown Compositions by Well-Known Composers                    

Everyone is familiar with “Für Elise,” and rightly so.  However, in this lecture we will explore pieces (all by well-known major composers, most of them of mid-level difficulty) that are equally amazing, but far less familiar.  Sections from over forty works are performed, and there is an extensive handout in which the difficulty for each piece is assessed, along with its publishing information.  

Session II: 1:15-3:45 p.m.
Brady Educational Center, 111

Student Masterclass

An interactive teaching demonstration featuring local students and teachers.

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Presenter Bios

Headshot of pianist, Peter Mack  
Dr. Peter Mack 

Irish pianist Peter Mack is in great demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, adjudicator, and teacher.  Celebrated for his moving playing, and his easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union.  He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions.   

Peter Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-six concertos with orchestras.  A choral scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow of Trinity College London, he has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Washington.  His principal teachers were Frank Heneghan and Bela Siki.

In 2013, Dr. Mack received the extraordinary honor of being asked to deliver both the Advanced Piano Masterclass at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual convention in California and the Masterclass for MTNA Winners at the biennial National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in Illinois.  His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.  He is the proud teacher of eighteen MTNA national finalists, and two MTNA national first place winners. 

Peter Mack's 2014-2015 list of engagements includes performances in two of the most acoustically perfect performance spaces in Europe; the Salle Cortot of the Ecole Normale in Paris, and the Haydnsaal of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria.   Dr. Mack is Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  

 "Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents.  He has perfect piano hands, his technique is all but infallible, he has boundless temperament, style and taste, and above all, he communicates directly....  In all capacities he is indefatigable...."                       --Los Angeles Times

 

Headshot of pianist, Joseph Zins
Dr. Jospeh Zins

As the winner of the prestigious Young Pianist Competition of the Indiana State Symphony Society, pianist Joseph Zins made his professional debut to critical acclaim at the age of seventeen with the Indianapolis Symphony, performing Ravel’s demanding Concerto for the Left Hand Alone.  In addition to fifteen subsequent solo appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony before the age of twenty-two, he has also appeared as soloist with many other orchestras and concertized widely as soloist, duo-pianist, chamber player and accompanist in works ranging from Bach to Messiaen.

 Zins’ musical heritage is an eclectic mix of the Russian, French, and German schools of piano playing.  His link to the Romantic period was established in New York by the great pianist Jean Dansereau, pupil of the Franz Liszt disciple, Emil Sauer.  His formative years were spent with the master pedagogue Martin Marks (pupil of Rudolph Ganz) and his graduate studies with the Rudolph Serkin pupil and great American pianist, Lee Luvisi.

Zins’ great affinity for contemporary music has resulted in the world premieres of Joseph Packales’ Eros/Thanatos, and Soundings IV, Of Things Past and Things Present, and Variations Elegiac by Donald Betts.  His recording with pianist Jo Anne Link of Donald Betts’ Of Things Past and Things Present for two pianos was released in 1999 on the Centaur label.  During the 1999-2000 concert season he performed on tour, in its entirety, Olivier Messiaen’s monumental masterpiece, Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus.  It is believed that Dr. Zins is the first and only pianist to ever perform the 2 hour and 20 minute work in its entirety in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Dr. Zins has taught at the University of Louisville, the University of Arizona, the University of Texas at El Paso, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Macalester College.  In 1998, Dr. Zins and his wife, pianist Dr. Jo Anne Link, founded Crocus Hill Studios, located in the Historic District of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Nationally recognized as one of the top independent studios of its kind, they specialize in the training of the gifted and talented pre-college student. Their students have excelled in competitions and auditions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.  In 2005, Dr. Zins curtailed his public concerts to devote more of his energy teaching the Art of the Piano.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.