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Keyboard Studies Update

Friday, January 25, 2013
By Music Department 

This fall featured graduate student piano recitals by Raluca Boac, Mellisa Weinert and Phebe Yeo; level-two recitals by Judith Krech, Taylor Bakken, Kelli Hudson and Lisa Hager; and level-one recitals by Nicole Osvold, McKenzie Morgan and Angela Drees. Phebe Yeo performed the Schumann Concerto for the Festival Orchestra Honors Concert.

Theophane Windschitl and Schola Cantorum performed in the first concert of this year’s Organ Recital Series on Dec. 9.

Dr. Matthew McCright gave a guest performance and workshop on the piano in September, and Christopher Norton will present a composer workshop in June.

Faculty member David Jenkins gave an organ performance.

Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada gave workshops and presentations in California, New York, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Greece. She published articles in the MTNA eJournal, Clavier Companion and The Canadian Music Teacher.

Dr. Suzanne Schons, Cornett-Murtada and Dr. Greg Robinson-Riegler (Psychology) were awarded a Faculty Partnership-in-Learning Grant to study the psychological implications of the testing effect on music students.

Schons presented the session “How Do Students Learn Music? A Look at the Brain and Learning for Piano Teachers,” at three venues: St. Paul Piano Teachers Association in May, Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas (along with co-presenter Amy Irvin, M.D.) in August, and Madison Area Piano Teachers Association in November. Schons also presented the session “An Enjoyable Journey: Preparing for Classical Repertoire” at the UST Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy in August.

The Graduate Programs in Music Education hosted the annual Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy, featuring nationally known presenters Gail Berenson, Paul Wirth, Jessica Johnson, Wynn-Anne Rossi and Schons.