Over the years, I have enjoyed nurturing the individual development of each student in private lesson settings. However, I have always been fascinated by how one person learns and shares with others as part of a studio. The studio is also an entity: a group of individual students working together. This resulted in a series of projects centered around composers’ anniversaries or other topics, created to explore and share among all students and, sometimes, among various studios and/or departments. Here are a few projects that generated interest in every school and venue they were presented.
Nordic Masters of the Romantic Era: Grieg & Sinding
Exploration and performance of selected solo and four-hand works by the great Norwegian composers.
C. P. E. Bach (1714–2014) Threecentennial Jubilee Anniversary
In conjunction with the departments of Theory, Musicology, Organ, and Historical Keyboards at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, USA, students were showcased in three recitals honoring C. P. E. Bach and were also featured in a grand finale marathon along with other students performing on organ, fortepiano, clavichord, as well as harpsichord. Panels, discussions, and lectures on the subject followed.
Chopin Bicentennial Anniversary
Performance of the Complete Nocturnes by undergraduate and graduate students at An die Musik Live, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA.
Mostly Mendelssohn Anniversary
A celebration of the composer’s output for piano and that of his contemporaries with undergraduate and graduate students at the Village Community, Common Hour, and Bach’s Lunch at Eisenhower Chapel, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Paul Chihara Project
A Penn State University school-wide celebration of the composer’s residency with performances by faculty and students along with lectures by the composer