<b> Piano is the heart of the Keene State College Music program! </b>
The Music Department provides top, conservatory-trained faculty to teach and mentor our student pianists in Performance, Education, and Technology undergraduate B.M. and B.A. degrees. Keene State employs two exceptional, full-time Staff Pianists to work with all music students in preparation for juries, workshop performances and recitals throughout their degree programs.
Under the direction of the Co-ordinator of the Piano program, Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova, students graduate from Keene State College with a robust and varied skill set, with extensive training in both solo repertoire and collaborative piano skills.
The piano program holds regular studio classes, fostering a sense of community while tailoring the program to the needs of the individual student. Our student pianists collaborate with other departments, playing for Theatre and Dance productions and working with multimedia and film in faculty and departmental recitals.
Come to campus to see our pianists in action!
Every student, regardless of degree program, must take classes in piano and pass a basic piano proficiency exam. Additionally, nearly all of our students work with collaborative pianists – in vocal lessons, in coaching sessions, and in performance.
The piano program has regular studio classes, fostering a sense of community while tailoring the program to the needs of the individual student. Our student pianists collaborate with other departments, playing for Theatre and Dance productions and working with multimedia and film in faculty and departmental recitals.
Student pianists performed in several concerts in the 2018-19 season, and will continue this 2019-20 year in several activities, including jazz combos, chamber concerts, and solo recitals. They perform in senior homes, play new works by KSC student and faculty composers, accompany voice lessons, and perform with vocalists in their Oratorio Class and Art Song Class Performances.
Christina Wright-Ivanova, Co-ordinator of Piano and Collaborative Piano
Christopher Evatt, Staff Pianist
Vladimir Odinokikh, Staff Pianist
Cheryl Sharrock, Applied Piano Study
Stephanie Wirzburger, Applied Piano Study
<b> Wednesday Workshop Series (MU 100) </b>
Every Wednesday, KSC Music Students perform in formal recitals from 2-3:40pm in the Alumni Recital Hall. Students of all disciplines and majors are asked to perform and speak from the stage about their repertoire. This is a wonderful opportunity for our pianists to gain valuable experience performing in front of an audience on our beautiful 9 ft. Steinway concert grand.
<b> Piano Student Showcase Concerts </b>
Each semester at Keene State, our pianists perform a student showcase recital before their Juries at the Alumni Recital Hall, with both major and non-major students an opportunity to hone their performance skills.
<b> University Ensembles & Independent Studies Projects </b>
Keene State offers several ensembles for pianists, including Orchestra and Concert Band, Jazz Combos, String Ensemble, and Latin American Ensemble. These unique opportunities have included repertoire for both piano and harpsichord students such as Bach’s Brandenburg No. 2 in F Major, Stravinsky’s Suite No. 2, Missy Mazzoli’s In Spite of All this, and Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde with the KSC Orchestra.
As part of piano studies at Keene State, students have opportunities to perform solo and chamber music works in Wednesday Workshop recitals and in masterclasses with guest artists.
Recent guest artists and clinicians include concert pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Stephen Drury (both Faculty at New England Conservatory), Virginia Eskin (former CAMI artist), and Christian Wilm Müller (University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany). This season includes recitals and classes by Richard Masters (Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts) and more!