Published: Oct. 27, 2021 By

meta-eyJzcmNCdWNrZXQiOiJjb250ZW50LnNpdGV6b29nbGUuY29tIn0=Kicking off November, the College of Music's Roser Piano + Keyboard Program is thrilled to present virtual and in-person events as part of a doctoral seminar on diverse piano literature. On Nov. 2, 5 and 12, two guest lectures and a guest master class are open to the piano department as a whole; members of the college's Music Advisory Board and the general public are also welcome. 

"Who's that? Creating a new standard repertoire"  

Guest lecture by Assistant Professor of Piano Artina McCain, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis
Nov. 5, 10:20 a.m. via Zoom: 
Meeting ID: 914 0738 8720)

According to McCain, "Teaching underrepresented composers is experiencing a renaissance. As trendy as it may seem, this is not a new topic. While works of Black women composers have been discussed for decades, there's a disconnect between individual research and what we see represented in our student auditions, concert halls and competition programming. 

"In this session, we'll learn how to pair 'new' pieces with standard programming for intermediate through advanced repertoire."

Professor of Piano Andrew Cooperstock points out that McCain is both a specialist in piano music by Black women composers and an expert in "how to incorporate this music into traditional music study and performance." 

He adds, "Dr. McCain is a leader among American artist-teachers today with a perspective that's closely aligned with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [DEI] goals of the Keyboard Department and the College of Music overall." 

Master class

Nov. 2, 2:20 p.m. in Grusin Music Hall (in person)

Leading up to McCain's lecture, join us for a guest master class with McCain (via Zoom), along with three of our doctoral students (in person)—and featuring diverse music by George Walker, H. Leslie Adams and Tania Leon. 

"American music from the African diaspora"nyahoplu2-1

Guest lecture by Keyboard Lecturer William Chapman Nyaho, Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Pacific Lutheran University
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Author of Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora
Nov. 12, 10:20 a.m. via Zoom: 
Meeting ID: 914 0738 8720)

"Dr. Nyaho is the leading expert on piano music of Africa and the African diaspora," says Cooperstock of the Ghanaian American scholar. "He's lectured widely on the subject for a number of years and has published five graded volumes of music by these composers. 

"As we seek to broaden our idea of repertoire, we have much to learn from Dr. Nyaho."

Join us!