Professor of Music; Coordinator of Piano Activities; Sabbatical FA 2010
BME, Illinois Wesleyan University; MA, University of Denver; DA, University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Graff is the founder of the biennial Piano Monster Concerts (1982), the summer Junior and Senior Piano Monster Festivals (1993), and the Contemporary Piano Festival (1999) at PSU. She is a workshop clinician for music teachers’ groups, presenting master classes, lecture/recitals, and sessions in digital keyboard ensembles, technology for the piano studio, class piano techniques and numerous piano pedagogy topics. A frequent adjudicator for competitions and evaluations throughout the United States and Canada, she has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Mid-West and Germany, and her students have received numerous awards for their performances and studies.
Dr. Graff also teaches pre-college piano students, and oversees the community young piano students at PSU. In addition, she directs the Plymouth Digital Keyboard Orchestra for young students and has several digital keyboard works published by Ogilvy Music in Denton, Texas: Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals for two pianos; Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major; Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 413, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B-flat Major, Op. 19; two original works, Determined Drummer and Thoughts, and eight arrangements of symphonic works and Christmas Carols: Beethoven’s Fifth, Haydn’s Surprise, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Up On the Housetop, Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
She has served Music Teachers National Association for two terms as the National Coordinator of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Performance Competition and as National Chair of the MTNA Composition and Performance Competitions. As past-president of MTNA Eastern Division, she completed a two-year term on the Board of Directors in March 2004 and served as Chair of the Collegiate Chapter Forum and Chair of the Collegiate Chapter Task Force. She also served two two-year terms on the national nominating committee. She has had several articles published in the American Music Teacher, on Festivals and Competitions, on MTNA Collegiate Chapters, and a review of ensemble music. Currently an MTNA National Certification Commissioner, one of seven on the national board, Dr. Graff works in administering the MTNA Professional Certification program, which exists to improve the level of professionalism in music teaching. In addition, she has held many offices in the NHMTA and recently served as Treasurer and is currently President-elect.Piano Events and Programs