Piano Festivals at PSU present ensemble and recital performances

June 8th, 2012 by Tim

Plymouth, N.H. – More than 60 piano students from throughout New England will present concerts and recitals from June 26 through July 1 as part of the Piano Monster Festivals at Plymouth State University.

The Junior Festival Concert, featuring musicians in grades 5-8, is scheduled for June 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Senior Festival Concert, for students in grades 8-12, is July 1 at 4:00 p.m. Admission for each concert is $8 and both will be held in the Hanaway Theater in the Plymouth State University Silver Center.

In addition, selected participants will perform in student recitals the evening before each concert. The junior recital will be June 26 at 8:00 p.m. and the senior recital on June 30 at 8:15 p.m. Recitals, in the Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University, are free and open to the public.

Susan Avery, associate professor of music education at Ithaca (N.Y.) College, is conductor of the piano ensembles. Donna Smith, who teaches and directs music in Gold Canyon, Arizona, conducts the Digital Keyboard Orchestras. Carleen Graff, Professor of Music at Plymouth State University, directs the Festivals.

Begun in 1993, the Piano Festivals give young students the opportunity to collaborate and perform as part of groups and ensembles. For many, this is their first experience interacting with other pianists and an opportunity to advance their skills. In addition to rehearsals, camp students also attend specialty classes such as jazz piano, musical notation, composition and harpsichord. Camp instructors include PSU faculty, students and alumni many of whom are now active piano and music teachers. Junior campers also participate in a Handbell Choir or a Percussion Ensemble and all sing in the Festival Chorus.

For piano teachers, a special Teacher Seminar is scheduled for June 26-27.

For more information about the Piano Monster Festivals visit plymouth.edu/go/piano or call (603) 535-2313.


For more information about this release, contact Tim Kershner, PSU Chief Public Relations Officer, (603) 535-2476 or tlkershner@plymouth.edu


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