Students, teachers and parents will be able to hear numerous works composed during the 20th and 21st century performed throughout the day during the 2007 Plymouth State University Contemporary Piano Festival March 10. The festival, which is open to pianists in grades 9 – 12, is hosted by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Professor Carleen Graff, founder of the festival, said she started the program in order to get more students playing contemporary works and to get teachers to teach more. “Students were coming to college without ever playing works from the most recent style period,” Graff said.
The competition is followed by a class on piano works of Eastern European composers, a master class on piano and piano composition, and “What Does Music Mean?” by Professor Robert Swift. Applications to the competition and master class are closed.
The daylong festival culminates in a free concert of contemporary compositions by winners of the morning competition and PSU piano students.
The morning competition and afternoon recital are open to the public, free of charge. This year. 16 student pianists have registered for the competition.
For information contact Professor Carleen Graff at (603) 535-2313.