News & Events

Guests and Special Events, 2017-2018

Tuesday,, September 12, Kingsley Day, Lecture: A Reconstruction of Chopin's Last Mazurka, Sharp Concert Hall, and Writing for Professional Publcation in Music, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 12, Alan Chow and Alvin Chow, Piano Master Class, Sharp Concert Hall, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 12, Alan Chow and Alvin Chow, Duo-Piano Recital, Sharp Concert Hall, 6:00 p.m

Saturday, January 20. University of Oklahoma Piano Department High School Piano Camp, 10:00-3:00 pm

April TBA, Doctoral project/workshops

Current Activities in the OU Piano Pedagogy Program

The OU MTNA Student Chapter received the 2017 Chapter of the Year Award. Two recent University of Oklahoma graduates received national awards from MTNA at the 2016 National Conference in San Antonio in March. Marjorie Fint, MM Piano Performance/Pedagogy in 2015 received the MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. Davis, Dorrough, MM Piano Performance/Piano pedagogy in 2013 received the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation Scholarship Teacher Continuing Education and Performance study.

Doctoral students Ivan Hurd and Chris Madden were honored with the The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching.  The recipients represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught in a specific semester.  The students were recognized at a special reception honoring their outstanding teaching performance.

In April 2016, doctoral students Ivan Hurd, Patrick Lahan, and Christopher Madden presented their terminal degree 5-hour DMA workshop sessions at the University of Oklahoma and for several local associations. A variety of topics was presented in twelve sessions.

Chris Madden and Cindy Graeler both presented sessions at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Pedagogy Symposium at USC-Columbia in January, 2016. Congratulations!

The 2016 MTNA National Conference in San Antonio featured Dr. Barbara Fast in a Piano Master Class. Way to go Dr. Fast!

OU Graduate Students Rose Gifford, Cindy Graeler, Danny Milan, Daniel Mockenhaupt, Elizabeth Strickland and Todd Van Kekerix are joining Dr. Magrath and and distinguished artist piano faculty along with approximately 25 additional pianists at the Classical Music Festival Piano Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria during August 2016!

The OU MTNA Student Chapter continues their popular tradition of offering a group piano review session on the Sunday evening before finals week during both the fall and spring semesters. The student chapter gives pizza and soda for students, and members are present for two hours to help with questions related to group piano final exams. For blogs from the OU MTNA Student Chapter, see their blog at

The Ruby Grant Piano Pedagogy Resource Center features a major gift of piano teaching, biographical, and historical books from the library of longtime OU piano faculty member Dr. Digby Bell. Dr. Bell was known for the most scholarly of work, and his library is quite extensive. A large portion of these books are now housed in the Center for all to study or browse! Sincere appreciation goes to OU alumnus and faculty member at Oklahoma Baptist University, Dr. Carol Bell for this generous gift.

The Donna Turner Smith Competition in piano is held every two years in spring semesters. The first prize award is around $2500 for a OU student who will enroll in piano the following year. The next competition will be in February 2018. For information, please contact Dr. Barbara Fast at the University of Oklahoma.

The GP3 (Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Conference) will be held in August 2016 at Oberlin College and is one of the three most significant conferences in piano and piano pedagogy in the US. Dr. Barbara Fast co-founded the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum which was held for the first time in 2000. Thanks to Dr. Fast for her leadership in this important conference for our field!

With the revitalization of the north campus arts centers, music majors in the practice rooms look out onto plush campus grounds. The practice facility is conveniently located close to the new patio with umbrellas and outdoor furniture for breaks and lunches directly in front of the Fine Arts Dean’s Office. A full rennovation and addition to the practice wing has just been completed and features three new chamber music practice rooms, added to the current rennovated building. Several new practice pianos have been purchased as well.

Recent performers and lecturers for the OU piano community program at OU have included Nobuyuko Tsujii, Spencer Myer, Marvin Blickenstaff, Ann Gipson, Gail Berenson, Mary Craig Powell, Andrew Cooperstock, Joel Schoenhals, E. L. Lancaster, Sheila Paige, Dennis Alexander, Michelle Conda and Linda Christensen.

We continue to develop the Ruby Grant Piano Pedagogy Resource Center as a research center in piano with the addition of new computers, software and keyboards as well as musical scores and recorded/digital materials.