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Arthur Greene

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Arthur Greene was born in New York. He went to Yale University, and then Juilliard where he studied with Martin Canin. He now teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and in the summer lives in L'viv, Ukraine. These are some of the press accolades he has received: "A profound musician" - The Washington Post; "A masterful pianist" – The New York Times; "Intoxicating appeal" - Mainichi Daily News, Japan; "A romantic splendor of sound-colors" - Ruhr Nachrichten; "Stellar Scriabinist" American Record Guide.

Arthur Greene won first prizes in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and he was a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs in Boston, and he recorded the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has performed mazurkas with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, a Polish folk ensemble.

Greene has made many recordings together with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka, for Naxos and Toccata Classics, including the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom.  His recording of piano works of the Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko has recently been released on Amazon.

Greene has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah, and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He toured Japan and Korea many times. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency.

At the University of Michigan Mr. Greene has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching, and he and his students presented a recital series of the complete solo works of Chopin in nine concerts. He is a frequent judge of piano competitions, most recently the Isangyun Competition in Korea and the Teresa Carreño International Competition in Miami. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.

Anne Epperson

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Pianist Anne Epperson enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. She made her debut at age twelve with the New Orleans Philharmonic under Alexander Hilsberg. After studies at Louisiana State University and the Juilliard School, she entered graduate school at the University of Southern California and was appointed staff pianist for the master classes of Jascha Heifetz. This auspicious beginning led to a successful career as a collaborative partner. Ms. Epperson has appeared in concert with distinguished artists throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Korea. She has recorded for Vanguard, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Claves and has produced and edited recordings for Nonesuch and Azica.

Her career as an educator is equally impressive. She has recently joined the illustrious faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as Professor of Collaborative Piano, creating a new program offering three graduate degrees in collaborative piano. She has also been appointed Chair of the newly created Chamber and Collaborative Music Department. Prof. Epperson created and developed a graduate degree program at The University of Texas at Austin and was Professor of Collaborative Piano there from 2008 to 2017. From 2004-2008 she was Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Music, where she also created and developed a new graduate degree program. She was Professor of Music and Director of Collaborative Arts at the University of California – Santa Barbara from 2001 – 2004 and from 1985 – 2001 she was head of the Collaborative Piano Department (a department and degree program that she created) at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previous faculty positions include teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

She has been juror for many prestigious competitions, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation competitions, the Fischoff Chamber Music competitions, the Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, the Plowman Chamber Music competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Corpus Christi International Young Artists Competition and the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Ms. Epperson has been a panelist, lecturer, performer and master class presenter for the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Colorado Music Teachers Association, the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the Indiana Music Teachers Association, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and the Vocal Arts Resource Network in Ohio. She is active as a consultant and advisor in the development of collaborative piano programs nationally and internationally. Anne Epperson was on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1992-2006, teaching, performing and administering the collaborative piano program she designed. Since retiring from the Music Academy, she has been guest artist at various summer festivals, including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs and the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has been a guest performer and coach at the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Festival – Institute at Round Top, the Garth Newel Summer Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Meadowmount School for Strings, among others.

Anne Epperson

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From Gen Y to the Piano Guys, The Multifaceted Music Teacher of the 21st Century

The Multifaceted Music Teacher is one who possesses a variety of tools, enabling them to lead a variety of students to successful learning. However, the generation gap feels wider and wider as our youngest students seem to have a smartphone in hand from infancy and, by the time they begin piano lessons, are more fluent with technology than many of us ever hope to be.

This informative session will give an overview of generational characteristics from The Greatest Generation to Gen Z. We will also look at how classical music is transforming in the Digital Age. Last, we will discuss how this information helps us develop a multifaceted approach to effectively teach the various generations of students who enter the doors of our music studios.

Biography: Dr. Christy Huskey, formerly Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at McNeese State University (LA), is a collaborative pianist and applied piano instructor at the University of Central Arkansas and Harding University. She also teaches pre-college piano students and preschool music classes.

Anne Epperson

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Developing Multi-faceted Musicians

This workshop will address the topics of teaching music literacy and expressive playing. These are two of the skills that are helpful to musicians of all types. The workshop will include creative ways to address these two topics in the private piano or group lesson.

Biography: Christine Franklin has been teaching private and class piano at UCA since 1996. She is an active member of MTNA, an adjudicator, and a collaborative pianist. She enjoys teaching students of all ages. She holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance degree from Bob Jones University and a Master of Music in Piano performance and pedagogy from University of Oklahoma. Her teachers have included: Jane Magrath, E.L. Lancaster, and Anne Morton.

Anne Epperson

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Getting Your Students Started in Recitals, Festivals, and Competitions

An Informational and Question and Answer Session. Music teachers of all experience levels can share information and learn something new.

Biography: Lauren Schack Clark, DMA, NCTM, is Director of Keyboard Studies at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro. She has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She is an MTNA Foundation Fellow and is on the ballot for the next MTNA Board of Directors.

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