College of Fine Arts and Design

Piano/Keyboard Studies

Academics

Piano Division Events

Friday Aug. 28, Master Class with Valery Kuleshov, 2-4 PM, Radke Recital Hall

Friday, Sept. 4 - Master Class and discussion on "Apparatus Musico Organistus" with Muffat specialist, Andreas Sagstetter, 2-4 PM, Radke Recital Hall

Friday, Sept. 11 - Master Class with Valery Kuleshov, 2-4 PM Radke Recital Hall

Friday, Nov. 6 - Master Class with Erin Yeaman, cello and Monica Tessitore, piano, 2-4 PM, Radke Recital Hall

Friday, Nov. 9 - Chamber Recital, Erin Yeaman and Monica Tessitore, 7:30 PM, Radke Recital Hall

Sat. Dec. 5 - Collaborative Piano Recital, 4 PM, Radke Recital Hall

March 3-6, 2016 - The Kuleshov International Piano Festival and Competition, www.thekuleshov.com

Sat. April 30, 2016 - Collaborative Piano Recital, 4 PM, Radke Recital Hall



The Piano/Keyboard program at UCO offers a Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music in Piano Performance, and minors in Collaborative Piano and Piano Pedagogy.

Piano/Keyboard Division News

  • The UCO Piano/Keyboard Division, in partnership with the Brisch Center for Historical Performance, welcomes Dr. Brad Bennight who will offer lessons in Harpsichord on the newly purchased UCO Bennight Harpsichord.

  • The Piano/Keyboard Division announces new graduate degrees: Master of Music - Piano Pedagogy and Master of Music - Collaborative Piano!

  • The Piano/Keyboard Division is excited to announce The Kuleshov International Piano Festival and Competition, www.thekuleshov.com coming March 3-6, 2016!

  • The UCO Piano/Keyboard Division, in partnership with the Brisch Center for Historical Performance, welcomes Dr. Brad Bennight who will offer lessons in Harpsichord on the newly purchased UCO Bennight Harpsichord.

  • Dr. Chindarat Charoenwongse performed with the Arcadia Piano Trio at the 11th-annual Thailand International Composition Festival at Mahidol University, College of Music, in Nakhon Pathom/Bangkok, Thailand.

Performance

The Piano/Keyboard program at the University of Central Oklahoma provides students the opportunity to grow as a musician with accomplished and caring teachers. Students can participate in master classes with artist-in-residence and Van Cliburn medalist Valery Kuleshov, as well as with visiting internationally-known and acclaimed artists. In the past, UCO has hosted Barry Snyder, Ann Schein, Jose Feghali, and Nelita True, just to name a few.
Pianist performing alone in the Center for Transformative Learning.

UCO pianist performing in Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the Center for Transformative Learning.

Collaborative Piano

We not only prepare our students to become excellent soloists, but also give them opportunities for a variety of collaborative experiences.  Playing in the “ClavinOrchestra,” an ensemble of digital pianos directed by Dr. David Forbat, allows pianists to perform all styles of music from the orchestral perspective.  Students also can perform in chamber groups or collaborate with soloists.  Piano majors can pursue in a minor in Collaborative Piano, under the direction of Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sallie Pollack.
Dr. Pollack works with students in preparation for a performance for Collaborative Piano class.

Dr. Pollack coaches an UCO duo.

Pedagogy

Under the mentoring of Fulbright Scholar Dr. Chindarat Charoenwongse-Shaw, students will gain hands-on teaching experience in both private and group instruction. Through the Pedagogy minor, available to piano majors, students will complete all the work needed to receive National Certification through MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).

Dr. Charoenwongse-Shaw works with a student on an ESPK (Ergonomically-Scaled Piano Keyboard).

Dr. Charoenwongse-Shaw works with a student on an ESPK (Ergonomically-Scaled Piano Keyboard).

About UCO Instruments

  • All-Steinway Initiative: UCO is becoming an all-Steinway school and already features Steinway grand pianos in all of its performing venues.

  • ESPK (Ergonomically-Scaled Piano Keyboard): UCO is excited to have two ESPKs for student use, among the very few in OK! With these pianos, those with a limited hand span can play comfortably and access more repertoire. 

  • Digital Keyboards: With UCO’s Yamaha Clavinovas, students use cutting-edge digital piano technology to create original orchestrations and more.

  • Harpsichord: Students gain experience in historical performance practice on our custom-made harpsichord, built in 2013 by Bennight.

Dr. Forbat directs the ClavinOrchestra.

Dr. David Forbat works with the ClavinOrchestra.

Auditions

All students must audition to be accepted in the Piano/Keyboard program at UCO. We accept freshmen and transfers. For more information about auditions and scholarship opportunities, please click here.

For more information about the Piano/Keyboard program at the University of Central Oklahoma, please contact:

Dr. Sallie Pollack

UCO Piano/Keyboard Division Head

spollack@uco.edu

LINK TO PIANO DIVISION HANDBOOK