College of Fine Arts and Design

Piano/Keyboard Studies

Academics

Piano Division Events

Friday, Jan. 23 - UCO Wind Symphony with  Valery Kuleshov, piano, at the OMEA 2015 Conference, 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center, Chapman Hall, Tulsa

Monday, Feb. 9 - Collaborative Piano Master Class with Jay Hershberger of the Excelsior Trio, 3-4 PM in rm. 101, Music Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 - UCO piano faculty hosts, "Dynamic Duos," a four - hand piano recital, 7:30 PM at the UCO Jazz Lab

Friday, Feb. 13 - Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, 3:15-5 PM, Radke Fine Arts Auditorium, Center for Transformative Learning

Friday, Feb. 20 - Harpsichord Master Class with Brad Bennight, 2-4 PM, Radke Fine Arts Auditorium, Center for Transformative Learning

Tuesday, March 3 - Faculty Artist Concert Series, David Forbat, piano, 7:30 PM at the UCO Jazz Lab

Saturday, April 18 - Performance of Bach Concertos with the UCO Clavinorchestra, 7:30 PM, venue TBD

Friday evening April 24 through Saturday night April 25 - "WITHIN REACH @ UCO” – Piano Wellness Seminar, Radke Fine Arts Auditorium, Center for Transformative Learning and rm. 135, Music Building.

Toast to the Maestro with Valery Kuleshov, 7 PM, UCO Jazz Lab, date TBD

Saturday, May 2 - Collaborative Piano Recital, 6 PM, Radke Fine Arts Auditorium, Center for Transformative Learning


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

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