College of Fine Arts and Design

Piano/Keyboard Studies

Academics

Piano Division Events

Friday, Sept. 5 - Lecture with Harpschordist Webb Wiggins, 2PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning  

Friday, Sept. 5 - Harpsichord Recital with Webb Wiggins, 7:30PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning  

Saturday, Sept. 6 - Master Classes with Webb Wiggins, 10AM-Noon and 2-4PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning  

Friday, Sept. 12 – Master Class with Gilbert De Greeve, 2PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning  

Friday, Sept. 12 - Piano Recital of Debussy Preludes with Gilbert De Greeve, 7:30PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning  

Friday, Nov. 14 - Master Class with Valery Kuleshov, 2-4PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning  

Thursday, Nov. 20 - UCO Piano Day, School of Music 

Thursday, Nov. 20 – Toast to the Maestro with Valery Kuleshov, 7PM at the UCO Jazz Lab  

Friday, Nov. 21 - Master Class with Valery Kuleshov, 2-4PM in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre, 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. David Forbat

UCO Piano/Keyboard Division Head

 dforbat@uco.edu

(405) 974-5149