Keyboard Days to feature recitals

Keyboard Days to feature recitals Piano recitals and a workshop and masterclass by a guest artist will be featured as the Music Department of the College of Fine Arts as The University of South Dakota hosts the 10th annual Keyboard Days on Thursday and Friday, April 8-9.

All events will be held in the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the campus and are free and open to the public.

Activities include a piano recital, workshop and masterclass by guest artist, Barbara Lister-Sink of Winston-Salem, NC and a recital by USD Truran Piano Scholars.

A piano recital by Lister-Sink will open the festivities on Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m. On Friday, she will conduct a workshop and masterclass on injury-preventive piano technique. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m. She will work with performers and audience members as she explains a healthy approach to piano playing.

A group of USD Truran Piano Scholars, recipients of the Genevieve and John Truran Scholarships, will present a recital at 8 p.m. on Friday. High school seniors who wish to audition to attend USD on a Truran Piano Scholarship may audition at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Any interested students should contact the USD Music Department for scholarship information at 605-677-5274.

The fifth annual Genevieve Truran High School Piano Competition for grades 8-12 will take place on Saturday, April 10. The Genevieve Truran High School Piano Competition begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. with the awarding of prizes in each age category.

Lister-Sink, the guest pianist and clinician, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe and has recorded for NPR, the CBC and Radio Netherlands as well as the Well-Tempered, Philips, Emergo and Music & Arts labels.

As artistic collaborator, she has appeared with the principal players of most major American and Dutch orchestras, with the Cleveland, Ciompi, Chester and Alexander quartets, and members of the Fine Arts, Lenox and Muir string quartets. In addition, she has performed with such artists as Jan DeGaetani, Dorist Anthony Dwyer and Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet. During a six-year residency in the Netherlands, Lister-Sink was keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebauw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

In 1986, Lister-Sink returned to her native North Carolina to be dean of the School of Music, and most recently was artist-in-residence and professor of piano at Salem College. A graduate of Smith College, she holds the coveted Prix d'Excellence from the Utrecht Conservatory. In 1975, she was a finalist in the Allesandro Casa-grande International Piano Competition.

Her piano teachers included John Duke, Edith Lateiner-Grosz and Guido Agosti. Lister-Sink has taught on the piano faculties of the Amsterdam Muziek Lyceum and Duke University and she was an associate professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music.

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