Acclaimed USD pianist to present recital

Dr. Susanne Skyrm, professor of music at The University of South Dakota, will present a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The program, "Out of Doors," is free to the public and includes musical representations of various outdoor scenes. Works by Leo‰ Janáãek, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bela Bartók and Maurice Ravel will take the audience through various scenarios, moods and representations from nature.

Skyrm, D.M.A., has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe. She combines performing the standard piano repertoire with research interests in early keyboards, and Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. Her performances have been broadcast nationally on public radio and public access television. She recorded a CD of Spanish and Portuguese keyboard music of the 18th century on the National Music Museum's rare Antunes fortepiano. Her presentations include the Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, the American Musical Instrument Society, the Diego Fernandez International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music and others on Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. Her latest publication, "Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Keyboard Music," was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in July 2010.

Skyrm holds degrees in piano performance from the College of Idaho, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado. She was a prize winner in the Mason and Hamlin Idaho state auditions and the regional auditions and the recipient of an award from the Cincinnati Three Arts Foundation. She studied with master teacher Ilonka Deckers-Küszler in Milan, Italy, and in 2006, Skyrm was named the first recipient of USD's College of Fine Arts Biennial Distinguished Professor Award. She currently teaches studio and class piano, and piano literature at USD where she has been a member of the faculty since 1988.

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