2012 Piano Workshop Clinicians and Performers
The Goshen College Music Department is very pleased to announce the following clinicians and performers for its 2011 Piano Workshop and Academy, to be held June 18-21, 2012.
Jody Graves, pianist, maintains an exciting, diverse and active performing career, with concert and speaking engagements throughout the United States and abroad including Austria, Norway, France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Japan. She has also served as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S., along with her colleagues in the Sapphire Trio, performing concerts and giving master classes in several countries throughout the Middle East since 2006. Dr. Graves is in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals, a workshop presenter, master teacher, clinician and engaging public speaker. She has authored numerous articles for such journals as the American Music Teacher and Clavier. She completed her third solo recording project, ‘Whispers of Light,’ in 2007 which features music of MacDowell, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. Dr. Graves is especially interested in creating unique and contemporary ways to foster a collaborative experience between artist and listener, and is dedicated to maintaining the life of music in our culture. She is recognized for her creative ability to engage audiences with anecdotes and humor, and has been referred to by the press as “Victoria Borge.”
Nicholas Roth began formal studies at age 12, receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of 18. He appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among others. Roth is featured in recitals and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Serbia and Spain. Roth is a Yamaha Artist in Education, a Beethoven Fellow of the American Pianists Association, won first prizes in the chamber music competitions of Tortona and Pietra Ligure, Italy, and received a DAAD grant to further his studies in Germany. Roth holds the doctor of musical arts degree from Michigan State University, artist diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and M.M. and B.M. degrees from Indiana University, where he was the recipient of the School of Music’s highest honors. He studied with Ralph Votapek, Elisso Virsaladze, Helmut Deutsch, Edward Auer, Emilio del Rosario and Michel Block. Roth is associate professor of piano at Drake University. His recordings with Blue Griffin Recording have garnered favorable reviews in Fanfare, American Record Guide, International Record Review and Gramophone.
Dynamic Spanish-American composer Jorge Muñiz has been recognized on two continents for his highly expressive style and refined artistry. Muñiz has found his distinctive voice through the balanced blending of his Spanish roots, Western and non-Western musical traditions. In addition to winning the First Grand Prize of the European Young Composers Competition, Muñiz has won several other international awards including the City of Alcobendas Composition Prize, the Flora Prieto Composition Prize, the Guerrero Foundation Music Prize, the Joaquin Turina Music Prize and the Spanish Society of Authors Young Composers Competition. Muñiz is also the recipient of several grants and fellowships from Fulbright and Rotary International, among others. Jorge Muñiz received his master’s in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Leonardo Balada and his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music with Richard Danielpour. Dr. Muñiz is currently assistant professor of music and coordinator of music at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend.
Matthew Hill is professor of music at Goshen College where he teaches piano and related courses. Dr. Hill is an active recitalist, chamber musician and concerto performer, and presents master classes and lectures for various music teacher organizations. Professional highlights include: a series of master classes and a recital performance at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China; contribution of a chapter to Silence, Music, Silent Music (Ashgate 2007), publication of articles in Clavier, and an invited presentation at “Couleurs dans le vent: Celebrating the Music of Olivier Messiaen” held at the University of Kansas. His CD, Silent Colors, with performances of music by Liszt, Debussy, Messiaen, and Gershwin, was recorded on the Blue Griffin label. Professor Hill has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp and has also studied with the renowned Beethoven performer Claude Frank, as well as with Dr. Richard Angeletti and Dr. Garik Pedersen.
Beverly Lapp teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy and music theory at Goshen College. She is a frequent workshop clinician for piano teachers’ associations in the Midwest and presented a paper on models for music programs in liberal arts colleges at the 2010 College Music Society National Conference. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Goshen College and Westminster Choir College of Rider University and recently completed a doctor of education in music at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Lapp serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.