Professional Development Concert Lecture Series

Whether you are a professional musician, a student, or a lover of fine music, this concert series will not only entertain you, but these world class musicians, many of whom are also university professors, will enlighten you about the pieces they perform.

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Lisa Yui - The Transforming Piano
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Classical Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman: a Lecture-Recital by Anyssa Neumann
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Yael Weiss - 32 Clouds: based on the 32 Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven
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2021 – 2022 CONCERT LECTURES

All Concert/Lectures: 9:45 Refreshments, 10:00-12:00 Concert/Lectures


October 15, 2021
Kenneth Saxon – Stepping Up: Sight-Reading Essentials

Reinvent students’ sight-reading practice and revitalize piano lessons with sight-reading ideas for every lesson. Professor Saxon will share materials and ideas that will make it easy and fun to include sight reading in piano lessons and practice. He wants to make sight reading easier to teach by demonstrating strategies that will help you –

  • keep plenty of organized sight-reading material on hand
  • Make sight reading appealing to students at every level
  • Rejuvenate tired routines
  • Include sight reading as an entertaining element in each piano lesson
  • Create your own sight-reading activities

Strategies include sight-reading games, sight-reading improv, and for fun, extreme sight reading. Please join me for this fun presentation and find inspiration for yourselves and for your students!

Kenneth Saxon is Professor of Music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has published articles on sight reading in the Piano Pedagogy Journal, American Music Teacher and Pianist magazine. His book Steps to Success has helped hundreds of musicians improve their sight-reading fluency. Saxon regularly offers master classes and workshops along with his performances.


November 19, 2021
Itay Goren – Beethoven – TBA

Studying music from an early age, Itay Goren continued his education at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Under the guidance of pianist Elka Kirkpatrick, Itay graduated with degrees in both classical and jazz performance and received many honors and awards from the University. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the music program at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he taught for 11 years.

As a soloist with orchestras, Itay performed Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto and Chorale Fantasy and Liszt’s E-flat Major Piano Concerto as well as Mozart’s concerto No. 20 and 14, and Bach’s F minor concerto which he also conducted from the keyboard. Recent concerto appearances include a stunning performance of Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto at Drew University with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a triumphant rendition of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Summit Symphony


January 28, 2022
Fra. Seán Duggan – Schubert – TBA

The American pianist (and organist), Seán Brett Duggan, OSB, was born in Jersey City. In September 1983, after entering the monastery, Séan Duggan won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for pianists in Washington D.C., which entitled him, among other honors, to various concerts around the country and a two-month tour of Germany. In the “Bach Year”, 1985, he gave complete performances of J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Birmingham to critical acclaim. Father Seán Brett Duggan is a Benedictine monk of Saint Joseph Abbey in Saint Benedict, Covington, Louisiana. From 1988 to 2001 he taught music, Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at St. Joseph Abbey. From 2001 to 2004 he was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Michigan. Since then, he has been Associate Professor of piano at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia.


​March 4, 2022
Liana Paniyeva – The Love Triangle: Robert & Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms

Liana Paniyeva will play the Schumann piano sonata no 1 in f sharp minor, op 11. Schumann dedicated this sonata to Clara Wieck under the names of Florestan and Eusebius. This sonata is an example of the complex interrelationship between Schumann’s music and life. The op 11. will be followed by Clara Schumann’s Scherzo op 14 no 2. Brahms was a close friend to Robert and Clara Schumann—and perhaps more. The recital includes Brahms Klavierstücke OP 76 followed by Schubert - Liszt lieder " Gretchen am Spinnrade", " Serenade", "Auf dem Wasser zu singen’, and will conclude with Chopin ballade no 4. Chopin was born in March 1810, Schumann in June of the same year.

Liana Paniyeva began winning prizes in piano competitions in Ukraine in 2002 when she earned Third Prize at the International Competitions in Memory of E. Gilels, First Prize at the International Competition in Memory of Prokofiev, and Second Prize at the International Competition in Memory of A. Karamanov. Her accomplishments in 2008 included First Prize at the “Music World” International Competition in Italy, and she was the winner of “The Voice of Music” Piano Competition in Israel.

In the United States in 2012, Ms. Paniyeva was the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music; recipient of the Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition; and the winner of the AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition.