Monday, October 31, 2005

Dr. Lisa Withers will appear as guest recitalist at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 229 of Fairmont State’s Wallman Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The performance is made possible by Dr. Mary Lynne Bennett, Assistant Professor of Music at Fairmont State, as a continuation of the recital exchange program that she began during the last academic year.

Withers is the Chair of the Department of Music at Emory & Henry College where she teaches piano and music theory. Prior professional appointments include faculty positions at Augustana College and Louisiana Tech University. Her graduate degrees in piano pedagogy and piano performance are from West Virginia University and the University of Michigan. She has performed in master classes for several noted pianists and composers, including Pascal Devoyon, Eugen Indjic, Nöel Lee, Ursula Oppens, Christopher Taylor and George Crumb. Her performances at the 1998 French Piano Institute earned her many accolades and awards. She is also an active collaborative pianist, performing recitals throughout the region with various musicians, including the recent premiere of an original work for piano and percussion. Upcoming performances include appearances in Northern Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia.

Withers is active in many professional music organizations and is the current President of the Blue Ridge Music Teachers Association and the Junior Competitions Chair for the Virginia Music Teachers Association. She maintains a private studio of pre-college students, adjudicates at several area piano competitions and festivals and presents lecture recitals and workshops throughout the region. Her professional and personal interests include music education advocacy, French piano music, piano pedagogy and interdisciplinary connections between music, art, literature and philosophy.
Her program will include Hayden’s Andante con Variazioni, Bartok’s Bagatelles, Op. 6, Chopin’s Berceuse, Op. 57, Debussy’s Estampes and Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy in G # minor, Op. 19.

For more information, call (304) 367-4219.