Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Fairmont State University Music Department, under the tutelage of Dr. Mary Lynne Bennett, will present a guest pianist at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Wallman Hall Theatre.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Guest pianist will be Dr. Gerald Lee, Assistant Professor of Piano at West Liberty State College. He has earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively. He has studied with artist-teachers Lawrence Campbell, Andrew Cooperstock, Reiko Neriki, Logan Skelton, Arthur Greene and the late Distinguished Professor György Sebök.

Lee has been a prizewinner in several competitions, including second place in the National Finals of the Music Teachers’ National Association Collegiate Artists’ Piano Competition and a third place finish in the 2003 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition held in Memphis, Tenn. He also won concerto competitions at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Michigan and has twice won the Brevard Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition. Lee frequently serves as an adjudicator for the West Virginia Music Teachers’ Association and the Music Teachers’ National Association.

His Fairmont State program will include Beethoven’s Sonata in A-Flat Major, Opus 110; Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Opus 60; Bartok’s Sonata Sz 80 (1926); and Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Opus 17.