Come enjoy an afternoon of beautiful classical piano performances.
Lauren Coplan – Lauren was a member of the piano faculty at Mannes College of Music in New York City for 13 years before moving to Nashville in 2007 with her husband, songwriter and music producer Jeff Coplan.
Since relocating to Nashville, Coplan has performed with members of the Nashville Symphony, was awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant, and has been a guest lecturer at the Blair School. In the summer of 2010, one of her private piano lessons was filmed and broadcast on CMT’s (Country Music Television) Meet The Wilsons.
Coplan has performed in and around New York, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in the American Women Composers, Women of Note Series (Boston), as well as performances throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has performed live on WDAV Radio (Davidson, N.C.) and CBC Radio (Toronto) (with cellist Naomi Barron).
It was also in New York City that Coplan met two highly influential figures: drama teacher Kelly Kimball and pianist/teacher Sophia Rosoff (a protégée of the late Abby Whiteside), both of New York City. Her teaching and performance careers were propelled to new heights under their tutelage, and they continue to be of great influence.
Valerie Middleton – Valerie has performed as a piano soloist in recitals throughout the United States as well as in Austria and England. Most recently, she gave a lecture/recital on Mendelssohn for the Nashville Chapter of the Piano Teachers Guild. She has appeared as a concerto soloist in Minnesota and South Dakota playing works by Beethoven, Liszt and Mendelssohn. She also enjoys performing as a collaborative pianist with string players and singers. In addition, she has been the pianist for productions of Around the World, The Mikado and Iolanthe.
A native of South Dakota, Middleton received degrees in both piano performance and vocal music education with a Master of Music degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2007, she taught class piano at Yankton College and private piano at the University of Colorado continuing education program, the Jenkintown Music School, Jenkintown, PA and St. Paul Academy in St. Paul, Minn. She is a frequent adjudicator for area festivals and competitions.
Patsy Wade – Student of Delores Howard, Sam Howard, Enid Katahn. Master classes/coaching sessions/performances with Dalton Baldwin, Clara O’Brien, Barbara Honn, Ruth Golden, Robert Harris, Darryl Taylor, and composers Libby Larsen, David Burge, Rhian Samuel, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Kenton Coe, Frederic Goossen, Seymour Barab, Persis Vehar, and Elizabeth Vercoe. Solo, chamber music, collaborative artist performances sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Institute for the Arts, Community Arts Associations (South and Midwest U.S), NATS Regional and National Associations, Allied Artists Management. Recitals/Concert appearances: WGBH Boston, PBS, NPR, International Congress of Women in Music, National Gallery of Art, Studio C Nashville, Quad Cities Arts Series (Iowa), Chapel at Ground Zero/NY, two concert season tours (Midwest) “An Evening of American Music” (saxophone/piano-Neal Ramsay Duo), 30-year collaboration as pianist with Sharon Mabry, Mezzo Soprano; pianist for thirty-two summer concert tours across U.S. with teenage youth choirs, Brentwood United Methodist Church, performing traditional choral anthem repertoire as well as staged musical productions.
Vocal coach/accompanist operas: Marriage of Figaro/Mozart, A Perfect Plan/Barab, George Sand and…Chopin?/Vehar, Street Scene/Kurt Weill, and Gianni Schicchi. Hundreds of solo and collaborative concerts with guest artists, faculty colleagues, and students throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. Member Sigma Alpha Iota “Friend of the Arts.”
Maureen May – Composer of piano solos and ensembles published by FJH Music Company, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Owner and manager of MM Music Studios in Nashville, 1990-2009, offering instruction in piano, voice, and guitar. Adjudicator for piano competitions in Middle Tennessee. Television appearance in 2007 on HGTV’sLook What I Did! for artistic music studio.
Graduate teaching assistant and intern at Belmont University. Vice President of Nashville Area Music Teachers Association, 2005-06. Presenter at American College of Musicians. Session singer in Nashville, New York, Seattle, and Tacoma, Wash. Recording artist on LoneTree Records, Port Orchard, Wash., and Lullabyland Records, Nashville. Performer at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and Western United States and Canada, and at folk festivals in Edmonton, Seattle, and San Diego. Artist and composer on KEZX radio station’s “Best of Seattle” competition album. Touring artist with the National School Assemblies Agency, North Hollywood, Calif. Member of NAMTA, American College of Musicians, Federation of Music Teachers, Music Teacher’s National Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Pinnacle Honor Society, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Roland Schneller – Roland Schneller is the Chancellor’s Professor of Piano, Senior Artist Teacher of Piano, and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department. A member of the Blair faculty since 1964, he was Assistant Professor at Peabody College from 1970-74.
Schneller was a student of Malcolm Brown, Douglas Lee, Lucien Stark and Ray Dudley. He has been Chair of the Blair Precollege Scholarship Committee since 1967, and his students have received awards and superior ratings in regional, state and area auditions. Recognized with the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher award many times, he was NAMTA’s Teacher of the Year in 1985.
Schneller has appeared with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra three times as piano soloist in works of Saint Saëns, J.S. Bach and Britten, and as accompanist of the Blair Children’s Chorus Concert Choir, he performed Britten’s monumentalWar Requiem. As collaborative pianist, he has accompanied voice faculty members and the Blair Children’s Chorus in Austria, Canada, England, Germany, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States.
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