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Timothy Shafer

Tim Shafer
Piano

Timothy Shafer has concertized extensively throughout the United States, performing, teaching, and discussing the rich heritage of piano repertoire. He is the recipient of Oberlin Conservatory’s “Rudolf Serkin Outstanding Pianist Award,” Indiana University School of Music’s annual Concerto Competition, and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association “Teacher of the Year” award.

Shafer has appeared both as a soloist and a chamber musician in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, maintains an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, and is a frequent soloist with regional orchestras, having appeared in more than 40 concerto performances in his career. As a member of Duo Concertant with violinist James Lyon he has recorded “Outstanding in Our Field,” a CD featuring works for piano and violin by Strauss, Debussy, and Stravinsky. He appears frequently in recital with his daughter, soprano Sarah Shafer.

As professor of piano at Penn State, he has concertized, taught, and adjudicated in South America and Asia. He is also well-known as a frequent masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator throughout the country for professional music organizations and colleges.

Shafer is the co-author of Class Piano for Adult Beginners, published by Prentice-Hall, and his articles on piano teaching and repertoire have appeared in the Piano Pedagogy Forum, the American Music Teacher, and in both volumes of The Pianist’s Craft. Shafer served for many years as the national chair of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy's Student Committee. Currently, he is serving as the senior music consultant for the psalter-hymnal project of the joint committees of the United Reformed Church of North America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church denominations. The volume is slated for publication in 2017. Shafer earned degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Recordings: 
Out Standing in Their Field album cover

Duo Concertant (violin, piano)

Out Standing in Our Field
James Lyon and Timothy Shafer. Including works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Strauss.

Books: 
Class Piano For Adult Beginners Russell Squire and Timothy Shafer A complete beginning-class presentation requiring no outside materials, this volume provides enough music and lessons for a full year or more of piano instruction and practice. Prentice Hall, 1991 ISBN-10013136961X ISBN-139780131369610
Class Piano For Adult Beginners
Russell Squire and Timothy Shafer
A complete beginning-class presentation requiring no outside materials, this volume provides enough music and lessons for a full year or more of piano instruction and practice.
Prentice Hall, 1991
ISBN-10013136961X
ISBN-139780131369610
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The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers
Author, Chapter 9: "Color and Gesture in the Piano Music of Franz Liszt"
Richard Paul Anderson (Editor)
Scarecrow Press, 2011
ISBN-10: 0810882051
ISBN-13: 978-0810882058
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The Pianist’s Craft 2: Mastering the Works of More Great Composers
Author, Chapter 8: "The Musical Imagination of Dmitri Kabalevsky”
Richard Anderson (Editor)
Scarecrow Press, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-4422-3265-6