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2013-14 Garcia Competition/Workshop

Marian Garcia Piano Masterclass Competition and Teachers’ Workshop

some guy in a suitThe Penn State School of Music hosted the 2013-14 Marian Garcia Piano Masterclass Competition and Teachers’ Workshop on October 25-26, 2013. Guests included Robert McDonald of the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute, and Alvin Chow of Oberlin Alvin ChowConservatory.

Characterizing this year’s event was a unique format of masterclass competitions for high school students in the 11th and 12th grades. Multiple masterclasses were offered by Robert McDonald and Alvin Chow, as well as  members of the piano faculty at Penn State - Christopher Guzman, Timothy Shafer, and Steven Smith. Cash prizes were awarded at the end of the festival for:

  • Outstanding Performance in a Masterclass
  • Outstanding Performance of a work by J. S. Bach
  • Outstanding Performance of a Classical Sonata Movement
  • Outstanding Etude Performance

In addition to the numerous masterclass offerings by these outstanding artists, there were workshops for piano teachers on a variety of topics, as well as recitals by Robert McDonald and Christopher Guzman. A special presentation on the relationship between technique and performance anxiety by Pittsburgh pianist Jacqueline Herbein was a highlight of the teacher workshops.

Enrollment forms for the 2013:

For masterclass competition requirements click here

Click here to see the schedule for October 25 - 26.

Click here to see a list of local hotels (you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Robert McDonald presented a recital on Friday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall.


Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 892 (from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II) ♦ J. S. Bach               

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35, No. 1 ♦ Felix Mendelssohn

Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110 ♦ Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Moderato cantabile molto expressivo                      
  • Allegro molto
  • Adagio, ma non troppo – Arioso dolente
  • Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 ♦ Johannes Brahms

American pianist Robert McDonald has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East as a renowned solo recitalist and an esteemed recital partner. He has performed with Isaac Stern, Midori, and numerous other artists and has taken stage as soloist with the San Francisco, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Omaha, and Curtis symphony orchestras. He has also appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Costa Rica, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. Mr. McDonald is an active chamber musician, and has collaborated with the Juilliard, American, Muir, Takács, Brentano, Fine Arts, Orlando, and Chicago quartets, as well as with Musicians from Marlboro on several of its tours.

Mr. McDonald is on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School and gives classes during the year at the Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. For the past twenty-one summers, he has been director of the keyboard program at the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico. Other summer teaching and festival activities have taken him to the Bergen, Besançon, Lucerne, Montreux, Salzburg, Aldeburgh, and Schleswig-Holstein festivals in Europe, as well as the Marlboro, Brevard, and Caramoor festivals in the United States and the International School for Musical Arts in Canada.

Among Mr. McDonald’s numerous awards, grants, and prizes are the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy and top prizes at both the William Kapell International Competition and the Washington International Competition. He is also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant.