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Timothy Shafer

Timothy Shafer
Piano

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

Shafer holds the rank of full professor at Penn State. He has appeared both as a soloist and a chamber musician in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and he maintains an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States. He has concertized, taught, and adjudicated in South America and Asia, and appears frequently in recital with his daughter Sarah Shafer, soprano.

An active masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator throughout the country for professional music organizations and colleges, Shafer is a frequent soloist with regional orchestras. He 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 the music consultant for the psalter-hymnal project of the joint committees of the United Reformed Church of North America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The volume is slated for publication in 2017.

Recordings: 
Out Standing in Their Field album cover

Duo Concertant (violin, piano)

Out Standing in Their Field
James Lyon and Timothy Shafer. Including works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Strauss.
Self-produced.

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
The Pianist's Craft cover image

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