The College of Arts and Architecture

2012-13 Garcia Competition/Workshop


The Piano Faculty and the School of Music at Penn State is pleased to announce the details of the next Marian Garcia Piano Teachers Workshop, to be held, January 18th and 19th, 2013.

An exciting array of activities and and music-making events are in the works.   Our special guests this year will be two top artists who have devoted themselves to the development of great music-making among the youth of the America.  Nationally renonwned pianist and pedagogue Marvin Blickenstaff, and acclaimed pianist and NPR radio-show host Christopher O'Riley.

Mr. Blickenstaff is the latest in an impressive line of clinicians that have included Nelita True and Jerome Lowenthal.  Mr. O'Riley will give a special performance on Friday night with cellist Matt Haimovitz, sponsored by the Centre for the Performing Arts.  Click here to purchase your ticket for this event. 

Select high school students will be invited to participate in a masterclass with Marvin Blickenstaff.  The Penn State piano faculty (Christopher Guzman, Timothy Shafer, Steven Smith) will conduct teacher workshops and clinics, and there will be ample time for informal discussions on topics of teaching related to the independent studio.

We hope you will plan to join us for a warm welcome in chilly January at the picturesque campus of Penn State in University Park.  Just click here to register and ensure we have all materials for the workshops for you.

Looking forward to seeing you in January!

January, 2013 Schedule of Events

Friday, January 18, 2013

9:00 a.m. - Registration, Esber Recital Hall Lobby

10:00 a.m.  - Session I, Beauty and the Beast in the Music Studio, Marvin Blickenstaff, clinician; Esber Recital Hall

12:00 noon  - Lunch

1:15 p.m.  - Session II, Pedal Styles: Classic, Romantic, and Impressionist, Steven Smith, clinician; Music Building II, Room 122

2:30 p.m.  - Session III, Musical Communication at the Piano, Timothy Shafer, Clinician, Music Building II, Room 122

3:45 p.m.  - Session IV, Doing What Comes Naturally, Marvin Blickenstaff, Clinician; Esber Recital Hall

5:00 p.m.  - Session V Recital, Chris Guzman, Esber Recital Hall

6:00 p.m. - Simple Recital Reception Dinner Esber Recital Hall Lobby

7:30 p.m. - Session VI Recital, Special Guest Artist pianist Christopher O'Riley of NPR's  "From the Top" with Matt Haimovitc, cello (click here to purchase tickets)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

10:30 a.m.  - Session VII Marvin Blickenstaff masterclass with high school pianists, Esber Recital Hall

12:00  - Lunch on your own in State College

1:30 p.m. Session VII, The Unforgettable One: Johannes Brahms.  Esber Recital Hall

Jane Cox (actor), as Marie Schumann, daughter of Robert and Clara Schumann
; Sue Haug (piano), as Clara Schumann
; James Lyon (violin), as Joseph Joachim

A music drama, which tells the story of the young Johannes Brahms as he knocks on the door of Robert and Clara Schumann in Dusseldorf and becomes forever connected to the Schumann family. Featuring piano and violin works by Brahms and Clara Schumann, and narrated by guest actress Jane Cox (Iowa State University), in a moving portrayal of a touching and memorable relationship between these great artists of the 19th century.


Christopher Guzman, Recital Program

Beethoven; Sonata in E Major, op.109

Steven Stucky; Three Little Variations for David

Grieg; Ballade in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song, op.24

Reception to follow immediately in the Recital Hall Lobby.