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Marie-Elaine Gagnon

Marie-Elaine Gagnon
Assistant Professor
Music, College of Fine Arts
UFA Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts 133
Phone: 605-677-5725
Gagnon has won numerous music competitions in Canada. She has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique du Saguenay Lac-St-Jean and in Québec City with the orchestra of the Conservatory. In 2000, she won a recital “Jeunes Artistes” broadcasted by Radio-Canada. She has performed in many music festivals, including Le festival du Domaine Forget, The Penderecki String Quartet Chamber Workshop, Orford Center and The National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In May 2002, she was the first cellist to win a scholarship from the D. Robinson Foundation for study at the Aspen Music Festival. She has studied with many well known cellists such as Leslie Snider (Quebec), Desmond Hoebig (Cleveland), Philipe Muller (Paris), Roland Pidoux (Trio Pasquier), Paul Watkins (London) and David Ellis (Alcan String Quartet). Gagnon was a member of the Ibis Camerata from 2002 to 2006, based in Miami. They performed in several countries such as Russia, at the White Nights Festival, Serbia and Switzerland. In 2006, their first recording, Glisten, was released under the Albany Records label. Gagnon taught in the youth program at the Université de Montréal in Canada and at Barry University in North Miami prior to joining the faculty and the Rawlins Piano Trio at The University of South Dakota. In October 2012 she performed the Triple Beethoven concerto with the South Dakota Symphony with the Rawlins Piano Trio. The newest Trio CD, "Attracting Opposites" was released in June 2013.
Teaching Interests:
Applied cello, chamber music ( piano trio and string quartet), chamber orchestra
Research Interests:
chamber music performance in piano trio, cello recitals solo performance with orchestra Baroque performance practices
  • DMA, music performance: cello, University of Miami, Frost School of Music, 2005
  • Master of Music, music perfomance, Florida International University, 2002
  • music performance and chamber music, Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, 2000
  • Superior diploma I, music performance, Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, 1998
  • CEGEP diploma, French literature, CEGEP de Chicoutimi, 1996
  • CEGEP diploma, Music performance cello, Conservatoire de musique de Chicoutimi, 1996
  • Touring Arts Roster, Rawlins Piano Trio, South Dakota Arts Council, (2014 - 2016)
  • Touring Arts Roster, Rawlins Piano Trio, South Dakota Arts Council, (2012 - 2014)
Awards and Honors:
  • Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami, 2005