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Susanne Skyrm

Susanne Skyrm
Music, College of Fine Arts
UFA Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts 131
Phone: 605-677-5723
Susanne Skyrm .has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe. She combines performing the standard piano repertoire with research interests in early keyboards and Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. Her performances have been broadcast in the USA on public radio and on public access television. She has recorded 18th-century Spanish and Portuguese keyboard music on a rare Portuguese fortepiano from the collections of The National Music Museum on the University of South Dakota campus (Treasures of Iberian Keyboard Music, Music & Arts). She has given presentations for the Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, the College Music Society, the American Musical Instrument Society, the Diego Fernandez International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music and many others. Recent performances include a recital for the Historical Keyboard Society of North America’s international meeting at the National Music Museum in Vermillion in May and at the International Festival of Spanish Music in Mojácar, Spain in August. Dr. Skyrm recently published Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Keyboard Music (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010), which features music of Sebastián Albero, José Gallés, Manuel Blasco de Nebra, and other, lesser-known composers. Dr. Skyrm holds degrees in piano performance from the College of Idaho, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a prize winner in the Mason and Hamlin Idaho state auditions and the regional auditions and the recipient of an award from the Cincinnati Three Arts Foundation. She studied with master teacher Ilonka Deckers-Küszler in Milan, Italy, for a number of years. Other teachers include Fern Nolte Davidson, Larry Graham, and Ray Dudley, piano; Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano; and Bernard Brauchli, clavichord. In 2006 she was named the first recipient of the University of South Dakota’s College of Fine Arts Biennial Distinguished Professor Award. She teaches studio and class piano and piano literature at the University of South Dakota, where she has been on the faculty since 1988. .
Teaching Interests:
Piano, piano literature
Research Interests:
piano performance, early piano, Spanish and Latin American keyboard music.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance, University of Colorado, 1988
  • Advanced Piano Study with Ilonka Deckers-Kuszler, Piano Performance, N/A, 1981
  • Master of Music, Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati, 1973
  • BA, Applied Music (Piano), College of Idaho, 1971
  • Skyrm, S., The Thym Viennese Fortepiano at the National Music Museum.
  • Skyrm, S., (2014), Liszt e il suono di Erard/Liszt and the Erard Sound/Liszt et le son Erard. Nicolas Dufetel, ed., Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vol. XXXIX, pp. pp. 213-216.
  • Skyrm, S., Morales, L., (2011), Nineteenth-Century Keyboard Music Manuscripts in the Archives of the Female Monastery of San Pedro de las Dueñas. A general survey, Associacion Cultural LEAL.
  • Skyrm, S., (2010), Brazilian Piano: Choro, Samba, and Bossa Nova by Robert Wiley and Alfredo Cardim: A Review, American Music Teacher, vol. 60, iss. 3, pp. 60-61.
  • Skyrm, S., Koster, J., Johnson, C., (2010), Anthology of Eighteenth Century Spanish Keyboard Music, Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., iss. WL600240, p. 84. (DOI: July, 2010)
  • Skyrm, S., (2010), Cinco siglos de música de tecla española/Five centuries of Spanish Keyboard Music: Proceedings of the FIMTE Symposia 2002-2004, edited by Luisa Morales., Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vol. XXXV, pp. 163-168.
  • Skyrm, S., (2010), The Fugues in Sebastian Albero's Obras para Clavicordio: A Second Version., FIMTE, Associación Cultural LEAL, pp. 361-375.
  • Skyrm, S., (2003), Las 23 Sonatas para Tecla del Padre José Gallés, Instituto de Estudios Almerienses, LEAL, FIMTE, pp. 209-215.
Awards and Honors:
  • Nominee, 2014 President's Award for Estabilshed Faculty, USD Office of Research, 2014
  • First Biennial Wayne Knutson College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professor, College of Fine Arts/Wayne Knutson, 2006
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer SeminarFellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1996