USD pianist Susanne Skyrm to present recital

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dr. Susanne Skyrm, professor of music at the University of South Dakota, will present a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The program will feature Spanish keyboard music from the 18th and 20th centuries. Composers include Isaac Albéniz, Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Mompou, Sebastián Albero and José Larrañaga.

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 nationally on public radio and on public access television. She has given presentations for the Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, the American Musical Instrument Society, the Diego Fernandez International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music and others on Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. Her latest publication, “Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Keyboard Music,” was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in July 2010. The recital program, which is free and open to the public, will feature several works from the “Anthology.” She will present the same program this month at venues at Converse College and Wofford University in Spartanburg, S.C., Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, N.C.

Skyrm holds degrees in piano performance from the College of Idaho, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado. 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. 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. Download a photo of Susanne.

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