VERMILLION, S.D. -- Paul Kenyon will perform the Truran Guest Artist Piano Recital at the University of South Dakota at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. He will perform romantic works by Sibelius, Beethoven, Dvo?ák and Liszt at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
A member of the faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., Kenyon will be in residence at USD from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 22. As part of the campus visit, USD piano students will perform for Kenyon in a master class at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. He will also serve as adjudicator for the 20th annual Genevieve Truran Piano Competition from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Genevieve Truran Piano Competition is named for Genevieve Truran, who taught piano at USD on a full-time basis for 47 years. The Genevieve and John Truran Endowed Fund supports the competition as well as other USD keyboard activities. In this year’s event, open for students in eighth through 12th grades, 25 young pianists will compete for cash prizes. This competition and the other events are in the Colton Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.
Kenyon has been acclaimed for his creative programming and effective communication as both a solo pianist and a collaborative artist. He performs as pianist for the Catalina Trio and appears frequently as a collaborative artist in chamber music and contemporary music ensembles. Kenyon earned a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University and he also holds degrees from Mansfield University and Bowling Green State University, with additional studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A member of the music faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University where he has taught piano and music theory since 1991, he served as chair of the music department from 1998 until 2012. A photo of Kenyon is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Paul_Kenyon.jpg.
For more about the Truran Guest Artist Piano Recital or the Truran Piano Competition, please contact Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A., in the USD music department at 605-677-5724 and at Susan.Gray@usd.edu.