The U's Rawlins Piano Trio to perform at national CMA event

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The internationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of the University of South Dakota will travel to New York City next week to perform at the national conference of Chamber Music America. The Trio, which is scheduled to perform on Friday, Jan.14, will play works by Maurice Ravel and commissioned composer James Lentini.

According to Trio pianist Susan Keith Gray, D.M.A., professor of music at USD, the competitive honor is an opportunity for the Trio to perform before conference guests, including presenters, concert agents and representatives, members of many famous chamber music groups, and other chamber music aficionados. Information for the national conference can be found at

All three artists of the trio – violinist Eunho Kim, cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon and Keith Gray – are faculty members in the USD Department of Music. Since its founding in 1987, the Rawlins Piano Trio has distinguished itself as a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars. The ensemble performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad, including recent concert and teaching tours throughout Taiwan and Panama, and has recorded four CDs on the Albany Records label. The Trio continues its commissioning program with three premieres during the 2010-2011 season premiered. The Trio is named for benefactors, the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins.

For additional information, please visit the Trio’s Web site at or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481. To download a high resolution photo, go to