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Truran Guest Artist Piano Recital at USD to feature Paul Kenyon

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

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


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News