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Masterclass Clinician and Pianist to Perform at USD Nov. 3

Photo of guest piano player Read Gainsford. Read Gainsford, an artist, pianist, and professor of piano at Florida State University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall on Nov. 3.  

VERMILLION, S.D. The University of South Dakota will host the 2017 South Dakota Music Teachers Association Conference and Competitions on Nov. 2-4.

Read Gainsford, an artist, pianist, and professor of piano at Florida State University, will be the main guest of the conference and will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall Nov. 3.

Following studies in his native New Zealand, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at Indiana University, Gainsford has performed widely in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

His career has included successful solo debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing in the Kennedy Center, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and others. Gainsford is known for for his insightful introductions from the stage and reaching beyond the footlights to be what a magazine profile described as “Pianist of the People.” He is also a member of Trio Solis.

The performance is free and open to the public.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
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