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McNeese to host Piano Festival

McNeese to host Piano Festival

McNeese State University's Department of Performing Arts will host a Piano Festival Sept. 7-9 that will feature piano recitals, master classes and lectures all in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. All events are open to the public.

Festival ticket costs are $30 for the general public, which includes access to all events; $15 for non-performing students, which includes access to all events; $10 for each pre-lecture and concert; and $5 for each master class. Sunday's concert at 2 p.m. is free to the public.

Featured guest artists for the piano festival include renowned pianists Dr. Nelita True, professor of music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and Brazil native Dr. Sergio Monteiro, head of the piano program at Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music, as well as McNeese faculty Dr. Lina Morita, Dr. Christy Vogt-Corley and Dr. Bryan Proksch (from left to right in photos below schedule).

The piano festival schedule includes:

Friday, Sept. 7
6:45 p.m. - Pre-concert lecture, Proksch
7:30 p.m. - Concert, Morita, works by 

Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Ginastera

Saturday, Sept. 8
10 a.m. - Lecture, "From Gen Y to the Piano Guys - The Changing Landscape of Music and Teaching," Vogt-Corley
11:30 a.m. - Master class, Morita
2 p.m. - Master class, True, with a Q &A session to follow
6:45 p.m. - Pre-concert lecture, Proksch
7:30 p.m. - Concert, Monteiro, works by Scarlatti, Albeniz, Ravel and Villa-Lobos

Sunday, Sept. 9
11 a.m. Master class, Monteiro
2 p.m. - Festival Concert

, with reception to follow

Nelita True Dr. Sergio Monteiro Morita Color
Corley Proksch

True received her Doctorate in Music Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and she did further studies in Paris on a Fulbright grant. Since True made her debut at age 17 with the Chicago Symphony and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all 50 U.S. states. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes, and has been in the People's Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes.

She has been described in Clavier Companion as "one of the world's most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers." Her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions, and many of her former students now serve on the faculties of major schools around the country. She has received the Achievement Award from the Music Teachers National Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference.

Concert pianist Monteiro began piano study at age 4 with his mother and went on to study at the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro, where he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees. During this period, he won several Brazilian and other South American piano competitions. In 2000, he was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture to study at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. While there, he studied under True.

He has won the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires and was selected to take part in the International Piano Academy at Como, Italy. He has also appeared with some of the most prestigious orchestras in South America, Europe and North America. He has performed internationally with numerous symphonies, orchestras and in various recitals, as well as lectured, adjudicated and led master classes at schools around the world. He is a member of the Steinway Artists' Roster.

Vogt-Corley, assistant professor of music and coordinator of piano studies, received her her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami.

She is a president of the Lake Charles Piano Teachers Association and Collegiate Chapter Chair for the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and is an active member on both the local and state levels of the Music Teachers National Association. She has presented numerous master classes and pedagogy workshops.

Morita, assistant professor of music, teaches piano and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. She also studied under True.

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, she has performed in various solo and chamber music venues across the United States and abroad. She has performed recitals with the Lake Charles Symphony, Tulane University, Louisiana State University, Sam Houston State University, University of Southern Mississippi and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

Proksch, assistant professor of music, received his doctorate in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His research centers on the reception and "revival" of Haydn's music in the early 20th century, though he also works more generally on Viennese Classicism. He has also worked extensively on the history and repertoire of the trumpet. He received a grant from the Avenir Foundation and McNeese to fund a research trip to the Schoenberg Center in Vienna, Austria. He has also published numerous articles and book reviews in academic journals.

For more information, contact Morita at 475-5022 or by email at or go to the Piano Festival website at

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at