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Dr. Linda Monson
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Currently serving as a Faculty Senator at George Mason University, Monson was elected by the faculty of Mason to serve on the Presidential Search Committee. Monson also serves as President of Mason’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta, a national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement and excellence in international education. Serving on Mason’s Faculty Arts Board and Friends of Music at Mason Board, Monson is a presenter for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of George Mason University and a pre-performance lecturer for Mason’s Great Performances at Mason series. In addition, Monson is a frequent performer at Mason as a solo and collaborative piano artist. Monson was an invited concert artist and piano master class clinician at Nanjing Normal University (China) in 2010, in collaboration with Mason’s “China 1-2-1” Initiative. She also performed as collaborative pianist at the Society for Musicology in the Ireland 2011 Conference in Dublin. Monson was a featured lecture-recital artist for International Conferences of the College Music Society in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2009), Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Madrid, Spain (2005), and San Jose, Costa Rica (2003). Recent international performances also include a lecture-recital at the 2007 Oxford Round Table in England and a featured lecture-recital in 2006 in Hannover, Germany, for the Alban Berg International Festival. Monson also delivered a lecture-recital for the Hawaii 2006 International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
An active adjudicator in piano competitions and festivals, Monson served as a juror for the 2009 Washington International Piano Competition. She was invited as a panelist and concert commentator for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra satellite broadcasts, Music of the Romantic Era and Music by Modern Masters, which were sent to all community colleges in the United States. She also served as collaborative pianist for the International Clarinet Festival and Competition at the University of Maryland. Monson has presented scholarly research and performed in featured lecture-recitals within the past few years at National Conferences of the College Music Society held in Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Miami. In addition, Monson has also presented solo piano recitals and piano master classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (LSU Composer’s Forum), Davidson College (North Carolina) Artist Series, Mary Baldwin College (Virginia), West Virginia University, and University of Richmond. Monson also performed at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (San Juan), University of California at Berkeley, Westminster Choir College (New Jersey), University of Miami (Florida), Bowling Green University, Gardner-Webb University (North Carolina), Meredith College (North Carolina), Gettysburg College, College of Southern Maryland (performing a world premiere), and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was piano concerto soloist with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Anthony Maiello, and she performed with Richard Stoltzman and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll, in performances at Mason’s Center for the Arts. An advocate of new music, Monson has presented numerous solo piano world premieres by American composers, including solo piano world premieres at George Mason University by Mason faculty composers Mark Camphouse, Glenn Smith, and Jesse Guessford. She has also recently performed in Washington D.C. at the White House, the Czech Embassy, and the New Zealand Embassy.
A native of central Pennsylvania, Monson earned three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance, the Master of Music Degree in Piano, and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a double-major in Piano and Bassoon. She also received a Diploma in Piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In addition, she studied at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. Monson previously served on the music faculties of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Northern Virginia Community College. She is married to Dr. Keith L. Monson, a forensic scientist. The Monsons are blessed with two children, Kristofer and Linnea.
Dr. Joanne Haroutounian
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Active internationally as a consultant in the areas of piano pedagogy, music, artistic thinking, creativity, and gifted/arts, Dr. Haroutounian regularly presents sessions at MTNA and NAGC conferences. She recently was plenary speaker at the Pacific Asian Conference on Giftedness in Singapore and the International Symposium on Gifted Arts in Seoul Korea, speaking on musical talent identification and gifted/arts education for all students.
She is well known for editing and writing almost 30 teaching publications offered through Kjos Music Co., including Explorations in Music, a comprehensive curriculum in theory, ear training, analysis, and creative composition. Her pedagogy text, Fourth Finger on Bb: Effective Strategies for Teaching Piano is a major text for college pedagogy programs across the country. Her most recent pedagogy publications include Musician’s Performance Portfolio and Palette of Touches, a set of exercises with video clips presenting tonal color for the elementary to intermediate pianist.
Dr. Haroutounian additionally offers publications in the field of gifted/music and arts education. Her publication, Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent, offered through Oxford University Press, provides information regarding perspectives of musical talent for teachers, parents, and pedagogy or music education students in college.
Dr. Haroutounian developed the concept of Artistic Ways of Knowing, which is explained in Artistic Ways of Knowing: How to Think Like an Artist and developed through Artistic Ways of Knowing: A Curriculum for the Artist Within EVERY Student. Her book, Arts Talent ID: A Framework for the Identification of Talented Students in the Arts contains a comprehensive process for arts talent identification for use by gifted/arts specialists. These books are published by Royal Fireworks Press. Refer to www.joanneharoutounian.com for details about publications and available workshops and consultation.
Dr. Haroutounian’s specialized interest in working with talented music students grew into PhD research at the University of Virginia that led to the development of the MusicLink program, which provides long-term private instruction to promising students in financial need. She is currently the Executive Director of the MusicLink Foundation, a non-profit organization that has reached over 6,000 students in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, providing over $10 million in scholarship in-kind donation provided by volunteer MusicLink teachers. More information on this organization can be found at MusicLink Foundation.
Dr. Anna Balakerskaia
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Her concert tours have taken her to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Finland, United States, Canada, and Argentina; having performed in some of the great halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau of Paris, The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Teatro Colon in Buenos-Aires, Palais des Arts in Montreal, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery of Arts, and Library of Congress in Washington, DC. When Dr. Balakerskaia arrived in the United States from Russia twenty-four years ago, she brought her great love for chamber music. Here she discovered an international community of brilliant musicians who share her passion. Together, they join to create a variety of musical ensembles enriched by their different backgrounds and a shared love of music.
Dr. Balakerskaia is a founding member of the “Ensemble da Camera of Washington” a trio of musicians from Brazil, Germany and Russia, based in Washington, DC., renowned across the country for their electrifying synergy, technical expertise and rich, evocative sound. The Ensemble has produced a number of notable recordings. The Ensemble is the Artists-in-Residence of the American Youth Philharmonic. They created the Chamber Music Program of the AYPO where they hold monthly masterclasses and perform a series of concerts. This program is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Balakerskaia also frequently collaborates with local and international artists for performances, as well as recordings. Dr. Balakerskaia is a sought-after piano teacher whose students have won many competitions in the United States and Europe. They perform throughout the world and several of them are today members of faculties of universities and music conservatories. She is full-time Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at George Mason University. She also serves on the faculties of international music festivals in Italy, Germany, Russia and the Netherlands, where she performs and gives masterclasses. She is Artist-in-Residence at Orfeo International Music Festival in Italy where she also continues to perform with the great musicians from her homeland who are guest artists at the festival.
Dr. Balakerskaia received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Chamber Music from St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where she studied piano with Elena Gugel, Nadejda Golubovskaia, and chamber music with internationally renowned musician Tamara Fidler. Before moving to the United States, she served on the faculties of both the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Dr. John Healey
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He has been a visiting professor of piano at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a faculty member of the Middlebury College German for Singers summer program (Middlebury, Vt.). He has also been a featured performer and a master class clinician at Virginia Music Teacher’s Association state conventions. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he collaborates regularly with members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Air Force Band in chamber recitals. He has been involved with the Levine School of Music Strings/Strings Plus summer programs since 2004, either as an accompanist, faculty member, or artist-in-residence. He arrived as an independent music teacher in Northern Virginia in 1997, and since then has often served as an adjudicator for various local solo and concerto competitions. Dr. Healey is a past president (2005-7) of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association. He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, Carolyn and two sons.
Dr. Patricia Parker
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of Michigan, studying with Marian Owen and Eugene Bossart. During her work at Michigan, she received the three prestigious awards awarded to pianists by the School of Music. She subsequently enrolled in the special studies program at The Juilliard School of Music
where she worked with Russian pianist and teacher Sascha Gorodnitzski, his assistant Herbert Stessin and Paul Makanovitsky with whom she studied chamber music. In 1988, she received her doctorate in piano performance from Florida State University where she
studied with James Streem and Marilyn Neeley.
Dr. Parker has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Henry Street Settlement House in New York City and the summer academy at Interlochen, Michigan. She is professor emerita from Jacksonville State University where she taught piano, theory and
form and analysis for over two decades. During her tenure at JSU, many students from her piano studio excelled, winning competitions and moving onto graduate work. Recognized by the Tallahassee Democrat a performer who “makes poetry with her playing, Parker has performed chamber music recitals in Russia, Eastern Europe and middle-eastern countries and has played frequently in the south as a piano soloist and a chamber musician. She has been active nationally and internationally in playing and lecturing on the music of women composers, giving workshops for such groups as The College Music Society and the Music Teachers National Association.
A long time member of MTNA, Dr. Parker is presently a member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. Since moving to the Manassas area in 2002, she has accompanied in a number of private voice studios in the Fairfax area and has worked with many choral and symphonic groups in northern Virginia and Maryland. She is presently a member of the piano faculty at George Mason University and is active as an accompanist in voice studios of the school. She maintains a coaching and teaching studio in her home. Chamber appearance include the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art as well as frequent appearances with GMU faculty members.
Prof. Wade Beach
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