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Music Grads to Network With Students

Oct. 19, 2012

Five music alumni are returning to their alma mater Saturday to serve as faculty members for the Oct. 20 “Tangents: Career Conference for Pianists and Organists.”
 
Presented by the keyboard area of the Music Department, the conference is designed to help students "set exciting, realistic plans” for their careers, while meeting and networking with CSUF alumni.

A 2 p.m. meet-and-greet session with alumni is scheduled as part of the daylong event, followed by a 2:30-4:30 p.m. panel discussion with the following CSUF graduates who earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees in music:
 
Richard Bishop, Class of '78, New York-based collaborative pianist, a founder of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York and recipient of the Best Collaborative Pianist Award at the 1990 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition
Kevin Garnica, Class of '05 and '08, Los Angeles-based collaborative pianist who also teaches and accompanies at Biola University
Debra Stewart, Class of '02 and '07, university thesis/dissertation reader for CSUF and pianist who taught private piano for 30 years
Douglas G. Stewart, Class of '87, senior consultant and principal for Marts & Lundy
Adrienne Valencia, Class of '94, director of education and community engagement for the San Diego Symphony

"Knowing something of the tangential nature of musical careers, or the careers of those trained in music but pursuing other paths, is very helpful to those in the crucible of musical growth—the undergraduate and graduate years of study,” noted Rob Watson, professor of music and keyboard area coordinator.

The conference is being held in Minor Hall — Room 119 — of the Clayes Performing Arts Center.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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