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Anderson University Presents Duo Piano Recital

Two of the Upstate’s most accomplished faculty pianists, one from Anderson University and the other from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, will join forces for a concert at Anderson University’s Daniel Recital Hall on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 pm.  The program will include two-piano compositions by Mozart, Brahms, Barber, and Lutoslawski.

Pianist Stephen Taylor is a former Andersonian who studied with Anita Bridges during his pre-college days while his father, Eben Taylor, was a District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church.  He holds piano performance and pedagogy degrees from The Juilliard School, the University of Louisville and the University of South Carolina, where his major professors included Ania Dorfmann, Lee Luvisi, Max Camp and Raymond Dudley.  After serving ten years on the piano and pedagogy faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music and later operating a successful private studio in Columbia, SC, he currently serves as Instructor of Piano at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC.  Dr. Taylor has also served on the faculty of the SCGSAH Academy and Discovery programs since their respective inceptions in 1990 and 2004.

As a soloist, Dr. Taylor has performed in recitals and with orchestras in the US and in Europe.  A frequent collaborative performer, he has toured with solo singers, choirs and instrumentalists across the US, and in such diverse places as Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Scotland, Greece and Israel. He lectures frequently for music teacher organizations and has made presentations at state and national conferences sponsored by Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and Music Educators National Conference.  He enjoys adjudicating at auditions, festivals and competitions, and is the author of several articles relating to piano pedagogy.  His latest publication is a book review for MTNA’s Music Teacher magazine.

Pianist James Clark graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Mississippi College, the Master of Music in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina.  His teachers included Ralph Taylor, Alexander Uninsky, and Max Camp.

After having taught three years in the public schools of Mississippi, he joined the faculty of Anderson University in 1970 where he is currently a Professor of Music.  During his tenure at Anderson University he has taught courses in music history, theory, music appreciation, class piano, and private lessons.  He frequently serves as accompanist for choral groups and solo performers.  In addition to his college responsibilities, he serves as organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Anderson, South Carolina.  He is a member of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. He has held offices in these organizations including President of SCMTA.  He has also been a recitalist, lecturer, adjudicator, degree coordinator, consultant, composer, and department chair.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools to Watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.

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