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 SRU guest pianist concert features American, European selections 



November 4, 2009

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU guest pianist concert features 

American, European selections


             SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pianist Amber Shay Nicholson will present a guest recital of music, including works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and several American composers when she visits Slippery Rock University at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

              The free concert is in Swope Recital Hall.

              The varied program will feature Samuel Barber's "Interlude I, Op. post." Eubie Blake's "Tricky Fingers," William Albright's "Burnt Fingers," and Zez Confrey's "Dizzy Fingers." She will also present Beethoven's "Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No.2" and Mendelssohn's "Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28."

             Nicholson is an active performer, teacher, adjudicator and clinician. She earned her doctorate in piano from the Eastman School of Music. From 2004-2009, she was a member of the keyboard faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. During the 2008-09 concert season, she performed approximately 20 recitals, including regional solo recitals, a concerto performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, and collaborations with faculty artists from the Eastman School of Music, East Carolina University, Yale University and the University of Southern Mississippi, among others.

             Other recent performance highlights include a 2006 concert tour of several Mississippi universities, with Nicholson featured as soloist with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra and choirs; and a 2002 invitation to the International Workshops in Stavanger, Norway, where she performed regularly as soloist and collaborative pianist. Also in 2002, she gave solo performances at the International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany. 

             She won the 2001 Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 piano concerto competition at Eastman and performed the work with orchestra. In 1997, she received a special prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine.

             Her honors include being the only U.S. citizen to be accepted into the 2001 TCU/Van Cliburn International Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas.  And, from 1996-2004, she was named a Liberace Scholar at Eastman receiving scholarship support from the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts.        

             While at Eastman, she studied exclusively with renowned pianist/pedagogue Nelita True, and served as her studio assistant. In addition to her doctorate, Nicholson earned her bachelor's and masters degrees in piano from Eastman and was awarded its prestigious Performer's Certificate.

             Nicholson received her professional certification as a teacher of piano from the Music Teachers National Association in 2005. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association and Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

             She makes her home in Youngsville with her husband, Jeremy.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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