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April 6, 2005

Jason Sifford Completes 2004-05 UI Piano Festival With April 18 Recital

Jason Sifford, a pianist who teaches on the faculty of Texas Tech University, will present a free concert as part of the University of Iowa School of Music 2004-05 Piano Festival at 8 p.m. Monday, April 18 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It typically includes master classes for UI students and free public performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the world. Sifford's recital is the final performance of the 2004-05 Piano Festival.

With sponsorship by the UI collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Sifford will present a piano pedagogy workshop on Saturday, April 16, at West Music in Coralville. He will present a master class for local high school students from 10 a.m. to noon, and two lectures on teaching techniques from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. These events require tickets, which are available from the student MTNA group. Further information is available from Alan Huckleberry of the UI School of Music faculty, at 319-335-1650, or

The program for Sifford's April 18 recital will be:

-- the French Suite in E-flat major by J.S. Bach;

-- Luciano Berio's evocation of the medieval four elements, titled "Wasserklavier" (Water piano), "Erdenklavier" (Earth piano), "Luftklavier" (Air piano) and "Feuerklavier" (Fire piano);

-- "Suite Impressions" by Judith Lang Zaimont;

-- the Prelude and Fugue B minor by Dmitri Shostakovich; and

-- "Faschingsschwank aus Wien" (Carnival jest from Vienna), op. 26, by Robert Schumann.

Sifford is an assistant professor of piano at Texas Tech. He is the coordinator of group piano instruction and teaches courses in applied piano, piano pedagogy and music technology. He holds degrees in piano performance from Southwest Missouri State University and Louisiana State University, and has his doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Among his teachers is Arthur Greene, a former member of the UI faculty.

Sifford's repertoire ranges over the entire history of the piano, although he has a particular liking for the music of the early German romantics. He has taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the All-State Program at Interlochen and the Schoolcraft College Summer Music School in Livonia, Mich. He has served as a judge and clinician and maintains active interests in curriculum development, jazz pedagogy, composition and music technology.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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