Piano Department faculty perform in a variety of settings, from solo to duo pianos and small groups. The concert will demonstrate a wide range of piano styles and techniques from traditional jazz to Latin and funk-rock. Featured faculty include John Arcaro, Leo Blanco, JoAnne Brackeen, Robert Christopherson, Rebecca Cline, Jeff Covell, Laszlo Gardony,Tony Germain, Matt Jenson, Doug Johnson, John Mulroy, Ross Ramsay, Carmen Staaf, Francesca Tanksley, Bruce Thomas, Stephany Tiernan, Greg Wardson, and Bob Winter.
Danilo Pérez, Grammy-winning Latin jazz pianist, had this to say; “Marc's music reflects the different possibilities of cultural union and integration, and to me, that's a clear sign of hope for the future." Brad Dechter, composer and Emmy-nominated arranger said: "The natural ease of his (Rossi's) world music-influenced jazz proves that Rossi is a true cultural cosmopolitan. The great Duke Ellington was often described as being Beyond Category; the Marc Rossi Group is, in my humble opinion, Beyond Category.”
The annual Student Composition Awards concert features pieces by three composition majors, including “Claudio and I” for vibraphone and piano by Daniel Koren, “A Grimm Fanfare” for brass quintet by Steven Mills, “String Quartet in One Movement” by Arash Waters, and “Image Scape” for string quartet and harp by Steven Mills.