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(6172) Faculty Artist Series - October 3

FASThe Malone University Faculty Artist Series opens its 2011-2012 season with Christine Kefferstan, pianist, Monday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The recital is free and open to the public.

Christine Kefferstan graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she earned her DMA with Israeli pianist David Bar-Illan. She has had additional coaching with Anna McGrosso, Sedmara Rutstein, and Viachaslov Gabrielov. Recent international performances include recitals in London at St. Martin–in-the-Fields (2008 and 2010) and a performance for the 2010 British Flute Society, Manchester, England with WVU colleague Francesca Arnone. Interested in collaborations of all kinds, Kefferstan's invited presentations in national venues include the 2003 MTNA conference, "Issues of Dance and Duality in Maurice Ravel's two-piano transcription of La Valse" Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2009 MTNA conference "Dvorak's Dumky Trio: Czech and Balance" Atlanta, GA. She has also performed for the National Women and Creativity Conference; the College Music Society; the 2009 Music in the Museums of Rio Festival, Rio de Janeiro; and the 2010 9th International Festival of Women Composers. Additional solo performances include recitals at the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize City, Belize, the Stifel Fine Arts Series, Wheeling, WV; the Silver Series, Plymouth, NH; and the Steinway Society Series, Pittsburgh.

During the Spring 2011 concert season, Kefferstan performed the Ravel Concerto for Left Hand with the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra. Kefferstan is a founding member of the Sarasvati PianoTrio which formed in 2005 in Morgantown, WV and has performed for local, regional, national and international audiences. Selected appearances include The College Music Society 2006 National Conference in San Antonio, and the 2007 International Conference for Music Teachers National Association-Canadian Federation of Music Teachers and the Royal College of Music in Toronto. The Trio was featured on the 2007 Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Series, Cincinnati, OH, the 2008 Spencer Memorial Concert Series, Emory, VA, the 2009 Music Teachers National Conference in Atlanta, GA and the 2010 Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania Recital Series.

Recognized by the WVU Division of Music and by the West Virginia Music Teachers Association for her excellence in teaching, Kefferstan is professor of piano at West Virginia University, Morgantown, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate piano majors. She is justifiably proud of her students who hold university, church and studio positions throughout the country. Prize-winning students include laureates of the French Piano Music Institute, Paris; Greensboro, NC Music Academy Competition; Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition in Radford, VA.; the Stravinsky competition, IL; the Fite Family Piano competition in MO.; the Van Cliburn Amateur Competition; the Eleanor McCann Piano Competition, Dayton, OH; the Pittsburgh Young Artists competition; and state and division levels of Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Kefferstan's articles have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and Piano Quarterly. Her article on the Busoni Transcriptions of works by Mozart will appear in 2011 in the American Music Teachers e-Journal. An active member of Music Teachers National Association since 1982, Kefferstan has served as WV State President, MTNA Eastern Division President, and member of both the MTNA National Foundation Board and the MTNA board of directors.