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6542-Malone University Faculty Artist Series present pianist Mark Greer

6542-February 28, 2013

GreerThe Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music continues its Faculty Artist Series with pianist, Mark Greer, on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program is free and open to the public. A program follows.

Mark Greer completed his bachelor's in music., magna cum laude, in piano performance at Bowling Green State University and his M.M. in piano performance from Kent State University. Awards and honors include first prize in the state finals of the OMTA Collegiate Buckeye Competition, prizewinner of the Tuesday Musical Competition, honors in the OMTA Graves Young Artist Competition, finalist in the Bowling Green State University Piano Concerto and the Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competitions, and was the 2005 recipient of the College's Steve Vun Cannon Memorial Award. Performance venues include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Blossom Music Center, E.J. Thomas Hall, Friends of Music Concert Series, Bundy Center for the Arts (VT), Akron Public Library, First Night Akron, and the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. In 2004, Greer was the only American pianist selected to perform on the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Steinway Dedication Concert. He has been featured live on Vermont Public Radio, and made his orchestral debut with the Heiligenstadt Chamber Orchestra under Theodore Albrecht. He has performed in master classes with Nelita True, Spencer Myer, Enrico Elisi, Lambis Vassiliadis, and Virginia Marks. Major teachers include Paul Alberts, Laura Melton, Jerry Wong, and Mary Ann Griebling. Greer has given presentations on Beethoven's Op. 31, and the late piano sonatas, Haydn's piano sonatas and variations, and the piano music of Samuel Barber.

In addition to piano, Greer is an accomplished composer, having been a two-time national prizewinner in the NFMC Composers Contest, where he received the Olga Klein Nelson Chamber Music Award for his piece Trois Spectacles. Other awards include a prizewinner in the 2001 OMTA Collegiate Composers Contest, honors in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony's High School Composers Contest, a two-time winner of the Ralph Gilman Composers Award, and a four-time winner of Akron's Scholastic Composers Contest. His piece entitled Aspect of a Mood was premiered by the Akron Youth Symphony under Eric Benjamin, an orchestra in which he served as principal bassist. During his undergraduate studies at BGSU, Greer taught private and group piano classes in the Creative Arts Program for area children and adults, and was twice the president of the collegiate MTNA chapter, organizing student recitals and seminars on memorization, performance and pedagogical techniques, and the Alexander Technique. He maintains an active private studio in the greater Akron area. Greer joined the Malone University piano faculty in the spring of 2012.

Listen to an excerpt of Bach prelude in F Major.



Prelude and Fugue in F Major, BWV 880, WTC Bk. II                                 J.S. Bach


Andante con variazioni, Hob. XVII/6                                                     Joseph Haydn


Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/46

Allegro Moderato




Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9 No. 2                                        Alexander Scriabin


Ballade, Op. 46                                                                                           Samuel Barber


Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109                                         Ludwig van Beethoven


Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo


Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung – Andante molto

cantabile ed espressivo

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


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Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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