Piano Series International to welcome Ellen Elder Oct. 30

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Pianist Ellen Elder will perform at Northwestern State University Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Pianist Ellen Elder will perform at Northwestern State University Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.
Elder, an assistant professor of piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, will perform works by John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Norman Dello Joio, Luigi Zaninelli and Sergei Prokofiev.
Elder teaches applied piano to graduate and undergraduate piano majors, and teaches piano pedagogy and class piano.  She is an active collaborator with USM faculty and guest artists, and has performed throughout the United States as a soloist, collaborator, and masterclass clinician.  In 2011, Elder founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community.  Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their performance.
She holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and the M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Michigan. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College and William Carey University.  She has taught on the summer piano faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen and the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute.Elder is the winner of many competitions and awards, both for solo performance and teaching.  She was the first place winner of the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition and the Lansing Matinee Musicale Competition, and second place winner of the Memphis International Beethoven Sonata Competition.  In March 2010, she was selected to compete in the Seventh International J. S. Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany, and was one of 37 pianists chosen to compete in the 2006 Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig (one of three chosen from the U.S.).

Ellen Elder