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BATTLE OF THE PIANOS Featuring Dr Shannon Hesse and Dr Jane Perkyns, pianists

May 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This exciting concert features the dueling pianos of Jane Perkyns and Shannon Hesse. The program includes selections from:

Ritual Fire Dance Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Gavotte and Musette Joachim Raff (1822-1882)
Two Pianos Morton Gould (1913-1996)
Recuerdos William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Suite No. 2, Op. 17 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Four Piece Suite: divertimento for two pianos Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
Suite No. 1, Op. 15 Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
Three Waltzes for Two Pianos: A Medley of Waltzes Made Famous in Disney Films arr. Greg Anderson (b. 1981)

Dr. Jane Perkyns has performed both as soloist and collaborative artist throughout Canada, the USA, and China. Most recently, on the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, she along with fellow faculty colleagues and 14 students participated in the 15th annual “Meet in Beijing” Arts Festival, presenting a musical revue of African American and Chinese music at several professional theatres and universities in Beijing and Jinan, China. She has also been heard on both regional and national radio programs and has had the honor of premiering several works both in the solo and chamber music field. Of her playing, Charles Ward of the Houston Chronicle wrote: “In finely crafted playing, Perkyns reveals the music’s harmonic roots and gentle phrasing…”

Dr. Perkyns is an Associate Professor of Music at Texas Southern University and has been a member of the faculty since 1991 teaching applied and group piano, music history, theory, piano pedagogy and assisting in performance classes. She served for three years as the Music Coordinator in the Dept. of Fine Arts and is presently the Coordinator for Keyboard Studies. She has been the recipient of two university awards: the McCleary Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and the Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Advising in 2015.

Dr. Perkyns has served as a clinician and adjudicator for numerous piano workshops and competitions throughout the Houston area. Her accomplishments have been recognized in several editions of Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. From the Music Teachers National Association Dr. Perkyns has received national certification for teaching both applied performance and academic courses. Her ongoing research in the teaching and performing areas has led to lectures and demonstrations at various musical conferences including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Texas Music Educators Conference, and the College Music Society regional conferences. Her article publications have also appeared in Texas Music Teacher.

Along with her accomplishments in the classical field, Dr. Perkyns has also been active in the area of musical theatre and composition, writing and producing children’s musical theatre and teaching musical theatre classes to children with disabilities. Her musical theatre works have been performed throughout Texas. Excerpts of the production “Love is a Disability” were performed at the 2000 George Bush Medal Awards Ceremony in the presence of the President
Bush, Sr.

Dr. Perkyns received her graduate degrees from The Juilliard School (M.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (DMA).

Dr. Shannon Hesse has performed extensively both nationally and internationally as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Her concert schedule consists of recurring guest appearances in recitals sponsored by organizations such as the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Society of Composers, Inc., Tuesday Musical Club, Galveston Island Arts Academy Concert Series, Imperial Performing Arts series, Greenbriar Consortium, and the Houston Composers Alliance. She regularly performs with musicians from the Houston Symphony, including her husband, cellist Anthony Kitai. A devoted teacher, Dr. Hesse is a long-standing member of Music Teachers National Association, where she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She is frequently in demand as an adjudicator and her students have been prizewinners in competitions at the local and state levels.

Dr. Hesse has served on the faculties of Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University and Valdosta State University, and spent many wonderful summers teaching at Westminster Choir College’s High School Piano Camp and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she served as Coordinator of Collaborative Piano. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Hesse holds additional degrees from Catholic University and Westminster Choir College. She is a member of the honors societies Phi Kappa Lambda and Alpha Lambda Delta and has had the great honor of working with outstanding teachers and mentors, including Jean Barr, Ingrid Clarfield, Marilyn Neeley, and Rita Sloan.


May 15, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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(713) 666-3111


St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
4900 Jackwood Street
Houston, TX 77096 United States
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