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Latin America:
Music of Latin American Composers

July 21-22, 2022

Luis Sanchez, Seminar Lead
Guest Presenters: Alejandro Cremaschi, Desireé González-Miller, Ana Maria Orduz, Bernardo Scarambone

The music of Latin American composers continues to achieve greater importance both in the concert stages and in the teaching studio. Composers like Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, or Manuel Ponce remain the most widely performed Latin American composers of all times. Their piano music possesses a unique fusion of a contemporary harmonic language with folk dances and songs from their homeland.

This seminar will introduce participants to repertoire from Latin America that can spice up their teaching and performing. A series of lectures will provide the tools necessary to approach this music with confidence. A master class and showcase recital will further enhance the experience providing greater insight and exposure to new works.

SEMINAR COST: $275 per seminar or $175 for students
With DISCOUNT: $249 for current subscribers and course enrollees
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 18, 2022 (prices increase $50 at this time)

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Schedule  Schedule: All Times Listed in EDT (click for details)

Thusday, July 21:
12:00-12:15 PM | Welcome and Overview
12:15-12:45 PM | Suite Infantil and Bonecas by Lorenzo Fernandez (Bernardo Scarambone)
  • Lorenzo Fernandez (1897-1948) was a Brazilian composer of Spanish descent, whose music draws from musical and cultural elements of his country. This engaging set of pieces uses fixed hand positions throughout and explores different techniques.
12:45-1:15 PM | Luis Gianneo’s Siete Piezas Infantiles (Luis Sanchez)
  • Luis Gianneo (1897-1968) was an Argentine composer of great influence in the musical fabric of his country. Engaging and accessible, the Siete Piezas Infantiles show traits of dances and an expanded tonal language. These level 2 and 3 pieces are comparable to those in Kabalevsky’s Op. 39 and Op. 27.
1:15-1:45 PM | Understanding, Teaching, and Performing Doce Preludios Americanos Op. 12 by Alberto Ginastera (Alejandro Cremaschi)
  • Ginastera composed this set of Preludes in 1944, an auspicious time in his career, and a time when he started experimenting with new stylistic approaches. The short pieces span the intermediate and advanced levels, and go beyond the overt Argentine nationalism of his earlier compositions to embrace a broader “American” language. This presentation will introduce the set from historical, stylistic, analytical, and pedagogical angles, and will include a proposed order of difficulty.
1:45-2:00 PM | Break
2:00-2:30 PM | Pathway to Bach: Mexican Piano Repertoire to Introduce Your Students to Baroque Stylistic Traits (Desireé González-Miller)
  • How do you get your students to play their first inventions, preludes, and fugues by Bach? In this session, teachers will discover repertoire by Blas Galindo and Manuel M. Ponce that will pave the way for their students to learn their first Baroque pieces.
2:30-3:00 PM | New Colombian Piano Repertoire for the Elementary and Intermediate Student (Ana María Orduz)
  • A group of young Colombian composers are creating new piano music that combines traditional rhythms with a resourceful use of the instrument, hoping to inspire younger generations. These pieces offer an opportunity to strengthen rhythmic abilities and coordination, and to explore traditional Latin American dances.
3:00-3:15 PM | Break
3:15-4:45 PM | Masterclass: Alejandro Cremaschi and Luis Sanchez
  • A group of students will be selected to perform works by different Latin American composers and receive interpretation suggestions to bring their performances to a higher level.
4:45-5:00 PM | Wrap-up and Networking

Friday, July 22:
12:00-12:30 PM | Ciclos Nordestinos by Marlos Nobre (Bernardo Scarambone)
  • This series of four cycles with increasing levels of difficulty, explores different compositional and pianistic techniques, and is based on traditional dances and rhythms of Northeast Brazil.
12:30-1:00 PM | Developing a Sense for Rhythm and Timing with Latin American Piano Pieces (Alejandro Cremaschi)
  • Latin American music is ideal to help students develop a broad understanding of rhythm and timing. Several Latin American composers created attractive piano pieces, often inspired by folk traditions, where rhythm is the primary element. This presentation will introduce Latin American intermediate and advanced pieces that contain rhythmic and timing challenges. Practical techniques to help students develop a better understanding of rhythm, timing and direction will be demonstrated. Composers in this lecture/demonstration include Ponce, Piazolla, Lorenzo-Fernandez, Pinto, Nazareth, Villa-Lobos, Moncayo, Ginastera, and others. All of the pieces are easily available.
1:00-1:30 PM | The Piano Music of Chucho Rey - Jesús Alberto Rey Mariño (Ana Maria Orduz)
  • Chucho Rey´s (1956-2009) piano pieces highlight some traditional Latin American rhythms such as timba, passillo, bambuco, and joropo. These pieces at level 2-4 present easy patterns that can be played within five-finger positions. This presentation will include information about the traditional rhythms, different ways to teach the rhythms, and a performance of some of the works.
1:30-1:45 PM | Break
1:45-2:15 PM | Alberto Ginastera: Tres Danzas Argentinas Op. 2 (Luis Sanchez)
  • The music of Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) is permeated with the folk tradition from his country, Argentina. In this set, Tres Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2, we recognize his use of rhythms and melodic elements that are found in different folk dances from different regions of the country.
2:15-2:45 PM | Spice Up Your Recital: Advanced Mexican Piano Repertoire for the Collegiate Pianist (Desireé González-Miller)
  • Explore the advanced piano repertoire by Ricardo Castro, Manuel M. Ponce, Carlos Chávez, and José Rolón, while celebrating the music and culture of Mexico. This session will discuss the influence of western music traditions on elements of Mexican folk music and culture. Harmonic language, rhythm, and technical elements will be highlighted.
2:45-3:00 PM | Break
3:00-4:30 PM | Showcase Recital
  • From beginner to advanced levels, a group of students will be featured in this recital of works by Latin American composers, providing attendees further exposure to this fascinating body of music.
4:30-5:00 PM | Seminar Reflection and Networking

Schedule is subject to change.

LuisSanchez  Seminar Lead Bio: Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez has maintained an active career as soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Sanchez joined the Steinway Artist Roster in 2012.

AlejandroCremaschi  Guest Presenter Bio: Alejandro Cremaschi

Alejandro Cremaschi is Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research areas include pedagogical technology and Latin American music. He has recorded for the labels IRCO, Ostinato, Marco Polo and Meridian Records. His pedagogical edition and publication of Alberto Ginastera’s Doce Preludios Americanos for piano was published by Carl Fisher in 2016.

DesireéGonzález-Miller  Guest Presenter Bio: Desireé González-Miller

Dr. Desireé González-Miller is an award-winning Mexican pianist and pedagogue. González-Miller is a frequent presenter at national and international music conferences. She maintains an active schedule as a performer, pedagogue, and researcher.

AnaMaríaOrduz  Guest Presenter Bio: Ana María Orduz

Colombian pianist Ana María Orduz is active as a piano teacher, adjudicator, presenter, performer, and founder and artistic director of the Pianissimo Foundation. She is professor of piano and the head of the Piano Department at the University of Antioquia, and a professor at EAFIT University in Medellin-Colombia.

BernardoScarambone  Guest Presenter Bio: Bernardo Scarambone

An active performer and collaborator, Dr. Bernardo Scarambone has appeared in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, United States, and in his native Brazil. As professor and director of the keyboard division at Eastern Kentucky University, he maintains an active schedule as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and researcher.

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