Auditions sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers will be held at the Honeywell House in Wabash on June 4 and 5.
This year’s judge will be Dr. Vicki King, Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. King has degrees in piano from Mississippi University for Women and Indiana University. Her Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy is from the University of Mississippi. She holds a Performer’s Certificate in Piano from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and studied piano in Cologne, Germany with Pael Gililov. In addition, she studied harpsichord in Hamburg, Germany for two years with Gisela Gunz.
Dr. King has taught students of all levels for over 40 years, both in the United States and in Europe. She worked in Germany as an opera coach and ballet accompanist for five years, and has worked as a professional accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. She worked at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, as a vocal coach and Director of Special Programming for over 25 years.
In 1995, she was one of 20 pianists from 10 countries to go to China and tour music conservatories, where she lectured on natural playing. She is the author of the book, “Playing the Piano Naturally”. She recently retired as Assistant Professor of Piano at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN and has performed all over the world with her husband, tenor Dr. Thomas King. In addition to the Guild, she is also a member of Music Teachers National Association.
This will be the 30th year for auditions to be held in Wabash. All students whose teachers are members of the Guild are eligible to participate and perform a program of piano pieces, which they have learned during the past year.
For further information, call Peggy Coppler, local Guild Chairman at 260-571-3694.