Department of Music

The Art of the Piano 2017

With featured guest artist Dr. Alan Huckleberry.


The mission of The Art of the Piano is to bring pianists together to explore the art of playing the piano. From beginners through career musicians, all are welcome.

Meant to inspire and inform, this event is open to all piano students and teachers. It will be a day of recitals, master classes, and workshops for piano students of all ages and teachers. Session topics will include solo performance, collaborative piano, and musicianship skills. The event will feature performances by students, teachers, DSU Faculty, and the Guest Artist. The public is invited to attend the recitals and master classes.

2017 Guest Artist

Alan Huckleberry

Dr. Alan Huckleberry

Praised for his “impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache” (American Record Guide), pianist Alan Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene.  He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, England, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Colombia, and across the United States.

Huckleberry is also in demand as a chamber musician, with recitals across the United States, Australia, and Europe. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings on the Crystal Record, MSR and Albany Record labels. Two further CDs will be released in the fall of 2014.

In addition to his performing career, Dr. Huckleberry is equally passionate about his role as an educator.  He is currently associate professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts at The University of Iowa. There he heads the piano pedagogy program, which is now recognized as one of the leading programs in the nation.  He is a sought-after speaker on pedagogical topics, including talks at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Music Teachers National Conference.  At The University of Iowa, he also maintains a studio of national and international students, who themselves are beginning to leave their mark in their field.  In fact, all DMA graduates from his piano pedagogy program are now teaching at academic institutions across the country and abroad.

A native of Indiana, Huckleberry began serious studies at the piano in Germany with Polish pianist Barbara Szczepanska.  Further studies at the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne with Japanese pedagogue Naoyuki Taneda and German pianist Josef A. Scherrer solidified a diverse and international musical background. He then returned to the United States where he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Arthur Greene (performance) and John Ellis (pedagogy).
Huckleberry’s repertoire not only includes the standard works of the piano literature, but he is an ardent supporter of new music and young composers, as seen by a long list of compositions which were written for him. Among the many 20th and 21st century styles he enjoys, he is particularly interested in contemporary rags and other crossover genres.

Dr. Huckleberry has recently embarked upon a massive video recording project.  Together with Dr. Jason Sifford, he is creating the largest known database of performances of piano pedagogical literature.  In the end, it will encompass some 9000 videos of beginning to intermediate repertoire.  The videos are available to all, free of charge, at YouTube. To go along with his video project, Dr. Huckleberry has created a Wiki style website, which includes piano pedagogical information on each recorded piece, as well as composer and publisher information. To visit this site, please click here.


2017 Schedule

Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

Guest Artist Recital: Dr. Alan Huckleberry

Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

Fantasy and Fugue in a minor, BWV 904
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata No.3
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

  1. Ruhig bewegt
  2. Sehr lebhaft
  3. Maessig bewegt
  4. Fuge. Lebhaft


Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

  • Promenade
  • No.1 Gnomus
  • Promenade
  • No.2 Il vecchio Castello
  • Promenade
  • No.3 Tuileries
  • No.4 Bydlo
  • Promenade
  • No.5 Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
  • No.6 Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
  • Promenade
  • No.7 Limoges
  • No.8 Catacombae
  • Promenade
  • No.9 The Hut on Hen’s Feet (Baba Yaga)
  • No.10 The Great Gate of Kiev

Saturday, January 28, 2017

9:30 am Registration/Refreshments (Bologna Performing Arts Center lobby)
10:00 am Recital and Masterclass 1
11:00 am Recital and Masterclass 2
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Recital and Masterclass 3
2:00 pm Recital and Masterclass 4
3:00 pm Students are dismissed. Workshop for teachers with Dr. Huckleberry.


How To Participate


Participating students and teachers are invited to perform in the recitals.  Submit the name of the piece, along with the composer and an estimate of the playing time on the registration sheet.  The Art of the Piano faculty would also like to encourage piano ensemble playing. Participating students are urged to prepare piano duets or duos for the event in addition to solo repertoire. If you would like assistance in finding a partner or selecting repertoire, please contact Kumiko Shimizu at 846-4122.  Participation in the recitals is optional.

Master classes

Students interested in performing on a master class with the guest artist are invited to apply.  Selection for the master classes will be based on teacher recommendation, repertoire, and available time.


Sessions for students include topics such as sight reading, music theory, rhythm and musicianship, and ensemble playing.

Just for Teachers

The Guest Artist will present a special workshop just for the teachers.  Also, teachers are encouraged to attend the master classes and recitals.

2017 Registration

Registration for this event is $25 per participant. Registration includes lunch and refreshments. The registration fee for teachers of participating students will be waived.  Registration is due Friday, January 20, 2017. Late applications may be accepted. However, the names of the participants who register after the registration deadline may not be printed on the program and participation in a recital and/or a master class may not be guaranteed for late applicants.

Please download the registration form:

Students [.pdf]

Teachers [.pdf]

Guest Artist Recital: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.

Student Recitals and Master Classes, Workshop for Teachers: Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Need more information? Call 662-846-4615 or email the piano faculty at,, or