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University of Arizona Pianists Tour at EAC

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University of Arizona Pianists Tour at EAC

By Jessica Morgenthaler

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College and the Eastern Arizona Music Teacher’s Association presents the University of Arizona’s Pianists on Tour for a free concert on Wednesday April 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in EAC’s Activities Center - Lee Little Theatre; and a free Masterclass the following day, April 3, at 10 a.m., in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

University of Arizona Pianists on Tour is a program for University of Arizona graduate-level piano performance majors that organize small tours in order that students may experience the many demands and rewards of touring a recital program. Two or three of their top piano students are chosen to put together a shared recital program and perform all over the state. This project is funded by a grant from the University of Arizona Fine Arts Fund for Excellence and the Student Tour and Outreach Fund.

The three performing pianist are Chia-Chun Ko, Joo Young Oh, and Ian Houghton. They will be playing works by Handel, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, MacDowell, Ravel, and other composers.

Chia-Chun Ko is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Arizona, and is majoring in piano performance. Ko performs actively in solo and chamber music concerts, and has been a prize winner in several piano competitions.

Joo Young Oh is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in piano performance and an economics minor from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas.

Ian Houghton is in his final year of the doctorate program at the University of Arizona where he was named a Medici Scholar by the University of Arizona in 2011. He previously earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Washington University.

“The recital is a wonderful chance for students and community members to hear a very exciting evening of music played by three young artists from the U of A as they embark upon their careers in teaching and performance,” says EAC piano specialist, Gail Fischler. “The masterclass will give everyone interested in music and the piano a chance to enjoy watching and listening as the performers help both EAC and community piano students bring their playing up to a new level,” concludes Fischler.

Admission is free for the recital and masterclass. For more information, contact Fischler at (520) 861-1433, or at