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August 7, 2007

Birmingham-Southern piano professor to offer conservatory for gifted musicians

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Internationally acclaimed pianist and Birmingham-Southern College Artist-in-Residence William DeVan will conduct a 12-week Conservatory Program for Gifted Musicians beginning this fall.  Entrance to the program, open to students age 10-18, is by audition only.

Auditions will be Aug. 18 from 2-5 p.m. in the Hill Music Building on the college's campus.  Interested students should prepare two pieces of contrasting style and also be prepared to play a minimum of two octaves of scales.  Contact Lucy Victory at 226-4960, or, to schedule an audition.

Tuition for the program is $780, which will include a 60-minute private lesson by DeVan once a week for 12 weeks, a Musicianship class, and a monthly Master Class by DeVan during which all conservatory students will have an opportunity to perform.

DeVan is the first-prize winner of the international piano competition “Vianna Da Motta,” co-author of “Schumann Solo Piano Literature,” and contributing author of “A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance,” published in 2002 by Heritage Music Press.  He is on the board of directors of the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and in 2004 was named Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Music Teachers Association.

A Steinway artist, he taught master classes, lectured, and presented concerts the last three years at the Music College of Qinghai University in Xining, China, and at the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China.  He has been invited to return to both cities to perform and lecture during the 2008 concert season.

For more information, including registration forms, please visit the BSC Conservatory's Web site.

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