Spring Piano Workshop

The Spring Piano Workshop will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 - UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The 2015 workshop will feature guest pianist/composer/clinician Catherine Rollin.


Students will have the opportunity to perform in a master class presented by Guest Artist Catherine Rollin or by a UNK piano faculty member. All solo pieces must be memorized. Registration forms may be duplicated. Please use separate Student Registration forms for listing of performance repertoire.

Student Registration Form

Teacher Registration Form

*Catherine Rollin Master Class Performers: Three students will be selected through audition recording (mp3 or CD) to perform on the Rollin master class. Recordings and registration must be postmarked by March 31, 2015. Selections will be made by quality of performance and choice of repertoire as determined by Ms. Rollin.

Workshop/Luncheon/Reception Fee: $15.00
Checks payable to:
UNK Dept. of Music & Performing Arts
Memo: Spring Piano Workshop

Mail completed form and fee (and Rollin audition recordings) to:
Dr. Valerie Cisler
Department of Music & Performing Arts
The University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849

Workshop Schedule

“Going for the ‘Magic’ in Performance through Technique, Style, and Imagery”

Session I - 9:00 to 10:00
"Technique and Artistry:  You Can’t Have One Without the Other"
Catherine Rollin

Session II - 10:00 to 11:00
"The Magic of Imagery:  Developing Creative Thinking and Playing through Visualizing Music"
Catherine Rollin

Guest Artist Master Class - 11:00 to 12:00
Catherine Rollin (students selected by audio audition recording)

12:00 to 1:00 - Luncheon with UNK Faculty/Students

UNK Piano Faculty Master Classes - 1:00 to 2:00
All participants will have the opportunity to perform at least one piece in one of three special master classes with piano faculty: Nathan Buckner, Valerie Cisler, and James Cook.

Session III - 2:00 to 3:00
"Preparing For and Playing the Chopin Masterworks"
Catherine Rollin

Reception - 3:00 to 3:30

Guest Artist - Catherine Rollin

Catherine Rollin, NCTM, is a composer, pianist, clinician, author and teacher of prize winning students. Her pre-college training was with Mischa Kottler a disciple of Cortot and von Sauer. She holds a bachelor of musical arts with distinction from the University of Michigan and the master of music from Oakland University. Oakland University honored Rollin with their alumni achievement award in 2002.

Catherine has over 400 publications with Alfred Music Publishing Company and has been honored with commissions from Clavier magazine as well as many MTNA chapters and music teachers’ festivals and workshops.  Her works have appeared on many required lists, including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) bulletin where she currently has works in the solo, duet, concerto and one-hand categories.  In  2011, the highly regarded college text Creative Piano Teaching  (Lyke, Haydon and Rollin) came out in its fourth edition with Catherine Rollin as the new co-author.

Catherine’s work as a composer and her passion for teaching culminated in her nine book series: Pathways to Artistry.  In this series, Rollin has analyzed and codified the physical skills that are necessary to play musically, artistically and with physical relaxation.  Her series has been reviewed and highly praised in the American Music Teacher.  The Pathways to Artistry series has been translated and brought to Japan and, as of the spring of 2014, eleven books of Catherine’s music, including the Mandarin edition of Pathways to Artistry were published by Continental Books in Taiwan, where Catherine recently completed a five-city tour.

Rollin’s insights into technique, her many compositions and master classes have led to her presenting  over 200 workshops and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Taiwan.   Additionally, Rollin’s students have received many prestigious honors. Students of Rollin’s were national finalists at the MTNA 2004 and 2011 competitions. In the 2011 MTNA national competition, Rollin’s student received the second place national Junior/Kawaii award.    In March of 2012, a student of Catherine Rollin’s was selected as the national first place winner of the  Stillman-Kelley Award sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs and another student was a national  first prize winner in the NFMC composition competition.

 Partial funding for this workshop has been provided by:
UNK Faculty Senate Artists and Lecturers Committee
NU Foundation UNK Department of Music & Performing Arts Guest Artists/Clinicians Fund