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Grant Event-Pedaling Through the Ages–Cracking the Code: Historical Guidelines and Strategies for Informed Performance

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Zoom, please contact Rebecca Gooch.
Presenting District: Mid Columbia
Presenter: Dr. Jill Timmons, NCTM Read Presenter Bio

Jill Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo pianist and ensemble artist and has offered performances and educational residencies on three continents. She has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Austria, Spain, and Chile, and has appeared in such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C., the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the American Consulate in Hamburg, the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, and college and universities throughout the U. S. Timmons, has been a featured artist on National Public Radio, has performed under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and has recorded on the Laurel, Centaur, and Capstone labels. Ken Burns chose music from her Amy Beach recording for the soundtrack to his PBS documentary, The War. She is a National Endowment Fellow, receiving a funding award for the recording of the complete works for solo piano by American composer, William Bergsma (Laurel Records).

Timmons has performed with orchestras throughout the US including the Oregon Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Newport Symphony, Central Oregon Symphony, Springfield (Illinois) Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of the Oregon Coast Music Festival, among others. As a frequent guest artist, Timmons has appeared in such summer festivals as Tanglewood, Chenango Musikfest in New York, the Olympic Music Festival, the Oregon Coast Music Festival, Festillésime and Festival Mozart in France. In France she has been artistic director for Musique à Beaumont, and is a member artist through Perspectives Musicales in Paris.

As an award-winning author, Timmons has written on topics that include entrepreneurship, and volunteerism within the arts and humanities. She is a recipient of the Wilk International Literary Prize from University of Southern California.  Her best-selling career guidebook, The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan, is published by Oxford University Press and will be forthcoming in a Second Edition in 2021. Timmons works with both individuals and non-profit groups to move their cause forward, ultimately supporting an artistic vision backed by concrete strategies for success.

Currently, Timmons is the Artist/Teacher Affiliate with Classic Pianos at their flagship store in Portland, Oregon, and in their satellite locations in Bellevue, Denver, Anchorage, Las Vegas, Boston, and Albuquerque. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and the Master of Music degree from Boston University. Her seminal training as a pianist has been with György Sebök, Béla Bösörményi-Nagy, and Randolph Hokanson.

“She is a sensitive musician…Her playing is graceful, lyrical, detailed and intimate.” Tim Page, The New York Times

“Timmons soars with the eagles. She plays with vitality and élan.” Fanfare Magazine

Program Description: Pedaling on the modern piano is not an exact science, butRead More

there are critical principles that can shape our informed performance. In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Timmons will explore performance practice guidelines, historically informed choices, keyboard instruments spanning some 350 years, how we adapt the modern piano to past practices, and essential skills required for artful pedaling. Weaving in demonstration and lecture, Dr. Timmons will offer clear strategies and historical guidelines to a more artful use of the modern piano pedals. A bibliography will also be provided for this presentation.


February 6
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Rebecca Gooch