Keyboard

Keyboard students at the University of Evansville study with highly skilled artist teacher-performers in the context of a small, closely-knit liberal arts institution. Our faculty have years of experience and a passion for teaching while maintaining active performing careers as soloists and collaborative artists in recital and recent recordings.

In-depth study of both solo and collaborative literature

  • The low student-faculty ratio and teaching emphasis of the university give all keyboard students the benefit of close personal contact with their professors and each other. There is ample opportunity to participate in master classes, weekly studio classes, weekly student recitals, a concerto competition, and degree recitals. Keyboard students at UE also have the opportunity to collaborate with singers and instrumentalists, benefiting from frequent coaching by different faculty members.

Access to fine instruments

  • Students perform on two well-maintained Steinway concert grand pianos, a Bosendorfer concert grand, and four organs made by Holtkamp, Fisk, and Reuter as well as two harpsichords made by Dowd and Jones. Pianists practice in reserved practice rooms with Steinway grands in excellent condition.

Frequent interaction with visiting artists

  • In addition to frequent faculty solo and chamber performances, the Department of Music hosts the UE Piano Series and other guest recitals, lectures and master classes by world-renowned artists. Visiting pianists have included Philip Thomson, Frederic Chiu, Awadagin Pratt, Jon Nakamatsu, Marc-André Hamelin, and Abbey Simon. Visiting organists have included William Albright, Robert Clark, David Craighead, Robert Glasgow, Simon Preston, and Russell Saunders.

World-class soloists

  • UE students also have the opportunity to hear world-class pianists solo with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Artists have included Alexander Toradze, Garrick Ohlsson, Susan Starr, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Tocco, Andre Watts, Spencer Myer, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Misha & Cipa Dichter (in January 2018).

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Mrs. Anne Fiedler

Professor/Music

Krannert Hall of Art and Music, Room 131
812-488-2244
af23@evansville.edu
Fiedler Fiedler Full Biography

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Dr. Garnet Ungar

Professor/Music

Krannert Hall of Art and Music, Room 129
812-488-2228
gu2@evansville.edu
Ungar Ungar Full Biography

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Mr. Robert Nicholls

Adjunct/Music

812-488-5029
rn60@evansville.edu
Nicholls Nicholls Full Biography

Anne Hastings Fiedler is the Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music and head of the keyboard area. She is a recipient of the prestigious Exemplary Teacher Award given by University of Evansville and also the Outstanding Teacher Award given by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

An active performer, Professor Fiedler was finalist and prizewinner in the National Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition and has collaborated nationally with a variety of soloists and ensembles, notably in performances at International Trumpet Guild Conference and several International Double Reed Society Conferences. She can be heard on the CD entitled Oboe Serenade. Professor Fiedler has been featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Evansville Chamber Orchestra and the University of Evansville Orchestra. She performs frequently as collaborative pianist with faculty and guest artists on the First Tuesday Series and Tuesday Night Concert Series sponsored by the music department. Fiedler is also principal keyboard and assistant principal second violin of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Professor Fiedler's diverse areas of interest and teaching experience include studio piano, music theory, piano pedagogy, and collaborative piano. She has reviewed collegiate theory texts for McGraw-Hill Publishing and regularly presents master classes and serves as an adjudicator for local, state, and regional piano competitions. She is co-founder and first president of the Greater Evansville Chapter of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and has presented at IMTA state conferences.

Professor Fiedler holds Bachelor of Music with Highest Honors and Master of Music Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently teaches courses in applied piano and music theory.

Garnet Ungar has appeared throughout the world as piano soloist with orchestra, in recitals and masterclasses at major universities, and in broadcasts on American Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, and Hong Kong Radio. Highlights of recent seasons were recitals and masterclasses at Xinghai Conservatory in China, Kwassui University in Japan, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, Hong Kong Baptist University, Tanglewood, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. He has also performed in Switzerland, Sweden, and England, and his recording of the Brahms Second Piano Concerto with the Varna Philharmonic in Bulgaria was described in John Bell Young's Clavier Magazine review as "powerful and precise…having solidity and passion, a magisterial presence, structural integrity, immediacy and intensity." In 2009 he released his second CD, of Schubert piano works. A review in Fanfare Magazine mentioned "subtle nuances under perfect control and never sounding self-conscious…a fine control of myriad touches and colors… steady, focused, and unrelenting-a really superlative account." Clavier Companion describes "an impressively imaginative and nuanced musical sensitivity with a refined technique" and "a complexity to his interpretations that cannot be fully appreciated at a first listening."

Dr. Ungar has served on the piano faculties of Mount Royal University in Calgary, the University Settlement House in Toronto, and the Music at Maple Mount Summer Institute in Kentucky. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Evansville in Indiana. He regularly adjudicates piano competitions including, most recently, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Midwest Young Artists in Chicago, and Kentucky and Tennessee MTNA. In demand as a private teacher, his students have won several other important local and state competitions. They have included six first prizewinners in the Evansville Philharmonic Competition, four finalists in the Indianapolis Symphony Competition, and first and second place winners in the Murray State/Paducah Symphony Competition. He has also taught multiple State MTNA and Evansville Schmidt Award winners.

Born in Montréal, Québec, Dr. Ungar obtained degrees in piano performance from the Universities of Toronto, Calgary, and Houston, where his principal teachers were William Aide, Marilyn Engle, Abbey Simon, and Ruth Tomfohrde. Additional studies include sessions at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, where he obtained an Associate Performer's diploma, with Marek Jablonski at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Marc Durand and Anton Kuerti at the Centre d'Arts Orford in Québec, and Bernard Ebert at the Académie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland.

Robert Nicholls is Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville. He began his musical education as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey with Simon Preston. He graduated from Oundle School (Music Exhibitioner) and Cambridge University (Choral Exhibitioner at Gonville and Caius College).

Robert’s organ teachers include James Parsons, Philip Scriven, Roberta Gary, and John Schwandt (improvisation). Robert’s compositions for both organ and choir have been performed and broadcast in both the US and Europe, and at RSCM America summer residential courses. In addition to responsibilities for music at First Pres, Robert accompanies silent movies.

He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Organ) at the IU Jacobs School of Music 2015-2017, teaching graduate-level courses in keyboard skills, improvisation, and the Sacred Music Practicum. Robert is the current Dean of the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Office Phone:
812-488-2754

Office Email:
music@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 133, Krannert Hall of Art and Music