Keyboard Studies

Welcome to Keyboard Studies at Saddleback College!

Here you will find information about our wonderful piano concert series and an abundance of exciting class offerings, as well as learn about our experienced faculty and excellent facilities.

Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky

Saddleback has wonderful keyboard facilities and offers classes and concert performances on three major keyboard instruments – piano, organ and harpsichord. See more info about our facilities under RESOURCES.

Our Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series (ROCKS) is a rare gem for the music communities of Southern Orange and Northern San Diego Counties. It started just a year ago, and yet it has already introduced many wonderful piano artists from all over the country. Learn more under CONCERTS.

All active concert artists and seasoned pedagogues, whose students win awards and scholarships and get accepted at major music schools, our faculty nurture students by passing on their invaluable performing and teaching experience. Click on the FACULTY tab for more details.

PIANO CLASSES: Conducted as masterclasses, our sessions provide students with numerous performance opportunities, on and off campus, technique studies and in-depth interpretation concepts appropriate to different styles of music. Although students have diverse musical backgrounds and skill levels, their classmates and teachers at Saddleback are friendly and supportive. Saddleback students perform at their own level and progress at their own speed. There is no pressure!

The following NEW CLASSES are open to all students regardless of their major:

  • Piano Ensemble, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:45am.
  • Advanced Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Repertoire combined, Tuesdays Noon-3pm.
  • Advanced Piano, Wednesdays 7-8:50pm (together with optional Organ 6-6:50 and Harpsichord 9-9:50 pm).

We also offer many other wonderful classes: Intermediate Piano I and II, including Favorite Piano Classics, are offered Mondays 3-7pm, Mondays and Wednesdays 1-3pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays Noon-2pm.

Sections of Beginning Piano I and II are offered Monday through Friday at various convenient times. They are very popular and fill up fast.

Our APPLIED PROGRAM is the crown jewel of the Music Department programs. It is best for advanced performers who want to perfect their skills and transfer to universities as music majors. See APPLIED Tab.

Check back for details on special unique offerings such as Haydn’s Piano Music; J.S. Bach's Sons’ Keyboard Music; Piano Music of Romantic Composers -- Schumann, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and others; Baroque and Romantic Interpretation. For further info see CLASSES.

 

Come to our concerts. You no longer need to travel to LA or Costa Mesa to hear great piano performances. They’re right here at Saddleback! Spread the word and bring your family, friends, and neighbors.

Explore our offerings. Register. You can’t get expert piano instruction from professional performers for less than two dollars an hour anywhere else.

Let's make great music together!

Kirill Gliadkovsky, DMA, Associate Professor
Director of Keyboard Studies - Music Department
Fine Arts Division - Saddleback College

Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series (ROCKS)

Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series (“ROCKS”) introduced wonderful concert artists and professors from major universities across the United States to the Saddleback community. In this era of drastically reduced music education programs, as one of only a handful of concert series in the United States dedicated exclusively to keyboard performance, we feel every lover of classical music in the area should enjoy, draw inspiration from, and cherish ROCKS.  ROCKS resumes this season with a dynamic schedule:

SPRING 2013

Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm
CHAMBER MUSIC DUET WITH GRACE FONG AND JACOB BRAUN
McKinney Theatre
$15 general; $10 students/seniors; FREE for younger students and children with a paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC or CAPMT ID
Enjoy an afternoon of wonderful chamber music with concert artists Grace Fong on piano and Jacob Braun on cello.  Dr. Fong is a Professor of Piano at Chapman University and a recording artist. . “Every note audible with perfect phrasing, clean articulation and delicate nuance—seemingly effortless passage and octave work in the difficult final movement . . . one sits back and goes, wow!” ~Tom Aldridge, Indianapolis Newsweekly.

Jacob Braun has earned praise as one of the most versatile and accomplished cellists of his generation, a cellist with "a distinctly warm . . . and gorgeous dark tone" --The St. Louis Dispatch.  Fong played with an easy elegance. . . painting impressionistic landscapes with hardly any drips or smudges…” – Washington Post

 

Sunday, February 24 at 3 pm
SUSAN SVRČEK PIANO RECITAL
McKinney Theatre
$15 general; $10 students/seniors; FREE for younger students and children with a paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC or CAPMT ID

Keyboard Studies at Saddleback College is proud to present Susan Svrček in a piano recital. Come and enjoy pianist Ms. Svrček, as she plays a colorful program from around the world, from the United States to China to Israel.  The picturesque repertoire will include Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, Gilead Mishory’s Rega’im,  and a preview of the world premiere of Carlos Rafael Rivera’s La Quinta del Sordo – five short pieces inspired by the paintings of Goya.  

 

Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm
RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR WITH KIRILL GLIADKOVSKY
McKinney Theatre
$15 general; $10 students/seniors; FREE for younger students and children with a paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC or CAPMT ID
Saddleback College faculty member Kirill Gliadkovsky will present a special concert. Works by Russian Composers. Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Medtner and the beloved Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky will be featured. Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America. “Fine dramatic sense…appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices…wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram; “The most impressive…memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia)

Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm
SADDLEBACK PIANO STUDENTS RECITAL
McKinney Theatre

$15 general; $10 students/seniors; FREE for younger students and children with a paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC or CAPMT ID
Saddleback students from Advanced Piano and Piano Ensemble classes give an exciting program by composers ranging from Bach to Gershwin and beyond, written for 1-2 pianos and 2, 4, 6, 8 (and possibly more) hands! Don’t miss the fun!

 

Saturday, May 4 at 3 pm
THE PIANO STORY, A NARRATIVE CONCERT
WITH MARIO MERDIROSSIÁN
McKinney Theatre
$12 general; $10 students/seniors; FREE for younger students and children with a paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC or CAPMT ID
Distinguished Argentine pianist Mario Merdirossián presents an entertaining approach about the factors leading up to the invention of the piano as well as its 300 years of evolution. “He truly speaks through the piano.” –The Daily Mississippian.

 

FALL, 2012

Sunday, September 23 at 3 pm
BEETHOVEN SONATA PIANO MASTER CLASS AND LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION BY STEWARD GORDON
McKinney Theatre
$10 general public; $7 seniors; $5 college students; 17 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult; teachers with MTAC/CAPMT should contact the box office for complimentary tickets for your students or a guest.
Dr. Stewart Gordon, Professor and former Music Department Chair at USC, the University of Maryland and Queen’s College, New York, will host a workshop on Beethoven’s Sonatas. Saddleback and MTAC/CAPMT piano students will perform.
Dr. Gordon is an outstanding pianist, teacher, composer, music scholar and Beethoven authority.

“Remember this name: Stewart Gordon. Whenever he plays a recital another few hundred music- lovers are swept into the Gordon orbit…” – San Francisco Chronicle


Sunday, October 7 at 3 pm
RICHARD CIONCO PIANO RECITAL
McKinney Theatre
$12 general public; $7 seniors; $5 college students; 17 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult; teachers with MTAC/CAPT should contact the box office to receive complimentary tickets for your students or a guest.
Internationally-acclaimed pianist and recording artist Richard Cionco will perform Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, and Ginastera. From New York City, Professor Cionco is currently Piano Department Head at California State University in Sacramento, a Steinway Artist and a sought-after judge for prestigious international piano competitions.

“Sensitive Pianism” – The New York Times; “Terrific pianist…rarest of artists….most impressive…” - Washington Post


Thursday, October 11 at Noon
CONCERT HOUR
PIANO MASTER CLASS BY A VISITING GUEST ARTIST
FA 101
FREE Admission
Saddleback and area piano students will perform.


Saturday, October 27, 3-5 pm
DR. IRENE PEERY-FOX PIANO RECITAL AND MASTER CLASS
FA 101
$10 general public; $7 seniors; $5 college students; 17 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult; teachers with MTAC/CAPMT should contact the box office to receive complimentary tickets for your students or a guest.
Dr. Peery-Fox makes a rare appearance in Southern California. A concert pianist, a professor at BYU, and one of the most important piano teachers of her generation, Dr. Peery-Fox’s students consistently win state, national and international competitions. Saddleback piano students will perform.


Monday, November 19 at 7 pm
THE AMERICAN PIANO TRIO CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
McKinney Theatre
$12 general public; $7 seniors; $5 college students; 17 and under FREE when accompanied by paying adult; teachers with MTAC/CAPMT should contact the box office to receive complimentary tickets for your students or a guest.
International touring and recording artists Robert Palmer, piano, Anna Vaiman, violin, and Peter Opie, cello, will perform Beethoven, Ravel and Shostakovich. In addition to touring, the members are Faculty Professors and Ensemble-in-Residence at Ball State University in Indiana.

“The trio continuously achieved a deep musicality…simply superb.” – Jody Nagel, JOMAR Press.


Thursday, December 6 at 7 pm
A MUSICAL GALLERY: 7 PORTRAITS AT CHRISTMASTIDE
DR. ROB WATSON
McKinney Theatre
$12 general public; $7 seniors; $5 college students; 17 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult; teachers with MTAC/CAPMT should contact the box office to receive complimentary tickets for your students or a guest.
Well-known concert pianist, Professor and Chair of the Piano Department at California State University at Fullerton, Dr. Rob Watson tells the Story of Christmas through a fascinating web of solo piano works from the 16th to the 21st Centuries. Listen for In Dulci Jubilo, Greensleeves, and Adeste Fidelis, among others.

Thought-provoking, powerful, touching, perhaps even a little shocking, this is not merely standard holiday fare. Monks in procession, special lighting effects, lute, harpsichord, and the bells of Coventry Cathedral set the stage for seven classical piano music vignettes.

 

Our classes are thoughtfully designed to accommodate piano players of every skill level. Anyone can fit in! Even if you sign up to a higher level class, than your current skill level calls for, you won't feel intimidated. Your fellow Saddleback music students are very friendly and supportive. There is no pressure – everyone is allowed to learn at his or her own pace. Although our faculty's motto is: "Practice, practice, practice," helping our students progress and gain confidence are the faculty's primary concerns. Making sure our students play better by the end of the semester, at whatever level - beginning, intermediate or advanced – is all that matters.

MUS 51 - APPLIED MUSIC: KEYBOARD
Limitation: College audition and concurrent enrollment in an ensemble course: MUS 31,32,33,34,35,40,41,42,43,47,62,63,64 or 65
Individual instruction in piano to develop competence in technique, stylistic interpretation and performance practice.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 54A - BEGINNING PIANO I
Introductory piano course focused on basic music reading and sight-reading, developing correct piano technique including tone production, familiarization with keyboard harmony and various performance styles, and learning basic repertoire. Open to first year music and non-music majors (formerly MUS 54).
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 54B - BEGINNING PIANO II
Prerequisite: MUS 54A or demonstrated proficiency
Second level introductory piano course focused on basic music reading and sight-reading, developing correct piano technique including tone production, familiarization with keyboard harmony and various performance styles, and learning basic repertoire. Open to first year music and non-music majors.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 55A - INTERMEDIATE PIANO I
Prerequisite: MUS 54B
Second level piano course focused on selected major and minor scales, piano technique including tone production, sight-reading, learning repertoire and performance styles to achieve third semester level technical and interpretive piano performance ability. Emphasis on keyboard harmony (formerly MUS 55).
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 55B - INTERMEDIATE PIANO II
Prerequisite: MUS 55A
Second level piano course with continuing focus on all major and minor scales, piano technique including tone production, first and second chord inversions, sight-reading, building of repertoire and performance styles, and heightened emphasis on ensemble performance to achieve fourth semester level technical and interpretive piano performance ability. Continued emphasis on keyboard harmony.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 56 - ADVANCED PIANO
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55
A "master class" or workshop course focused on understanding musical styles through careful study of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary piano literature. Works and their performance are thoroughly analyzed as to style, interpretation and appropriate technique.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 58 - PIANO REPERTOIRE AND PERFORMANCE PROCEDURES
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated proficiency
Study of important solo piano literature from the works of J.S. Bach to Contemporary composers. Emphasis on technique and solo-performance preparation strategies.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 64 - PIANO ENSEMBLE
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated proficiency
Study of duo-piano literature, including original compositions and transcriptions, for four and eight hands. Emphasis on style, interpretation, ensemble playing techniques and sight-reading.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 65 - PIANO ACCOMPANYING
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Study of piano literature written to accompany voice and other instruments individually and in ensemble. Emphasis on style, interpretation, ensemble playing techniques and sight-reading.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 178 - BEGINNING PIANO PEDAGOGY
Recommended Preparation: Two years piano study
Study of the history of piano method books down to the most effective current piano teaching techniques. Students teach a beginning piano student with instructor supervision. For music majors and community teachers seeking to refine their teaching method.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 189 - SP TPS: INTRODUCTION TO ORGAN TECHNIQUE
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Instruction in organ keyboard and pedal technique, registration, hymn playing and organ literature. Emphasis on performance of simple organ compositions, hymns and choral accompaniment.


MUS 189 - SP TPS: INTRODUCTION TO HARPSICHORD TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE
Recommended Preparation: Two years keyboard training or demonstrated proficiency
Introductory study of the harpsichord's history, performance practice, technique and repertoire in a master class format. Emphasis on Renaissance and Baroque harpsichord compositions, ornamentation, fingering, dynamics and articulation.


MUS 253 - ADVANCED PIANO MUSIC OF HAYDN
Recommended Preparation: MUS 56 or two years previous piano study
Advanced instruction in analyzing and performing Franz Joseph Haydn's keyboard music. Emphasis on appropriate touch, dynamics, articulation, tone quality, balance, phrasing, and ornamentation for performing Classical repertoire.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 255 - PIANO COMPOSERS OF TODAY
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55B
Study of contemporary piano compositions to expand technique, scale patterns, expressive interpretation, chord progressions, and improvisational skills.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 256 - ADVANCED PIANO PEDAGOGY
Recommended Preparation: MUS 178 or two years previous piano study
To refine their teaching methods, experienced teachers teach younger students and perform music correctly in required demonstrations. Emphasis on late-intermediate and early-advanced level piano literature.
Repeatable up to 3 times.


MUS 257 - FAVORITE PIANO CLASSICS
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55B
Using favorite piano solos, this intermediate course introduces students to sight-reading, music theory, proper piano technique and practice routines, coaching sessions, performing, and listening in order to enhance their awareness of style and musicianship and their piano playing.
Repeatable up to 3 times.

 

One of the most vibrant applied programs offered by any undergraduate music school in the United States, the Applied Program is the Saddleback Music Department's crown jewel. Competitive and comprehensive, the Applied Program enrolls students in a weekly applied lesson, an ensemble class (piano ensemble for pianists), and a weekly concert hour, a performance class required of all music majors, during which students demonstrate their performing abilities before their classmates and the Music Faculty, in a professional concert setting. Most Applied Program students also enroll in classes such as music theory, music history, and choir.

Auditions for the Applied Program are held on the first Thursday of each semester between Noon and 2 pm in room FA 101. To schedule your audition, contact the Applied Program Coordinator, Professor Norm Weston: nweston@saddleback.edu. Prepare a program of between five and ten minutes duration, preferably memorized and featuring contrasting styles, to showcase your abilities.

Kirill Gliadkovsky,
Director of Keyboard Studies

Kirill
Kirill Gliadkovsky
Keyboard Instructor
(949) 582-4300
kgliadkovsky@saddleback.edu

Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America.

Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned... enthralling... all in all, a gripping and masterful performance".

Dany Margolies at The Malibu Times describes his playing: "wondrous range... impassioned depth... enormous physical and emotional power... a complete artist".

Fine dramatic sense… appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices… wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram;

The most impressive… memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia).

Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6,
Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA and Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others.

Mr. Gliadkovsky's popularity is also fast growing being a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts and programs on such networks as NPR, CBS, PBS, CBC, WQXR, KBYU, KPAC, Russian State TV and Radio and others. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.  

Kirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. Mr. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). Mr. Gliadkovsky also earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He also coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov. Kirill Gliadkovsky took numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor. He performs on harpsichord, as well. He performs in a duo piano team with his wife and a concert pianist Anna Gliadkovskaya. Mr. Gliadkovsky has been on piano faculties at USC, Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College.  He has also served as the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles. Additionally, Mr. Gliadkovsky have given numerous masterclasses in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano competitions and have been accepted at schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UNT and USU.

Mr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching. Prior to coming to teach at Saddleback College, he has been on the faculty at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT, as the head of piano area. His wife Anna Gliadkovskaya has been on the piano faculty at SUU, as well.

 

KIRILL GLIADKOVSKY PERFORMS:

PIANO

Gershwin I got Rhythm
http://youtu.be/E-9nCvLh7gQ

Gottschalk Souvenirs d'Andalousie
http://youtu.be/tP4oeUFoBv8

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, 3d mvt.
http://youtu.be/kfYzt94y5lQ and http://youtu.be/CclPmioL0Ss

Balakirev Islamey
http://youtu.be/n-ZEPxn3_Sg

Gershwin The Man I Love
http://youtu.be/Mk1on_cUEQE

Schumann Symphonic Etudes
http://youtu.be/tioUlChppQY and http://youtu.be/JnEcyVbq9OY

 

ORGAN

Jean Guillou Scenes d'enfant
part 1 http://youtu.be/JR3Ra_P-GG8
part 2 http://youtu.be/lheg2hM0BwQ

 

Juanita Brightbill

Juanita Brightbill
Juanita Brightbill
Keyboard Instructor
jbrightbill@saddleback.edu

Juanita Brightbill has been on the music faculty at Saddleback College since 1975.  In addition to teaching beginning and intermediate piano classes she has served as the Fine Arts representative on the Academic Senate, the Faculty Association and has taught courses in Music Appreciation, and Music Fundamentals, She was the Coordinator of the Applied Music Program for ten years and also during that time established the day time Concert Hour Series which featured guest performers, student recitals, and master classes which were well attended by students and the community.

Before computer access was available to students as it is now she published the “Music News’ for Saddleback music students to keep apprised of all the music activities and performances and compiled what was called the ‘Music Guide’ which was used by SCC students for many years outlining the courses and resources for the music majors and minors.

Juanita graduated with an AA degree from Diablo Valley Community College in northern California, earned a Bachelor of Music degree   from Chapman University in Music Education and a Masters of Arts in Group Piano Pedagogy from California State University at Fullerton. Her Masters Thesis was cited in the “Keyboard Companion” Magazine as a source for teachers who work with the older adult piano student. She has served on the board of the California Group Piano Association, been a clinician at the CMEA-Southern California Conference and been a member of MTAC since 1980. 

Ms. Brightbill is a dedicated teacher who not only enjoys teaching but also feels an enthusiastic commitment to help students establish a strong foundation in their basic studies upon which their skills can grow.  Students who take her classes can feel prepared to move forward in the sequence of piano courses whether they are music majors or non majors who are just interested in pursuing a life long dream to play the piano.

Juanita has two grown children and lives with her husband, Alvin Brightbill in Laguna Niguel.

Pennie Foster

Pennie Foster
Pennie Foster
Keyboard Instructor
pfoster@saddleback.edu

Since 1969, Pennie Foster has accompanied the Saddleback Chorale and served as organist-pianist for the Laguna Beach Methodist Church where she and her husband, Jeff, lead the Music Ministry.  Pennie is on Saddleback College's associate faculty where she was the 2004 Teacher of the Year and has taught class piano since 1979. 

She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was a music staff accompanist.  She has received great joy as a collaborative pianist for soloists and groups, and she began her career at an early age by accompanying her father's music students. 

Pennie and M'lou Dietzer formed the Janus Duo, a piano duet team which produced five CD's and performed lecture-recitals extensively throughout southern California.  Currently, Pennie performs with pianists Deborah Glass, Daniel Thompson and Michael Vantrease in the Sodalis Piano Quartet.

 

Anna Gliadkovskaya

Anna Gliadkovskaya
Anna Gliadkovskaya
Keyboard Instructor
agliadkovskaya@saddleback.edu

Anna Gliadkovskaya was born in Samara, Russia and has studied music since the age of 5. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya attended the Specialized Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev and the Russian Music Academy after Gnessins in Moscow - some of the most prestigious music institutions in Russia - where her teachers included renowned musicians Olga  Sherstyuk and Alexander Alexandrov, the dean of the Academy. Only the most talented and promising  musicians were admitted to those schools, and there was a serious competition to get in. Anna received many scholarships, awards and honors throughout her studies in Kiev and Moscow, including a special scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Russia given only to the most outstanding music students. She was selected on the basis of her achievements and participated at the joint American-Russian music production "Peace Child" in 1988, made possible by the Cultural Exchange Treaty signed by then presidents Gorbachev and Reagan.

Anna Gliadkovskaya took numerous prizes at national and international piano competitions, starting from the age of seven, when she took the First prize at a contest for composition in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, and then continuing with the First prize at the Quadrennial Republican Piano Contest in Ukraine in 1982, at the All-Union Piano Contest  held in Vilnius, Lithuania (for all of  the former Soviet Union) in 1987, and the Second Prize at the Concertino-Prague International Piano Competition in Czechoslovakia in 1985.

After the first public appearance at the age of 6, Anna has performed across Russia, including at Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow, as well as at the Conservatory and Philharmonic Halls in Kiev. Other important performances included Musik Halle in Hamburg, Germany, Dom Umeltza (Philharmonic Concert Hall) in Prague, Chech Republic, Jack Singer and the University Halls in Calgary, Canada, Wickenburg and Scottsdale Centers for the Arts in Arizona, performances at Leisure World, CA, Heber City Piano Festival, UT and others. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya has also performed piano and chamber recitals in Germany, Chech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and in the United States. She participated twice at the South Chech Music Festival, at the Weimar Festival in Germany and at the Rachmaninoff Festival in Russia. She has worked with such well-known conductors as Sergei Skripka, Peter Vronsky,  Vladimir  Yanovitsky and Joseph Kaufman.

Anna earned her Master Degree and Postgraduate Diploma (an equivalent of American ABD/Doctorate Degree) from Gnessins Russian Music Academy.   Mrs. Gliadkovskaya was featured on numerous TV and radio broadcasts of her performances on such networks as Russian and Ukrainian State TV and Radio, Czechoslovakian State TV and Radio,  stations in Calgary, Canada. She has recently recorded a CD for Alexei Records.

Anna has written music for piano and voice. One of her compositions was published by a major state publishing company in the former Soviet Union. She also performs duo piano recitals with her husband, Kirill Gliadkovsky. Their duo piano team has performed numerous concerts in many states across the United States.  Anna Gliadkovskaya is a researcher, as well. Her work about French Baroque composer Rameau has been published by the Russian Music Academy in Moscow. Anna has been on the piano faculty at SUU in 2007-2011. She started teaching at Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges in 2012.

Pamela Worcester

Pamela Worcester
Pamela Worcester
Keyboard Instructor
pworcester@saddleback.edu

Pamela Worcester has been a member of the Saddleback College music faculty since 1998. She received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Her teachers include Constance Keene, Yoshie Akimoto, and Dr. Marc Silverman. She has given performances on both the east and west coasts. She was among the many fine teachers featured at the 2005 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Anaheim, California.

Pamela has also had her article published in Clavier Companion magazine. She is the current President of the Music Teachers' Association of California, Orange Coast Cities Branch and is also an Executive Board Member for the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.

She directs and organizes many competitions like the Saddleback College Concerto Competition and Bach Region V Festival. Pamela is a frequent adjudicator at piano competitions throughout Southern California. In addition, she maintains a busy private teaching schedule at her piano studio in Lake Forest, California where she has produced many prize-winning students.

Facilities

The Saddleback keyboard program offers its students the use of excellent facilities, including:

  • a spacious teaching studio equipped with a Steinway D and a Steinway B
  • a new Yamaha piano lab
  • a new three manual Johannus organ
  • two practice organs
  • a harpsichord
  • a large multi-purpose / choral rehearsal room equipped with up to two Steinway Bs
  • twenty practice rooms with pianos

Recitals and concerts are staged in McKinney Theater, which boasts a seating capacity of more than four hundred and a Steinway D.

 

Helpful Links

Saddleback College Performing Arts & Theatre Events

Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Pacific Symphony

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

SheetMusicPlus.com

 

 

 


 

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