The annual Matthay Festivals are designed to offer participants direct and
concentrated access to the Matthay teaching principles as they apply at
all levels, including that of the performing artist. Daytime sessions
include lectures, demonstrations, performances, and master classes, and
a recital is heard each evening. The year 2022 marks the sixty-fourth gathering,
and this year's Festival will also include performances and masterclasses featuring the recipients of
the 2020 and the 2022 Clara Wells Fellowship Awards.
Festivals have taken place at many locations throughout North America,
including the Philips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, the University of Maryland, the
University of Central Florida, the Royal Conservatory of Music in
Toronto, San Jose State University, Williams College, Pennsylvania
State University, the University of South Carolina, Wittenberg
University, the University of Kansas, Columbus State University, the University of
Richmond, East Carolina University, King College, Union University, Western Carolina University, Texas Wesleyan University, the Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, and the University of Alabama.
Because this year the Matthay Association is also honoring the legacy of the American pianist and teacher Frank Mannheimerone of Matthay's most distinguished pupilsin the city where he convened summer classes
for over 30 years, a
number of special events have been planned.
FRANCIS CROCIATA (right), who lectured at the 2019 Matthay Festival, is a noted authority on Sergei Rachmaninoff, but he has also written and lectured on Leo Sowerby for nearly five decades. He became president of the Leo Sowerby Foundation in 1993 and coordinated a nation-wide schedule of concerts and festivals spanning a period of 18 months in observance of Sowerby’s birth centennial in 1995. He has produced, co-produced, or written the booklet annotations for 17 issued recordings of Sowerby’s music, as well as the cover essay for the May 1995 issue of The American Organist. As managing editor, he has also overseen the publication of 23 of Sowerby’s works, mostly first publications of secular and solo works which have appeared under the Sowerby Foundation’s imprint in cooperation with Theodore Presser, Inc. He has discovered much little-known information concerning the Mannheimer/Sowerby connection, and his expanded presentation will include performances of works dedicated to and closely associated with Mannheimer, including a portion of Sowerby's Florida Suite (1929) performed by Signe Sebo Zale, and three as-yet unpublished works, the Passacaglia, Interlude, and Fugue (1931), performed by Dan Franklin Smith, the Passacaglia (1942) performed by Stephen Siek, and the Piano Concerto No. 1 (1915-17), performed by Nicholas Susi.
St. Scholastica's Music Department offers the B.A. degrees in Music and Music Education in a traditional, on-campus format at the Duluth campus. A minor in music is also available, and general education offerings are available on-campus and online.
The Department is housed in historic Tower Hall (left), which is
conveniently connected to Mitchell Auditorium (right),
a premier performing arts center, hosting concerts, lectures, theater productions, and student activities. The auditorium seats 580 with accommodations for people with handicaps and hearing impairments.