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Kristin Elgersma will present a piano recital at Dordt College

March 26, 2013

Dr. Kristin Elgersma, assistant professor of piano at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music, will present a free guest piano recital at Dordt College Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

The recital, titled “The Unexpected Piano: Influences and Inspiration, Past and Present,” includes works from Domenico Scarlatti, George Crumb, Timo Andres, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Missy Mazzoli, Peter Garland, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms.

Elgersma is a graduate of Unity Christian High School and Dordt College where she graduated with a degree in piano performance and pedagogy. She studied under MaryLou Wielenga, Dordt College piano instructor, from junior high through her college graduation in 1999. As an undergraduate, Elgersma won the Sioux City Symphony Concerto Competition and performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the symphony.

She also holds an M.M. and D.M. from Northwestern University. As a member of the Boston-based Arneis Ensemble, Elgersma has performed in schools, universities, and concert halls throughout the United States and was a featured performer in the 2009 Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. She currently performs as a member of duality, a saxophone/piano duo dedicated to commissioning and performing new music with both classical and popular influences. She has presented award-winning lecture-recitals on extended piano techniques in 20th century American repertoire across the U.S.

Elgersma’s areas of research include extended piano techniques in 20th century American music, contemporary piano music for students, and the role of arts education and community engagement in the higher education curriculum, for which she was awarded research grants from Steinway of Chicago and Northwestern University. She has received several research grants and a Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship to commission, premier, and record three new American piano works. Her writing has been published in the International Journal of Music Education, the MTNA e-Journal, and Clavier Companion. Her book on the post-1970 American piano repertoire will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. For more information, visit

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