Dr. Jonathan Sokasits, piano (Hastings College Nebraska)
Jonathan Sokasits is Professor of Piano at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he teaches studio piano and class piano, piano literature, chamber music, and piano pedagogy. He has previously served as Assistant Professor of Piano at Ithaca College, and as Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sokasits holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a student of Howard Karp and three-time recipient of prestigious Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Graduate Fellowships.
Dr. Sokasits is active performing in solo, duo, and chamber recitals. He is a member of the artists’ rosters for the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Artists Program and the Heartland Arts Fund/Mid-America Arts Alliance, and is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conventions of professional organizations such as the Music Teachers National Association and the College Music Society. He has appeared as soloist with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Band, Hastings College Concert Band, Hastings Symphony Orchestra, UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Chamber Players, and the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, with whom he recorded Karel Husa’s Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble under the supervision of the composer. Dr. Sokasits has performed in piano master classes with Malcolm Bilson, Misha Dichter, Ruth Laredo, Ursula Oppens, and Ruth Slenczynska, and chamber music master classes with Zara Nelsova, Heiichiro Ohyama, Mark Peskanov, Daniel Phillips, John Wustman, and members of the Pro Arte Quartet and Continuum Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Dr. Sokasits enjoys a longtime artistic collaboration with flutist Leonard Garrison; their Albany Records compact disc American Reflections (featuring works by Beaser, Dahl, and Foss) has garnered much critical acclaim. Sokasits has appeared with the Chiara String Quartet, the Oakwood Chamber Players, the Petrella percussion and piano duo, the Lincoln Symphony Third Chair Chamber Players, and numerous faculty colleagues.
In 2006, Dr. Sokasits completed a recital and master class tour to universities in New Zealand, where he presented recitals of contemporary music by New Zealand and American composers. In 2005, Dr. Sokasits presented a lecture-recital at the Rhodes International Rachmaninoff Conference. In 2004, Dr. Sokasits was a featured recitalist, master class teacher, and adjudicator for the inaugural Besparmak International Piano Festival at Eastern Mediterranean University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. That summer he also appeared as a featured recitalist at the annual Goshen College Summer Piano Workshop. He continues to serve as a member of the piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
A devotee of contemporary music, Dr. Sokasits has worked with composers Christian Berg, Karel Husa, John Psathas, Christopher Rouse, and Dana Wilson, whose set of piano pieces, Persona, were commissioned by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association and given their premiere performance by Sokasits.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
University Recital Hall (W570)