Margaret EvansAdjunct, Piano
Areas of Expertise
- Piano performance.
- “How Motion Affects Sound”: helping students find healthy solutions to technical problems.
- Variety in tone color to express changing shades of meaning in music.
Margaret Evans is an award-winning teacher known for building students who play with depth of understanding, passion, beauty, and technical ease. Her philosophy is to equip every student with the background and skills necessary to reach personal musical goals, whatever they may be. She has produced many winners of significant piano competitions at state and regional levels, and several winners at the national and international level. Her students have been invited to perform with orchestras, as soloists at national and state conferences, and in master classes; and they have been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships to noted music schools such as Oberlin and Eastman.
Dr. Evans has judged American piano competitions from coast to coast, including the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International, the MTNA, and the Harold Protsman Classical Competitions. She has received five invitations to judge in Hong Kong.
Speaking engagements include the NCMTA State Conference (Banquet Speaker); the World Piano Pedagogy Conference; and talks for many professional organizations throughout North Carolina. Topics include: Preparing a Semi-finalist for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs; Mastering Memory; Developing a Healthy Piano Technique; Preparing Students to be Piano Majors in College; What’s Working Now; and Success with Concertos.
Dr. Evans has served two terms each on the Executive Board of Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, and on the Executive Board of the North Carolina’s Music Teachers National Association. She established the MTNA Collegiate Chapter at Meredith College in 2005, the second such chapter in the state, and serves as its Faculty Advisor.
DMus, Northwestern University
MM, University of Illinois; BM, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The Water Music of Liszt, Ravel, and Debussy
- The Piano Concertos of Mozart and Beethoven
- Dr. Evans has also worked with technique specialist Sheila Paige. Since 2007 she has sponsored Ms. Paige in six four-day residencies at Meredith College. These residencies draw diverse piano lovers – professional perfomers, teachers, and students - from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Voted Raleigh Piano Teachers’ first “Teacher of the Year,” 2011. In 2013, was one of only three teachers nationwide recognized by Florida State University for “Excellence in Teaching” (at its first annual “Excellence in Teaching Symposium”). Elected to Phi Beta Kappa; Who’s Who in America’s Teachers; Who’s Who in Academia; and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Dr. Evans has performed as recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist in many states across America and in Switzerland. Performance highlights include lecture recitals on a number of topics; two Mozart concertos performed with the Ciompi Quartet on the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth; performances at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Cliff Dwellers Club, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Krannert Hall, the Academie de Musique de Sion (Switzerland), and on KUFM Public Radio. Evans has performed in numerous master classes for such artists as Claude Frank, Walter Hautzig, Ruth Laredo, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, Nelita True, and Earl Wild. Further sources of study include the Taubman Institute, the TCU-Cliburn Institute, and, most recently, the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy
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