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EWU Composers Forum | Guitar Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, May 22


Performances of music composed by EWU composition students in the EWU Art Gallery as part of the Creative Works and Research Symposium.

The Music Composition Program at Eastern Washington University is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and grow as composers. This is done through private instruction in composition, group seminars, quarterly concerts, special interdisciplinary projects, technological resources from the Computer Music Studio, guest lectures and colloquia from regional or nationally recognized composers. The Composition Program places emphasis on performance practice, theory, counterpoint, computer music, orchestration and arranging. There are also unique opportunities for film scoring and writing for theatre in collaboration with faculty from respective departments.

Victory Vertical Concert with Steinway Artist Garik Pedersen

May 25th 7:00 PM

Dr. Garik Pedersen first heard about the O.D.G.I. “Victory Vertical” pianos during an impromptu interview with Henry Z. Steinway in his office at Steinway Hall in New York City a few months before Mr. Steinway’s death in 2008.  Since then he has become increasingly fascinated with this incredible story.  Pedersen, a Steinway Artist, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Central America.  He has presented programs for the U.S. State Department, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and on numerous public television and radio broadcasts. Currently a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Pedersen has taught undergraduate and graduate students from many U.S. states and 17 other countries, producing prizewinners in national and international—as well as numerous regional and state–competitions.

A student of Wesley True at the University of Central Missouri, which awarded him its Distinguished Alumnus in Music in 2010, he was the final DMA piano student of John Simms at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1986. Gary is a past president of Michigan Music Teachers Association, which honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2016.  He received the Michigan Touchstone Award in 2017 in recognition of his “commitment to Michigan’s artistic excellence and his advocacy for the arts.”  He is listed in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education.

4/12 Dan Kennedy in Concert

April 12th 7PM


Dan Kennedy is an award-winning composer, pianist and recording artist whose music has been lauded across the country for its style and feeling. Classically trained at the Oberlin and New England Conservatories, his sound is a unique balance of energy and stillness. Dan’s music has reached #7 on the ZMR Top 100; and #4 on the OWM Top 100, where he was also named 2d in the 2016 People’s Choice Award. Having performed in 21 states, he recently appeared on the 2019 Whisperings Solo Piano Discovery Concert in Atlanta, GA. During his steady rise in the last decade, Dan has had the fortune to work with such artists as Joe Bongiorno, Will Ackerman, Charles Neville, T-Bone Wolk, Steve Holley, David Rose, and Glen Velez. Dan’s music has had four publishers and been heard on 250 radio stations around the world, and is in current rotation at SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, and Music Choice. Dan lives in a farmhouse in Amherst, Massachusetts.

”Kennedy’s piano compositions are praised for their sophisticated

sensibility and their variety – from rhythmic energy to humorous

reflection on daily life to soulful, reflective melodies.”

-The Franklin (Maine) Journal

3/30 Kate Skinner in Concert

March 30th 7PM


Jazz pianist and vocalist Kate Skinner maintains an active performing, composing, and teaching career in the western United States. A native of Ogden, Utah, Skinner pulls influences from the bluegrass and classical roots of her childhood into both her songwriting and performing as a jazz musician. In her teenage and college years, Kate delved into R&B, funk, and hip hop, genres that also continually find their way into her musical explorations helping to create her own unique voice. Part of this unique voice is an obsession with alternative keyboard instruments and a study of the great keyboardists of jazz, rock, and funk.

As a pianist, Dr. Skinner is in demand in a variety of performance styles and has performed with the Downbeat-award-winning jazz band from the University of Northern Colorado, Jazz Lab Band I among many other established large and small jazz ensembles. Her work as a vocalist has seen much success among a wide audience of listeners across genres. Kate’s compositions and playing have won multiple awards, including a Downbeat award for Outstanding Vocal Performance and a Jazz Education Network award for composition.

2014 saw the release of two new albums that Kate was highly involved in, one of which is a straight-ahead jazz quartet called Divergent featuring her writing and performing. The second is Born to Wander a bass-guitar-voice trio with Erik Applegate and Steve Kovalcheck. The group is founded in jazz and explores interpreting classic folk and rock tunes along with jazz standards. Kate believes that the pursuit of honest and creative projects is the lifeblood of any artist and she strives to continually push herself and widen her scope to new influences and excitements.

Skinner is currently a jazz lecturer at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where she directs Jazz Band II and teaches multiple courses in jazz studies. She holds M.M. and D.A. degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.

University of Idaho in Concert

University of Idaho Music Department


Saturday, Dec 8 at 7:00pm


The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter at the University of Idaho is one of the most active collegiate chapters in the region. They are a group of undergraduate and graduate students that have a shared love for music and teaching, and contribute their time and talents to performing, conducting research, and organizing outreach activities. Their chapter has conducted and presented research at conferences, performed, and competed at MTNA events across the country.
This chapter been selected to present at the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium on January 4-5, 2019 at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to presenting their topic “Developing the “High Tech” Pianist: A Toolbox for Teaching Technique to Young Beginners,” they will also have the opportunity to attend other lectures, sessions, and workshops related to piano pedagogy that will enhance our knowledge and ideas for becoming better teachers. More importantly, we will be able to expand our professional network by meeting, interacting, and making connections with collegiate chapters from other institutions as well as experts in the field of piano pedagogy. As a non-profit organization, their chapter relies on grants and donations to help fund their travels to present and attend conferences around the country such as the Piano Pedagogy Symposium in VA.The faculty members that are performing in this Friends of Steinway Concert represent performances in Russia, Korea, Costa Rica, France, Albania, Greece, Mexico, Switzerland, New Zealand, Turkey and many states from around the USA. On top of their teaching and school responsibilities they are active clinicians, recording their own CD’s, performing solo concerts, performing soloists with orchestras, collaborative musicians and more.The performance will be in the Cooper Recital Hall of Steinway Piano Gallery, located at 13418 East Nora Avenue, in the Spokane Valley. The performers will be playing on two beautiful Steinway designed grand pianos.Come celebrate this Christmas Season with these terrific students and their wonderful Lionel Hampton School of Music Faculty.

The Mauchley Duo In Concert



A FREE ticket is required.

From Idaho and Washington states, around the world and back, Steinway Piano Gallery is happy to host the piano duo featuring Jay and Sandy Mauchley in concert.

Jay and Sandy Mauchley, Steinway Artists, are professors emeriti at the University of Idaho.  They have collaborated together as a duo-piano team for over 35 years, and have played hundreds of recitals and concertos throughout the United States.  They have appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and have been presenters and featured as guest artists on national, district and state conventions, American Liszt Society Festivals and at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.  In addition, as collaborative artists they have performed in Canada and Europe.  Each summer they perform and coach at the Red Lodge Music Festival and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Critics have noted their playing as.…”…piano at its best.  The skill with which they performed was as exciting to see as it was to hear….It seemed as if it were indeed one musician with four hands.”

Jay and Sandy are on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.

Their program consists of all French music; Debussy, Saint-Saens and more.  Jay and Sandy truly display brilliant and witty interplay between two pianos.  Join us for an evening of romance, expression, grace and fun.

Palouse Piano Quartet Concert

Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane will host a piano concert featuring


The Palouse Piano Quartet

comprised of the Mauchley Duo and 88SQUARED

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at a special time 3:00 p.m.

13418 East Nora Avenue

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MAUCHLEY DUO      Jay and Sandy Mauchley


Renowned as a brilliant duo-piano team, the Mauchley Duo has dazzled audiences of all ages in numerous recitals and concerto appearances throughout the United States. They enthrall music lovers with their musical interpretations of repertoire that spans three centuries. Listeners find their programs electrifying, enthralling and passionate, as the Mauchleys display facile technique, stylistic interpretations, and outstanding virtuosity. Critics have noted their playing as…”piano at its best. The skill with which they performed was as exciting to see as it was to hear….It seemed as if it were indeed one musician with four hands.”

Jay and Sandy Mauchley, professors emeriti at the University of Idaho, have collaborated together as a duo-piano team for over 35 years, and have played hundreds of recitals and concertos throughout the United States. They have appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and have been presenters and featured as guest artists on national, district and state MTNA conventions, American Liszt Society Festivals, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and at the Lincoln Center in New York City. As collaborative artists they have performed in Canada and Europe, and each summer they perform and coach at the Red Lodge Music Festival and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Popular clinicians, adjudicators and master teachers, the Mauchley’s have both been awarded “Master Teacher” Certificates by Music Teachers National Association, as well as “Alumni Awards for Faculty Excellence” from the University of Idaho.


Jay and Sandy are on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.



88SQUARED       Jeffrey and Karen Savage


88SQUARED   received first prize at the Ellis Piano Duo Competition, the Abild Prize for American Music, and the Artists International Competition Special Presentation Award. The duo has received critical praise from Singapore’s The Straits Times, American Record Guide, and Fanfare magazine and their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the US. The duo won second prize and a Special Mention Award at Concours Grieg International Competition in Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic. Married pianists Jeffrey and Karen both completed masters and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School.


88SQUARED recently gave the international premieres of Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos (2011) in Singapore, New York City, Washington, and Canada, and was invited by the composer to record his complete two-piano works on Albany Records. They have been featured at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Ho Chi Minh Conservatory (Vietnam), MusiQuest National Piano Festival (India), Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), Chamber Music America Showcase (California), National Federation of Music Clubs National and State Conferences in Orlando, DC, Florida and Iowa, University of British Columbia Recital Series (Vancouver), and Music Teachers National Association state and national conferences (New York City and Chicago). Karen and Jeff both serve on the piano faculty at Washington State University. Their students have won state and regional competitions, and have been awarded competitive scholarships and teaching assistantships at major graduate programs. Jeffrey and Karen live in Pullman with their young son.


The Palouse Piano Quartet, comprised of the Mauchley Duo and  88SQUARED, previously performed together at the Washington State Music Teachers Association State Conference and each duo has performed at Steinway Piano Gallery.


It will be a lovely and fun program of all 8-hand works by Mozart, Brahms, Chabrier, Dahl, Saint-Saens, and Moskowski.

Come join us Saturday February 17 at 3:00 p.m. at this exciting combination of

FOUR amazing performers, EIGHT talented hands in ONE TERRIFIC Concert!


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Lynn Yew Evers and Lucas Kirby in Concert

Friday December 1st at 7:00pm

Come join us for a free concert.

Reserve FREE tickets HERE

Lynn Yew Evers’ musical talent playfully surfaced on a toy piano at the age of 4.  Lynn was born and raised in a vast historical city in Malaysia called Ipoh. While growing up amidst the beauty of a tropical oasis, Lynn developed a deep connection to nature, which also nurtured her inspiration and intention behind her music. She began performing at age 6 and composing and improvising by age 9. Lynn had undeniably found her calling early in life, and began her musical career as early as 15 years old as a piano coach for children. Inspired by classical greats such as Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, she earned a degree from the Trinity College of Music in London. She returned to Malaysia determined to further explore and develop her lifelong passion for music and immediately began to shine as a performer, arranger and composer in her native land.

Since 1985 she has organized and performed in multitude of concerts in Malaysia and the U.S. as a piano soloist and accompanist for renowned choirs and ensembles. Her countless high level appearances lead to a well-deserved invitation to the Malaysian Palace to play for the King and Queen of Malaysia, as well as the Prime Minister and other Malaysian dignitaries.  Her passion and determination lead her to relocate to the United States in 2009 to further pursue her well-accomplished career as a professional musician.

Lynn collaborated with Grammy Award winning guitarist Will Ackerman at his legendary Imaginary Roads Studio in Vermont. Her second solo piano album “Dawn of Peace,” is a captivating production which truly captures the excellent ability of Ackerman and his team to effortlessly synthesize with the vision of the artist. “Dawn of Peace” brings to light the fluidity of Lynn’s music while expressing her intuitive sense of translating the peaceful melodies expressed in nature. The close of 2015 brought Evers to the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York where she performed select pieces from her award winning album “Dawn of Peace”. In 2016 she performed again at Carnegie Hall with her new album music “Elysian” which has won many awards so far. With “Elysian” being nominated as the best piano and instrumental album, Evers was invited to perform in Grand Ole Opry House.

With her gift of perfect pitch and an intuitive understanding of music, Lynn translates her every day environment into amazing solo piano compositions that evoke a range of emotions and imaginations which allows the audience to experience her music as well as hear it. “Lynn Yew Evers has the heart of a romantic and the hands of an artist. The combination is very powerful. Her music is like a walk through the most beautiful garden you’ve ever imagined; her compositions imbued with profound emotion and grace.” – William Ackerman, Producer Grammy Award winning guitarist.



Lucas Kirby is a New Age, solo pianist and composer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah and resides in Spokane, Washington. By the age of nine he demonstrated an unyielding passion for piano music. After releasing his debut album “Tears of Glory”, at age 20, his music has been featured in documentaries, films and numerous musical projects around the globe; including the score for College Debts, the last film featuring the late Academy Award winning actress, Celeste Holmes. His latest album, “Onward”, consists of music from as early as 13 years old.

“Every once in a while, a new artist comes along that you know is something really special. Lucas Kirby gives me that feeling in much the same way the late Dax Johnson did fifteen or so years ago. Ironically, both are/were from Spokane, Washington and both create(d) piano music that packs raw emotion into every note. What a powerhouse of an album and what a promising young artist we have here! Very highly recommended!” – Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

Kirby is currently recording his third album, “When You Dream”. Included in this album is “Odyssey”, which placed in the top 20 for unreleased worldwide piano compositions for the Blue Spiral Records, Minimal Piano Series competition. The album will be released by spring, 2018.

Surrounding himself by what he loves most as well as individuals who share his same passion, has given him the opportunity to indulge in his life dream.
Kirby portrays the human spirits strength in picking oneself up and moving forward. He emanates well, the roller coaster of emotion that life often brings us. Put simply, Kirby’s music is a celebration and portrait of the human condition.

“Minimalist, intimate, sometimes passionate and sometimes subtle, Kirby invites us to impressionistic music full of clarity, color and light. Not in vain, immersed in his work is equivalent to walking through the water gardens of Claude Monet …” – Auxie Gonzalas, The Waves On Air.

Pianissimo – University of Montana 2017


1:00pm or 7:00pm

Five Pianos and 20-plus Pianists Take to the Stage

The Keyboard Division from the University of Montana School of Music will present the annual Pianissimo! concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane. This high-energy show boasts five pianos and more 20 pianists.

“Each year I try to make the program bigger and better than the year before,” says University of Montana piano Faculty Member and Pianissimo! organizer Christopher Hahn. “For those who have attended previous events, you’ll know that’s quite a feat!”

The performers are some of Missoula’s most well-known and distinguished pianists including UM faculty members Hahn and Steven Hesla as well as Barbara Blegen, community members Dorothy Beck-Peterson, Scott Koljonen and Paul Nonnenmacher, as well as many current students in the piano program at UM.

Pianissimo! is a benefit concert for the UM Keyboard Society who won a national recognition award this past year for their activities and programs. Funds raised will help piano students attend conferences, fund performance travel, sponsor events and bring in guest artists for the Celebrate Piano series. Proceeds will also help with maintenance and care for the pianos at the University of Montana to provide instruments that will continue to attract the best students to the University’s music program.