2018 Keyboard Festival

2018 Keyboard Festival Schedule, January 18-20, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

1-4:00 pm Organ Competition, Moody Concert Hall, Open to the Public

2-4:00 pm Viola studio class: with Carol Rodland

Friday, January 19, 2018

12 pm: Convocation Topic – “If Music Be the Food…”

7:30 pm, Moody Concert Hall: The Rodland Duo in Concert

                2018 Scholarship Winner

Saturday, January 20

9:30-11:30 Organ Masterclass-Concert Hall

12 noon: Bach’s lunch

12:30-1:30 Lecture: Collaborative

3 pm Honors Keyboard Festival Concert: UA Organ and Piano students in Concert


Guest Artists

Rodland Duo Biography   

The daughters of professional musicians, the Rodland sisters, Carol, violist, and Catherine, organist, began making music together as children. Their individual careers as award-winning performers and teachers have taken them all over the world, and they began performing together professionally as the Rodland Duo in 2002.

Recent Rodland Duo performances have included featured recitals at both the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Houston, Texas, at the 2016 American Viola Society Festival in Oberlin, Ohio, at the Luna Nova New Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, at the 38th International Viola Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Eastman School of Music, St. Olaf College, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This season’s engagements include a residency at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and recitals in Illinois and Florida.

Actively engaged in commissioning new works for their unusual combination of instruments as well as creating their own arrangements of existing compositions, their repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary. Critics have called The Rodland Duo’s performances “stunning” and “beyond praise”.  American Weavings, their acclaimed recording on the Crystal Records label, led Gramophone to declare viola and organ “an awesome combination”.

In addition to their active performing careers, they are both dedicated teachers: Carol is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Juilliard School in New York City and Catherine is Artist in Residence in Organ and Theory at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Their numerous individual accolades include top prizes at international competitions, such as the Washington International Competition, the Artists International Auditions, the American Guild of Organists National Competition, and the University of Michigan Organ Competition. For further information, please visit www.concertartistcooperative.com  and www.carolrodland.com


Carol Rodland   

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music Associate Professor of Viola Carol Rodland poses May 10, 2012 with her instrument, a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo in 1791. // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Since making her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, Carol Rodland has established a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. Fanfare Magazine describes her playing as “larger than life, sweetly in tune, infinitely variegated” and “delicious” and her recordings on the Crystal and Neuma Record Labels have been critically acclaimed. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered and recorded works of Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas.

A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rodland was recently appointed to the faculty of the Juilliard School. She is also an artist-faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop.   Previous positions have included professorships at the Eastman School of Music, where she was also Co-Chair of the String Department, at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized with the “Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching”, at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, and at Arizona State University.

In 2009, Ms. Rodland founded “If Music Be the Food…”, a fully volunteer benefit concert series whose mission is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. “If Music Be the Food…” has inspired musicians across the country to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities.

Ms. Rodland studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School and as a Fulbright Scholar with Kim Kashkashian at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.  She won first prizes at the Washington International Competition, the Artists International Auditions, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition, as well as the Universal Editions Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.

For further information please visit www.carolrodland.com and www.ifmusicbethefood.com


Catherine Rodland    

Catherine Rodland, whose playing has been described as “transcendent” (The American Organist), is Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She graduated cum laude with departmental distinction in organ performance from St. Olaf in 1987 and received both the MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she was a student of Russell Saunders.  At Eastman, Catherine received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the Ann Anway Award for excellence in organ performance. She is a prizewinner in several competitions including the 1994 and 1998 American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, the 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition, and the 1988 International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan for which she received first prize.  Catherine has concertized extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has been featured often on the syndicated radio program “Pipedreams” on National Public Radio.

At St. Olaf College Catherine teaches a full studio of organ students as well as music theory and ear training classes.  She performs regularly at St. Olaf, dedicating the Holtkamp organ in Boe Memorial Chapel in 2007, and performing as a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and the St. Olaf Band.  These performances were all recorded and released as CDs through St. Olaf Records.  Currently Catherine is presenting a series of recitals featuring the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, after having spent a recent sabbatical leave researching organs in Paris.  In 2010 she released two CDs:  “Dedication” on the newly installed Nichols and Simpson Organ at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ and “American Weavings”, recorded in Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College with violist and duo partner Carol Rodland and released by Crystal Records.  The Rodland Duo is currently part of the Concert Artists Cooperative, and was featured at both the American Guild of Organists national convention in Houston, Texas, and the American Viola Congress in Oberlin, Ohio during the spring of 2016.