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Pianist coming to St. Andrews for recital

Laurinburg, N.C. – American pianist Roger McVey will be performing a recital in the Hagan Choral Room of the Vardell Building at St. Andrews Presbyterian College at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The performance, which will include pieces by J.S. Bach, J. Michael Roy and Sergei Rachmaninoff among others, is free and open to the public.

“We are honored to be able to bring such a talented young pianist to our campus for a performance,” said Dr. William McConnell, associate professor of music at St. Andrews. “To be able to provide a cultural event not only to our campus, but the community as well, is an important component of our educational program.”

McVey has studied with internationally acclaimed pianists Menahem Pressler, Jack Winerock, Anton Nel, Herbert Stessin, and Henry Doskey, and has coached with artists such as Claude Frank, Janos Starker, William Warfield, Eric Rosenblith, and the Emerson Quartet. He was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and was a Semi-Finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his "passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity."

Recent performances have taken him to China, Korea, Spain, and Italy, as well as New York and Atlanta's Spivey Hall. He has recently appeared in concert with violinist Robert McDuffie, and performed as a soloist with orchestras in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. He has recorded two CDs: Sonatas and Images, with his wife, violinist Giselle Hillyer, and American Journey, a collection of solo piano works by living American composers.

McVey has a particular interest in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and his article “Teaching Modern Music” was recently published by the Georgia Music Educators Journal.

McVey holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. He is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously taught at the University of Kansas, Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, and Macon State College.

An avid listener of rock music, jazz, rap, funk, and reggae, his other interests include cooking, playing chess, surfing, and skiing. He resides in River Falls, Wisconsin with his wife Giselle and their three children.

For additional information about the performance, please contact Dr. William McConnell at mcconnellwt@sapc.edu or 910-277-5262.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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