May Program on Effective Practicing

Whether you are a concert artist, church musician, aspiring student, or among the many who make music solely for one’s own enjoyment, the goal is the same: to learn music well, interpret it deeply, and perform it with confidence and grace. Dr. Catherine Rodland will share approaches that develop accuracy, poise and expressiveness woven holistically from the beginning of the learning process. Join us on May 10 to learn how slow practice, fluid technique, and musical gesture become the foundation toward confident, expressive performance – and what that looks like in practice. The presentation will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions and share insights together.

Catherine Rodland, whose playing has been described as “transcendent” (The American Organist), is Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College. She graduated cum laude with departmental distinction in organ performance from St. Olaf in 1987.

She 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. She concertizes extensively throughout the United States and Canada.

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, in 2007 dedicating the new Holtkamp organ in Boe Memorial Chapel, and performing as a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and the St. Olaf Band. These performances were released as CDs through St. Olaf Records. In 2010 Catherine released two CDs: “Dedication”, and “American Weavings”, the latter recorded in Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College with violist and duo partner Carol Rodland. The Rodland Duo is managed by Concert Artists Cooperative.

Dr. Rodland’s handout appears below.


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