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Encore Lecture Series

The Encore Music Lecture Series is a regular series at BYU that invites distinguished musicians, performers, composers, and scholars to speak with the students in the School of Music. In addition to large lectures, these visitors often participate in masterclasses, recitals, classes, and other small gatherings, giving students an opportunity to personally interact with world-class musicians.

Robert McDonald

Thursday, February 09
9 February, 2023
11am Recital Hall

Pianist Robert McDonald has toured extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. He has performed with major orchestras in the U.S. and was a recital partner with violinist Isaac Stern for many years. He has participated in the Marlboro, Casals, and Lucerne festivals, performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and for broadcasts over BBC Television. He has also appeared with the Takács, Vermeer, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo, American, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets as well as with Musicians from Marlboro. McDonald’s prizes include the gold medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition, and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. His teachers include Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard, and the Manhattan School of Music. A member of the piano faculty at Juilliard since 1999, McDonald has taught at the Curtis Institute since 2007, where he holds the Penelope P. Watkins Chair in piano studies. During the summer, he is the artistic director of New Mexico’s Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival.
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Kory Katseanes

Thursday, March 09
TBD March, 2023
11am Recital Hall

Kory Katseanes is a Professor of Music and the Director of Orchestras at the BYU School of Music and was the director of the School of Music from 2009-2015.

Professor Katseanes joined the faculty at BYU over 20 years ago and conducts the BYU Philharmonic and BYU Chamber Orchestras at BYU and oversees the operations of the other three orchestras at the university, approximately 450 students all together. Katseanes is also the director of BYU's graduate orchestra conducting program. 

In 2021 Katseanes was one of three recipients of BYU's Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching award given to faculty.

Under Katseanes direction the BYU Philharmonic orchestra has also been nominated to receive a Pearl Award.

Katseanes has been a frequent guest conductor and clinician appearing with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, and community orchestras throughout the West. He has worked with All-State orchestras in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. 


Professor Katseanes joined the faculty at BYU over 20 years ago and conducts the BYU Philharmonic and BYU Chamber Orchestras at BYU and oversees the operations of the other three orchestras at the university, approximately 450 students all together. Katseanes is also the director of BYU's graduate orchestra conducting program.

In 2021 Katseanes was one of three recipients of BYU's Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching award given to faculty.

Under Katseanes direction the BYU Philharmonic orchestra has also been nominated to receive a Pearl Award.

Katseanes has been a frequent guest conductor and clinician appearing with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, and community orchestras throughout the West. He has worked with All-State orchestras in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. Watch