2018 Faculty: Piano
Debra Throgmorton currently serves as a full-time faculty member at Front Range Community College - Larimer campus, where she teaches music courses and directs the Music and Dance programs. She has appeared as a soloist with many regional orchestras including the Greeley Philharmonic, Ethos West Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, and UNC Chamber Choir and Orchestra. She is currently serving on the board of Front Range Chamber Players.
Pianist TIMOTHY BURNS is a versatile performer and collaborator, with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience. He holds degrees in piano performance, music theory pedagogy, and collaborative piano from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying with Carol Schanely-Cahn, David Allen Wehr, and Jean Barr. Currently, Dr. Burns serves as Supervisor of Piano Accompanying at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he frequently collaborates with faculty, guest artists, and students.
Dr. Burns has performed throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition, the 2012 International Viola Congress, the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference, and the 2017 International Horn Competition of America. Additionally, Dr. Burns has worked with renowned choral conductors Brady R. Allred, Daniel Bara, Scott Tucker, and Amanda Quist, among others, with performances at such venues as New York City’s Riverside Church and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Past performances include the Frick Collection’s “Salon Evening” concert series in New York City, and the 2016 ClarinetFest International Conference at the University of Kansas.
As an avid supporter for new and current music, Dr. Burns has performed works by current composers such as Mari Esabel Valverde, Margaret Brouwer, Mathjis van Dijk, Baljinder Sekhon, and James M. David. Past summer residences have included the New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Studies Program in Fredonia, NY, the Performing Arts Institute at the Wyoming Seminary near Wilkes-Barre, PA, and the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer@Eastman” program. For the Summer of 2018, Dr. Burns will be in residence with The Lift Clarinet Academy and the Just Chamber Music program, both held in Fort Collins, and he will perform with violinist Michael Davis as part of the Chapel Series at the YMCA of the Rockies.
Scott Watkins, Associate Professor of Piano at Jacksonville University, has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra in more than thirty countries around the world, including China, Austria, Germany, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Haiti, the United States, Canada, and Central America. He has appeared as soloist with conductors Andrew Davis, David Lloyd-Jones, Christopher Wilkins, Fabio Mechetti, Heping Liu, Christopher Confessore, Michael Butterman and Roger Nierenberg among others. Watkins has given four solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has performed at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at Chicago’s Cultural Center. His performances have been heard in Europe and Latin America on the “Voice of America” radio network, WFMT in Chicago, and WJCT in Jacksonville. Watkins is the youngest winner ever of the US Department of State’s Artistic Ambassador program, and has toured for the US State Department giving concerts and masterclasses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Frequently in demand as a collaborative artist, he has performed with violinists Eugene Fodor and Hillary Hahn, and soprano Elizabeth Futral. as well as with colleagues at Jacksonville University. Folio Weekly calls Watkins "a polished player in his prime." A life-long champion of new music and has given world premiere performances of works by Elie Siegmeister, Ned Rorem, and Jianjun He. He has studied with Bela Siki, Raymond Dudley, Marilyn Neely, and Edward Kilenyi, and also with Eugene Istomin and Alexis Weissenberg. Watkins earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina. He holds the Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University. Dr. Watkins has been Visiting Foreign Scholar at Beifang University Conservatory of Music in Yinchuan, China, and in 2011, Watkins was soloist in the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra and their conductor, Heping Liu, becoming the first American pianist to perform with the orchestra. Watkins is the editor of Howard Hanson’s recently discovered piano work, “Symphonic Rhapsody,” published by Carl Fischer. His recent recording, American Piano Sonatas, earned high praise from Fanfare Magazine which described Watkins’ playing as “splendid, bringing a fine balance of colorful tonality and elegance” to the music. Of his most recent Carnegie Hall appearance New York Concert Review declared Watkins plays “with vivid imagination and fire. All in all, it was a highly praiseworthy concert – a fulfilling musical evening.”
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