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.
Dr. Burns has performed in a variety of collaborative and solo settings throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition, the 2012 International Viola Congress, and the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference. Past summer residences have included the NYSSSA Choral Studies Program, the Performing Arts Institute at the Wyoming Seminary, the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer@Eastman” program, The Lift Clarinet Academy, Off the Hook Arts, and the Just Chamber Music program. Currently, Dr. Burns serves as Supervisor of Piano Accompanying at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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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