Recital Celebrates 25 Years of Teaching, Community

| March 31, 2011
Pianist Rebecca McCord, a professor of music at Sweet Briar, will perform a Silver Anniversary Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in the College’s Memorial Chapel.

McCord will include on the program some of the piano’s most beloved repertoire, including Frédéric Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 3” in C-sharp minor and Johannes Brahms’ “Intermezzo” in E major from the Op. 116. Also on the program is a W.A. Mozart sonata, several Francis Poulenc “Improvisations,” and selections from Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” suite.

Rebecca McCord prior to her first Sweet Briar recital 25 years ago.

Rebecca McCord before her first recital 25 years ago.The recital celebrates 25 years of teaching and being a part of the Sweet Briar community, McCord says. “My students have given me such joy and I am so proud of what they have accomplished in their relationships, careers and families. Many of my students have gone on to make major cultural contributions to their communities.”

She has collaborated with many area musicians, some of whom will attend the celebration. “It has been my good fortune to play with the brightest and the best of Virginia’s musicians,” she said.

McCord came to Sweet Briar in August 1985, after earning the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and literature and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

She began performing at age 9 and studied piano, voice and chamber music at Oklahoma City University, where she earned a bachelor’s in piano performance on a scholarship. During her undergraduate years, she also studied piano with Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She has performed as soloist, chamber musician and duo pianist in the United States, Europe and Asia and made guest appearances with more than 30 orchestras, performing at such events as the Rome Festival and Tanglewood.

At Sweet Briar, McCord’s research interests have led to course offerings on jazz studies, film scores and an interdisciplinary seminar in Shakespeare and music. She has served as director of the Gager Community Concert Series, the Chamber Music Series and the Institute for Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She chaired the music department for many years and in 1998 received Sweet Briar’s Faculty Fellowship to attend post-doctoral residency at the Eastman School of Music.

McCord regularly serves as clinician, master class teacher and adjudicator for Music Teacher National Association organizations throughout the U.S. She is vice president of the Central Virginia Music Teachers Association.

A reception in her honor will follow the recital in Reid Parlor. For more information, please e-mail mccord@sbc.edu or call (434) 381-6115

Category: Music, Performing Arts, Uncategorized