Masterson to Present Piano Recital

LINDSBORG, KAN., November 7, 2011—Bethany College music professor Dr. Daniel J. Masterson will present a piano recital on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Stephanie Gerry, soprano and Bethany voice instructor, is also featured. The recital is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the recital, provided by the Associated Music Students of Bethany College.

The recital features works of Franz Liszt in commemoration of his 200th birthday observed this year. Masterson comments, “Few individuals hold such a place in music history as Franz Liszt. He was considered the most advanced piano virtuoso performer of his time and left his mark also as a composer, conductor, and teacher.” Part of the program includes several popular 19th century art songs that were transcribed into piano solos by Liszt.

Masterson is currently in his twelfth year on the music faculty at Bethany College and has been the Billue-Burnett Distinguished Professor of Music since 2003. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, where he studied with world-renowned performer, Ian Hobson; a Master of Music from Wichita State University, where he studied with Paul Reed; and a Bachelor of Arts from McPherson College, where he studied with Steven Gustafson. Masterson is a member of the Kansas Music Teachers Association and serves on the state board. He is also president of the McPherson Area Piano Teachers League.

Masterson brings versatile experience to the Bethany College Music Department, including public education, private teaching, and concert and collaborative performances in chamber music, church music, and accompaniment. Masterson teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and music theory courses, directs the Chapel Choir, and is the assistant department chair. He is regarded highly as performer, teacher, clinician, adjudicator, and director. Masterson lives in Lindsborg with his wife, Carolyn, and two sons, Aaron and Paul.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.