Teachers & Performers Bio Performing Works
Piano Area Coordinator, Teacher,University of South Dakota.
Susanne Skyrm has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the
United States and Europe. She specializes in both modern and early piano and combines
performing with research interests in Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. She
has given performances and presentations for professional societies in the US and
Europe, including the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association,
European Piano Teachers Association, Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society,
American Musical Instrument Society, and many others.
Dr. Skyrm’s interest in Spanish keyboard music has taken her to the Iberian Peninsula on
numerous occasions. She is a frequent presenter at the Diego Fernandez International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music, held annually in Mojácar, Spain. Her
Anthology of Eighteenth Century Spanish Keyboard Music was recently published by Wayne Leupold Editions. Her CD, Treasures of Iberian Keyboard Music on the Antunes
Fortepiano (Music and Arts), recorded on a rare 1767 Portuguese piano at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, received critical acclaim.
As a period instrument specialist Dr. Skyrm has performed on original pianos in Belgium, Scotland, England, and Spain; and in numerous locations in the US. Her
performances have been broadcast nationally on public radio and on public access television. Her CD, Drums, Bells, and Whistles: Viennese Music on the Anton Martin
Thÿm Grand Piano at the National Music Museum, features an instrument from 1815 with seven pedals and was recently released.
Dr. Skyrm holds a BA in music from the College of Idaho, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati, and the Doctor of Musical Arts
degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She taught piano at the University of South Dakota for 28 years. In 2008 she was named the first recipient of the University of South Dakota’s College of Fine Arts Knutson Biennial Distinguished Professor Award. She retired from USD in May 2016.
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Rodger Kelly currently serves as Collections Manager and Database Administrator at the National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota. He received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, a master's degree in music with the concentration in the history of musical instruments from the University of South Dakota, and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.
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