Keyboard Studies

Welcome to Keyboard Studies at Saddleback College!

Here you will find information about our wonderful piano concert series and an abundance of exciting class offerings, as well as learn about our experienced faculty and excellent facilities.

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Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky

Saddleback has wonderful keyboard facilities and offers classes and concert performances on three major keyboard instruments – piano, organ and harpsichord. See more info about our facilities under RESOURCES.

Our Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series (ROCKS) is a rare gem for the music communities of Southern Orange and Northern San Diego Counties. It started just a year ago, and yet it has already introduced many wonderful piano artists from all over the country. Learn more under CONCERTS.

All active concert artists and seasoned pedagogues, whose students win awards and scholarships and get accepted at major music schools, our faculty nurture students by passing on their invaluable performing and teaching experience. Click on the FACULTY tab for more details.

PIANO CLASSES: Conducted as masterclasses, our sessions provide students with numerous performance opportunities, on and off campus, technique studies and in-depth interpretation concepts appropriate to different styles of music. Although students have diverse musical backgrounds and skill levels, their classmates and teachers at Saddleback are friendly and supportive. Saddleback students perform at their own level and progress at their own speed. There is no pressure!

The following NEW CLASSES are open to all students regardless of their major:

  • Piano Ensemble, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:45am.
  • Advanced Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Repertoire combined, Tuesdays Noon-3pm.
  • Advanced Piano, Wednesdays 7-8:50pm (together with optional Organ 6-6:50 and Harpsichord 9-9:50 pm).

We also offer many other wonderful classes: Intermediate Piano I and II, including Favorite Piano Classics, are offered Mondays 3-7pm, Mondays and Wednesdays 1-3pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays Noon-2pm.

Sections of Beginning Piano I and II are offered Monday through Friday at various convenient times. They are very popular and fill up fast.

Our APPLIED PROGRAM is the crown jewel of the Music Department programs. It is best for advanced performers who want to perfect their skills and transfer to universities as music majors. See APPLIED Tab.

Check back for details on special unique offerings such as Haydn’s Piano Music; J.S. Bach's Sons’ Keyboard Music; Piano Music of Romantic Composers -- Schumann, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and others; Baroque and Romantic Interpretation. For further info see CLASSES.

 

Come to our concerts. You no longer need to travel to LA or Costa Mesa to hear great piano performances. They’re right here at Saddleback! Spread the word and bring your family, friends, and neighbors.

Explore our offerings. Register. You can’t get expert piano instruction from professional performers for less than two dollars an hour anywhere else.

Let's make great music together!

Kirill Gliadkovsky, DMA, Associate Professor
Director of Keyboard Studies - Music Department
Fine Arts Division - Saddleback College

Grace Fong and Gilles Apap Violin and Piano Recital

Date: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

REFLECTION OF THE OCEAN CLASSICAL KEYBOARD SERIES
Presents

GRACE FONG AND GILLES APAP VIOLIN AND PIANO RECITALgrace_fong_2.jpg

McKinney Theatre
gillesapap.jpg$15 general; $12 seniors; $10 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID

International concert artists perform a duo violin-piano recital. Dr. Grace Fong is a prize-winning pianist with an international career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and contemporary keyboardist. Praised as "positively magical" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and "immediately a revelation" (Arizona Central). Gilles Apap  is a French classical violinist.

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Piano Recital Guest Artist

Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

REFLECTIONS OF THE OCEAN CLASSICAL KEYBOARD SERIES
PIANO GUEST ARTIST

McKinney Theatre
$15 general; $12 seniors; $10 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID
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Guest artist,  to be announced, will perform a piano recital.

Piano Master Class with Irene Peery-Fox

Date: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

FA 101
$10 general; $7 seniors; $5 students
 

Concert Pianist and Professor  of Piano at Brigham Young University, Irene Peery-Fox,irene_peery_fox_for_web.jpg conducts a master class. Saddleback students will perform.

Piano Ensemble and Advanced Piano Student Concert

Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

REFLECTIONS OF THE OCEAN CLASSICAL KEYBOARD SERIES
PIANO ENSEMBLE AND ADVANCED PIANO STUDENT CONCERT

McKinney Theatre
FREE Admission
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Saddleback piano ensemble and advanced piano students will perform.

 

Our classes are thoughtfully designed to accommodate piano players of every skill level. Anyone can fit in! Even if you sign up to a higher level class, than your current skill level calls for, you won't feel intimidated. Your fellow Saddleback music students are very friendly and supportive. There is no pressure – everyone is allowed to learn at his or her own pace. Although our faculty's motto is: "Practice, practice, practice," helping our students progress and gain confidence are the faculty's primary concerns. Making sure our students play better by the end of the semester, at whatever level - beginning, intermediate or advanced – is all that matters.

MUS 51 - APPLIED MUSIC: KEYBOARD

2.5 Units; 2 hours lecture; 5 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Limitation: College audition and concurrent enrollment in ensemble music course: MUS 48, 63, 64, 65, 66, 148, 297
Individual instruction in piano. Designed to develop technical competence, stylistic interpretation, and performance practice. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 50, 51, and 52. R-E-3

 

MUS 54A - BEGINNING PIANO I

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
A first level introductory course in piano, with instruction in elementary music-reading, repertoire, piano technique, tone production, sight-reading, keyboard harmony, and performance styles for music and non-music majors at a first-year level. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 54B - BEGINNING PIANO II

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MUS 54A or demonstrated proficiency
A second level introductory course in piano, with instruction in music reading, repertoire, piano technique, tone production, sightreading, keyboard harmony, and performance styles for music and non-music majors at a first-year level. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 55A - INTERMEDIATE PIANO I

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MUS 54B
Secondary Level Piano Course with instruction in selected major and minor scales, piano technique, tone production, sight-reading, building of repertoire and performance styles. Includes technical and interpretive development of piano performance ability at a third semester level. Keyboard harmony will be emphasized. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 55B - INTERMEDIATE PIANO II

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: MUS 55A
Secondary Level Piano Course with continuing instruction on all major and minor scales, piano technique, first and second chord inversions, tone production, sight-reading, building of repertoire and performance styles, and heightened emphasis on ensemble performance. Includes technical and interpretive development of piano performance ability at a fourth semester level. Keyboard harmony will be emphasized. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. NR

 

MUS 56 - ADVANCED PIANO

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55
This course is of a "Master Class" or a workshop character, and for the student interested in furthering his or her understanding of musical styles through careful study and performance of Baroque, Classic Romantic and Contemporary piano literature. Works and performance are thoroughly analyzed and discussed as to style, interpretation and technical problems. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, and 56. R-E-3

 

MUS 58 - PIANO REPERTOIRE AND PERFORMANCE PROCEDURES

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or B or demonstrated proficiency
The study of important piano solo literature from Bach to contemporary with emphasis on technique and procedures in solo-performance preparation. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

 

MUS 64 - PIANO ENSEMBLE

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or demonstrated proficiency
The ensemble study of the literature of duopiano including four and eight hands, both original and transcribed. Particular emphasis will be given to style, interpretation, techniques of ensemble playing and sight-reading. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 64 and 65. R-E-3

 

MUS 65 - PIANO ACCOMPANYING

1 Unit; 1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Ensemble experience in the performance of duo-piano literature, four and eight hands, both original and transcribed. Particular emphasis will be given to style, interpretation and techniques of ensemble playing and sight-reading. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 64 and 65. R-E-3

 

MUS 86 - INTRODUCTION TO HARPSICHORD TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Introductory Study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will learn Renaissance and Early Baroque pieces written for harpsichord, as well as basic ornaments, dynamics and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on short pieces from English Virginal and Italian Cembalo schools of the 17th century (formerly MUS 106). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 87 - HARPSICHORD LITERATURE AND TECHNIQUE II - LATE BEGINNER

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 86 or demonstrated harpsichord proficiency
Second semester study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will review Renaissance and early Baroque pieces written for harpsichord, and will study mid-Baroque (up to 1680s) pieces and their ornaments, fingering, dynamics and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on short pieces from German and French harpsichord schools of the mid-late 17th century (formerly MUS 107). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 88 - HARPSICHORD LITERATURE AND TECHNIQUE III - EARLY INTERMEDIATE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 87 or demonstrated harpsichord proficiency
Third semester study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will learn high Baroque and Galant styles pieces written for harpsichord, as well as ornaments, fingering, dynamics and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on pieces from Spanish, Italian and German harpsichord schools of the 18th century (High Baroque). Formerly MUS 108. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 89 - HARPSICHORD LITERATURE AND TECHNIQUE IV - LATE INTERMEDIATE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 88 or demonstrated harpsichord proficiency
Fourth semester study of Harpsichord, its history, performance practices, technique and repertory. Masterclass format. Students will learn pieces from Renaissance, Baroque, Galant, Early Classical and Contemporary styles written for harpsichord, as well as ornaments, fingering, dynamics tempi, varied repeats and articulation on the instrument. Emphasis on pieces from French Clavecin school of the 18th century (High Baroque), early Classical/Galant and Contemporary styles (formerly MUS 109). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 86, 87, 88, and 89. NR

 

MUS 96 - INTRODUCTION TO ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55A or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Introduction to organ manual and pedal techniques, basic registration, hymn playing and organ literature. Performance of simple compositions, accompaniments and hymn tunes. Baroque organ style interpretation (formerly MUS 102). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 97 - ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS LATE BEGINNING

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 96
Second semester instruction in keyboard and pedal techniques, registration, basic hymn playing and organ literature. Performance of compositions for manuals and pedals, accompaniments and hymns. Classical style performance practice and interpretation (formerly MUS 103). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 98 - ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS INTERMEDIATE (A), EARLY

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 97 or demonstrated organ proficiency.
Instruction in keyboard and pedal techniques, registration, articulation, hymns and organ literature. Performance of organ compositions with pedals, accompaniments and hymn tunes. Romantic Organ Music Interpretation. Performance Practice. Basic Concert Procedures (formerly MUS 104). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 99 - ORGAN TECHNIQUE AND LITERATURE CLASS INTERMEDIATE (B), LATE

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 1 hour lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Recommended Preparation: MUS 98 or demonstrated organ proficiency.
Instruction in keyboard and pedal techniques, registration, articulation, phrasing, dynamics, ornaments and varied repeats in hymns and standard organ literature. Performance of organ compositions for manuals with pedal, accompaniments and hymn tunes. Historical Performance Practice. Contemporary Organ style. Concert Procedures. Recital Performance. Late Intermediate Level (formerly MUS 105). Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 96, 97, 98, and 99. NR

 

MUS 178 - BEGINNING PIANO PEDAGOGY

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: Two years of piano study
Designed to study the art of piano teaching. Traces the history of piano method books and demonstrate the most effective teaching methods used today. Students will be given an opportunity to directly teach a 3rd grade student with guidance from the instructor. This course is offered for music major students as well as community teachers who wish to improve and refine their teaching style. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 178, 179, and 256. NR

 

MUS 179 - INTERMEDIATE PIANO PEDAGOGY

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: Two years of previous piano study or MUS 178
Designed to study the art of piano teaching. Demonstrates the most effective teaching methods used today and emphasize the technical and interpretive styles of the four major music periods. Students will be given an opportunity to directly teach a 3rd grade student with guidance from the instructor. This course is offered for music major students as well as community teachers who wish to improve and refine their teaching style. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 178, 179, and 256. NR

 

MUS 253 - ADVANCED PIANO MUSIC OF HAYDN

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MUS 56 or two years of previous piano study
Dedicated solely to keyboard literature, students will study techniques for recognizing, analyzing, and performing the music of Franz Joseph Haydn at an advanced level. Special emphasis will be placed on touch, dynamics, articulation, tone quality, balance, phrasing, and ornamentation in Classical era pieces. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

 

MUS 255 - PIANO COMPOSERS OF TODAY

2 Units; 1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55B
Dedicated solely to keyboard literature, this intermediate course explores music of the various composers that are presently writing solos and duets. Students will expand technique, scale patterns, chord progressions, music analysis proficiency, expressive interpretation, improvisational skills and listening appreciation using these contemporary piano pieces. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

 

MUS 256 - ADVANCED PIANO PEDAGOGY

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: MUS 178 or two years of previous piano study
Designed to help the more experienced piano teachers refine their piano teaching techniques. Teachers will be expected to teach and perform music in the correct style. Teaching demonstrations with younger students will be required. Piano literature for the late-intermediate and early-advanced levels will be emphasized. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 178, 179, and 256. NR

 

MUS 257 - FAVORITE PIANO CLASSICS

2 Units; 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55B
Dedicated solely to keyboard literature, this intermediate course introduces the student to sight-reading, theory and analysis, technique and practice routines, coaching sessions, performing, and listening to enhance piano playing and an awareness of the elements of style and musicianship using the standard favorite solos in piano literature. Students are limited to a combined total of four enrollments in MUS 58, 78, 181, 253, 255, and 257. NR

Kirill Gliadkovsky,
Director of Keyboard Studies

Kirill
Kirill Gliadkovsky
Keyboard Instructor
(949) 582-4300
kgliadkovsky@saddleback.edu

Mr. Gliadkovsky's performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America.

Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "...the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned... enthralling... all in all, a gripping and masterful performance".

Dany Margolies at The Malibu Times describes his playing: "wondrous range... impassioned depth... enormous physical and emotional power... a complete artist".

Fine dramatic sense… appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices… wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram;

The most impressive… memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” - Izvestia (Moscow, Russia).

Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6,
Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA and Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others.

Mr. Gliadkovsky's popularity is also fast growing being a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts and programs on such networks as NPR, CBS, PBS, CBC, WQXR, KBYU, KPAC, Russian State TV and Radio and others. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.  

Kirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. Mr. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). Mr. Gliadkovsky also earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He also coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov. Kirill Gliadkovsky took numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor. He performs on harpsichord, as well. He performs in a duo piano team with his wife and a concert pianist Anna Gliadkovskaya. Mr. Gliadkovsky has been on piano faculties at USC, Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College.  He has also served as the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles. Additionally, Mr. Gliadkovsky have given numerous masterclasses in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano competitions and have been accepted at schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UNT and USU.

Mr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching. Prior to coming to teach at Saddleback College, he has been on the faculty at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT, as the head of piano area. His wife Anna Gliadkovskaya has been on the piano faculty at SUU, as well.

 

KIRILL GLIADKOVSKY PERFORMS:

PIANO

Gershwin I got Rhythm
http://youtu.be/E-9nCvLh7gQ

Gottschalk Souvenirs d'Andalousie
http://youtu.be/tP4oeUFoBv8

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, 3d mvt.
http://youtu.be/kfYzt94y5lQ and http://youtu.be/CclPmioL0Ss

Balakirev Islamey
http://youtu.be/n-ZEPxn3_Sg

Gershwin The Man I Love
http://youtu.be/Mk1on_cUEQE

Schumann Symphonic Etudes
http://youtu.be/tioUlChppQY and http://youtu.be/JnEcyVbq9OY

 

ORGAN

Jean Guillou Scenes d'enfant
part 1 http://youtu.be/JR3Ra_P-GG8
part 2 http://youtu.be/lheg2hM0BwQ

 

Juanita Brightbill

Juanita Brightbill
Juanita Brightbill
Keyboard Instructor
jbrightbill@saddleback.edu

Juanita Brightbill has been on the music faculty at Saddleback College since 1975.  In addition to teaching beginning and intermediate piano classes she has served as the Fine Arts representative on the Academic Senate, the Faculty Association and has taught courses in Music Appreciation, and Music Fundamentals, She was the Coordinator of the Applied Music Program for ten years and also during that time established the day time Concert Hour Series which featured guest performers, student recitals, and master classes which were well attended by students and the community.

Before computer access was available to students as it is now she published the “Music News’ for Saddleback music students to keep apprised of all the music activities and performances and compiled what was called the ‘Music Guide’ which was used by SCC students for many years outlining the courses and resources for the music majors and minors.

Juanita graduated with an AA degree from Diablo Valley Community College in northern California, earned a Bachelor of Music degree   from Chapman University in Music Education and a Masters of Arts in Group Piano Pedagogy from California State University at Fullerton. Her Masters Thesis was cited in the “Keyboard Companion” Magazine as a source for teachers who work with the older adult piano student. She has served on the board of the California Group Piano Association, been a clinician at the CMEA-Southern California Conference and been a member of MTAC since 1980. 

Ms. Brightbill is a dedicated teacher who not only enjoys teaching but also feels an enthusiastic commitment to help students establish a strong foundation in their basic studies upon which their skills can grow.  Students who take her classes can feel prepared to move forward in the sequence of piano courses whether they are music majors or non majors who are just interested in pursuing a life long dream to play the piano.

Juanita has two grown children and lives with her husband, Alvin Brightbill in Laguna Niguel.

Pennie Foster

Pennie Foster
Pennie Foster
Keyboard Instructor
pfoster@saddleback.edu

Since 1969, Pennie Foster has accompanied the Saddleback Chorale and served as organist-pianist for the Laguna Beach Methodist Church where she and her husband, Jeff, lead the Music Ministry.  Pennie is on Saddleback College's associate faculty where she was the 2004 Teacher of the Year and has taught class piano since 1979. 

She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was a music staff accompanist.  She has received great joy as a collaborative pianist for soloists and groups, and she began her career at an early age by accompanying her father's music students. 

Pennie and M'lou Dietzer formed the Janus Duo, a piano duet team which produced five CD's and performed lecture-recitals extensively throughout southern California.  Currently, Pennie performs with pianists Deborah Glass, Daniel Thompson and Michael Vantrease in the Sodalis Piano Quartet.

 

Dr. Anna Gliadkovskaya

Anna Gliadkovskaya
Anna Gliadkovskaya
Keyboard Instructor
agliadkovskaya@saddleback.edu

Anna Gliadkovskaya was born in Samara, Russia and has studied music since the age of 5. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya attended the Specialized Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev and the Russian Music Academy after Gnessins in Moscow - some of the most prestigious music institutions in Russia - where her teachers included renowned musicians Olga  Sherstyuk and Alexander Alexandrov, the dean of the Academy. Only the most talented and promising  musicians were admitted to those schools, and there was a serious competition to get in. Anna received many scholarships, awards and honors throughout her studies in Kiev and Moscow, including a special scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Russia given only to the most outstanding music students. She was selected on the basis of her achievements and participated at the joint American-Russian music production "Peace Child" in 1988, made possible by the Cultural Exchange Treaty signed by then presidents Gorbachev and Reagan.

Anna Gliadkovskaya took numerous prizes at national and international piano competitions, starting from the age of seven, when she took the First prize at a contest for composition in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, and then continuing with the First prize at the Quadrennial Republican Piano Contest in Ukraine in 1982, at the All-Union Piano Contest  held in Vilnius, Lithuania (for all of  the former Soviet Union) in 1987, and the Second Prize at the Concertino-Prague International Piano Competition in Czechoslovakia in 1985.

After the first public appearance at the age of 6, Anna has performed across Russia, including at Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow, as well as at the Conservatory and Philharmonic Halls in Kiev. Other important performances included Musik Halle in Hamburg, Germany, Dom Umeltza (Philharmonic Concert Hall) in Prague, Chech Republic, Jack Singer and the University Halls in Calgary, Canada, Wickenburg and Scottsdale Centers for the Arts in Arizona, performances at Leisure World, CA, Heber City Piano Festival, UT and others. Mrs. Gliadkovskaya has also performed piano and chamber recitals in Germany, Chech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and in the United States. She participated twice at the South Chech Music Festival, at the Weimar Festival in Germany and at the Rachmaninoff Festival in Russia. She has worked with such well-known conductors as Sergei Skripka, Peter Vronsky,  Vladimir  Yanovitsky and Joseph Kaufman.

Anna earned her Master Degree and Postgraduate Diploma (an equivalent of American ABD/Doctorate Degree) from Gnessins Russian Music Academy.   Mrs. Gliadkovskaya was featured on numerous TV and radio broadcasts of her performances on such networks as Russian and Ukrainian State TV and Radio, Czechoslovakian State TV and Radio,  stations in Calgary, Canada. She has recently recorded a CD for Alexei Records.

Anna has written music for piano and voice. One of her compositions was published by a major state publishing company in the former Soviet Union. She also performs duo piano recitals with her husband, Kirill Gliadkovsky. Their duo piano team has performed numerous concerts in many states across the United States.  Anna Gliadkovskaya is a researcher, as well. Her work about French Baroque composer Rameau has been published by the Russian Music Academy in Moscow. Anna has been on the piano faculty at SUU in 2007-2011. She started teaching at Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges in 2012.

Pamela Worcester

Pamela Worcester
Pamela Worcester
Keyboard Instructor
pworcester@saddleback.edu

Pamela Worcester has been a member of the Saddleback College music faculty since 1998. She received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Her teachers include Constance Keene, Yoshie Akimoto, and Dr. Marc Silverman. She has given performances on both the east and west coasts. She was among the many fine teachers featured at the 2005 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Anaheim, California.

Pamela has also had her article published in Clavier Companion magazine. She is the current President of the Music Teachers' Association of California, Orange Coast Cities Branch and is also an Executive Board Member for the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.

She directs and organizes many competitions like the Saddleback College Concerto Competition and Bach Region V Festival. Pamela is a frequent adjudicator at piano competitions throughout Southern California. In addition, she maintains a busy private teaching schedule at her piano studio in Lake Forest, California where she has produced many prize-winning students.

Facilities

The Saddleback keyboard program offers its students the use of excellent facilities, including:

  • a spacious teaching studio equipped with a Steinway D and a Steinway B
  • a new Yamaha piano lab
  • a new three manual Johannus organ
  • two practice organs
  • a harpsichord
  • a large multi-purpose / choral rehearsal room equipped with up to two Steinway Bs
  • twenty practice rooms with pianos

Recitals and concerts are staged in McKinney Theater, which boasts a seating capacity of more than four hundred and a Steinway D.

 

Helpful Links

Saddleback College Performing Arts & Theatre Events

Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Pacific Symphony

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

SheetMusicPlus.com

 

 

One of the most vibrant applied programs offered by any undergraduate music school in the United States, the Applied Program is the Saddleback Music Department's crown jewel. Competitive and comprehensive, the Applied Program enrolls students in a weekly applied lesson, an ensemble class (piano ensemble for pianists), and a weekly concert hour, a performance class required of all music majors, during which students demonstrate their performing abilities before their classmates and the Music Faculty, in a professional concert setting. Most Applied Program students also enroll in classes such as music theory, music history, and choir.

Auditions for the Applied Program are held on the first Thursday of each semester between Noon and 2 pm in room FA 101. To schedule your audition, contact the Applied Program Coordinator, Professor Norm Weston: nweston@saddleback.edu. Prepare a program of between five and ten minutes duration, preferably memorized and featuring contrasting styles, to showcase your abilities.