Pianist Lise Keiter has performed nation-wide and is active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra. In the summer of 1998, she was awarded a fellowship to study at the Internationale Academie de Musique in Gargenville, France, where she appeared several times in performance. In the fall of 2006, she returned to France to perform two concerts as part of the International Roussel Festival. In October of 2009, she performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto in two concerts with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and she also performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Waynesboro Symphony in 2007. In November of 2006, she was the featured soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at Elon University in North Carolina. Other recent concert engagements have taken her to West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Carolina, and throughout Virginia.
Dr. Keiter joined the faculty at Mary Baldwin College in the fall of 1998 and is currently the Music Department Chair. Her work at Mary Baldwin led her to develop an interest in the music of women composers, and in 2005, she developed an all-women composers program of solo piano works, in honor of the bicentenary year of pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). This highly popular recital has become her most-requested program, and she has performed it over a dozen times to date. She was awarded a sabbatical leave during the spring semester of 2008, when she returned to the women composers’ project in a series of recitals, lectures, and masterclasses throughout the United States.
Frequently called upon as a lecturer, adjudicator, and masterclass clinician, Dr. Keiter is active in many organizations, including MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and CMS (College Music Society). She has presented at conferences on regional and national levels, she is the MTNA Competitions Chair for Virginia, and for many years she has served on the board of Mid-Atlantic Chapter of CMS (she is currently the Past-President for CMS-MA.).
Originally from Charleston, Illinois, Dr. Keiter has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she received several top prizes. She completed a Master’s Degree and the Doctorate of Music at Indiana University, where she also received the Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her teachers have included Leonard Hokanson, Gyorgy Sebok, Robert McDonald, Emile Nauomoff, and Evelyn Brancart.
Sharon Barnes (ADP)
Elise Blake (violin, viola), eliseblakeviolin.com
Elizabeth Brightbill (flute)
Beth Cantrell (cello)
Luis Gonzalez (staff accompanist)
Leah Hill (music adjunct)
Lacey Johnson (staff accompanist, adjunct)
Eloise Kornicke (piano)
Rachel Quagliariello (voice, Baldwin Charm)
Ibby Roberts (ADP)
Humberto Sales (guitar)
Melissa Sumner (voice)
David Tate (choir, music education)