Nationally Recognized Musician & BSU Professor to Perform Piano Recital in Gaylord

Dr. Stephen Carlson, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, at the Steinway reception.

Dr. Stephen Carlson, professor of music at Bemidji State University will be performing a free solo piano recital at the Gaylord, Minn. United Church of Christ on Feb. 9.

Carlson is a nationally recognized musician and a graduate of what was previously known as Gaylord High School. Carlson is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the U.S. and Eastern Canada.

About Stephen Carlson

Carlson began his undergraduate studies as a political science major and Army ROTC Scholarship Cadet. A member of the Bemidji State University Music Department since 2006, he is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at many colleges, universities and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. In 2005, Carlson made his New York debut as a solo recitalist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with a program that included Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, and various works by Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he studied with Uriel Tsachor. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois and Gustavus Adolphus College.



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