Carlson On the Road: Professor of Music Takes Talent Across Minnesota

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

Dr. Stephen Carlson, professor of music and chair of the music department at Bemidji State University, will perform a solo piano recital on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall.

The program will feature works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Josef Haydn, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt.

In addition to this performance on Carlson’s 2019-2020 solo program tour he will perform Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise” with his Bemidji State colleague Dr. Cory Renbarger, associate professor of music, on April 27 at Bemidji’s First Lutheran Church.

He will also conduct a master class in May at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

""About Stephen Carlson

An accomplished soloist and chamber musician Dr. Stephen Carlson began his undergraduate studies as a political science major and Army ROTC Scholarship Cadet. He made his 2005 New York debut as a solo recitalist in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and has since performed across the United States and Eastern Canada, including performances at the Music Room Chamber Music Society Series in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some of his performances have been heard on Arizona Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio.

Carlson began his Bemidji State career in 2006, before which he was a tenured faculty member at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. He has also taught piano at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. and St. Joseph’s School of Music in St. Paul, Minn.

Under the direction of Steinway artist, international soloist and chamber musician Uriel Tsachor, Carlson completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In 2017, he was invited to perform a solo recital and conduct a doctoral master class in partial celebration of the University of Iowa’s new $189 million School of Music facility. Carlson also holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Gustavus Adolphus College.



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