From the Maslanka Archive – No. 25, This Is The World Recording Session

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It’s time for another edition of From the Maslanka Archive. We are actively building the Archive, but it won’t be ready for public viewing for a while. In the meantime, we wanted to show off some great items we’ve already collected.

We also wanted to inspire YOU to help grow the collection. We would love to feature you in an upcoming edition! Simply provide us with photos, video, audio, or stories of your time together and you may find them on the front page. 

This week, we are excited to feature pictures from Albany Record’s 2011 recording session of David’s This is the World. The CanAm Piano duo (Karen Beres & Christopher Hahn) teamed up with Lance Drege, Percussion and David Steffens, Percussion for a sensational collaboration of this music, which was recorded in Sharp Hall at the University of Oklahoma. David and Stephen K. Steele were there for the occasion.

Karen Beres is Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs for UNCSA. She also teaches undergraduate group piano classes and a piano pedagogy class in the School of Music, where she has the opportunity to interact with every undergraduate music student who studies at UNCSA.

Christopher Hahn is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Keyboard Division Chair at the University of Montana. He maintains a multifaceted career as pianist, adjudicator, clinician and author.  He has been featured as a solo and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe, and has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall–Weill Recital Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, and the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Lance M. Drege is an associate professor of percussion in the School of Music in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. He joined the faculty in 1988 and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary indicators of this professor’s excellence as a teacher are that his classes are filled to the maximum, and his student evaluations are consistently among the very best in the School of Music. He is noted for his very structured, engaging curriculum that is challenging and rewarding for students to learn and perform.

David Steffens is Professor of Music and Assistant Provost at Oklahoma City University. He also serves as principal percussionist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He is a recording artist, clinician, educator and champion of new music who has directed the percussion program at the Bass School since 1997.

Thanks to Stephen Steele for providing these images.

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