Master Classes

Advanced Piano
Tuesday, March 19
9:15–10:45 a.m.
Barry Snyder

Barry Snyder is an internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher, whose entry onto the international stage came after winning three major prizes at the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Silver Medal, Pan American Union Award and the Chamber Music Prize.

Since then, Snyder has toured the world performing concerti, presenting solo collaborative recitals, and leading master classes. Snyder has performed with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Leopold Stokowski, David Zinman, Sixten Ehrling and Arthur Fiedler. His has appeared with such orchestras as the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Krakow Radio Symphony , Brno Radio Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Summer festival Orchestra. A well-known collaborator, Snyder has appeared with artists such as Hermann Prey, Jan DeGaetani, Zvi Zeitlin, Ani Kavafian, Sylvia Rosenberg, Bonita Boyd, Steven Doane, and the Chilingirian and Cleveland Quartets. Many of these collaborations can be heard in Snyder’s substantial discography of more than 40 recordings.

Held in high esteem by the professional community, Snyder is a widely sought-after teacher. Since 1970, Snyder was professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and he is listed in the publication The Most Wanted Piano Teachers and has given master classes in the United States, Europe and Asia. As of 2018, Snyder became professor emeritus at Eastman and accepted an adjunct professor position at NYU.

As a juror, Snyder has chaired the jury for the World International Piano Competition in Cincinnati and was a member of the jury for the Glasgow Young Artists Competition.

Snyder is committed to performing 20th and 21st century repertoire, and he has given world premieres of works by such composers as Syndey Hodkinson, Toshio Hosakawa and Augusta Read Thomas. Many compositions, such as those by Carter Pann and Verne Reynolds, have been written specifically for him.

Snyder studied solo piano with renowned teachers Wilbur Hollman, Vladimir Sokoloff and Cecile Genhart, and he studied chamber music with John Celentano and Brooks Smith.

Intermediate Piano
Sunday, March 17
11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon Helen Marlais

Helen Marlais’s performance schedule includes concerts and pedagogical sessions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her travels abroad have included performing and teaching in South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, England, France, Spain, Hungary, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Estonia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and Russia. Marlais has recorded on Audite, Gasparo, Stargrass and Centaur record labels. She has had performances broadcast regionally, nationally and internationally, on radio, television and the Internet. Her most recent recording with her husband, concert clarinetist Arthur Campbell, Music for Clarinet and Piano, was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today. FonoForum, a leading European classical music magazine, writes: “Seldom has one so clearly observed the bubbling substructure of the piano part of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 and, thereby, seldom have the Schumann pieces been played so elegantly and delicately.” They continue with: “Campbell’s and Marlais’ playing is always exact, elegant, without excess. The beauty of this genuinely joint playing is so engaging that it seems to lack for nothing.”

Marlais's dedication to pedagogy for the young is sincere and unwavering. One of the joys of her life has been creating materials to support piano teachers as they guide young musicians. Her series, the Succeeding at the Piano method, Succeeding with the Masters; The Festival Collection; In Recital; Sight Reading and Rhythm; Write, Play, and Hear Your Theory; and The FJH Contemporary Keyboard Editions, among others, are published by the FJH Music Company. Her books have been translated into Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese. She is the director of keyboard publications for the FJH Music Company.

Recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to a Discipline Award at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marlais teaches piano and directs the Piano Pedagogy Certificate program for undergraduate piano majors and for professional piano teachers. She received a DM degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and an MFA degree in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Marlais received a BM degree in piano performance from the University of Toledo and was their 2008 Outstanding Alumna in the Arts.