(January 25, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Guest pianist Constance Carroll to perform Feb. 25

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service)—The Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association will present pianist Constance Carroll in concert Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College and is free and open to the public.

Constance Carroll

During the concert, Carroll will perform selected works by Soler, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Scriabin.

Carroll has received acclaim for her performances as a recitalist, a chamber musician, and as an orchestral soloist. She has been featured artist at many state conventions of the Music Teachers Association throughout the country, as well as presenting lecture-recitals at national MTNA conventions in Houston and Kansas City.

A devoted teacher, she numbers among her students winners of local, regional and national competitions, and has presented recitals, master classes and lectures at numerous universities and colleges in this country.

Carroll received her education at the University of Arizona and the Eastman School of Music. As a Fulbright scholar, she studied for a year in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. She then was appointed to the music faculty at Louisiana State University and served as staff accompanist for three years. After leaving LSU, Connie raised her family and taught at universities in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and for twenty-one years was Artist-in-Residence at Centenary College of Louisiana. She was reappointed to the music faculty at LSU in 1995, and in 1996 became the first recipient of the Barineau Professorship of Keyboard Studies.

In recent years, Carroll has been on the faculties of Brevard Music Center, the University of Houston High School Piano Camp, the Frank Mannheimer Piano Festival, and the University of Kansas summer piano workshop. She has also served as juror for the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the American Pianists Association competition, and the national finals of the MTNA Student Competitions.

In the spring of 2001, Carroll was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award by LSU and was given the Outstanding Teacher of 2001 Award by LMTA. In the spring of 2002, she was honored at the MTNA national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio by being designated an MTNA Foundation Fellow.

Carroll has performed with the Shreveport Symphony numerous times, and will be performing the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor with the Baton Rouge Symphony in the 2010-2011 season.

For more information, contact the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.