The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Music will welcome the internationally acclaimed Manno-Dean piano duo to perform on Bison Hill Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The program will feature works by Aaron Copland, Manuel Infante, Witold Lutoslawski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johann Strauss and Nancy Beach. The concert is free and open to the public.
Comprised of Dr. Terrie Manno, professor of piano at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Dr. Michael Dean, associate professor of music at OBU, the duo is in its seventh season of performing as the Manno-Dean piano duo. The two pianists have entertained audiences nationally and abroad with a repertoire that spans more than 400 years of music.
A native of southern California, Manno earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from California State University Fresno and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. She is a dedicated teacher and scholar, who has spent the past three decades teaching and developing as an educator. Manno is an avid scholar on how musicians’ brains learn and process information, helping her students cultivate and deepen the mental focus they need for successful performance.
Before serving at OBU, Dean earned undergraduate degrees in piano performance and mathematics from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He then earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Dean serves as east district co-president of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and maintains an active schedule as a workshop clinician, adjudicator and faculty member. In 2011, OBU awarded Dean with the Promising Teacher Award for instructional excellence.