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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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FULL-TIME FACULTY

Karen Walwyn
Associate Professor

 

Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies

Childers Hall, Room 3020
(202) 806-7092
kwalwyn@howard.edu

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Dr. Karen Walwyn joined the Howard faculty in 2004. A celebrated native of Queens, NY, she is an accomplished concert pianist, composer and recording artist for Albany Records. When invited by the Center for Black Music Research of Chicago to perform and record the premier recording of the Florence Price Concerto for Piano, noted music critic Bob McQuiston exclaimed that “Walwyn provides a magnificent account of the concerto displaying her considerable technical skills.”

Known for her recordings of two volumes of music by American composers entitled Dark Fires, Ms. Walwyn performed select works from her CDs at her New York debut, reprising her performance for on air recordings with National Public Radio, and WFMT Chicago just to mention a few. In response to her musical tour, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said, "Walwyn was fearless throughout, managing every challenge with precise fingers and heroic command of textures."...“The pianism of Karen Walwyn lends to her artistic abilities as a communicator.”  In addition, the American Record Guide stated that, "Walwyn is a confident and impressive pianist...," and according to the Washington Post, "Karen Walwyn shows considerable range...she is virtuosic, meditative, energetic...and vividly evocative ...."

Making her compositional debut recently at the Kennedy Center, Ms. Walwyn received a tremendous standing ovation for her work for solo piano entitled Reflections on 9/11.  Robert Schulslaper of Fanfare Magazine evoked thoughtful emotion when he reflected upon Ms. Walwyn’s performance. “Imaginatively conceived and executed, it both disturbingly transposes the catastrophe into appropriately cataclysmic sound and artistically suggests the aftermath’s lingering sense of numbing devastation.” The demand for concerts of this seven-movement ‘tour de force’ continuously carries her across the nation for command performances. 

Dr. Walwyn was awarded a Mellon Faculty Fellowship for the 2011/2012 academic year from the John Hope Franklin Institute at Duke University, where she completed her debut work (Choral/Solo Piano/African Percussion) entitled Of Dance & Struggle: A Musical Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela, debuted by the Elon University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Gerald Knight.

Ms. Walwyn remains busy with concerts of new works, works from the standard literature as well as her own works, master classes and lecture recitals both domestically and internationally. Some recent concerts include appearances in Johannesburg-South Africa, Barcelona-Spain, Tenerife- Canary Islands, Salzburg-Austria, London-England, Nice- France and locally to numerous music halls and university campuses including the University of Michigan, Duke University, the University of Indiana, the University of Miami, and the University of Hawaii.

In July 2014, Steinway & Sons designated Karen Walwyn an official Steinway Artist, making her one of an elite group of pianists worldwide awarded such stature by the famous piano maker, and Howard University's first "Steinway Artist-in-Residence."

Additional information about Karen Walwyn can be found at http://www.karenwalwyn.com.

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HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

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Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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SAASy at National Museum of American History
Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Jessica Boykin-Settles. Walter H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History - Thu, April 25, 12pm - FREE

HUJE at Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival
Annual concert hosted by UDC featuring the big bands of the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and the University of Maryland. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC - Mon, April 29, 8pm - $Admission

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