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June 23, 2021: Audrey Andrist

Practicing Patience and Memorizing Methodically”

Dr. Andrist will speak on a wide range of topics related to teaching and performing, drawn from her many decades working with students of all ages, and her experience as an active performer.  She will discuss practice tips/strategies/goals in detail, ideas about memorization, and empowering students to achieve peak performance while dealing with performance anxiety.  Questions are welcome following the talk.
Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity”, Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has thrilled audiences around the globe, from North America to Japan, China and Germany with her “passionate abandon” and “great intelligence.” Ms. Andrist grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, and while in high school traveled three hours one-way for piano lessons with William Moore, himself a former student of famed musicians Cécile Genhart and Rosina Lhévinne. She completed Masters and Doctoral degrees at the Juilliard School with Herbert Stessin, and garnered first prizes at the Mozart International, San Antonio International, Eckhardt-Gramatté, and Juilliard Concerto Competitions. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Alice Tully Hall in New York.  She is a member of the Stern/Andrist Duo with her husband, James Stern, and Strata, a trio with Stern and clarinetist Nathan Williams. Ms. Andrist can be heard on over a dozen recordings on the Albany and New Focus labels, among others. She lives in the Washington, DC area, where she teaches at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the Washington Conservatory, and privately, and where she was a visiting artist at the University of Maryland-College Park 2020.  Her CD of solo works by Robert Schumann is available on Centaur Records.  audreyandrist.com