Distinguished Teachers Series

Each year the Center for Music Learning hosts 3-5-day residencies by internationally recognized artist-teachers. The individuals selected as Distinguished Teachers represent the very finest musicians who have dedicated themselves to teaching music. The diversity of the Distinguished Teachers selected—performing artists, private teachers, public school teachers, college faculty—reflects the Center's working philosophy that there are common principles that underlie all music teaching and learning, irrespective of instrument, genre, culture, and age and experience of the learner. It is this set of common principles that the Distinguished Teacher Series serves to illuminate.

The public lectures, teaching demonstrations, performances, and discussion sessions that the Distinguished Teachers Series comprises bring together teachers, performers, and scholars from all levels of instruction in interdisciplinary sessions with leading artist-teachers. The design of each artist-teacher's residency includes a variety of large and small-group sessions that permit performers, scholars, teachers, and students from the University and the Austin community to participate in unique interactive activities.

Each Distinguished Teacher's residency includes (1) a public lecture about music teaching, (2) a "teaching master class," in which the guest artist observes and critiques the teaching of several of our students, (3) a public teaching demonstration, and (4) a public performance. The "teaching master class" and the teaching demonstration are videotaped and compiled in the Center's tape library from which the Center will produce the Master Teachers in Music CD-ROM series.















Richard Beene is Dean and Chair of the Winds Department and teaches bassoon at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He enjoys an active career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. He has been invited to present master classes and teaching residencies at a number of institutions, including the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and McGill University, among others. He has also served on the faculties of Michigan State University and Wichita State University. While serving as Professor of Bassoon at the University of Michigan, he was awarded the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching.

Mr. Beene has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. While maintaining his teaching schedule in Michigan, he also held the position of Principal Bassoonist with the Toledo Symphony, where he performed many times as a soloist. He has toured Europe as a soloist with the American Sinfonietta and performed as a soloist at the Festival de Musique de St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies. He was a featured recitalist at the annual convention of the International Double Reed Society, and summer festival engagements have included the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas, the Basically Bach Festival in Anchorage (Alaska), the Colorado Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), the Arkansas Music Festival, Washington's Centram Chamber Music Festival, the Bellingham Festival of Music, and the Peninsula Music Festival (Wisconsin). Chamber music and recital engagements have taken him to New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as venues throughout Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria.


Professor Beene's Schedule of Public Events

Monday 7 October

2:00-3:00 PM  MRH 4.126  Lecture for Graduate Class in Teaching and Learning in Music

5:30-8:30  Bates Recital Hall  Chamber Music Master Class

Wednesday 9 October

5:30-8:30  Jessen Auditorium  Bassoon Master Class

Thursday 10 October

2:00-3:00  Bates Recital Hall  Butler School Convocation  

5:30-8:30  Jessen Auditorium  Bassoon Master Class



Past Distinguished Teacher Honorees 2002-2013

Jim WalkerProfessor of Flute and Chamber Music, Colburn Conservatory and Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Flute Studies, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California
Residency:  17-21 September 2012

Scott McCoy, Professor of Voice and Pedagogy, Director of the Presser Music Center Voice Laboratory, and Director of Graduate Studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Residency:  31 January to 2 February 2011

Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, The New York Philharmonic
Residency:  13 September to 16 September and 26 September 2010

H. Robert Reynolds, Professor of Wind Conducting, University of Southern California
Residency: 30 November to 3 December 2009

Bruce Holzman, Professor of Guitar, The Florida State University
Residency: 16-19 November 2009

Joseph Flummerfelt, Professor Emeritus, Westminster Choir College
Residency: 18-22 April 2009

Stephen Clapp, Professor of Violin and Dean Emeritus, The Juilliard School
Residency: 24-26 September 2008

Raymond Crisara, Professor of Trumpet Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
Residency: 10-12 April 2007

Yehuda Gilad, Professor of Clarinet, University of Southern California
Residency: 6-9 February 2006

Weston Noble, Director of Music Activities, Luther College
Residency: 11-14 October 2005

Aldo Parisot, Professor of Cello, Yale University
Residency: 10-14 April 2005

Eliot Fisk, Professor of Guitar, Mozarteum, Salzburg, and New England Conservatory of Music
Residency: 23-27 February 2004

Donald McInnes, Professor of Viola, University of Southern California
Residency: 31 March - 2 April 2003

Richard Killmer, Professor of Oboe, Eastman School of Music and Yale University
Residency: 18-20 February 2003

Nelita True, Professor of Piano, Eastman School of Music
Residency: 25-27 September 2002