Susan Stubson & Cindy Rogers featuring the debut of Jani Van Deusen's Suite Mountain Air

April 8, 2018 • 4:00 p.m.
Highland Park Community Church

SUSAN STUBSON began her formal piano studies at age eight and gave her first public recital at age eleven. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and won the hallowed Fiske Competition four times. Susan received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Susan moved to New York City where she worked as a freelance pianist and extensively as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist at the Juilliard School of Music Susan believes deeply in public service and celebrating the West's rich cultural heritage. She served two terms on the Wyoming Arts Council prior to her appointment by Governor Mead to the Cultural Trust Fund Board in 2011 where she currently sits as Chairman. A strong voice for the arts, she is a frequent contributor to the Writers from Wyoming series as well as a speaker on issues of women in leadership as well as arts advocacy.

CINDY ROGERS began studying the piano at the age of six and teaching at the age of 16. Her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance is from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her Master of Music also in Piano Performance from Wichita State University. Teaching young students has been a constant in her life - one that has given her great joy and satisfaction. Instilling a love for the piano and its repertoire and teaching life lessons through the study of music has been a high calling on her life for which she has been extremely grateful.

She also taught at Western Nebraska Community College and at Casper College. She enjoyed 10 years of working with Theater West in Scottsbluff, as rehearsal pianist, pit director, and music director. At Casper College, she enjoyed participating in the summer shows directed by James Olm and Richard Burk. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the American College of Musicians.

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ARTCORE'S 2017 NEW MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER:
JANI VAN DEUSEN'S SUITE MOUNTAIN AIR for Piano & Cello

Judge Jim David of Colorado State University said, "The piece shows some real promise for an amateur composer. It demonstrates strong writing for the cello in particular. The full range of the instrument, as well as many techniques unique to strings, are in evidence. Also, the overall form of the work as a diverse suite of short movements is quite effective and will mark a charming recital piece."

Jani grew up in San Diego. She took five years of piano lessons, beginning at the age of 7. Although she gave up lessons for the love of horses, she continued playing and singing popular songs and Christmas music with friends. She started playing the guitar at the same time she began a life-long career in elementary school teaching. Guitar clubs and a handful of piano students were always an avocation.

The desire for small town living and seasons brought Jani and her husband Al to Kaycee, Wyoming, where they raised two daughters. She played in a small dance band, played organ and piano for church, and sang in the Casper Civic Chorale. As a couple of piano students advanced, she felt a need to further her own studies and took piano lessons from George Rosenberg, Pauline Hitt and Dr. Eric Unruh. Dr. Unruh has been a support in composition as well as piano.

Riding in the hills would inspire writing western-genre songs and a musical during the bicentennial year. Jani has also written songs for the classroom, small pieces and duets for piano students, a few arrangements of favorite hymns, and lullabies for baby shower gifts.

A yearly trip to Sonata Camp in Bennington, Vermont is a wonderful time for playing with others who have a passion for piano. There are performances, seminars, lessons and master classes with concert pianists and recitals.

Jani's father's playing inspired her love of piano. She appreciates all of her teachers through the years and her husband's tolerance of her practicing repetitive passages. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to accompany Jayne Jacobs on the cello. She has a handful of piano students, and enjoys composing. She is a member of the Casper Music Teachers Association and the Wyoming Music Teachers Association. She is grateful to be living near enough to Casper to benefit from the many outlets for musical and artistic expression.

Co-Sponsored by the Casper Journal with partial funding from the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

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