Master Artist-in-Residence, Piano
Katherine Faricy began her piano studies at the age of four, gave a debut recital at age 16, and then went on to receive a BME degree from Oberlin Conservatory and an MFA in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. She also studied privately for four years with the world-renowned interpreter of Mozart, Madame Lili Kraus, and coached in piano ensemble with Vitya Vronsky of the famed Vronsky and Babin duo-piano team.
Faricy began her career teaching as an elementary music supervisor in Connecticut. After four years, she returned to Minnesota where she spent a few years teaching at the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota followed by 35 years on the faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul where she taught undergraduate piano, piano ensemble, accompanying ensemble, and courses in music appreciation, as well as graduate piano and graduate courses in performance practices and advanced piano pedagogy.
During her time at UST, Faricy initiated degree and certificate programs in piano pedagogy and served as Director of the UST Music Institute in Piano Pedagogy. In 1986, she launched a yearly week of summer piano pedagogy workshops at the university that continues until this day for teachers all over the United States, bringing the top pedagogues in the country for exciting and unique presentations.
Faricy is in frequent demand as an adjudicator and clinician, giving workshops, master classes and lecture/demonstrations to teachers' organizations, state music teachers' conventions throughout the USA, Music Teachers National Association conventions, and recently gave a lecture/demonstration and master class at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia in fall of 2010.
A frequent recitalist, she performed in the piano duo Callahan & Faricy for 34 years, and toured for 12 years as part of the Daws/Faricy Duo with Hanley Daws, associate concertmaster of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performed in Carnegie Recital Hall. Faricy soloed several times with orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra) the St. Paul Civic Orchestra, the Minneapolis Civic Symphony, and the professional Festival Orchestra at the University of St. Thomas. She also has been heard in many radio broadcasts on Minnesota Public Radio. Faricy is author of two books, Artistic Pedal Technique: Lessons for Intermediate and Advanced Pianists published by Frederick Harris Music, and Pedaling - Colors in Sound: Lessons and Repertoire for Elementary Piano Students. Website: http://www.pedaling-colorsinsound.com