Study Piano at South Dakota State University
- Take weekly individual lessons with performance faculty
- Participate in weekly masterclasses
- Perform and practice on Steinway, Fazioli, and Boston pianos
- Pursue a degree in Music Studies, Music Education, Music Entrepreneurship, or earn a Music Minor
- Participate in Jazz Ensembles, SDSU Civic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or a Choral Ensemble
- Compete in the SDSU Concerto Competition
- Develop professional experience accompanying ensembles and soloists
For more information including auditions and scholarships, please email Dr. Mark Stevens or call the Music Department at 605-688-5187.
About Mark Stevens
Dr. Mark Stevens enjoys a dynamic career as a solo pianist, collaborative artist, teacher, and adjudicator. He is thrilled to join the School of Performing Arts faculty at South Dakota State University as Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies beginning in August 2020. Dr. Stevens’ experience as a pianist ranges from traditional piano repertoire to contemporary music, including living composers. As an advocate for 20th and 21st century music, he performs a diverse range of repertoire, with a special affinity for American composers. In recital, he engages audiences through thematic programming, juxtapositions of unique repertoire, and colorful insights about music, composers, and cultural context. An active collaborative pianist, he routinely coaches and performs with both vocalists and instrumentalists. His passion for chamber music leads him to blend chamber and solo repertoire to create concert programs of unusual variety and depth.
An active and passionate teacher for two decades, Dr. Stevens has repeatedly been awarded for the quality of his instruction. His students have won more than 20 prizes in competitions including the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, the Washington State Music Teachers Association’s State Recitalist Competition, and the Northwest Bach, Viennese Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary Piano Festivals. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and teach throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has recently adjudicated for the MTNA, WSMTA, OMTA, WMEA, and NFMC. He has given masterclasses and workshops for universities, professional music teaching organizations, private studios, and music academies. As a graduate student, he received the University of Oregon’s 2017 award as the Outstanding Graduate Performer in Piano Pedagogy as well as MTNA recognition for his teaching excellence while earning a Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His academic teaching experience includes piano literature, piano pedagogy, music theory, aural skills, opera coaching, recreational class piano, and keyboard skills.
SDSU has the largest collection of fine pianos in the state of South Dakota. Larson Memorial Concert Hall houses a Fazioli concert grand piano, hand-made in northern Italy, and a 1932 restored Steinway concert grand. Founders Recital Hall features two Steinway grands and each piano studio has a Steinway grand for lessons. All practice rooms have newer Boston or Kawai upright and grand pianos.