School of Music



September 12-13, 2014

Nicholas Roth, Guest Artist

Nicholas Roth began formal studies at age twelve, receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of eighteen. He appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among others. Roth is featured in recitals and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Serbia and Spain. Roth is a Yamaha Artist in Education, a Beethoven Fellow of the American Pianists Association, won first prizes in the chamber music competitions of Tortona and Pietra Ligure, Italy, and received a DAAD grant to further his studies in Germany. Roth holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and MM and BM degrees from Indiana University, where he was the recipient of the School of Music's highest honors. He studied with Ralph Votapek, Elisso Virsaladze, Helmut Deutsch, Edward Auer, Emilio del Rosario, and Michel Block. Roth is Associate Professor of Piano at Drake University. His recordings with Blue Griffin Recording have garnered favorable reviews in Fanfare, American Record Guide, International Record Review, and Gramophone.

Schedule of Events

  • September 12 Solo Recital: 7:30PM
  • September 13 Masterclass: 10:00am-noon

Masterclass Auditions

Students interested in performing in the masterclass should submit a recording of the solo work they would like to play no later than September 4, 2014. Recordings can be emailed as an mp3 attachment or submitted by CD to the following address:

Dr. Tammie Walker
School of Music
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

All events are free of charge and will take place in the College of Fine Arts and Communications Recital Hall at Western Illinois University.

The WIU Piano Festival is sponsored by the WIU School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Visiting Lectures Committee and Council on Student Activities Fund.

WIU Piano Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Email:

Dr. Michael Stryker, Email:

Dr. Tammie Walker,Email: