2013 Banquet


2013 Banquet Honoring Marvin Blickenstaff
Friday, July 26 | Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

“The thing that really makes him ‘the best loved piano teacher in America’ is a quality beyond all the rest - the open, supportive, warm, caring human being in whose presence the rest of us can grow and flourish.” Louise Goss

Make plans to attend a magical evening filled with fine food, delightful company, and heartfelt tributes to a teacher, colleague, and friend who has inspired us all. This year at NCKP, we honor the contributions of Marvin Blickenstaff, celebrating his twelve years of service as President of The Frances Clark Center. Tickets are $100, and $25 of your ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to the Sara Faye Blickenstaff Memorial Scholarship Fund, benefitting students at the New School for Music Study. Advanced purchase is required.


Marvin Blickenstaff is a master piano teacher who has achieved national and international prominence throughout his career of over fifty years. Two of Blickenstaff’s most prominent accolades are the Achievement Award given by Music Teachers National Association in 2009 and an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2007. His professional service includes leading the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy as the President of the Board of Trustees for more than a decade (1999–2012), and designing the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy as the chair of the executive planning committee since its re-inception in 2001. Blickenstaff has held two significant faculty positions in piano and piano pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1969–78) and Goshen College (1978–99) in Indiana. Upon relocating to Pennsylvania in 1999, Blickenstaff has taught piano out of his home studio and at the New School for Music Study, where he mentors the school’s teachers and most advanced students through the Program for Excellence in Piano Study.

Marvin Blickenstaff is a published pedagogue, a highly esteemed presenter, a teacher of all ages, and an active performer. Blickenstaff co-authored Music Pathways, an innovative piano course for beginners with Lynn Freeman Olson and Louise Bianchi, and three editions of the Handbook for Piano Teachers (a teacher’s guide to the Celebration Series) with Reid Alexander and Cathy Albergo. In addition, Blickenstaff’s writings on teaching have been frequently published in Keyboard Companion (currently titled Clavier Companion), for which he served as an associate editor for fifteen years (1990–2004). His workshops and masterclasses have been widely hailed and attended, as Blickenstaff has tirelessly traveled around the United States and
internationally sharing pedagogical wisdom through his practical and accessible fashion. Most notable of his teaching career is his effective instruction of all ages and levels, from the young beginner to aspiring professionals at the graduate level. With his boundless energy and enthusiasm, Blickenstaff
has also performed solo and collaborative recitals nearly every year, and was hailed as a “first-rate pianist” in the New York Times in his 1969 debut recital. Blickenstaff studied piano with Fern Nolte Davidson as a youth and as a student at the College of Idaho, Emil Danenberg at Oberlin College, Wolfgang Rosé, and György Sebök.

 Special thanks to Sara Ernst for her help in preparing background material on Marvin’s career.