The Emily J. McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano under the direction of the inaugural holder, Jura Margulis, seeks to build a student-centered and nationally competitive piano performance program offering piano students a broad education and preparing them for a professional future in the field of music.
- Full undergraduate scholarships and graduate
Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Post Graduate Certificate in
- Financial support for professional travel (e.g. for
summer master-classes, conferences, etc.)
- Financial support for DVD and CD recordings (e.g. for
auditions, competitions, etc.)
- Financial support for acquisition of professional
materials (e.g. scores, concert attire, etc.)
- Special training in piano technique
- Special training in piano pedagogy
- All Steinway School with over 70 Steinway
family pianos including exclusive piano practice rooms with Steinway M
grand pianos, Opus7 PianoDisc technology, a live performance studio at
the NPR affiliate radio station, and three dedicated UofA concert halls.
- Academic career development counseling
- Consulting from concert agents in the music business
- A concert series featuring piano recitals and master
classes with world-renowned guest artists
- Extensive performance opportunities throughout the
region supported by a student-run concert agency
- Collaboration with KUAF, the local National Public
- Preparation for auditions and competitions
- Preparation for future study
Graduates of the program
have gone on to masters and doctoral study at such institutions as New
England Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman
School of Music, and Mannes College of Music.
“The highest function
of higher education is the teaching of things in perspective, toward
the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the
free and inquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason,
justice and humanity into the relations of men and nations.” J.