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Dr. Karol Sue Reddington


Vienna, W.Va.—Through the technology of “Telepresence,” OVU’s MDS Honors Program will have Dr. Karol Sue Reddington—one of the world’s premier solo and collaborative pianist, teacher, master-class presenter, and adjudicator—lecture on music in the Middle Ages in the MDS 2 Honors course. Telepresence is a technology that allows anyone in the world to virtually teach and interact with students right in the classroom despite being in another location.

Dr. Reddington has performed at the famous Carnegie Hall and performed concerts in Paris, Fontainebleau, Zurich, Moscow, Prague, Reykjavik, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and Toronto, and taught in American, European, Oriental, and Canadian universities and music centers. Within her career of pianism and teaching, Dr. Reddington has also appeared in numerous United States festivals, concert series, celebrations and programs, providing support and opportunity for emerging young pianists, professionally and collegially. 

Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, with secondary study in harpsichord, and former performance degrees from the University of Illinois, with secondary study in organ, her teachers have been Soulima Stravinsky, Stanley Fletcher, Eugene Pridonoff, Alfonso Montecino, Malcolm Bilson, Marian Hall MacFayden, Jerald Hamilton, and Eiji Hashimoto. She has also coached nationally and internationally with pianists Rafael da Silva, Gaby Casadesus, Menahem Pressler and James Tocco.

Dr. Reddington’s career work includes: the 2012 NYC Carnegie Hall debut, shared with Swiss violinist/colleague and Beijing University artist-in-residence, Mathias Boegner; numerous invitational festival and artist series performances and conferences; a guest artist of the Paris American Cathedral Artist Series; the awardee of the College of DuPage Faculty Liberal Arts Grant for the presentation of piano works of Olivier Messaien; the presentation of Messaien’s piano works for Bangkok’s Srinakharinwirot University Fine Arts International Conference; the leadership and service as Chair of Hong Kong Baptist University’s Performance Faculty; the Director of the Bermuda School of Music, subsequently followed also as Artistic Director; and the establishment of the Bermuda Chamber Music Series, with the attraction of international artists; an Examiner of Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music; current Director of the Western Chicago Music Teachers Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition; and, the establishment of an Inner-City music program of Cincinatti’s public school out-reach program.

As an enthusiast of Astor Piazzolla’s tango works, Dr. Reddington along with duo-pianist Marcia Lehe, has presented lecture/performances of Piazzolla works, and was an invited performer of the 2015 Illinois State Music Teacher’s Convention. Frequently performing works of many emerging composers, Dr. Reddington has also underlined attention to 20th and 21st century works, including works with ‘prepared tape’. In 2014, Dr. Reddington was selected as the local chapter’s MTNA ‘Member of the Year.’  Also at this same juncture was the publication of Margaret Philbrick’s acclaimed novel of an emerging pianist, ‘A Minor, A Novel of Music, Love and Memory’, which she dedicated to Dr. Karol Sue Reddington.

Dr. Reddington’s establishment and leadership of the Institute of Musical Arts continues in launching young pianists in their receipt of honors and commendations of state, area and professional competitions and examinations. Such awards have been received through the Illinois Achievement in Music (AiM), a 12-year series of music competency examinations, the Glen Ellyn Piano Competition, and the Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition. Pianist winners have also been awarded Interlochen scholarships and recognition from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.

Professional affiliations include membership in the honorary musical society, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Liszt Society, the Music Teacher’s National Association, the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, former Vice-President of the Indiana Music Teachers Association, and current Vice-President of the Wheaton Music Teachers Association.

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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.