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Lister-Sink Named Acting Director, School of Music

Barbara Lister-Sink, artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the Salem College School of Music, has been named acting director for 2009-2010. Along with scholar-in-residence and former dean David Schildkret, she will be participating in a review and revitalization of the School of Music program during the upcoming academic year. A...

Barbara Lister-Sink, artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the Salem College School of Music, has been named acting director for 2009-2010. Along with scholar-in-residence and former dean David Schildkret, she will be participating in a review and revitalization of the School of Music program during the upcoming academic year.

A graduate of Smith College and recipient of the Prix d’Excellence from Utrecht Conservatory, Lister-Sink’s critically acclaimed video/DVD Freeing the Caged Bird – Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique, won the 2002 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy National Award.

Formerly keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Lister-Sink has taught at Duke University, the Brevard Music Center and was on the artist faculty of the Eastman School of Music from 1979 to 1986.  She has performed as soloist throughout Europe and North America and has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished musicians, including Arnold Steinhardt, Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Jan DeGaetani. Lister-Sink has performed with the Harvard Chamber Players and at the New Hampshire, Skaneateles, Brevard and Chautauqua summer music festivals.

As a world leader in teaching injury-preventive technique, Lister-Sink has given numerous presentations for national and international music organizations, including the MTNA, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Canadian Professional Piano Teachers Association, the International Klavar Foundation and the European Piano Teachers Association, London, England chapter. She appears frequently as state MTNA convention artist, and in 1992 she was a presenter and performer for the First World Congress of Arts and Medicine in New York City. Lister-Sink’s articles and reviews have appeared in leading music journals, as well as in the Southern Medical Journal and Current Research in Arts Medicine. She was cited in the 2000 centennial edition of Piano & Keyboard as one of the pedagogical leaders of the 20th century. She was also named an experienced evaluator by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Lister-Sink was the dean of the Salem College School of Music from 1986 to 1992 following dean Clemens Sandresky, her piano teacher and dean of the School of Music from 1952 to 1986. Under Lister-Sink’s leadership, the Friends of the School of Music was founded and the critically acclaimed concert series “ON THE TOWN!” was begun at Salem.

Lister-Sink also created and will direct (pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Salem's new professional certificate program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique, the first of its kind in the US. 

For more information, call (336)721-2669 or visit www.salem.edu.