Piano Adjudicators 2018
Pianist Renato Fabbro received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Colorado, and as a teaching fellow he was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University. He has studied with such renowned pianists as Larry Graham, Angela Cheng and John Perry.
Dr. Fabbro has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Mozart Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. He has performed chamber music recitals with acclaimed violinist Frank Huang and Northwestern University clarinet professor Steven Cohen. As part of the Martingale Ensemble, he recorded a CD for MSR Classics of music by Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler with members of the Oregon Symphony. Frequently in demand as an adjudicator, he has judged many competitions, including the MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Chopin Northwest Competition of Seattle, Reno Music Festival, Spokane Piano Competition, Musicfest Northwest, GMCC Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, Seattle Bach Festival (SIPF), and Washington and Idaho MTNA Piano Competitions. He was also invited to give a series of master classes for the Boise chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, the North Idaho Music Teachers Association, and the Young Artist Master Series in Everett, Washington.
Dr. Fabbro has won prizes and awards in several national competitions, including the Fort Collins Symphony National Young Artist Competition, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Jefferson Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Lee Piano Competition, Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition, and he was a semifinalist in the Seattle International Piano Competition. He also won the Colorado State Music Teachers Association Young Artists Piano Competition and the Colorado University Honors Competition, and has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Coeur d'Alene Symphony, and Colorado University Orchestra.
Dr. Fabbro currently serves on the faculty of the University of Portland, and has previously taught at Marylhurst University and the University of Texas at San Antonio Summer Music Institute.
Dr. Lark Powers
Pianist Dr. Lark Powers has performed at such venues as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Internationally, she has performed at the International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music in Almería, Spain, the Simón Bolívar Amphitheater in Mexico City, and the Bibliothèque de Dinan, in Brittany, France.
As a pianist and harpsichordist, Dr. Powers has performed with the Washington Idaho Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder’s Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and the Peabody Chamber Players (under the direction of Leon Fleisher). Recent solo performances include repeat appearances at Estes Park Music Festival Winter Series in Colorado, performing at the College Music Society 2017 Conference in Vancouver, B.C., the Oklahoma Music Teachers’ Association 2016 State Conference, and frequent two-piano concerts as part of the duo she forms with pianist Ricardo de la Torre.
She received a DMA in piano performance from the University of Colorado Boulder and holds three Master’s degrees—in piano, harpsichord and theory pedagogy—and a graduate performance diploma in piano, all from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her undergraduate studies took place at the University of the Pacific, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Presser Award and earned her degree summa cum laude. She lived in France for three years where she attended the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris “Hector Berlioz” and received a Premier Prix in piano.
At Pacific Lutheran University, she runs the group keyboard program, teaches applied lessons and accompanying. Previously, she taught piano at Washington State University, as well as instructing ear-training and collaborating with the opera department. Dr. Powers has also served on the faculty of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma as Assistant Professor of Piano where she led the piano area and taught music theory. She has also been on the faculty of the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute and served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado.