Dr. Dianna Anderson
BM,University of Idaho
MM and DMA, University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music
Office: Main 114
Phone: (701) 858-3403
Assistant Professor of Piano, Dr. Dianna Anderson demonstrates a rare combination of scholarship and virtuosity, performing frequently as a solo recitalist and collaborator, her repertoire ranging from classical standards to new music. As a founding member of the piano trio, Luminus, with violinist Dr. Jon Rumney, and cellist Dr. Erik Anderson, she has performed hundreds of concerts bringing the intimate art of chamber music to stages throughout the Midwest. Also with cellist, Erik Anderson, she has a more than 20-year performing relationship as a duo. The Anderson Duo was recently featured on stage at the International Music Camp.
Much sought-after as a collaborator, she performs regularly with various musical groups, including the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Western Plains Opera Company and her colleagues at Minot State University as well as guest artists. The 2015-2016 season will see her performing as soloist with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
Her duties at MSU include teaching Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, and a First Year Experience course entitled "Music Students' Survival Guide." In addition, she maintains a private studio of piano students. She frequently adjudicates regional festivals and competitions and is on faculty at Dakota Chamber Music and International Music Camp. She has presented at several music teacher conferences, and will present "The Two-Part Invention Gap: a Case for Polyphony in Early Piano Study" at the 2016 MTNA National Conference in San Antonio. Her degrees are from the University of Idaho, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principle instructors were Jay Mauchley and Frank Weinstock.
An avid runner, Dr. Anderson has completed several marathons. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining, and gardening. She lives in a home designed based on Brahms' Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2, with her husband, four sons, two yellow labs and cat.