Roberta Rust's teaching philosophy incorporates extemporaneous, traditional, and process methodologies. The extemporaneous style—improvisatory, spontaneous, and nondirective—aims to foster a sense of wonder and discovery. The traditional—passing on specific interpretive ideas and techniques—employs a direct approach using clear models and extensive demonstration. The teaching of process focuses on the development and gradual unfolding of an interpretive personality by relaying general concepts of style and technique and combines directive and nondirective approaches. Roberta Rust encourages students to define external goals and develop the internal motivation needed to achieve them.

What the Piano Department offers pianists

  • Weekly piano studio class (discussion of pianistic and artistic concepts, peer commentary and a supportive atmosphere for performances of works studied)
  • Weekly lessons
  • Weekly Performance Forum (full student body and resident faculty attend this in-house concert)
  • Annual Conservatory Concerto Competition (to select soloists to appear with the Lynn Philharmonia)
  • Annual Guest Pianist Weekend (guest artists have included Stanislav Ioudenitch, Gary Graffman, Nancy Weems, Robert McDonald, John Perry, Boris Slutsky, Arie Vardi, and Rebecca Penneys)
  • Coursework in piano literature, piano pedagogy and keyboard skills
  • Chamber music every semester and orchestral piano opportunity
  • Piano Master Classes (have included Leon Fleisher, Agustin Anievas, Anton Nel, James Giles, Jon Nakamatsu, Yael Weiss, Daniel Shapiro, Jerome Lowenthal, Philippe Entremont, Margarita Shevchenko, and Sara Davis Buechner)
  • New Music Festival, Dean’s Showcase and outreach concerts, radio performances
  • Teaching opportunities (select piano students serve on the faculty of the Lynn Preparatory School of Music)

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Roberta Rust

Roberta Rust

Professor–piano

Piano Student Achievements

Student Festival Participation

Tanglewood, Aspen, Fontainebleau, Orford, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Bowdoin,Tel-Hai International Piano Master  Classes (Israel), Pianofest in the Hamptons, Eastern, Westminster Choir College, Washington International Piano Festival, New York International Keyboard Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Brevard Festival, Chautauqua

Student and Alumni Performances

As soloist with orchestra
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Orchestra at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Macedonian Philharmonic, Philippine Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Royal Philharmonic (London),  Russian Academy of Music Symphony, RTVE Orchestra (Madrid), Symphony of the Mountains, Winnipeg Symphony

In chamber music with
Emerson, Vega, Bergonzi and  Miami String Quartets, Jacques Thibaud Trio, instrumentalists Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Ronald Leonard, Eugenia Zukerman, Andres Diaz and soprano Roberta Peters. 

Competition prizes
2015 BIG ARTS Classical Music Scholarship Competition ($10,000), MTNA-Florida Senior Piano & Young Artist Competitions, MTNA-Young Artist Southern Division winner and National Finalist, George Gershwin International Music Competition, Sarasota Piano Competition ($6,000), Josef Hofmann Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Brevard Festival Concerto Competition, Jeonju International Competition (Korea), Bartok-Prokofiev-Kabalevsky Competition, Luis Sigal International Competition (Chile), FSMTA Gray Perry Young Collegiate Award and Byrd Piano Ensemble Competition

Faculty positions held
NYU-Steinhardt School, the Metropolitan Opera (Lindemann  Young Artist Development Program, Broadway's Hamilton: An American Musical (rap rehearsal pianist), Lebanese American University (Beirut), Navarro College, San Jacinto College, Wesleyan University (CT), Soochow University (Shanghai), Kent State University, St. Paul's University (Manila), LYNN Preparatory School of Music and Palm Beach State University 

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