Pensacola State College piano and composition instructor Kadisha Onalbayeva was recently named a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons.
She joins a distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists including Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Lang Lang, Michel Legrand and past music greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arthur Rubinstein.
“Becoming a Steinway Artist is a huge accomplishment for Kadisha,” said Don Snowden, PSC Performing Arts Department head. “The college and our department is very proud of her and the prestige it will bring to us.”
Onalbayeva is the very first Steinway Artist from her home country of Kazakhstan. She began her musical training at age five. She attended the Jubanov Special School for talented children and the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music in Kazakhstan where she studied piano and composition, gave recitals, and was involved in both piano and composition festivals and competitions all over the world.
Kadisha Onalbayeva continued her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer, and as an orchestral soloist. She earned two Master of Music degrees at the University of New Orleans and then received her doctorate at Louisiana State University. Over her career, she has given more than 60 solo concerts and has participated in more than 200 concerts as an accompanist and chamber soloist.
She is also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Mobileandis co-directorand pianist of the chamber ensemble, The Gulf Coast Virtuosi. In July 2011, she released a solo CD titled, “Muzik…Menim Wuomerym…” meaning “Music…My Soul…” that consists of live performances in both Kazakhstan and the United States.
The Pensacola Guitar Orchestra, directed by Dr. Joe Stallings, attended the annual Guitar Foundation of America's International Convention in Charleston, South Carolina.
Front row: Alex Martin, Chelsea Strickland, Greg Lyon, Winston Leech, and Christian Dinh.
Back row: Beau Buck, Michael Rimes, Eddie Rodriguez, George Phillips, Michael Callas, Matthew Lamb, Derrick Javier, Michael Gravlee.
Not pictured: Megan Juntunen
Pensacola State College Music Students Receive Scholarships
Two Pensacola State College freshmen music majors recently received the Ike Terry Memorial Scholarship from the Cantonment Rotary Club.
Joanna Johnson, guitar, and Adam Vinson, bassoon, received $1,000 each. Pensacola State College professor and Cantonment Rotary Club member Jack O’Donnell made the presentation.
The scholarship was established for the late Ike Terry, minister of music at First United Methodist Church and member of the Cantonment Rotary Club.