Technique Meets Artistry: A Delightful Journey Through the World of Etudes

As the 18th century gave way to the 19th, a new genre of keyboard work emerged: the etude. When crafted by an outstanding composer, an etude offers artistic merit while simultaneously enabling the player to build pianistic skills. Join Stella Sick and George Litterst as they take you on a fascinating historical tour of this genre, introducing you to composers familiar and not, female and male, old and new—and prepare to take your technique to the next level!

Dr. Stella Sick holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. A pioneer in the field of long-distance instruction, Dr. Sick teaches piano locally and nationwide. She has been the Managing Director of the International Piano-e-Competition in Minnesota since 2004. A member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners and an active performer, Stella is an adjunct assistant instructor at Hamline University.

George Litterst is a well-known music educator in the United States. A frequent clinician at national music educator conferences (such as MTNA and NCKP), he is an author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he presents multimedia performances on technology-equipped acoustic pianos. For many years, he has been an associate editor for Clavier Companion and co-author of the Random Access column for American Music Teacher. As a music software developer, he is co-author of the intelligent music display app, SuperScore, and other software products from TimeWarp Technologies.