Special to The PREVIEW
On Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., Dallas artist and noted teacher Tamy Christ will perform a classical piano concert and lecture at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. A program of contemplative music will be accompanied by a lecture entitled, “Passion, Pathos and Possession.”
Christ’s program will include a selection of music for the soul, including: Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude in G minor on “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,” Chopin’s “Nocturne in E minor” Opus 72 #1, Beethoven’s famous Adagio from the “Moonlight Sonata” Opus 27 #2, Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor Opus 48 #1, and Debussy’s “Sarabande” and “Prelude.”
Christ is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she studied with noted classical pianist Tong-il-Han, who was the winner of the 1965 Levintritt Competition, a prestigious competition for classical pianists and violinists (Itzhak Perlman won the award the year before). During her high school years she studied with Alfred Mouledous, pianist for Dallas Symphony Orchestra and piano instructor at SMU.
Not only is Christ an accomplished pianist who pours her heart and soul into every note she plays, she is a highly respected teacher. She is past president of Richardson Music Teachers Association and has served as Composition Coordinator for the State of Texas. Her students’ accomplishments read like a “Who’s Who” among young Texas artists.
Her students have won several state awards including the Whitlock Memorial Scholarship Award, the Downbeat Jazz Composition Award for the North American Continent, MTNA Southwest Region Winner of the U.S.A., nine First Prizes at TMTA in Original Composition, and three Texas MTNA Senior Composition Winners.
Most recently her students took top honors with the Dallas Symphony’s North Texas Composer’s Project Grand Prize and the Dallas Museum of Art Grand Prize in both 2011 and 2013. Six times her students have claimed the Top Senior Pianist honors with the Lois Boyer Award. One of her students won the Top Senior in Texas in 2012, winning the most state competitions the past four years and claiming for the second time the Whitlock Memorial Scholarship Award. Christ specializes in giving master classes and lectures of motivation especially for the teenage student.
“When our son, Robert, was in first grade, my wife and I decided he should take piano lessons,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We asked the most respected artists in the city who we should select to teach him. Tamy’s name came up more than once, so we got in touch with her. She invited us over for an interview. We had no idea what to expect. What we found was this vivacious redheaded ball of fire who obviously took her teaching very seriously. She interviewed us as much as we interviewed her. In the end, we hoped she would agree to teach him, but we were not certain. When we received her call that she would take him as her student, we were thrilled. She became not only his teacher, but his lifelong mentor. His respect for Tamy and what she taught him was and remains a strong factor in his life and in his pursuit of becoming a professional actor in musical theater. We are thrilled that she is coming to Pagosa and that she has agreed to perform at St. Patrick’s.”
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa. The concert is free to students and a $10 donation is requested from adults.