Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2001

Internationally Acclaimed Pianist to Perform at Whitworth

Pianist William H. Chapman Nyaho, a native of Ghana, West Africa, will give two recitals at Whitworth College on Tuesday, March 13. The first concert will take place during the college's weekly Showcase program, which is held from 11 a.m. to noon in Cowles Memorial Auditorium. Chapman Nyaho's evening recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Both recitals are free and open to the public.

Voted three times by Whitworth students as favorite guest artist, Chapman Nyaho will also hold individual clinics with music students on Monday.

Chapman Nyaho studied at Achimota School and then earned degrees from Peter's College, Oxford University (UK), the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland.

Following a four-year residency as a North Carolina Visiting Artist, Chapman Nyaho currently serves as associate professor of music and holds the Heymann Endowed Professorship at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the recipient of the 1998 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Distinguished Professor Award and the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award.

Chapman Nyaho is a prizewinner from competitions held in Italy and the United States; he is also the recipient of the American Composers Award for his performance of music by African American composer R. Nathaniel Dett. Other awards he has received include the Most Promising Pianist Award and the Mary Louisa Catlin Award at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition.

His performing experience includes recitals in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean and in cities throughout the United States, including Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. He has performed as soloist with orchestras across the South and has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana and Switzerland, including National Public Radio.

Chapman Nyaho is also in demand as a duo pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly as duo pianist in the Nyaho/Garcia Duo. The duo has released a compact disc on the Centaur Label, "Aaron Copland: Music for Two Pianos."

As an educator, Chapman Nyaho is a regular guest clinician at colleges and universities around the United States. He also serves as clinician and adjudicator for several state piano competitions and international piano competitions. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and serves on the Advocacy Committee in College Music Society. Chapman Nyaho's has served as a reviewer and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Acadiana Arts Council.

Contacts:

Gordon Jackson, associate dean of the faculty, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4303 or gjackson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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