Assistant Professor of Music
Office: B41 Kleinpell Fine Arts
D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Kansas
M.M. Piano Performance, Indiana University
B.M. Piano Performance, East Carolina University
Class Piano and Piano Ensemble
Dr. Roger McVey is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; he received his D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, his M.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University and his B.M. in Piano Performance from East Carolina University.
American pianist Roger McVey has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Cyprus, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Dr. McVey is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches Applied Piano, Class Piano, Piano Proficiency, Music History, and Piano Pedagogy. He has previously taught at the University of Kansas, Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, and Macon State College. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute.
Dr. McVey has studied with internationally acclaimed pianists Menahem Pressler, Jack Winerock, Anton Nel, Herbert Stessin, and Henry Doskey, and has coached with artists such as Claude Frank, Janos Starker, William Warfield, Eric Rosenblith, and the Emerson Quartet. He was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and was a Semi-Finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity. Recent performances have taken him to Spain and Italy, as well as New York and Atlanta's Spivey Hall. In 2005, he appeared in concert with violinist Robert McDuffie at Mercer University, and performed as a soloist with orchestras in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. He frequently gives concerts with his wife, violinist Giselle Hillyer, and their debut CD, Sonatas and Images, was released in 2005.
An active clinician, Dr. McVey regularly gives masterclasses and presentations to various teaching organizations, and frequently serves as an adjudicator for local and state music competitions. He has a particular interest in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and his article "Teaching Modern Music" was recently published by the Georgia Music Educators Journal. An avid listener of rock music, jazz, rap, funk, and reggae, Roger's other interests include cooking, playing chess, surfing, and skiing. He resides in Hudson, Wisconsin with his wife Giselle and their son, Kieran.