A miniature crystal piano resting on a piano keyboard DIANA WALKER

The Pacific Lutheran University Piano Ensemble is made up primarily of students who have been awarded piano scholarships. They study privately with different professors in the piano department. For the years I coached and directed this ensemble we started experimenting with the recital format. While the students played mostly serious works they occasionally snuck in some comedy pieces. Our audiences grew since they came to expect "surprises." These students were powerhouse pianists backed up by PLU's outstanding piano faculty.

PLU Ensemble 2009

Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen arr. Mack Wilberg

performed by
Brian Kenny, Christina Zhao, Ashley Musick, Bob Hansler

Fantasy On Themes From Carmen

PLU Ensemble 2010

William Tell Overture by G. Rossini arr. Walden Hughes

performed by
Josh Stromberg, Claire Smith, Erin Johnson
Luke Stromberg, Kyndal Meister, Christian Halvorson

(Once again proving that pianists just want to have a ball)

William Tell

"Old Adam" from "The Garden of Eden" by William Bolcom

performed by
Stephanie Robinson, Briellen Link

The Garden of Eden

C.S. Theme and Variations Op. 6 by Randall Compton

performed by The PLU Piano Ensemble
Christopher Boe, Kyrie Benson, Christopher Warren
Jennifer Matso, Amanda Robinson, Jorge Valesquez
Stephanie Robinson, Briellen Link, Alexa Bayouk
Rebecca Bowen, Asia Wolf, Caitlin Kidd
Elizabeth Hambre, Jessica Ho, Danielle Heins

(watch closely...this one has a lot of moving parts)

C.S. Theme