Deborah Masloski

  • Professor of Music
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    Deborah Masloski has won competitions both here and abroad and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Civic Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Colorado Springs Orchestra, the UNC Symphony, the Carthage Wind Ensemble, and the Carthage Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed and given masterclasses in the United States, Europe, and China and has performed on WFMT radio as part of the Dame Myra Hess and Introductions series.

    Dr. Masloski is a Professor of Music at Carthage College. Her students are competition winners and have been accepted into renowned music schools such as The Juilliard School, Oberlin College, Northwestern University, San Francisco Conservatory, Roosevelt University, Rice University and Manhatten School of Music. She maintains a scholarly interest in performance, education, and the creative arts and has been invited to speak at MTNA organizations across the country. As an advocate for underrepresented composers, her research on Women in Music was chosen for presentation at the MTNA National Conference. As part of the celebration of 150 Years of Women at Carthage, she performed Emma Lou Diemer’s Piano Concerto with the Carthage Philharmonic Orchestra and organized a performance celebrating women composers from the sixteenth century to the present.

    An active chamber musician, she is a member of the Carthage Trio which brings a wide spectrum of repertoire to Carthage and the community at large. She performs with members of the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Mexico and the Lyric Opera. She has been a member of the Testore Trio, the Galliard Trio and the Morgana Quartet. A sought after collaborator, Ms. Masloski has appeared in concert with leading artists across the country.

    Passionate about the intersection of the arts, religion and culture she leads a J- term study tour to Africa where students experience the beautiful and diverse cultures of Tanzania and the way they coexist peacefully. Students participate in cultural events, service, and interfaith dialogue with the community and university students.

    A committed educator she teaches at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, and the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. She founded and directed the Orchestra Program for Skokie school district 731/2 and has been a guest speaker at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. Along with her family, she has been active performing and teaching in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago and has held teaching positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago State University, Lake Forest College, the Merit Music School, Jemez Summer Music in New Mexico and artist in residence at California State University Chamber Music Festival.

    A graduate of the Juilliard School she received a master’s degree in performance. Her teachers included Nadia Reisenberg, Herbert Stessin, David Dubal, and David Diamond. She received her doctoral degree from Northwestern University where her research examined the influence of social and religious trends on the piano literature. At Northwestern she coached and performed for Opera productions and taught chamber music. Her primary teachers included David Kaiserman, Peter Webster, and John Buccheri. Her pedagogy studies were with Frances Larimer. Her formal training began at the Mozart Conservatory in Germany. As a recipient of the Presidential and Goodbrod Scholarships, she received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Northern Colorado. Summer studies were at the Aspen Music School and early music studies at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

    Dr. Masloski is President of KRMTA which provides many events and opportunities for young people in the community as well as programs to support the work of educators. She is member of the Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and is active as an adjudicator.

    • D.M.A — Piano Performance, Northwestern University

    • M.M. — The Juilliard School

    • B.M. — University of Northern Colorado
    • MUS 0151 Applied Piano
    • MUS 4010 Piano Literature
    • MUS 2510 Piano Pedagogy
    • MUS 3510 Piano Pedagogy Practicum
    • MUS 3520 Performance Practice
    • MUS 1010 Music Theory
    • MUS 675K J-term Tanzania: The Intersection of Music, Religion, Gender
      and Culture
    • MUS 2530 Fundamentals of Collaborative Piano
    • MUS 0190 Keyboard Skills
    • MUS 0300 Keyboard Seminar
    • MUS 2200 Popular Music in America
    • Carthage Trio
    • 150 Years of Woman at Carthage – Emma Lou Diemer Piano Concerto
    • Women in Music: Repertoire by Women from the Sixteenth Century to the Present, MTNA National Conference, 2020
    • Teaching the Classical Style, CVMTA, 2019
    • Women in Music, KRMTA, 2018
    • A Guide to Teaching the Classical Style, FVMTA, 2018
    • Preparing for Competition: Classical Style and Repertoire Choices. KRMTA, 2017
    • Key Color: Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Temperament as a Vehicle for Interpretation. MTNA National Conference, 2015