Faculty Recital – Becky Billock, piano
Adjunct faculty pianist Becky Billock will be presenting a solo recital at WLU on Thursday, January 24th, 2013. The recital begins at 7:30pm in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Becky Billock is an active recital soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with regional orchestras in Oregon and California and has performed solo and chamber recitals in numerous locations throughout the U.S., including several tours of Northwest cities, and appearances on the Seattle radio station Classical KING FM 98.1, the Pittsburgh radio station WQED 98.3FM, and American Public Media’s Performance Today. Ms. Billock also concertizes, lectures and adjudicates frequently in western Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband Jonathan Aldrich and her two young daughters, Sierra and Evelyn. She holds degrees from Walla Walla College (BA), University of Redlands (MA), and University of Washington (DMA), where she studied respectively with Leonard Richter, Louanne Long, and Craig Sheppard. Since focusing her dissertation on contemporary women composers, Ms. Billock has been a proponent of women’s music and later this season will release a CD of piano music by American women.
During the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Billock collaborated with Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Adam Liu in the premiere of a work by Chinese composer Changyuan Liu. She also collaborated with other luminaries of the Pittsburgh classical music scene in a concert showcasing the works of American composer Robert Schultz. Ms. Billock extensively performed her program entitled Women Working, including a presentation at the 2010 International Festival of Women Composers. As a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Majors Auditions, Ms. Billock performed on that organization’s concert series in September 2010. Other highlights of the 2010-2011 season include frequent solo performances of music by women, and appearances with her piano duo partner, Tina Faigen. Ms. Billock will perform at the Johnstown Chamber Music Festival in March 2011. Ms. Billock maintains a thriving private studio in Pittsburgh, where her students have been chosen for numerous awards and honors including Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival, the Duquesne Young Artist Piano Festival and the Steinway Society Young Artist program. Most recently, three of her students appeared as soloists with the Pittsburgh Concertino Chamber Orchestra.