Brian Dykstra

Brian Dykstra

Emeritus Professor of Music

Department/Affiliation: Music
Phone: 330-263-2033
Office Address: 211 Scheide
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Degrees

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Piano), Eastman School of Music
  • Master of Music (Piano), Eastman School of Music
  • Bachelor of Science (Piano), Juilliard School of Music

Courses Taught

  • MUSC 132: Piano
  • MUSC 232: Piano

Biography, Performance, and Research

Pianist and composer Brian Dykstra is Professor Emeritus of Music at The College of Wooster. Currently he teaches piano on a part-time basis at the College but served full-time for 38 years (1969-2007), during which time he taught many different courses and chaired the Department of Music for 14 years. He holds the B.S. in Piano from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and the M.Mus. and D. Mus. Arts in Piano from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He also attended the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria for one year as a Fulbright Scholar. As a piano soloist and collaborative pianist, Dykstra has annually presented programs of classical music at Wooster and elsewhere. These programs have cumulatively included hundreds of works by a great many composers from the 18th century to the present. As a chamber musician he has participated in many concerts included several in the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City.

Dykstra has won acclaim for his 61 compositions in the concert ragtime genre, and for his ragtime performances and recordings. His latest CD, Neo-Ragtime on the Centaur label, has received several rave reviews in the July/August 2012 issue of  Fanfare magazine (one sample: “Do we have a stars rating system here at Fanfare? No? Four out of four stars, anyway. This is great ragtime by a modern composer who is also an excellent piano advocate of his wares.”). Among the other performers on this CD are several current members of The Cleveland Orchestra and other top-notch musicians from the Cleveland area. His Two Rags for Bassoon and Piano are published by International Opus. Many of his piano pieces for children have been published by the Willis Music Co., the Boston Music Co., Centerstream Publications, and Spectrum Music Press.