Frances Kaplan, art therapy counseling faculty, received the Myra Levick Lifetime Award for Excellence in Art Therapy in June 2015.
Department of Art, Music and Creative Arts Therapies
DMA, Rice University
MM, BM, University of Colorado, Boulder
Chromatic Keyboard Skills I, II, II
Pianist Renato Fabbro (Ron) received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Colorado under full scholarship, and as a fellowship recipient he was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University. His major teachers include Larry Graham, Angela Cheng, and John Perry. Dr. Fabbro has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Mozart Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. He has performed chamber music recitals with internationally acclaimed violinist Frank Huang and Northwestern University clarinet professor Steven Cohen. As part of the Martingale Ensemble, he recorded a CD for MSR Classics of music by Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler with members of the Oregon Symphony. Frequently in demand as an adjudicator, he has judged such events as the MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Seattle Chopin Competition, Reno Music Festival, Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, and Washington and Idaho MTNA Piano Competitions. He was also invited to give a series of master classes for the Boise Federation of Music Clubs in 2013 and 2015.
Dr. Fabbro has won prizes in several national competitions, including the Fort Collins Symphony National Young Artist Competition, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Lee Piano Competition, Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition, and he was a semifinalist in the Seattle International Piano Competition. He also won the Colorado State Music Teachers Association Young Artists Piano Competition and the Colorado University Honors Competition, and has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Colorado University Orchestra and Grand Junction Youth Symphony.
A dedicated teacher, his students have won top prizes in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition, Mondavi Center National Young Artist Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, ENKOR Piano Competition, American Protege International Concerto Competition, MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Oregon Mozart Players Young Soloists Competition, Vancouver Symphony Young Artists Competition, Oregon MTNA Piano Competition, Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Oregon Symphony Wiscarson Competition, Oregon Sinfonietta Concerto Competition, Beaverton Symphony Young Artists Competition, Central Oregon Symphony Young Artists Competition, and he has had a national finalist in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition. His students have also performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Currently serving on the faculties of the University of Portland and Marylhurst University, Dr. Fabbro has also taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio Summer Music Institute.