Mount Allison music professor receives cross-country accolades
12/15/2015 10:37:19 AM
David Rogosin earns ArtsNB grant, Banff Centre residency

David_Rogosin_NBArtsAwardSACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison music professor Dr. David Rogosin is having a busy year. Currently on sabbatical, Rogosin was awarded a creation grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) this fall, as well as an artist residency at the renowned Banff Centre starting in January.

Rogosin is working on a number of programs during his sabbatical, including two solo piano recitals: Variations and Ludus Tonalis.

Variations is a series of piano pieces in variation form from the late Renaissance to the 21st century, including a new work, Variations on a Fantasia by J.S. Bach, composed by my Mount Allison colleague Dr. Kevin Morse,” says Rogosin. “It is wonderful to have the support of ArtsNB to commission the new work, and I am very grateful for Kevin’s enthusiasm for my recital/CD project.”

Rogosin will perform Variations during a tour of solo concerts around the Maritimes in 2016-17. He is also working on two collaborative concerts, including a piano duet concert with Mount Allison music professor emerita Dr. Janet Hammock, and a chamber concert with violin, clarinet and cello including Arial Barnes, principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. These events will be part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Mount Allison’s first Bachelor of Music degree and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music taking place over the 2016-17 academic year.

Playing piano since the age of 7, Rogosin practices on average four hours daily when teaching, and about eight hours a day when away from the classroom.

“Most of my sabbatical, especially during the Banff residency, will be spent practicing for the upcoming year,” he says. “A solo concert is about an hour and a half long, and is played by memory. Many hundreds of hours of practice are required to internalize every note and gesture.”

In addition to piano, Rogosin is a dedicated practitioner of aikido, a martial art in which he holds the rank of shodan. He attends national and international seminars whenever possible, and began teaching aikido on campus this fall. His Campus Aikido group will continue in the New Year and is open to all.

Along with Rogosin, several Mount Allison University alumni were also successful in the most recent artsnb funding competition including: Amanda Dawn Christie, (Class of ’99); Sally Dibblee, (Class of ’88 and part-time Music lecturer); Janice Wright Cheney, (Class of ’83) in the senior artist category. Mid-career artists and Mount Allison alumni recognized include: John Cushnie (Class ’05); Alexandrya Eaton (Class of ’91); Deanna Musgrave (Class of ’05); Neil Rough (Class of ’94). Krista Gunn (Class of ’15) received a grant as an emerging artist.