January 20, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Barry Hannigan, a professor of music at Bucknell University, has been appointed to the Ellen Williams Professorship in Music at Bucknell.

The professorship is one of two endowed positions that recognize distinguished teacher-scholars for their academic and teaching excellence within the University's music department. They also provide the recipients with resources to pursue their scholarly interests in music.

Hannigan plans to use one year of the five-year stipend to create two new CDs of music he has recorded. For the following four years, he will create the Williams residencies in piano at Bucknell, bringing artists to campus for several days to work with student piano majors in a masterclass before performing a recital.

In addition, the residency would provide visits several times each year by noted artists as guest lecturers to meet and work with students. Piano majors are the second largest group of music majors at Bucknell.

Known for his performances throughout the United States and in Europe, Hannigan had his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall and his European debut at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Since joining the faculty at Bucknell in 1978, he has presented more than 100 concerts on campus. || Related story: solo concert Jan. 20

On the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, for three years he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Dozens of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations across the United States.

He is the recipient of the Class of '56 Lectureship Award, given by Bucknell University for inspirational teaching, as well as the Harold Cook Award and an alumni fellowship. He was selected as one of two judges for the Northeastern Division Finals of the Collegiate Artist competition.

Hannigan holds his degrees from Colorado College, the University of Colorado and Eastman School of Music. He served as a faculty member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center summer program from 1980-2003. His students have earned graduate performance degrees in piano at schools including Peabody, Eastman and the New England Conservatory.

Williams funds
The Williams Professorships in Music are part of a $4 million gift from the late Ellen Peterson Williams, who graduated from Bucknell in 1919 with a degree in music and spent her life teaching music in Pennsylvania schools. Her bequest endowed two professorships and a related research fund, plus two merit scholarships.

The Ellen P. Williams Professorship is awarded to a senior faculty member in music; the Samuel L. Williams Professorship is awarded to a junior faculty member in music; the Ellen P. and Samuel L. Williams Endowed Music Research Fund provides funds to music faculty to assist them with their research.

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