- Carlyn Bridger, Florida State University
- Anne Epperson, University of Texas at Austin
- Dr. Jean Barr, Eastman School of Music
- Paul Stewart, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The ideals of flexibility, collegiality and communication skills, added to musicality, pretty much define what a collaborative pianist should be about. You communicate with your instrument; you communicate by asking things of your students, and you communicate with faculty colleagues when you want their support providing players/singers for your students' degree recitals.
Effective communication is an essential ability for anyone who aspires to make music with others. Collaborative musicians must be able to communicate both musically and verbally. They also should be open-minded, flexible in attitude and in action, willing to compromise when necessary and able to accommodate differing opinions. Above all, collegiality is an extremely important attribute--both for performing artists and for university faculty members.