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Dr. Michael Rickman, Steinway artist and professor of piano, will celebrate 30 years teaching at Stetson University with a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7.
Upon entering his studio in Presser Hall at Stetson, one might feel slightly intimidated by the two grand pianos that sit side by side or the numerous diplomas and accolades that grace the walls. Instead you will find the presence of a worldly, knowledgeable man who is personable, well studied and a master of his instrument.
With roots in Asheville, N.C., he completed his degrees at Mars Hill College and the University of North Texas. The many influential teachers of his profession, of whom he speaks so highly, included the late Grace Potter Carroll, Richard Cass, Jack Roberts, and Karen Shaw.
Beginning his current post at Stetson University in 1983, he served on the faculty of William Woods and Westminster Colleges in Fulton, Mo., and at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
In 1990, he received the Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Creative Activity and Research and, in 1995, was the recipient of the most prestigious faculty award granted by Stetson University, the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching. One of his most significant achievements came in 2009 when Mr. Rickman was named to the prestigious roster of Steinway artists, consisting of about 1,600 pianists worldwide.
Mr. Rickman's Faculty Recital, featuring his celebrated skills on the piano, will take place in Lee Chapel inside Elizabeth Hall on Stetson's DeLand campus, 421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Tickets are $10; seniors $8; area students $5; free to the Stetson University community with ID, and concert series cardholders. For more information, contact the School of Music at www.stetson.edu/music, or call (386) 822-8950.