Silvia Roederer

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Silvia Roederer
Professor, Piano
(269) 387-4690
(269) 387-1113
1509 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M.A., University of Southern California
  • M.M., University of Southern California
  • B.M., Eastman School of Music

Silvia Roederer is a professor of music at Western Michigan University, where she serves as chair of the keyboard area, teaches piano and keyboard pedagogy and coordinates class piano instruction.

Her extremely active career as chamber musician has taken her all over the world. As pianist of the Verdehr Trio since 1997, she has performed in Moscow, Athens, London, Vienna, Warsaw, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Puerto Rico and throughout the United States. The trio is a violin-clarinet-piano ensemble, which has created a new chamber music medium over the past 32 years by commissioning over 200 works for its unusual combination. The trio plays yearly in New York City and twice a year in Washington, D.C., where they are an ensemble in residence at the Phillips Collection.

This focus on new music had its early seeds in study with David Burge at the Eastman School. In graduate school at the University of Southern California, she studied with John Perry, and was coached in chamber music at summer festivals by Menahem Pressler.

Roederer was the 1981 winner of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, as well as the 1994 winner of the fifth annual First Coast Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Fla.

In March 2008, she was invited to present a lecture recital at the national convention of Music Teachers National Association in Denver. At WMU, she is the faculty mentor for the student chapter of this organization.

Enthusiastically reviewed CD recordings with Roederer as pianist are on Crystal Records (five with Verdehr Trio) and Centaur Records (with trumpeter Scott Thornburg).

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