Terrie Manno (Piano)
Professor of Music (1989)
B.A., M.A. California State University - Fresno
D.M.A. University of Arizona
Terrie Manno is a native of Santa Barbara, California. She took her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from California State University, Fresno. In 1989 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy. Her artist teachers included Ms. Galina Michniuk, Roger Grove, Bob L. Bennett, Richard Faith, and Nicholas Zumbro. Her secondary area of doctoral study was Musicology, with James R. Anthony and John Boe.
In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Manno continues her studies in a number of related areas. She is a student of the Alexander Technique and a proponent of methods and innovations that lead to the development of injury-free piano technique. In 2007 she expanded her community outreach project for New Americans, adding a prenatal music course that she offers free of charge to expectant immigrant families.
Dr. Manno's first European piano solo tour (2000) featured American piano music composed during the 1940's (Red, White and Blues). In 2001 she presented The Eternal Marriage of Music and Dance in Sepino, Italy. This recital featured piano music modeled after dance forms throughout the ages. In 2003 she returned to Italy, performing the music of Edward MacDowell, Aaron Copland, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, James Harley, and David del Tredici in a program entitled Open Ears and Kaleidoscopic Vision: American Piano Music and the New World Tradition. She also presented a lecture-demonstration to the class of emerging concert pianists at the Academy of La Scala in Milan. In 2005 Dr. Manno performed Fresh Voices: New American Piano Music in the United States and in Italy. This program featured works of composers Richard Faith, Elizabeth Faw Hayden Pizer, David Conte, David Hogan, Steve Heitzeg and Astor Pizzolla.
Dr. Manno's 2007-2008 piano recital, in collaboration with musicologist Dr. Laurie Blunsom, was titled The Dance of Music: Imagining/Inviting/Engaging the Choreography of Sound. It featured repertoire by Ravel, Bach, Debussy, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Milhaud, William Bolcom, Barber and Nancy Beach. Dr. Manno's performances on harpsichord and piano were preceded by Dr. Laurie Blunsom's discussion of the dance forms in historical context with accompanying slides and video. Professors Manno and Blunsom traveled to Norway, Iceland and Hawaii for performances of this program.
Dr. Manno is currently Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She is an active performing artist with a repertoire that spans several centuries. Dr. Manno has toured as a piano soloist in the United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. She frequently performs new music, and specializes in presenting Lecture-Recitals that explore the correspondences between music and the arts within a historical context.