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Keyboard Division: Accompanying

photo of student in accompanying lesson

The keyboard accompanying program at SFA offers a wide variety of performance opportunities to the undergraduate and graduate keyboardist.

Accompanying Techniques Class offers hands-on experience collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists under the guidance of the Director of Accompanying, Dr. Ron Petti, with emphasis on:

  • Techniques of basic ensemble playing
  • Ensemble balance
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Sight-reading
  • Employing the appropriate tone color in different ensemble settings
  • Orchestral reduction techniques
  • Accompanying and improvising in secco recitatives from operas on the harpsichord
  • Following instrumental cues
  • Following and breathing with a singer
  • Following a conductor

German Lieder, French melodie, art songs,and operatic arias are studied and performed, as well as a broad range of instrumental chamber music. Students perform in weekly vocal seminars and for instrumental studio, junior and senior recitals. Accompanying in School of Musicvocal and instrumental studios help students profit from the knowledge and expertise of other faculty. Individual weekly lessons are given to facilitate musical and technical preparation of works. Performances with larger groups include wind ensemble, orchestra, chamber orchestra, and opera workshop.

Numerous scholarship opportunities are available to the undergraduate and graduate keyboardist.

For further information regarding assistantships, audition requirements, etc. for the MM–Performance in Accompanying please contact:

Dr. Ron Petti
Phone: (936) 468-1191
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School of Music
Stephen F. Austin State University
Box 13043, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3043
Phone: 936.468.4602
Fax: 936.468.5810