Newberry's own Wanda Neese performs great piano pieces.
DateNov 19, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Wanda Neese received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Columbia College. She returned to Columbia College to earn a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in order to continue studying with Robyn Gibson, protégé of Schnabel student, Edwin Gerschefski.
While at Columbia College, she competed several times in the SCMTA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition and won the awards of Convention Alternate and State Solo Winner. During her years in the studio of Robyn Gibson, Ms. Neese performed in master classes conducted by renowned pianists such as Daniel Pollack, Constance Knox Carroll, Denver Oldham, Zadel Skolovsky, Eric Larsen, and Pawel Checinski. She was also selected to coach with Alexander Kelly (The Royal Academy of Music, London) at the University of Georgia.
For the last several years, Wanda has coached and mentored with Steinway Artist, Pawel Checinski, of Chicago. Upon the completion of her undergraduate degree, Wanda Neese accepted the position of founding teacher of Preparatory Music at Newberry College and staff accompanist. She has appeared in Newberry College performances with renowned woodwind artists such as Ken Fisher, James Houlik, Brooks de Wettersmith, Ronald Wolhn, and Phil Dunnigan. Ms. Neese has also appeared with the Newberry College Jazz Big Band in their performances with Blue Lou Marini, Conrad Herwig, Christ Vadala, Steve Bailey, and Victor Wooten.
During her twenty-five years at Newberry College, Ms. Neese has taught both preparatory and college piano lessons as well as several other college classroom courses. She has also served as accompanist for all facets of the Newberry College Music Department.
Wanda Neese is the mother of a daughter, Laura Elizabeth, and a son, Berkley Gantt. She currently serves as president of the Newberry College Women’s League.