Roger McVey, D.M.A.
Professor of Piano
Roger McVey joined the faculty in 2013.
American pianist Roger McVey has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and New Zealand. He is head of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Piano at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, of the University of Idaho. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. His past teachers include Menahem Pressler, Anton Nel, Jack Winerock, Herbert Stessin, and Henry Doskey.
McVey was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and he was a semi-finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his "passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity." He has released five solo CD recordings and is featured as a collaborative pianist on four others. In addition to his solo performances, Dr. McVey was a founding member of the Trio St. Croix, and regularly collaborates as a chamber musician. He is a dedicated advocate for contemporary music, and has worked with numerous leading American composers, such as Julia Wolfe, Marc Mellits, Libby Larsen, Eric Ewazen, Harvey Sollberger, Lori Laitman, Emma Lou Diemer, and Wynn-Anne Rossi.
An active clinician, Roger frequently gives master-classes and presentations at universities, music schools, and for music teacher associations. He is an adjudicator for the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and is an executive board member of the Idaho Music Teachers Association. He has recently presented at the College Music Society National Conference, the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Idaho Music Teachers Association conference. Besides the piano, his other interests include cooking, playing chess, skiing, and learning to play the guitar. He is a Steinway & Sons Hall of Fame Teacher.
For more information, please visit his website at rogermcvey.com.