Donald Speer

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Donald Speer, Professor of Piano at Western Kentucky University, specializes in class piano, pedagogy, and accompanying, and maintains an extensive performance schedule in collaboration with WKU music faculty and numerous guest artists. He has also served as a summer faculty member of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts since 2008. His collaborative performances have taken him throughout the US and to cities such as Toronto, Paris, Madrid, Birmingham England, and Novaro Italy. Dr. Speer has appeared in recital with a number of well-known instrumental soloists, including Paul Basler (horn), Vince DiMartino (trumpet), Walfrid Kujala (flute), Steven Mead (euphonium), and Frank Morelli (bassoon). He has premiered and recorded several works by contemporary composers, including Michael Kallstrom, Susan Kander, Bev Lewis, Lewis Neilson, and Rodney Rodgers. He holds the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Louisiana College, the MM in Performance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and the Ph.D. in Music Education from Louisiana State University.