Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Guest Recital: Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald, pianists

7:00pm - 8:00pm CST November 20, 2014

Alma Thomas Theater
  • Catharine Lysinger
    Catharine Lysinger
  • Alex McDonald
    Alex McDonald

The program will include works by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Free and open to the public.


Catharine Lysinger is Senior Lecturer in Piano and Pedagogy and Piano at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she is also the Artistic Director of the Piano Preparatory Department. Lysinger is a prizewinner in national and international piano competitions, including first prize in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Competition, first prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition and second prize in the Vietri-Sul-Mare duo-piano competition with SMU colleague Associate Professor of Piano Carol Leone. 

Lysinger is an active soloist, chamber musician and lecturer and has performed with various orchestras. She was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Dallas Music Teachers Association, Lysinger was also nominated for the SMU Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award. She was on faculty at the Vienna International Piano Academy in June 2013 and was featured presenter at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in July 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and has a MM and DMA from the University of Houston.


Pianist Alex McDonald gave his orchestral debut at age 11, and has since then soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico, the Utah Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, and others. He has given solo recitals across the country and was a featured performer on From the Top National Public Radio, WQXR in New York City, and Music of the Metroplex on WRR, 101.1 in Dallas. 

The recipient of many awards, McDonald was the second prize winner at the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition, and Grand Prize at the Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Competition. He is the recipient of the 2001 Bayard H. Friedman Award for performing several times for children of the Fort Worth Public Schools, presented by the Bass Hall Children’s Education Program, and also has been made a Harvey Fellow in 2008, supported by the Mustard Seed Foundation. McDonald is currently a doctoral student at the Juilliard School, studying under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. He holds a Masters at Juilliard, and received his Bachelors at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance. 

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