Katherine Faricy, NCTM (Author of PEDALING~COLOR IN SOUND) graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music education and received her master of fine arts degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. She also studied privately for four years with the renowned concert pianist, Madame Lili Kraus. It was during studies with Kraus and Dr. Duncan McNab at the U of M that she became very aware of the importance of pedaling in artistic performance and how few people are taught a methodical approach to learning its technique. In 2004, her book, Artistic Pedal Technique – Lessons for Intermediate and Advanced Pianists was published by Frederick Harris Music Co., and has become an international success.
A member of the faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota since 1975, she has taught undergraduate piano, piano ensemble, accompanying, and music literature; as well as graduate piano and courses in performance practices, piano literature, and piano pedagogy. A frequent recitalist and soloists with orchestras, Katherine Faricy is also in frequent demand as an adjudicator and clinician, giving workshops and lecture/demonstrations to many teachers’ groups including MTNA national conventions. She and Dr. James Callahan performed as an acclaimed duo-piano team for 30 years.
James Callahan (Composer of music in PEDALING~COLOR IN SOUND) earned a BA from St. John’s University (MN) and an MFA in piano and a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of Minnesota. In addition he studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Vienna Academy of Music. Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, he retired after 38 years of teaching piano, organ, music theory, composition, and piano literature.
James Callahan has composed over one hundred twenty-five works for piano, organ, orchestra, band, opera, and chamber ensembles. His works have been performed both by the Minnesota Orchestra, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His works have been published by McLaughlin-Reilly, GIA, Paraclete Press, Abingdon Press, and Beautiful Star Publishing. He has performed numerous solo piano recitals and made many concerto appearances. His repertoire includes all five piano concertos by Beethoven. As an organist, Callahan has performed numerous recitals in the upper Midwest, New York and Austria. His performances and compositions have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and on the nationally-broadcast radio program "Pipedreams."