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   from the issue of April 24, 2008

Grant places Narboni, piano on the road


In the days of the High Middle Ages (1100-1350), troubadours would roam from village to village throughout Europe, spreading their message through music and word.

PIANO IN TOW - Through a $10,000 Layman Fund grant, Nicole Narboni, senior lecturer in piano in the School of Music...
 PIANO IN TOW - Through a $10,000 Layman Fund grant, Nicole Narboni, senior lecturer in piano in the School of Music, has created a community outreach program called "Piano In Tow." Photo by Mike Edholm/School of Music.

That is the general idea behind "Piano In Tow," a new program organized by Nicole Narboni, senior lecturer in piano in the School of Music.

"I'm taking a seven-foot, six-inch Yamaha grand piano to communities in Nebraska that might not be as well served with classical music," Narboni said. "I'll be talking to and playing for students in area middle schools and high schools about classical music. In the evenings, I'm hoping to take the message to the general public in community venues."

The project is funded through a $10,000 Layman Fund grant and funds raised independently by Narboni. This is the first year that the Layman Fund was made available to non-tenure faculty.

Narboni's plan for Piano In Tow is to increase awareness of classical music, particularly classical music for piano. Secondary goals include building audiences for classical performances and increasing student enrollment in the School of Music.

The Piano In Tow concept was borrowed from Laura Spitzer, assistant professor at New Mexico University. Spitzer traveled throughout California and Nevada during the 1980s and 1990s, performing concerts and talking about the importance of classical music.

Narboni has tailored the performances to the audience and plans to discuss specific works by William Albright, Scott Joplin, William Bolcom, Logan Skelton and Louis Moreau Gottshalk.

She plans to hold two concert tours in the fall and two more concerts in spring 2009. Each tour will stop at up to four schools and communities.

For more information about Piano In Tow, contact Narboni at or 472-4254.



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