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MCKEEVER, Susan Marie Graas

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MCKEEVER, Susan Marie Graas. (La Crosse, WI, Aug. 21, 1950-- ). EThe niece of famed musician John GRAAS, McKeever in 2009 was a member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Redlands where she was a student of Alexandra Pierce. In 1972 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music graduating summa cum laude. Her honors thesis in music theory: Transformation: A Study of the Term and its Analytic Usefulness in the String Quartets of Haydn, Op. 76 and 77 (200 pages). In 1973 she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She did graduate work in 1973-1974 in piano performance and musicology and in 1978 received the Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also did graduate work at the University of Southern California. She has been a student of Irma Schenuit Hall, Earle Voohries, Dr. Alexandra Pierce, Daniel Pollack, Malcolm Hamilton, Raymond Dudley, Madame Olga Conus, and Richard Morris. Susan has earned professional achievement certification through the Music Teachers National Association and performs frequently as an accompanist and chamber musician. The McKeever Duo with her husband, Jim, has performed extensively throughout the Midwest and South. Their repertoire includes works for two pianos as well as one piano, four hands. John Costigan records many of their performances at UW-Parkside.

Ms. McKeever received the Permanent Professional Advancement Certification from the Music Teachers National Association in 1995. In order to receive this distinction one must have been a certified teacher for fifteen years. She was the first teacher in Wisconsin to receive this certificate at the Professional Advancement level, which requires a Master’s Degree or equivalent background. This was the latest of many recognitions. From 1974-1976 she received University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music graduate teaching assistantships. In 1973 she received the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Award. In 1972 she was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mortar Board, and Delta Alpha Honor Society, recipient of the University of Redlands School of Music Award for Outstanding Senior, and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Her professional vitae includes:


University of Wisconsin-Parkside Associate Lecturer of Music 1986-Present Developed syllabus and overall course structure.

Teach piano lessons, fundamentals of music, piano pedagogy, class piano, taught all of my husband's piano students when he was on sabbatical, taught online music courses during the summer with my husband

Private Piano Teaching, Kenosha, Wisconsin (National Certified Teacher of Music) 1985-Present

Presented workshops to Piano Teachers’ groups 1978-Present

MTNA Kentucky State Convention – gave 2 hour performance & lecture on Piano Duet Playing and Literature October, 1980

Private Piano Teaching, Murray, Kentucky 1977-1981

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music I was the only Teaching Assistant allowed to plan my own music theory course. Music Theatre majors – they analyzed their Broadway songs and I accompanied them – at least 5 in the class became major Broadway stars, like Faith Prince, Kim Criswell, Kurt Johns, Joel Imbody, etc. 1974-1976

University of Redlands Part-Time Instructor in piano and Instructor in keyboard harmony 1970-1974


University of Wisconsin-Parkside Piano Soloist, Accompanist, and McKeever Duo (Four hand recitals at 1 or 2 pianos) and collaborator with faculty members and students at UW-Parkside Recitals with faculty and guest artists: Tim Bell, Mark Eichner (going back at least 20 years), Jim McKeever, Lisa White, Elaine Skorodin, Audrey Morrison (jazz trombonist) Randy Ruback (trombone), Alvaro Garcia, Cindy Solfest-Wallis, etc. Performed on the 1816 Streicher fortepiano; accompanied some full recitals for student singers and instrumentalists. 1985-Present

Numerous solo, chamber, piano duet, piano duo performances in California, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida - a highlight was performing the Mozart Two Piano Concerto with my husband and the Racine Symphony; over 100 performances of McKeever Duo concerts; Bolling Sonata for Two Pianos with Jim, Dave Bayles on drums and Jake Vinsel on bass; Music and More concerts; Java Joplin’s recital series at Family Piano, Waukegan 1970-Present


Liturgical Music Director and Pianist, St. Lucy Catholic Church, Racine 2003-Present Pianist, Evangelical United Methodist Church, Racine 1992-2002 Organist and Pianist, St. Lucy Catholic Church, Racine 1991-92 Organist, St. Peter Catholic Church, Kenosha 1985-1991 Organist, St. George Catholic Church, Kenosha 1985-1986 Organist and Pianist at Various Churches 1981-1985


Kenosha, WI Music Teachers Association; Scale Olympics Chairperson, Kenosha Music Teachers’ Association 1985-1997

Murray, KY Music Teachers Association; organized Kentucky Elementary Workshop—produced and completed statewide mailings, planned and coordinated schedules and classes 1977-1980

Kentucky Music Teachers Association; participated in state activities; presented lecture-recital at the 1980 State Convention 1977-1980

Sigma Alpha Iota, Professional Music Fraternity; President, received leadership award for best chapter in state region, initiated program for partially-sighted students; received Honor Certificate for highest grade point average 1970-1973


Music Teachers National Association 1979-present National Association of Pastoral Musicians 2003 Sigma Alpha Iota (Music Fraternity for Women) 1968-1973

In the development of encyclopediadubuque.org, Susan McKeever has been an important resource and editor. Her entry contributions include information and/or photographs for Susan Marie APEL, Peter APEL, Merlin APEL, Vincent CHEWNING, Charles CHEWNING, Ferdinand DI TELLA, CHEWNING-STUBER ORCHESTRA, and the DUBUQUE CORNET BAND.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCixKXw7QzM&feature=em-uploademail&noredirect=1 This performance was the Wisconsin premiere by the McKeever Duo of Douglas Townsend's THE RIDGEFIELD RAG (1985) (for piano four-hands). The performance took place on July 11, 2013, in Racine, Wisconsin. James and Susan McKeever (the McKeever Duo) also performed the rag at the University of Wisconsin, Bedford Concert Hall, on October 11, 2013, and on October 28, 2013. THE RIDGEFIELD RAG was written in Ridgefield, CT, whose name is referenced in the title of the composition. The rag is in the style of the African-American composer Scott Joplin. The photos of the McKeever Duo in the video are from the two October concerts and supplied by them; the audio is from the premiere in July and supplied by them. The photos of the Bechstein pianos are by Jean Townsend. Video by Jean Townsend. A version of this rag for piano four-hands and orchestra can be heard at www.classicalmatters.com/douglas_t_music­.htm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V15XtfjAhJE McKeever Piano Duo (2005)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrItD-lyGM “L’embarquement pour Cythère for Two Pianos” by Poulenc

McKeever Piano Duo 3/28/12 - Bedford Hall, UWP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DThesjh46wg McKeever Piano Duo (3/28/12) Gilbert – Three American Dances, Arranged by August M. Wegner


         Part One-- http://youtu.be/aA_Ea5BAz2o
         Part Two-- http://youtu.be/EOhc9MCph8M



Susan Marie McKeever Graas