Erin K. Bennett, Associate Professor, Piano/Pedagogy, Area Coordinator
Dr. Erin Bennett
is Associate Professor of Piano and Pedagogy at the University
of North Florida, where she teaches applied and class piano, piano accompanying,
and coordinates the new degree program in Piano Pedagogy. During her summers
she teaches piano and piano pedagogy at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Bennett served as the Interim Coordinator of
Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music, where she also taught piano through the
University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity program. She has maintained private
piano studios in Florida, Ohio, and Texas, and served as an adjunct instructor
at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Dr. Bennett has presented
at both the national conference of Music Teacher’s National Association and the
National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3). Her research has been published
in Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher.
As a performer, Dr. Bennett has appeared throughout the U.S. and in the Czech
Republic, Belgium, France, and Spain. She has performed as a soloist with the
University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and in collaboration with members of
the Oregon Mozart Players. 2010-2011 engagements include chamber music
performances at the Jacksonville MOCA and the Jacksonville Friday Musicale, a
lecture-recital with the EMMA Concert Association, as well as solo recitals
throughout Northeast Florida and Ohio and performances with her trio, Serafini
Dr. Bennett received degrees in piano performance from Rice University, the
University of Florida, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
Music, where she pursued dual cognates in music history and piano pedagogy. Her
principal teachers have included Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, Robert Roux,
Michelle Conda, and Virginia Hawley Buhn.
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Michael Mastronicola, Adjunct Professor, Piano
Michael Mastronicola serves
on the faculty of the University of North Florida where he teaches Piano
Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, and Class and Applied Piano. He also serves as
Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church. He has taught previously
at Jacksonville University and Front Range Community College.
Since moving to Florida in 2010, he has distinguished himself as an artist and
educator dedicated to musical outreach. Michael has served as chair of the
annual Outstanding Young Pianists Competition at Friday Musicale since 2011,
and was artist-coach at the Friday Musicale Emerging Young Artist Chamber Music
Festival that same year. He serves frequently as adjudicator at various music
competitions and festivals throughout Florida, and has conducted Multiple Piano
Festivals in Colorado and Florida. His reviews have appeared in American Music
Dr. Mastronicola performs frequently as a solo and collaborative pianist,
having performed in concerts throughout the United State and Europe. Recent
appearances include solo and collaborative recitals at Flagler College,
Jacksonville University, Friday Musicale, the Cummer Family Concert Series, and
numerous other appearances throughout the area. He has presented workshops on
music education in Jacksonville and, most recently, at the 2014 Florida State
Music Educator's Conference in Tallahassee, where he was also asked to perform
in a public recital, representing District IV. Mastronicola has been praised
for his "expressive" and "intelligent, skilled" playing
(Daily Camera). While serving as collaborative pianist and vocal coach in Opera
Colorado's pre-professional program, he received the Harold A. Norblom Award
for "outstanding dedication and exemplary community service."
As a musician who serves his community, he organizes and leads a vibrant
concert series at All Saints Episcopal Church that has attracted
internationally-known artists and ensembles. He oversees a vibrant and growing
music ministry for all ages there as well. He continues to serve numerous
community organizations, including the American Guild of Organists and the
Jacksonville-Area Music Teacher's Association, having served on the Steering
Committee for the Florida State Music Educator's Conference in 2013. At the
University of North Florida, he oversees the Piano Pedagogy Teaching Practicum,
which pairs elementary-age piano students from the community with college piano
pedagogy majors so they may gain valuable experience in a pre-professional
Mastronicola holds degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder (D.M.A.),
the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.M.) and Ithaca College (B.M.). He is a
Colleague with the American Guild of Organists. He has received additional
training in the Taubman Approach at the Golandsky Institute in Princeton, NJ.
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Lynne Radcliffe, Adjunct Professor, Class Piano
UNF Adjunct Professor,
performer, and composer Lynne Radcliffe will begin her second year teaching
Class Piano I and II. Lynne is Director of Music at St. Paul's by-the-Sea
Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach as well as Program Coordinator and
teacher at the First Coast Community Music School. She serves on the boards
of the Beaches Fine Arts Series and BRASS, Beaches Residents Arising in
Support of the Symphony. Having received a Bachelor of Music in Piano
Performance from Memphis State University and having done graduate work in
Musicology at the University of Memphis recently, she was formerly a regular
contributor to Encore!, the magazine of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as
well as a former host of WJCT Presents the JSO.
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Gary Smart, Professor, Piano/Composition/Improvisation
Dr. Gary Smart's career has encompassed a wide range of activities
as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher. Always a musician with
varied interests, he may be the only pianist to have studied with Yale
scholar/keyboardist Ralph Kirkpatrick, the great Cuban virtuoso Jorge Bolet,
and the master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. A true American pluralist, Dr.
Smart composes and improvises a music that reflects an abiding interest in
Americana, jazz, and world musics, as well as the Western classical tradition.
Dr. Smart’s work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford
Foundation, the Music Educator's National Conference, the Music Teacher's
National Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Smart’s
music has been performed in major venues in the U.S., including the Kennedy
Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Europe and Asia. His
"Concordia" for orchestra won the "Concordia Jazz Composition
Award" and was premiered at Lincoln Center, New York.
Dr. Smart’s "Song of the Holy Ground" for string quartet and piano
won the "2008 John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition"
and was premiered at the 2009 Robb Composers’ Symposium at the University of
New Mexico. His compositions are published by Margun Music (G. Schirmer) and
his work has been recorded on the Mastersound, Capstone and Albany labels.
Several of his CDs have been released recently by Albany Records: "The
Major’s Letter," songs for voice and piano, "American Beauty – a
ragtime bouquet," "Hot Sonatas," third stream duo sonatas,
"Turtle Dreams of Flight," third stream piano music, and “Blossoms”,
a group of abstract, unedited solo piano improvisations which critics have
praised as “truly a delightful concoction” and “protean music...utterly
Dr. Smart has spent two residencies in Japan, teaching in programs at Osaka
University and Kobe College. He has also taught in Indonesia as
"Distinguished Lecturer in Jazz" under the auspices of the Fulbright
program. From 1999-2003, he served as Chairman of the UNF Music Department (now
the UNF School of Music).
Dr. Smart is currently a "Presidential Professor of Music at
the University of North Florida."
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