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About Dale Lieser

If you have not already listened to my sampler track of music, you may do so at the following link: Pianist Dale Lieser. I enjoy playing the piano, composing, and especially arranging.

Early Music

I do not remember a time when I could not recognize pitches I hear, although I have not always known what to call them. Also, I assumed everyone heard things the way I did. Having been sighted until age nine, I still think of tones as strips or blocks of color. Therefore, it seems to me that hearing without pitch recognition would be like audio color blindness. When I was five years old my sister received a chord organ for Christmas, and I discovered that playing came quite easily to me and played "Silent Night" without having to work at it. Experimenting with various notes one day, I found a chord! I reported to my sister that I would call it "H." (I now know the sonority to be an E major triad.)

Education

Although I found it easy to play the piano by ear, a wise instructor at a residential school for the blind insisted that I learn to read Braille music. Of course she was right to push me that way, and her guidance has been immeasurable, since for my college education I would draw heavily on my reading a broad base of standard piano literature available through the Library of Congress National Library Service. Among other teachers whose influence proves most valuable are undergraduate piano instructor Dr. David Brunell, who provided a foundation of technique without giving easy breaks to a blind student. Mr. Alan Chow, my Master's piano professor, taught much about tone color and nuances, and somehow, he just expected the technical facility to be available without assigning its drills. Theory professor Dr. Mike Rogers of my doctoral work, who is himself passionate about his field, eagerly offered musical insights and stoked a fire I had already nurtured for learning about how music is put together.

Experience

Upon completion of my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master's in the same. After doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma, I have worked as an accompanist, arranger, and teacher of church music and have had the privilege of recording accompaniment tracks for local soloists and small vocal ensembles. Among my greatest music desires is to pass on to others what I have received by way of valuable teaching toward the goal of music excellence regarding tone color, effectively portraying texts, and playing purposefully and with sensitivity.