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Catharine Lysinger

Senior Lecturer, Piano Pedagogy and Piano, Artistic Director, Piano Preparatory Department

Catharine Lysinger is Senior Lecturer in Piano and Pedagogy and Piano at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she is also the Artistic Director of the Piano Preparatory Department.  Lysinger is a prizewinner in national and international piano competitions, including first prize in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Competition, first prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition and second prize in the Vietri-Sul-Mare duo-piano competition with SMU colleague Associate Professor of Piano Carol Leone.

Lysinger is an active soloist, chamber musician and lecturer. She has performed with orchestras including the Filarmónica de Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico), the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, The Houston Civic Symphony and the Clear Lake Orchestra (Houston).  Recent concerts include performances of the Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with pianist Alex McDonald and Dallas Symphony Orchestra percussionists, as well as chamber music performances with the Voices of Change, a Dallas-based professional ensemble dedicated to performance of composers of our time. Lysinger has been invited to perform the Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds with the Meadows Wind Ensemble in January 2014.

Recently named Pre-Collegiate teacher of the year by the Texas Music Teachers Association, Lysinger was also nominated for the SMU Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award, which honors faculty who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a consummate dedication to teaching and learning. Many of her students have been awarded first prize in competitions, including the Dallas Symphonic Festival, Dallas Piano Solo Competition, Collin County Young Artist Competition, Baylor-Waco Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association solo and concerto divisions, and the MTNA Junior Piano Competition in Texas.  She was on faculty at the Vienna International Piano Academy in June 2013 and was featured presenter at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in July 2013.

Lysinger earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Houston as a student of Nancy Weems. Her children, Abby, 13, and Zach, 6, are budding young pianists at the SMU Piano Preparatory Department and singers with the Dallas Opera Children’s Chorus and the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas.


D.M.A. Musical Arts, University of Houston
Master of Music, University of Houston


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