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Garik Pedersen Honored as UCM Outstanding Music Alumnus

Contact: Mike Greife
The UCM Department of Music will honor alumnus and pianist Garik Pedersen with the department’s Outstanding Music Alumnus Award during a guest recital presented by Pedersen and his wife, UCM alumna Patrice Hogan Pedersen, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, in Hart Recital Hall. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

Pedersen’s program is titled “Remembering and Celebrating.” He will perform:

Garik Pederson
Garik Pederson

Pedersen earned Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees, summa cum laude, in 1975, and a Master of Arts in Music History and Literature in 1977.  He was a piano student of Wesley True.  While at UCM, he participated in the University Choir, Chamber Choir, Madrigal Singers, University Orchestra, University Bands, and Opera Workshop. AnHonors College student, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.

After leaving UCM, he earned a doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa. He has been on the faculties of Iowa Wesleyan College, Hastings College, and Missouri State University, and recently celebrated 20 years as professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University.

In 2008 he was presented in recital in New York City and added to the International Steinway Artist roster.  Pedersen has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe and Scandinavia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. He has presented recitals, lectures and master classes for Music Teachers National Association, European Music Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations, the U.S. State Department, the Royal conservatory of Music, and numerous state and local professional organizations.

Patrice Hogan Pedersen graduated from UCM in 1977 with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Iowa. She has taught in public schools in Iowa and Michigan and at colleges and universities in Missouri and Nebraska.  Her choirs have won national and international competitions, including the high school choir Grand Championship and Award of Distinction from the Fiestaval International Competition in Toronto, Canada.   She currently teaches music in Saline, Michigan.

In addition to teaching, Patrice has performed as soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital.She has sung as a faculty artist at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, with the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, and, in the Vocal Arts Ensemble, with the Ann Arbor Symphony.She has recently rekindled her love for acting, and appeared as Mrs. Webb in the Ann Arbor Civic Theater’s production of Our Town.

The Pedersens are parents three children: David, New York City;Rachel Moskal, St. Louis; and Jens Christian, who is in high school and lives with his parents in Saline, Mich.