A music professor who gave more than five decades of service will be honored by his former students as part of a tribute recital on August 16.
The career of James Duncan will be featured as part of the 3 p.m. concert by music alumni and tribute by faculty colleague Victoria Markowski in Hoag Recital Hall on Sunday, August 16. Tickets to the concerts are available at $10 per person with proceeds benefitting the newly established James L. Duncan Scholarship Fund. Light hors d'oeuvres will follow the event from 4-5:30 p.m. Tours of the music department also will be available.
Performers will include Dr. Neal Osborn (’87), organ, assisted by Al Eberhardt, trumpet; pianists Sara McDaniel (’69), Robert Bonney, Dr. J. Michael Beck (’69), and Curtis Smith (’68).
Since he joined the CSU-Pueblo faculty in the fall of 1958, he has taught courses in piano, piano ensemble, and music theory. He was involved in early discussions on the development of the department of music and its subsequent accreditation as a four-year institution in 1966 by the National Association of Schools of Music. During his tenure, then Southern Colorado State College became the first four-year institution in Colorado to become a member. Duncan served as chair of the music department beginning in 1969 when he used his experience at the Eastman School of Music to hone the development and design of the entire music department, including equipment, faculty, building design, and the acquisition of the Schlicker Organ.
In demand as an adjudicator in piano, Duncan has judged competitions in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, California, South Dakota, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and New York. In 1985, he spent five weeks as a judge in New York at Carnegie Hall. He has co-authored a text on music theory published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and has written several magazine articles on piano and piano ensemble. He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and a past president of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He served as a music critic for the Pueblo Chieftain and the Pueblo Star-Journal for 12 years and continues to write program notes for the Pueblo Symphony.
A graduate of Central Methodist College (Missouri) and the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Duncan also completed graduate study at the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York. He numbers among his teachers: N. Louise Wright,
Ellsworth MacLeod, the Cuban virtuoso Jose Echaniz, Johanna Harris and Rosina Lhevinne.
Among his career highlights, He lectured on American Music at the Gymnasium in Lubeck, Germany, and a recital at the Hotel Germania in Bad Scwartau in 1964. In 1986, he performed with Kent Holliday a Duet Recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City; and, in 1994, he directed three Master Classes in Seoul, Korea. Duncan also is a former Province Governor of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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