Dr. Allison Gagnon
Dr. Gagnon prepares her students to stand out through a broad and varied repertoire for preparation and performance and discipline-specific seminars in vocal/instrumental literature for collaborative pianists and support skills for collaborative pianists as part of their curriculum.
Pianist Paul Gillies, is an active performer and educator. Recently praised for his “display of power, crystal clarity of articulation as well as sensitivity and lightness of touch” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Dr. Gillies has performed as a solo recitalist, chamber and ensemble musician, and vocal collaborator. He has also championed new music and has given several premiere performances. In 2007, he premiered Kenneth Frazelle’s Winter Traces at Salem College, and in 2003 he gave the first performance of Lawrence Dillon’s Chicane at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Also that year, he performed a solo recital including music of Kenneth Frazelle at the Museum of the American Piano in New York City. Dr. Gillies has participated in festivals including the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC, and "Illuminations" in the outer banks of North Carolina, where he played a series of recitals and arranged incidental music for dramatic productions. Dr. Gillies has been on the faculty of the University on North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, and Shenandoah University. He has taught a wide range of courses including music history, music theory, piano and vocal literature, and vocal accompanying. He has also given lectures covering topics from forgotten masterpieces to Chopin's Ballades. For the past five summers, Dr. Gillies has served as piano instructor for UNCSA's summer piano program. He has also been on the faculty of the Pavan Governor's School in northwest Virginia as an instructor and vocal collaborator. Dr. Gillies received his doctoral degree from Shenandoah University as a student of John O'Conor. He also attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he received he master's degree under Marc Silverman, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he attended high school and received his bachelor's degree under Eric Larsen.