Faculty Profile

Blanka Bednarz

Associate Professor of Music (2002)

Contact Information

bednarzb@dickinson.edu

50 S West St
717.243.4387
http://www.atmatrio.org

Bio

Dr. Blanka Bednarz teaches courses in violin, viola, theory and chamber music and serves as the DCO concertmaster. She is an alumna of the "Jadwiga Kaliszewska Talent School" in Poznan, Univ. of Kansas (with Ben Sayevich) and the New England Conservatory in Boston (MM and D.M.A. with E. Rosenblith, M. Auclair and J. Dunham). As soloist she has performed with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia— on tours in China and in Poland, University of Kansas Camerata and the Delaware County Symphony. She is an avid chamber musician, a member of Atma Trio (www.atmatrio.org). In 2007-08 Bednarz joined as first violinist the Vega String Quartet-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta, GA ( “marvelous foursome” --Strad). She collaborated with renowned artists such as Barry Snyder, Rita Sloan, Adrian Levine, Richard Stoltzman, Joanna Kurkowicz, Lawrence Lesser, Corigliano Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound, Baltimore Symphony and musicians of Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. She performed in renowned festivals such as HIghlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival in NC and Chanterelle Festival in Poland. The violinist performs in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, China and Lithuania, among others at the Jordan Hall in Boston, Miller Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Kosciuszko Foundation, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Aula UAM in Poznan, and the Beijing Concert Hall. Bednarz can be heard on Capstone Records; A. W. Promotions, Acte Prealable and Musica Omnia. Dr. Bednarz taught at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, at Emory University, coached chamber ensembles at International Musical Arts Institute; International Music Institute and Festival, MD (http://www.imif.us), Franklin Pond, and the Gifted School of Music in Salt Lake City. She has given numerous master classes at universities and colleges in the USA, Poland and China. Bednarz is concertmaster of Sinfonietta Polonia (www.sinfoniettapolonia.pl). Critics’ voices: "In the interpretation of Richard Strauss’s Sonata in E-flat major for violin and piano Blanka Bednarz was unstoppable. Expressiveness, big sound, maturity—all this was very necessary, very stylistically appropriate…" --Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland. “Performances were all excellent” --Fanfare Magazine, of Sonic Images, Capstone Records. "Excellent piano trios by Mendelssohn and Ravel in masterful rendition" --Muzyka 21, Atma Trio CD, Acte Prealable.

Education

  • B.Mus., University of Kansas, 1994
  • M.Mus., New England Conservatory, 1997
  • D.M.A., 2007

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

MUPS 113 Violin/Viola (1st semester)
Permission of Instructor Required / Additional Fee Required Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 114 Violin/Viola (2nd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUAC 125 Music Theory I, with lab
An introduction to the basic materials of music by means of discussion, analysis, and written exercises, with a complementary lab component comprising practice in sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony.Course includes a one-hour lab each week. Prerequisite: 115, placement exam, or permission of the instructor. Offered every fall semester.

MUPS 213 Violin/Viola (3rd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 214 Violin/Viola (4th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 223 Performance Studies II
Permission of Instructor Required. Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 224 Performance Studies II
Permission of Instructor Required. Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 313 Violin/Viola (5th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 314 Violin/Viola (6th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 323 Performance Studies III
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time (with the exception of Reading Day).

MUPS 324 Performance Studies III
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 413 Violin/Viola (7th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 414 Violin/Viola (8th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 423 Performance Studies IV
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 424 Performance Studies IV
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.