Faculty Profile

Blanka Bednarz

Associate Professor of Music (2002)

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2018-19: one semester spread over the academic year

bednarzb@dickinson.edu

50 S West St
717.243.4387

Bio

Dr. Bednarz's 2017 CD recorded with Matthew Bengtson on Musica Omnia was awarded Global Music Awards Silver Medal - Outstanding Achievement in classical and instrumental/instrumentalists category. 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, Poland, 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 Hunan Symphony, China, Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia— and the Delaware County Symphony. She is an avid chamber musician. 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 John Novacek, Barry Snyder, Rita Sloan, Stephanie Chase, Adrian Levine, Richard Stoltzman, Joanna Kurkowicz, Lawrence Lesser, Jeffrey Solow, Amernet Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound, Baltimore, Utah and Harrisburg Symphonies and members of Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and St. Louis Symphony. She performed in renowned festivals such as Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival in NC, Chanterelle and Szymanowski Days Festivals in Poland. She is on the roster of artists of the Beethoven Festival Park City, UT www.pcmusicfestival.com. The violinist performs in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, 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; Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival, MD (http://www.iimif.us), Franklin Pond, and the Gifted School of Music in Salt Lake City. She is co-director and faculty of the Beethoven Festival Park City Young Artist Institute in Utah. 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) and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Her students have gone on to work under the tutelage of Shanghai Quartet, won first chair in PA All-State Orchestra and enjoyed many other successes. Critics’ voices: On Szymanowski CD: “…outstanding performances by Blanka Bednarz and Matthew Bengtson.” -- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare, Jan./Feb. issue, 2018 Blanka Bednarz “is clearly a remarkable violinist” --Daniel Morrison, Fanfare, Jan./Feb. issue, 2018 “Bednarz’s violin playing illuminates every detail of these sometimes nigh-impossible works.” --O’Connor, American Record Guide, 2018 “Bednarz’s violin playing illuminates every detail of these sometimes nigh-impossible works.. The program notes are excellent.” --O’Connor, American Records Guide, 2018 “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

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

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.

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.

Spring 2019

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.

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.