William Carr, DMA, Steinway Artist and professor of music and piano at Immaculata University will showcase his musical prowess at the upcoming Broadway in the Burbs No Name Pops concert held at Immaculata University on Feb. 17, 2024 at 3 p.m.
The concert, conducted by Evan Roider, the music director of the touring production of “Wicked,” will feature Carr playing the third movement of Leroy Anderson’s “Piano Concerto in C Major.” Carr’s performance will be conducted by Joseph Gehring, chair of Immaculata’s music department. The concert will feature music from “Gypsy,” “Sound of Music,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “A Funny Thing Happened” and more.
Expressing his anticipation for the upcoming concert, Carr stated, “I am thrilled that the No Name Pops is coming to Immaculata and will bring such talented musicians to our University. It is my honor to perform with them.” He praised the venue at Immaculata University for its beautiful hall and excellent acoustics and is always pleased to play piano on their concert grand Steinway D.
Matt Koveal, executive director of the No Name Pops, is pleased to showcase Carr’s talent. He said, “We are very appreciative that Dr. Carr and his brother, Dr. Jack Carr, made this opportunity to perform at Immaculata possible. He is such a highly respected pianist. We are honored that he will be able to be a part of our program.”
Carr, who became a Steinway Artist in 2005, has been teaching students at Immaculata University for 31 years. His musical and professional training is extraordinary. He obtained both an undergraduate degree and master’s degree (one of three) in piano performance from Temple University, the latter under an Irving Berlin Fellowship for Graduate Studies. He received a scholarship to the graduate Professional Studies program at the Juilliard School studying with world renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus with whom he studied for over 12 years. He then enrolled in the Graduate Program for Professional Studies at the Juilliard School, where he obtained an Artist Diploma Degree. Carr also taught and undertook doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, he pursued his final master’s degree in international business from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, leading to his consultation for many corporations over a 12-year period presenting concerts and lectures on creativity. As part of his musical training, Carr would later train with acclaimed pianist Paul Badura-Skoda at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (the ‘Munich Conservatory’) and study the work of Franz Liszt in communist-era East Germany.
Carr is currently Scholar/Artist-in-residence at the Malvern Preparatory School and works with Curtis Institute that sends performing faculty to give presentations.
Immaculata University, a liberal arts institution, boasts an accredited music program recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music. Dr. Carr played a pivotal role in establishing the institution as a Steinway school, acquiring 38 Steinways from Jacobs Music Company in 2012.