About the Department

Staff Spotlight

Dr. Javier Clavere

Associate Professor of Music
At Berea College since 2010

 

As an artist Javier has performed in many prestigious concert series across the United States, South America and Europe performing with orchestras, in solo recitals and chamber music. In 1994 he was privileged to perform on Vladimir Horowitz’s piano featuring the famed pianist’s instrument, organized by Steinway and Sons. He was artist in residence of the Utah Arts Council Performing Arts Tour. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, he was the soloist for the Opening gala of the Symphony of the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He also appeared as soloist with the Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, James Madison University Symphony Orchestra, Rosario State Philharmonic, and Rosario Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared in solo recitals in prestigious series such as, Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition, Broward Performing Arts Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Rutgers University Nicholas Music Center, DiCapo Opera Theater (NYC), Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Xavier University Piano Series in Cincinnati. A consistent prizewinner, he has both participated and won prizes in the Los Angeles Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, International Utah Mozart Festival, Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. Javier was born in Rosario, Argentina, and was invited to the United States on full scholarship to attend Brigham Young University. His graduate studies have taken place at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. He studied piano with Roberto Caamano, Dr. Paul Pollei, Dr. Seymour Bernstein, Prof. Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Mr. James Tocco. Studies organ studies with Parley Belnap at Brigham Young University. He has performed as a piano duo with his wife Lindsay since 1996. In honor of their wedding, composer Seymour Bernstein wrote “Rhapsody on Two Names – Javier and Lindsay,” premiered at their piano duo debut in the Assembly Hall Concert Series in Salt Lake City in 1997. They have performed extensively as a duo across North and South America. He is also a carillonneur for Berea College, where he performs regularly in the beloved “John Courter” Carillon. As a music theorist, he has presented papers at the National Conferences of the Semiotic Society of America, at Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Southeast.

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Mission Statement

The Berea College Music Department recognizes that music is an essential component of a liberal arts education.  We are committed to creating an educational environment that combines the academic rigors of the discipline with the artistic standards of performance.

Through music, the Berea College Music Department affirms the college’s mission by:

  • providing a music education of high quality that relates to the liberal arts foundation and outlook
  • developing creativity and independence of thought
  • serving the community through the teacher education program, public performances and other musical opportunities
  • establishing an educational environment that respects diverse learning styles, performance styles and practices
  • providing various musical opportunities for all students on campus
  • developing awareness of music’s connection with regional, national, and international cultures
  • encouraging collaboration and teamwork
  • integrating musical experiences with the labor program to enhance professional development, promoting lifelong support and appreciation of the arts.