Mann is the recipient of the music department’s 2021-22 Distinguished Alumni Award News Keene State College

The Music Department at Keene State College has presented its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2021-2022 to Ted Mann, a professor with a distinguished career in guitar performance, composition, music history and theory, and l online education.

Mann, from Peterborough, received the award at the PRISM: Music Alumni Showcase on March 25 at the Redfern Arts Center.

Mann is a music instructor at Keene State. He holds degrees in guitar performance from Keene State, music history and theory from UNH, and composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He studied privately with guitar luminaries including Ben Verdery at Yale, and participated in masterclasses with Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin and Oscar Ghiglia.

Sandra Howard, chair of the college’s music department, said Mann has been a consistent and valued contributor for more than three decades.

“His positive spirit and expertise,” she said, “has had a tremendous impact on thousands of students through music lessons, ensembles, and our Integrative Studies program. We are thrilled to honor Ted and work alongside him as he continues to drive the trajectory of musical excellence forward.

Mann’s teaching career includes stints at Mount Wachusett Community College and Franklin Pierce University, among other institutions of higher education.

At Keene State, Mann taught guitar, composition, theory and counterpoint, electronic music, and rock music history. He is a pioneer of online education at Keene State, having taught some of the first classes in this format nearly 15 years ago.

It continues to offer online courses, particularly in rock music, improving access to high-quality education at Keene State, according to a statement from the college’s music department announcing the honor.

As a student at Keene State, Mann worked with other members of the department to create a professional degree program in music performance, despite institutional skepticism about the degree at a liberal arts college, the report says. communicated. Since then, hundreds of students have completed the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance. Mann was the first Keene State guitarist to earn a degree in performance.

Mann is an award-winning, high-profile composer. His music, performed regionally and across the United States, crosses styles and genres; he specializes in chamber music, works for guitar and electro-acoustic music. His “Fantasia for flute, alto and bass” received first prize in the International Series of Concerts for Composers’ Voices and was performed by the Bateira Trio at Carnegie Hall in New York.

As a guitarist, Mann has appeared in concerts and recitals countless times, performing original compositions and works by other composers. He is also an expert performer on other plucked string instruments, most notably the lute and the vihuela.

He is the founder and artistic director of music festivals in New Hampshire and New York; an accomplished recording artist performing original compositions and arrangements; and a strong presence in the region’s live music scene.

As a longtime member of the NH All State Guitar Committee, he has led workshops for teachers and in high schools. Additionally, he led the NH Music Educators Association All-State Guitar Ensemble for its first official performance, at Concord in 2019.

Mann is the 13th recipient of the award. The five previous winners are Eric Weigler, Derek Shapiro, JoAnne Mead, Joseph Hartnett and Glen D’Eon.

For more information regarding the Distinguished Alumni Award or Professor Mann’s accomplishments and contributions to Keene State College, please contact the Music Department at 603.358.2177.

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