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Dr. Gerald Berthiaume is Professor of Music and has taught at WSU since 1989. He formerly taught at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. At WSU, Berthiaume teaches studio piano lessons to undergraduate and graduate majors, as well as to minors and non-majors. He also coaches chamber music groups and serves on graduate committees, and committees for the School of Music (Curriculum) and College of Liberal Arts (Tenure and Promotion and Scholarship). In the past, he has taught piano literature and accompanying. He co-directs the Summer Keyboard Explorations piano camp with Dr. Jeff Savage.
Berthiaume has performed as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in the United States, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Ukraine. In 1993, he was a winner in the United States Information Agency "Artistic Ambassador Competition" held at Stanford University. As a result, he toured the Middle East presenting concerts at U.S. embassies and consulates, as well as for international schools and on television.
Berthiaume has performed and lectured for national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association in Miami and Milwaukee, for the College Music Society in Chicago and Portland, for the Music Educators National Conference in San Antonio, for the Percussive Arts Society in San Antonio, for the Society of Composers in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He has also performed for the festival of New Music in Munich, Germany, for SCI conferences in South Carolina and Montana, and the Tutti New Music Festival in Ohio. He has served as accompanist for William Walker of the Metropolitan Opera and for James King of the Vienna State Opera.
Berthiaume is active as an adjudicator and judge for the Washington State Music Teachers Association and Oregon Music Teachers Association. He was formerly the Chair of the WSMTA Education Board.
Solo and chamber music performances by Berthiaume can be heard on the following labels: Albany Records, Vienna Modern Masters, Advance Music, and Arizona University. His solo piano performance of Charles Argersinger's "Dream Sequence" can be heard on the Arizona University Recording label "AUR 5060" and his recording of Argersinger's "...between Scylla and Charybdis" is on "AUR 9301." Berthiaume's solo CD ("Excursions for a Pianist") featuring the piano works of the late Robert Starer are on the Albany Records label "Troy 205."