Dear American Liszt Society Festical Attendees,

The Music Department at California State University is very proud to welcome you to our beautiful campus. We are one of the largest music programs west of the Mississippi and are consistently rated among the top 25 music schools in the world. I fervently hope you savor hearing some extraordinary music in our facilities, which include our recently remodeled Recital Hall and the acoustically perfect Valley Performing Arts Center.

I also hope you take advantage of our location in the entertainment capital of the world to take in the sights and sounds of Los Angeles, from the touristy streets of Hollywood, to the beaches at Santa Monica and Venice, to the amazing diversity of international cuisines available within minutes of our campus.

Our illustrious piano faculty include the distinguished performer and teacher John Perry, world-renounced pedagogue Gayle Kowalchyk, California Professional Teacher's Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Edward Francis, organist extraordinaire Timothy Howard, and of course, our intrepid leader, the brilliant Dmitry Rachmanov.

May the next several days leave you with lifelong memories of friendship and fellowship, new knowledge and brilliant scholarship, and extraordinary performances of music by Liszt and his musical contemporaries and heirs. Welcome and enjoy your time at California State University Northridge!


Ric Alviso, Ph. D.
Chair, Music Department
California State University Northridge