Marianne Ploger is the Associate Professor of Music Perception and Cognition and Director of the Musicianship Program at Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music. She studied with famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris and received her MM in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan. Since 1980, Professor Ploger’s early interests in neurology, psychology, perception, and cognition led to her original observations involving instant real time recognition of musical intervals and pitches. She developed her fluency-based method to train the musical mind, appropriate for all musical genres and levels of experience, now being employed by thousands of musicians around the world.
A pianist and composer with recent commissions from Duke University, University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point), and Hamilton College, NY., Marianne Ploger is also a pioneer in musical communication and has coauthored with Keith Hill articles relating to this subject, including the popular "Craft of Musical Communication." She has conducted workshops and musicianship intensives at universities, colleges, and conservatories in the US and Europe, among these the Hochschule für Kunst und Musik in Berlin, the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, the Bruchner Conservatory in Linz, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, the University of Göteborg in Sweden, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and Hamilton College.
Selected Compositions by Marianne Ploger
Complete List of Compositions
Toccata and Gigue Fugue for Organ, Op. 16, 2012
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor for Wind Ensemble, Op. 14, No. 1, 2008
Nocturne, for piano, 2002
Berceuse, for piano, 2000
Chorale and Chorale Prelude on "Wie shön leuchtet" for saxophone quartet, 1999
-Two harpsichord, four-hand arrangement, 1999
-Oboe quartet (oboe and strings) arrangement, 2008
Triple Motet in 8 voices for Double Choir and Double Brass Choir (Sanctus), 1986
-Brass choir arrangement, 2003
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