The Toy Piano as Compositional Tool
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The Toy Piano as Compositional Tool

The Toy Piano as Compositional Tool

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The St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave N

St Petersburg, FL 33713

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The 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival events continue with Composer-In-Residence Olivia Kieffer's presentation of a lecture-recital, featuring the use of her toy piano pieces (from her volume of miniatures "The Texture of Activity") as a window into a broader compositional platform.

Topics presented include:

  • The Range of the instrument as useful for keyboard percussion
  • The inherent limitations of the toy piano as a basis for rhythmically adventurous writing
  • Using two toy pianos, one in each hand, as a starting point for writing Duets and the positive qualities of range similarities and octave expansion
  • Examples of expanding a toy piano miniature into a larger arrangement

This lecture is free, open to the public, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.



Olivia Kieffer is a percussionist, composer, and educator from Wisconsin. Active as a performer and composer in Atlanta’s vibrant New Music scene, she performs with with the Terminus Ensemble, Bent Frequency, the toy piano trio (tink tink tink), a sax/percussion/electronics duo Bonebreaker, and the 7-piece chamber rock group, Clibber Jones Ensemble. She joined the music faculty at Reinhardt University in 2009, where she teaches Applied Lessons and a variety of music classes, in addition to directing the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble. Ms. Kieffer earned a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music at Georgia State University. She studied with Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and with Stuart Gerber. She feels at home in both the classical and rock worlds, and can be heard on recordings by Amy O’Dell, the Georgia Brass Band, Tay0, GremlinsDuo, and Clibber Jones Ensemble. She works closely with composers Marc Mellits and William Susman. Her compositions are published through Living Creatures Press. She is also a consultant for Stringless Enterprises, LLC, and is on the Board of Directors at Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery. Olivia is published in Eyedrum Periodically, and her compositions and projects have been highlighted in ArtsAtl, TomTom Magazine, the Atlanta Creative Music podcast, the A/B Duo blog, New Music Conflagration, Music, Polyphony, and Polyrhythm, listening to ladies, Composer’s Circle, and WABE (90.1FM). Her compositions have been described as "honest, to the point, and joyful!"

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