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Loyola Alumnus Sean Duggan Returns to Campus for Two-day Piano Showcase

Loyola press release - September 20, 2018

Loyola’s second Piano Alumni Weekend to feature masterclass and recital by renowned Bach expert Rev. Sean Duggan ’77

Pianist, educator, and man of faith—the Rev. Sean Duggan, O.S.B. ’77 — will hold a masterclass, Q&A, and recital on campus during Loyola’s second Piano Alumni Weekend. Duggan, a monk at St. Benedictine Abbey in Covington, La., will join current Loyola piano students for the two-day piano showcase on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, and all events are free and open to the public.

Piano Alumni Weekend is new to Loyola this year, created to showcase the success stories of both notable alumni and current students. The series featured internationally-renowned alumnus Dr. Logan Skelton, D.M.A. ‘83 last spring, and the department plans to continue the series as an annual event, tying together the piano department’s past, present, and future.

“The weekend is special for our current students because it’s like looking into the future—if this is where our alumni are now, this could be them in 10-20 years,” said Brian Hsu, assistant professor of piano. “At the same time, it’s also great for alumni because they can see that you don’t just leave Loyola; it’s a network and these are friends and connections you’re making for the rest of your lives, and it brings everything full circle.”

Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend will begin Saturday, September 29 with a piano masterclass given by Duggan at 2 p.m., followed by a Q&A session. Then, current Loyola piano students will perform a recital showcase at 4 p.m. Students slated to perform include Joyce Park, master’s piano major; Herlinda Castagnoli, senior music with elective studies major; AJ Diedrich, senior piano major; Greg Fortier, junior music industry studies major; Clinton Walker, sophomore piano major; and Jayne Edwards, freshman piano/voice double major.

Events for Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend will conclude Sunday, September 30 with a recital given by Duggan at 3 p.m. followed by a reception where attendees can meet and speak to the artist. His selections will include Bach English Suite No. 6, Faure 3 Nocturnes (nos. 5, 6 & 7), and Schumann Fantasie Op. 17.

“The entire event is open to the public, so it’s a great community event for everyone interested in music, and especially piano,” said Hsu. “Duggan is a great musician who is notable for his concentration in Bach, which he’ll be performing at his recital. He’s not only a renowned pianist but also a priest, which is very unique and we’re excited for his return to Loyola.”

Duggan earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Loyola University New Orleans and his Master of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For three years he was the Pittsburgh Opera Company’s pianist and assistant chorus master. He also taught piano at Carnegie Mellon in the UK and was a member of the Carnegie Mellon Piano Trio.

In 1988, Duggan was ordained to the priesthood as a Benedictine monk of Saint Joseph Abbey in Saint Benedict, Covington, Louisiana. From 1988 to 2001 he taught music, Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at the abbey. Duggan has served as a professor, adjudicator and guest artist at many prestigious institutions, including the Eastman School of Music and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton, N.J. He is currently an associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia.

Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend is free and open to the public, and all Loyola students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend. All events will take place in Nunemaker Auditorium, Third Floor, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage, located off St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074 or email tickets@loyno.edu.

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