Mcllwaine Master Class

Fall 2013 Master Class Schedule

10/23/2013: Beatrice Rana, 2013 Van Cliburn Classical Piano Silver Medalist

Born into a family of musicians, Beatrice Rana began musical studies at the age of 4 and made her concerto debut when she was 9. She has been invited to perform at the Busoni, La Folle Journe, La Roque d'Antherón, Lanaudière, and Radio-France Festivals, and as soloist with the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

First-prize winner of the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition, Ms. Rana also took first prize at the Muzio Clementi and Bang & Olufsen Piano Competitions. She released her first CD in 2012 of works by Scriabin and Chopin on ATMA Classique. She currently studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, having previously graduated from the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music.

For more information or to register to attend please contact the Office of Special Events at (717)-871-5926 or

*Please note the Master Class will now be held in Biemesderfer Concert Hall at The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center

Melva S. McIlwaine Music Master Class

"Music is Love Made Audible"

The Melva S. McIlwaine Music Master Class at Millersville University was established in 2010 to provide the students of Millersville access to nationally and internationally recognized artists in vocal and instrumental music. The University, in partnership with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra since 2003, has provided several master classes each year led by visiting guest artists from the Symphony. This year's master class was taught by violinist Robert Bokor, this weekend's featured artist.

Mrs. McIlwaine, who died in 2009, was brought up in a musical household and brought her love of music with her when she and her husband Bill moved to Millersville. While Dr. McIlwaine busied himself teaching physical science, chemistry and geology at the university, Mrs. McIlwaine plunged into musical activities, playing the organ and singing at First United Methodist Church in Millersville. The couple enjoyed their season tickets to the Lancaster Symphony and became loyal supporters.

The McIlwaine family felt that establishing a Millersville University-Lancaster Symphony Orchestra master class would be the most meaningful tribute to Melva. Her brother, William A. Seymour, president of the Boston Conservatory of Music, said of his sister and her love of music that "Music is love made audible."