Currently the coordinator of the class piano program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Ezra Bartz is a versatile musician with a multifaceted career.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Oregon, winning the University Concerto Competition and the Petri Scholarship Competition. Upon graduating magna cum laude, he received Outstanding Performer in Keyboard by the School of Music and Outstanding Performer in Music by the University. While earning his Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Bartz was awarded first prize in the Sidney Wright Presidential Endowed Accompanying Competition. Together with his professor Gregory Allen, he also made a world-premiere recording of Stravinsky’s two-piano/four-hand arrangement of his Septet for a BBC radio broadcast special.
In high demand as a collaborative pianist, Dr. Bartz has performed with many world-class musicians, including low-brass virtuosi Patrick Sheridan and Steven Mead, and flutists Jim Walker and Helen Blackburne. With colleague and saxophonist Todd Oxford, Dr. Bartz has appeared on the recording Synesthesia. Dr. Bartz has presented two lecture-recitals at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia: Hidden Potential: “Three Fugue Subjects of Johann Sebastian Bach”; and “Decoding Scriabin’s Seventh Sonata.” His research on class piano methods has been presented at the conference as well.
In addition to his duties at Texas State University, Dr. Bartz is also the director of the 9:00 AM music service at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.