The Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival at Hastings College brings outstanding teacher-performers to the Hastings College campus for a day of informative and inspiring activities, all free of charge to festival participants! This year’s festival is online on our Facebook page —

The Festival attracts clinicians who share their expertise with piano students, teachers and the Hastings College community — including an opportunity for students in grades 8-12 to attend free of charge and work with the guest clinician and Hastings College faculty. These master class sessions are a great way to coach literature for upcoming solo recitals, Guild Auditions, contests or NMTA District Festivals.

2021 Piano Festival

The 2021 Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021 and will be livestreamed on the Hastings College Music Facebook page.

We are pleased to invite all students grades 8-12 to attend this event free of charge, and request a lesson with our guest clinician, Jeremy Siskind. Please register below.

Schedule for March 27

10:00 am — Welcoming remarks by Dr. Sokasits
10:00–10:30 — Recital presented by Mr. Jeremy Siskind
10:30–10:50 — Lecture: “What is Jazz?” presented by Mr. Siskind
10:50–11:15 — Recital and closing remarks presented by Dr. Sokasits
11:30–1:30 — Individual online lessons with Mr. Siskind and Dr. Sokasits

2021 Guest Artist - Jeremy Siskind

Mr. Jeremy Siskind. (Photo by Barb Hauser.)

Pianist-composer Jeremy Siskind will be the Guest Artist for the 2021 Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival at Hastings College.

Siskind is a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association and the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Since making his professional debut juxtaposing Debussy’s Etudes with jazz standards at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Siskind has established himself as one of the nations’ most innovative and virtuosic modern  pianists.

A highly-respected educator, Siskind has written 13 publications with Hal Leonard including the landmark instructional books Jazz Band Pianist and First Lessons in Piano Improv. He currently teaches at California’s Fullerton College.


Contact Dr. Jonathan Sokasits at 402.461.7359 or

History of the Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival at Hastings College

frisch1Gladys Frisch Harris, a member of the Hastings College class of 1932, spent more than fifty years of her life teaching private piano and organ pupils. She actively taught until two days before her death on Thanksgiving Day, 1981.

Following graduation, Harris taught high school music for two years, and then became a substitute teacher in the Evanston, Illinois public schools. She studied pipe organ in Chicago and attended the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York.

Harris and her husband, the Reverend James W. Harris, were married in 1934 and had two sons, James and John. Mrs. Harris was a member of the Evanston Music Club and the Board of Directors of the West Suburban Symphony in LaGrange, Illinois. Her dedication to the field of music education still continues today through underwriting this annual student/teacher workshop.

About the Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival
The generous bequest of Reverend James W. Harris continues to honor his wife’s memory with an annual piano festival designed for area pre-college piano students and their teachers. Since its inception in 1984, the Gladys Frisch Harris piano festival has brought outstanding teacher-performers to the Hastings College campus for a day of informative and inspiring activities, all free of charge to festival participants. With the ongoing generous support of the Hastings College Music Department and Artist Lecture Series, the festival continues to attract top-notch clinicians to share their expertise with area piano students, teachers and the Hastings College community.

This annual festival occurs in March or April. It is a wonderful performance opportunity that helps students prepare for district festivals, auditions and spring recitals. Over the years, the festival has undergone a number of changes before arriving at its current format.