Dr. Krista Wallace-Boaz, Associate Dean and Professor of Piano and Pedagogy at the University Of Louisville School Of Music, teaches class piano, piano pedagogy, keyboard literature classes, and applied piano. She also serves as the University of Louisville Faculty Athletic Representative. She is the pianist in the Trio Bel Canto, an alto saxophone/tenor saxophone/piano trio dedicated to the creation of new music for this genre. A former new music reviewer for Clavier-Companion magazine (formerly Clavier, she has also been published in Keyboard Companion, and has served as the President of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and chair of the Music Teachers National Association State Presidents Advisory Council. Wallace-Boaz is active as an adjudicator and collaborator, performing with nationally and internationally renowned artists including Oystein Baadsvik, Fabio Brum, Aaron Boaz, Delfeayo Marsalis, Patrick Meighan, James Houlik, and Donald Peck. In 2010 she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Players, performing works by Lutoslawski and Currier, receiving accolades from the NY Times for her warm-toned and picturesque performance. She may be heard in collaboration with saxophonist Cory Barnfield on the recording Journey, produced by New Dynamic Records, on Free Flying with trombonist Brett Shuster, produced by Albany Records, and American Fusion with saxophonist David Wozniak, produced by Emeritus Recordings.
A recipient of the University of Louisville’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, Wallace-Boaz holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville, a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. Wallace-Boaz also holds three certificates from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia and has been heard on the national radio broadcast of the Dame Myra Hess Concert series. She has had the privilege of performing a series of concerts in Belgium as the guest of the Belgian Grand Consulate, and has appeared in concerts across the United States as well as England, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Russia and Scotland. Wallace-Boaz currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Chamber Music Society of Louisville, is the Southern Division Composition Coordinator for MTNA Competitions, and the State Coordinator for the MTNA Composition Competition.