Violinist opens Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series

by University Communications,

On Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette University’s Rogers Music Center, violinist Bayla Keyes will bring her extraordinary musicianship to this year’s opening concert for the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series.

Keyes has been a champion of a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. She founded the acclaimed Muir String Quartet and was the founding director of the String Quartet Institute at Tanglewood and the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference. The Boston Globe named her piano trio, Triple Helix, “Musicians of the Year” for combining “scholarship, experience, and improvisatory abandon.”

Keyes’ varied and challenging program will feature: the unique and rarely played “Unaccompanied Sonata for Violin” by Sergei Prokofiev; the highly characteristic “Sonata for Violin and Piano” by Aaron Copland; and Brahms’ monumental “Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor.” Willamette’s Jean-David Coen, professor of piano, will accompany Keyes.

Keyes has worked with many of the most renowned violin teachers of the 20th century, including Oscar Shumsk and Ivan Galamian. Keyes will share techniques from these celebrated violinists at her Oct. 29 master class with Willamette students. Free and open to the public, the master class will be from 1-3 p.m. in the university’s Hudson Hall.

For more information about Willamette’s Music Department or the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series, call 503-370-6255 or visit

General admission tickets are $23, and discounted tickets are available for students and for faculty and staff with Willamette University identification. Buy tickets at or Travel Salem at 800-874-7012.

Single tickets
Adults: $23
Students with ID: $8
Willamette University students with ID: $5
Willamette University faculty and staff with ID: $18

Season tickets for three concerts
Adults: $60
Willamette University faculty and staff: $50