Terry Boyarsky, pianist, is a movement specialist, singer, and ethnomusicologist who believes that every person is musical. Her search for musical collaboration has led her into chamber music, choral singing, folk dance, coaching, accompanying dance, and creating ceremony. Terry has collaborated with singers and dancers across the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
Terry holds a BA in experimental psychology from Reed College, a BM in Eurhythmics from Cleveland Institute of Music, and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Kent State University. Her piano teachers include Fred Rothchild, Rebecca Penneys, Jeaneane Dowis, James Tannenbaum, and coaching with Vitya Vronsky Babin. She has further training from the Dalcroze School in New York City, two levels of Orff Schulwerk, and was one of sixteen Ohio artists selected to participate in the Kennedy Center for the Arts Seminars “Artists as Educators” from 2004-2007. She is certified by the National Center for Creative Aging and has been in “Who’s Who” since 2000. Terry has taught and created events for institutions such as the Dalcroze Society of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Hawaii, Rowe Center in Massachusetts, Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Los Hipocampitos in Carrizal, Venezuela, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Terry was a Teaching Artist for almost two decades with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. She was in the first group of artists selected for the Kennedy Center’s Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative, and a Teaching Artist for Ohio Arts Council. She presents professional development workshops on arts integration and Dalcroze Eurhythmics nationally. She has published articles in the Orff Echo, the American Dalcroze Journal, Seminars in Neurology, and Teaching Artist Journal. She has taught children, disadvantaged youth, amateur adults, the learning disabled, educators, actors, professional musicians, and conservatory students around the world. She sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland.
In November 2014, Terry collaborated with Taipei puppeteer Mi-Chen Chiu and Cleveland-based dancer Tom Evert, to create “Young Dreams—Life in 3 Parts,” an intimate work of puppetry, dance, and improvised music, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation “Creative Fusion“ Program. Her solo piano program “Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition” has been received with great acclaim. Terry has been a member of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival faculty for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Currently she teaches a course in Russian Song for Case Western Reserve University. She has been performing with Siberian balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov as “Russian Duo” since 2007.