Board of Advisors
A prize-winning graduate (BM, MM) of The Juilliard School, Canadian pianist Raja Rahman has performed worldwide with the likes of Sir Georg Solti, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Iona Brown. Winner of concerto competitions, Juilliard’s Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship, International Concert Artists competition, and numerous other awards, Raja’s career has taken him all over the world in concert as both soloist and chamber musician. Collaborations have included performances with cellist Matt Haimovitz, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet and the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Rahman’s Carnegie (Weill) Hall debut took place while still at Juilliard, followed by his Lincoln Center debut (Alice Tully Hall) shortly thereafter. Sir Georg Solti became an ardent supporter of Raja’s after they performed together in Germany. Raja’s teachers have included Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Lev Vlassenko and Byron Janis.
A seasoned teacher of 20 years himself, Raja is Director of Piano Studies at Nevada School of the Arts and teaches a studio of 20 students in Las Vegas. He regularly conducts masterclasses across the country. In April of 2008, he was awarded a Proclamation from the Mayor of Las Vegas in recognition of his efforts to expand culture in the city. Raja, who co-stars in the magic and music duo “Jarrett & Raja”, has appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent as a semifinalist, the CW Network, ABC’s “Shark Tank”, “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and the BBC.
For the 2018/19 season, Mr. Rahman has been engaged to play concerts at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Moscow Conservatory, and a tour of the northeast States. He recorded his debut solo piano album at Sono Luminus Studios titled “Piano Stories: Bach to Busoni”. Raja can be seen in his 6th season on The CW Network’s “Masters of Illusion” all summer long in 2019.
“A VIRTUOSO CONCERT PIANIST” - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY UK
“A POWERHOUSE PIANIST…” THE SUNDAY TIMES
“A FIRST CLASS MUSICIAN” - SIR GEORG SOLTI
Erik Beehn is an artist and educator working out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Receiving his MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, his practice spans across installation, painting and object making, with an interest in material exploration. Beehn is an adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he teaches printmaking and is the director and cofounder of Test Site Projects, a fine art publishing house located in Las Vegas.
Kate St. Pierre
Kate is a Lincoln Center Professional Director’s Lab alumnus, Artist in Residence with the Nevada Arts Council, Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards adjudicator, Southern Nevada WolfTrap Teaching Artist, The Smith Center Teaching Artist. Kate lectured in Sept 2015 at the University of Iowa for the Life Design Class and the Obermann Scholars. Specializing in Arts Integration in Education, Kate was profiled in December 2016 as a Community Hero by The Smith Center for Performing Arts in an article titled, “The Arts Are Her Language.”
Kate believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone regardless of their demographic and social/economic standing and that everyone has a story to tell and should have an opportunity to be listened to. Only through ‘active listening’/ being heard can we create empathy and true change. Kate believes such opportunities must be made accessible (financially, ease of transportation and comprehension/it must be engaging) to the community and similarly to what W.E.B. Du Bois stated for the Krigwa Players; theatre must be ‘About us, By us, For us, and Near us.”
Kate is the Upper / High school theatre teacher at Doral Academy Red Rock, an Arts Integration, Kennedy Center aligned charter school. Kate has taught educators of Pre-K thru grades 12 for over 7 years having started with LA Opera’s Education and Outreach program. Kate has created opportunities and programming for many organizations in the community including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Kate designed and co-taught workshops with community liaisons on storytelling and nostalgia through music, photography, movement and theatre for patients and their families living with cognitive brain disorders including Alzheimer’s and dementia. As an AI (Arts Integration) specialist, Kate loves integrating curriculum (core standards) with the arts, often working alongside Kennedy Center teaching artists. Kate was one of the 4-person panel to evaluate and rewrite the Core Arts Standards for Theatre for the State of Nevada.