Director of Keyboard Studies
Hayworth Fine Arts Center 108
MARCIA GARRETT DILLS, assistant professor of music, directs the keyboard studies program at High Point University. The keyboard program offers private lessons in piano and organ to both music and nonmusic majors. In addition to heading the keyboard division Marcia serves as accompanist for the university’s choral program and as organist for Hayworth Chapel. She has been a faculty member at High Point University for many years and has performed in more than fifty concerts during her tenure at High Point.
In 2014 she created and administered the first annual High Point University Piano Competition which was made possible by a generous gift to the university from Randall T. Johnson. Photographs and complete information regarding the competition can be found at www.highpoint.edu/pianocompetition.
Under her leadership the HPU Piano Competition has grown significantly over the past five years. In 2019 the first prize was increased to $10,000, second prize was $6000 and third prize was $4000. A junior competition was begun in 2018 for North Carolina pianists which offers cash prizes and music scholarships to attend High Point University.
In addition to her work as coordinator of the piano division and administrator for the piano competition she continues to perform regularly at university and community events and maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers.