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.
Outside the university she performs extensively as a collaborative pianist. She has performed many times on the Piedmont Artists concert series, most recently in April of 2009 with Dr. Alexa Schlimmer, head of vocal studies at High Point. In January of 2010 she accompanied Dr. Schlimmer’s students at the London International Choral Festival. From 2003 to 2009 she accompanied the High Point Community Chorus. She has served as the principal organist/pianist at Emerywood Baptist Church for seventeen years.
She received the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she was a teaching assistant in class piano and an accompanist in chamber music. Piano studies were with Tait Barrows and Jack Radunsky. She received the Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Salem College where she studied piano with Clemens Sandresky and organ with Margaret Mueller. She completed a summer term of music and art study in Asolo, Italy through Salem College.
Marcia is a longtime member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the High Point Piano Teachers Association. Her students perform regularly in events of these organizations and in other area venues.