Longtime piano professor, Jack Roberts, dies at 72

Dr. Jack Roberts
Professor of piano College of Music
Thursday, January 15, 2004

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Dr. Jack Roberts, professor of piano at the Universityof North Texas College of Music, died yesterday afternoon (Jan. 14, Wednesday)at Denton Community Hospital. Memorial service details are pending with DeBerryFuneral Home.

Roberts joined the piano faculty of the College of Music in 1957 and served aspiano coordinator from 1984 and then as chair for the division of keyboard studiesuntil 1999. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a concert performer and pedagogue,and was described by John Rosenfield of the Dallas Morning News as "a pianistof fine artistry and taste." He remained in demand not only as a soloist,but also in chamber music and vocal collaboration until his death.

A native of Fort Worth, Roberts graduated from North Texas, where he studiedwith Silvio and Isabel Scionti, with a bachelor's (1951) and a master's(1952) in music. He was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1955 to study at the ViennaAcademy for Music and Dramatic Arts, where he was a pupil of Richard Hauser,who had studied with Liszt's pupil Emil von Sauer. In 1970, Roberts earnedhis doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he servedas a fellow from 1967 to 1969 and studied under the noted Bartók student,György Sándor. Roberts has also had coaching with Alicia de Larrochaand Leon Fleisher.

In addition to also teaching at the University of Michigan, Roberts gave performancesand master classes at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Brevard College,the AIMS Institute in Graz (Austria), Michigan State University, and Fujen Universityin Taipei (Taiwan). For many years, Roberts was an official competition pianistfor the G. B. Dealey Competition in Dallas. In addition, he served as a jurorfor the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, sponsored byFort Worth's Cliburn Foundation since 1999. Before joining the UNT faculty,Roberts taught at Southwest Texas State University.

Memorials may be made to a Jack Roberts scholarship fund at UNT College of Music,Attention Elida Tamez, PO Box 311367, Denton, Texas, 76203, or by calling (940)565-2243.

Note to Editors: A photograph of Jack Roberts is available online at http://web3.unt.edu/news/.Reporters wishing to contact colleagues and friends may call:
Dr. Dale Peters, professor of organ (940) 387-6457
Dr. Jesse Eschbach, Chair UNT Division of Keyboard Study (940) 382-2320

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108