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About the Lister-Sink Institute

The Lister-Sink Institute is an educational organization dedicated to promoting a healthful, well-coordinated keyboard technique to maximize musical artistry and help prevent potential injury at any point in the career.

About Barbara Lister-Sink

BARBARA LISTER-SINK, internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher, is a graduate
of Smith College and holds the Prix d’Excellence from the Utrecht Conservatory and an Ed.D. from Columbia University. A former member of the Artist Faculty of the Eastman School of Music, she has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned performers, composers, and in numerous music festivals throughout North America, Europe, and in Australia. Formerly keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, she has also taught on the piano faculties of the Amsterdam Muziek Lyceum, Duke University, and the Brevard Music Center and is currently directs America’s first Graduate Certificate Program and Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy with an Emphasis in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Lister-Sink is acknowledged as a global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique. Her video/DVD Freeing the Caged Bird
– Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique won the distinguished 2002 Music Teachers National Association-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award and was praised as “A monumental work!” by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, including the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, IL; and the International Society of Music Educators in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2020 Virtual ISME Conference from Helsinki, Finland. Through her research-validated Lister-Sink Method©; 2016 TED X talk; hundreds of workshops at universities, conservatories, summer institutes, and professional conferences; and frequent articles in music journals, Lister-Sink has helped thousands of keyboardists from around the world remove technical obstacles to their musical development. A Steinway Artist since 1977 and a previewer for Oxford University Press, Lister-Sink was recently invited to write a series of articles for the Piano Magazine, The American Music Teacher, and European Piano Teachers Association Piano Journal. She was chosen by Musical America Global as one of America’s “Top Professionals of 2018” who have contributed to the music profession as innovators, independent thinkers, and visionary leaders.

Additionally, Lister-Sink is a visual artist whose work is frequently exhibited. She is also a fitness and gym enthusiast who enjoys power-lifting.