Born with an innate talent for music, Randi Stroh, MM, started playing piano at the age of 5 and began her formal music education in high school. She continued her studies at Smith College in Massachusetts before joining the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1975 and a Master of Music from the university’s College of Music in 1982. Bringing a creative touch to everything she does, she attributes her success to the excellent teachers who influenced her over the years as well as her own perseverance and adaptability. Ms. Stroh also notes that she was greatly influenced by her mother, Edith Virginia Gronningsater; her grandmother, Annabel Seldomridge; and her great-grandmother, Irene Seldomridge.
Ms. Stroh holds considerable expertise in classical music and, over the years, has excelled variously as a performing pianist, an art educator, an arts administrator, a music critic and an arts advocate. She spent 10 years on the board of directors for the Center for the Arts Crested Butte and has been involved with both the Denver Musicians Association and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. Presently, she is an artist and the owner of The Circle of Time, her private music studio which is named after a concert she gave where she performed all of Beethoven’s sonatas. A classical pianist in the Western tradition, she is also skilled in playing the clavichord, the virginal and the keyboard, and has performed solo and in chamber music recitals.
In a world with numerous excellence performers, Ms. Stroh stands out in her field for her focus on bridging the gap between the musical world of today and the worlds of the great classical composers who lived many years ago. While the people who wrote the music may be long dead, the spirit of the music lives on and takes on new life each time it is played. Having been a performer for many years, she looks forward to continuing to refine her approach to performing and hopes to return to art education through offering music appreciation classes.
The most important lesson Ms. Stroh has learned throughout her career is to not be afraid, which is not always the easiest task. It is a careful balance between caring passionately about your audiences’ experiences and how they are receiving your work and not caring about the audience at all and focusing on your own internal evaluation of your work, a skill that can take a long time to hone. Ms. Stroh feels that she has achieved that balance for herself and hopes to leave a legacy as someone who is honest, full of integrity, and constantly learning and moving forward, as she never wants her life to feel stagnant.
Ms. Stroh considers the major highlights of her career to be her longevity in the field and the variety of different areas she has been involved in within the artistic world. With no plans for retirement on the horizon, she intends to be active for many years to come. When she is not performing or otherwise active in musical endeavors, Ms. Stroh enjoys spending her time in the mountains, going on hikes and skiing. In light of all her accomplishments and her many years of excellence, Ms. Stroh was honored by Cambridge Who’s Who in 2008.