Keyboard Studio

Ransdell Chapel

2013-2014 Performances

Faculty Recital: Judith Davis, piano
Oct. 1 > 8 pm > Gheens Recital Hall

Guest Recital: Cherrix Piano Duo
Oct. 7 > 8 pm > Ransdell Chapel

Guest Recital: Zach Klobnak, organ
Oct. 21 > 8 pm > Ransdell Chapel

Alumnus Recital: Rodrigo Vasconcelos, piano
Oct. 24 > 8 pm > Gheens Recital Hall

Masterclass: Rodrigo Vasconcelos, piano
Oct. 25 > 10 am > Gheens Recital Hall

Piano Ensemble Fall Concert
Nov. 7 > 8 pm > Gheens Recital Hall

Piano Ensemble Spring Concert
March 20 > 8 pm > Gheens Recital Hall

Ransdell Chapel Organ

The Ransdell Chapel organ was built in 1894 by Farrand & Votey of Detroit and installed in Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, TN. Initially, it was a modest, yet pioneering instrument of approximately fifteen ranks driven by a water pump (furnishing wind pressure) and batteries (providing electrical current for the key action). In the century to follow, the organ was converted to electrical power (1906) and enlarged by Pilcher and Moller organ companies, with new ranks of pipes and consoles. Over the past quarter century, Milnar Organ Company has maintained the organ and overseen its enlargement to its present size of 51 ranks and 3,014 pipes. For its move to Campbellsville University, the console was converted to solid-state and received organ additions of a Trumpet-En-Chamade and a zimbelstern by "Friends of the University".

Pomplitz Organ

The Opus 185 Pomplitz Organ, originally built by August Pomplitz in Batimore in 1875, is housed in nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  The organ was donated to Campbellsville University by Dr. Lloyd and Doris Vogt Farrar and was restored by Brad Rule of B. Rule & Company. Because the donors requested that the organ be restored to 19th century standards, the organ can still be hand pumped and it is tuned sharper than current standards.

Learn more about this historic instrument here.

2013-2014 Noon Organ Series

1894 Farrand and Votey Pipe Organ in Ransdell Chapel
Enlarged and Rebuilt by Moller, Pilcher, and Milnar Organ Companies, 3 Manuals, Pedalboard, 51 Ranks

1875 Pomplitz Organ in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Restored to its Original Condition of 10 Ranks by B. Rule Organ Company

12:20-12:50 p.m. - Free Admission

Sept. 17
Dedication of New Organ - Wesley Roberts
Professor of Music, Campbellsville University
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

Oct. 15
Douglas Murray
Professor of English, Belmont University
Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tn.
Ransdell Chapel

Nov. 5
Rodney Barbour, Director of Music & Arts
Crestview Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Oh.
Ransdell Chapel

Feb. 11
Schuyler Robinson, Professor of Organ
University of Kentucky, Lexington

March 11
Jan-Piet Knijff, Organ Scholar
Master's Candidate in Classics, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

April 8
Wesley Roberts with Faculty from the School of Music
Professor of Music, Campbellsville University
Ransdell Chapel


Keyboard Faculty

Dr. William Budai is associate professor of piano at Campbellsville University, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate piano and piano pedagogy classes, as well as class piano and music literature.  Previously, he taught piano at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) and served as the executive director of the IUPUI Music Academy, a community music school affiliated with IUPUI. He holds degrees from Central Michigan University, Bowling Green State University, and University of Oklahoma, where he studied piano with Dr. Edward Gates and piano pedagogy with Dr. Jane Magrath and Dr. Reid Alexander.

Dr. Budai remains active in the field of piano pedagogy with presentations and workshops at numerous conferences, including most recently the College Music Society's National Conference, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association State Conference, the Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference, and the Metropolitan Detroit Musicians League. He is currently president of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association. Dr. Budai performs frequently as a collaborative artist with the faculty of Campbellsville University and serves as music director and pianist for his local church.


Judith Chen Davis is an adjunct professor of piano and an independent piano teacher. She has been active as both a solo and ensemble pianist, and frequently accompanies both undergraduate and graduate students of Campbellsville University. She holds the Permanent Certified Teacher of Music in Piano certification from the Music Teachers National Association.

Prof. Davis's degrees include a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Honor Certificates from both Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and Royal Schools of Music from London, England. She is currently teaching as an adjunct faculty member in class piano and applied piano at Campbellsville University. Her philosophy of teaching is published in the Kentucky Music Teachers Association journal. In 2011, she gave a presentation at the annual Kentucky Music Teachers Association Conference on a "Comparative Study between Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London, England."


Dr. Wesley Roberts is professor of music at Campbellsville University, where he teaches courses in piano, organ, and musicology, and has been a member of the faculty since 1982. He has presented concerts as pianist and organist throughout the United States, in Europe and in Asia, including premieres of works by the Dutch composers Hans Osieck, Johan van Kempen, and Kees Weggelaar, and the American composers Tom Johnson and James W. Moore.

Dr. Roberts was a guest speaker at the 2002 Conference of the Music Teachers National Association in Cincinnati, where he spoke on the topic "Bridging the Gap: Tools and Incentives for Pianists Turned Organists." He is the author of articles and reviews in British, Dutch, and American journals, and co-author with Maurice Hinson of The Piano in Chamber Ensemble, 2nd Edition, published in 2006. His revision of Dr. Hinson's encyclopedic Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire is currently at press. 

Dr. Roberts has served as a visiting professor at the French Piano Institute in Paris and at Shanghai Normal University, and as organist at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky. and First Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. for nearly a decade each. He has organized concert tours across Kentucky for international artists from France, Holland, Denmark, England, and China, and has served additionally as President of three professional organizations, including the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, which granted him its' 2005 Distinguished Service Award and 2012 Teacher of the Year Award.