Biography

Having joined the faculty of the College of St. Benedict|St. John's University in 1981, Edward Turley has been featured as soloist and accompanist throughout the upper Midwest. In addition to his solo recitals and performances with various Midwestern regional orchestras (Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, and Heartland Symphony), he has performed frequently in a chamber music capacity with colleagues in the CSB/SJU faculty chamber music ensemble Pastiche. He has also performed on five CD recordings: "Music for Trumpet and Piano I and II" with Dr. Dale White, "The Vocal Music of Bryan Beaumont Hayes", "Under These Skies - British and American Art Song" with spouse Dr. Carolyn Finley and other colleagues, and "Due Cappuccini" with colleague Richard Dirlam.

Dr. Turley holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Edward Turley has also served on the board of the Minnesota Music Teachers' Association as chairperson for Original Composition, as the College Liaison and chair of the 2002 Contest Music Committee.

Since coming to the College of St. Benedict|St. John's University, Dr. Turley has served as instructor in piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and has developed a special area of interest in teaching courses for the non-major music student. He was the recipient of the Sister Mary Grell Teacher of Distinction Award in 1996. He also served as chair of the CSB/SJU Music Department from 1994-'98 and 2001-'13.