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Jackie Akin, flute Mary Medrick, piano
Jack Andrews, vocal Linda McClaran Mendro, piano
Chris Arterburn, flute, whistle, concertina and boudrhan Alan McGuire, bassoon
Deborah Austin, piano Wendy Morton, cello
Laura Anne Ayres, soprano Mark Morton, double bass
Jerry Barnett, vocal North Dallas Trombone Choir
Monica Boldt, mezzo-soprano Francis Osentowski, piano
Jennifer Carpenter, recorder /clarinet Josh Payne, piano
Carolyn Carson, harp Ann Candamio Peak, piano
Ruth Chang, violin Carlo Pezzimenti, guitar
Doo Wop Vocal Band Donny Pinson, alto and tenor trombone
Dallas Camerata Woodwind Quintet Susan Poelchau, piano
Andrew Dees, clarinet Ann Petty, soprano
Alan Dyer, piano Glenn Redmond, vocal
Rob Eads, trombone Nita Redmond, horn
Frances Estes, oboe Susan Richter, recorder 
Howard Etheridge, piano  Eduardo Rojas, piano
Elliot Figg, piano Brian Rowe, guitar
Joseph Florer, piano St. Olaf students, piano
Sara Funkhouser, recorder/oboe Jerry Samuels, jazz piano
Gaylia Green, piano Howard Scheib, trombone
Ralph Hamm, vocal Candy Schell, fiddle
Kyle Logan Hancock, baritone Scott Sheffler, bass
Scott Hand, piano Oksana Sifri, violin
Paulette Huff, piano Jan Sloman, violin
Lisa Huffaker, mezzo-soprano Suzanne Solomon, mezzo-soprano
Sarah Jiang, violin Leslie Spotz, piano
Stephannie Johnson, piano Megan Stoltz, mezzo-soprano
Eun-ju Jun, piano Pat Suitt, piano
Cornell Kinderknecht, recorder / flutes Natasha Sukhina, piano
Andy Kueny, piano Philip Taggart, cello
Mark Landson, viola Noel Wallace, bass trombone
Lee Lattimore, flute / recorder Shaddow Walter, guitar
Doohi Lee, piano Andrew Jonas Wright, piano
Lois Lee, violin Wireless Consort Recorder Ensemble
Yulia Levin, piano Christine Wu, violin
Kristin Littrell, soprano Gypsy Youngraven, mezzo-soprano

Chris Arterburn, flute, whistle, concertina and boudrhan


Chris Arterburn has travelled a bit with his music, starting in Missouri with the Collegium Musicum of the University of Missouri as an instrumentalist and singer, as well as performing with the University chorus. He first started playing Celtic music in Michigan with the group Spiraldanse, travelling between Chicago, Detroit, and the Michigan Renaissance Festival.

Upon completing a Masters degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Michigan, Chris moved to the Dallas area, where he has become embedded with the local music scene as a musician, playing tin whistle, concertina, flute, bazouki, upright bass, boudrhan, doumbek and a few other incidental instruments. He also played with the group Amberhawke, and performing at Scarborough Faire as a musician and puppeteer.

Chris is currently a member of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts and acts as their music director. He travels extensively across the US as a software consultant for IBM, playing and learning from regional performers in sessions whenever he can. He also is a member of the group Spriggan, and has performed at the North Texas Irish Festival, Celtic Fest in Mississippi, Celtic Heritage Festival in Bedford, and done educational seminars at the Childrens Museum of San Antonio.




Laura Anne Ayres, soprano


“Up-and-coming soprano” Laura Anne Ayres is heralded as a “lovely voice...with the kind of mature, rich phrasing and sound that few young singers possess.” (The Tennessean, Evans Donnell) A native Texan and recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Miss Ayres is quickly becoming known as a champion of living composers. Her recent Lincoln Center debut in December featured the New York premiere of Jake Heggie's cycle Winter Roses, with the composer at the keyboard, the premiere of a piece composed for Miss Ayres by Zach Abramson entitled Remembrance, and portions of Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice). Her operatic performances have included The Turn of the Screw (the Governess), I Pagliacci (Nedda), Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), La bohème (Mimì), L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla), The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Pinkerton), and The Merry Widow (Olga) which marked her debut with the Dallas Opera. Miss Ayres was chosen for the female lead in the New York City premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti's opera Il primo omicidio playing the part of “Eve.” 


Her oratorio repertory is both extensive and diverse; recent performances include a Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, and Mendelssohn Lobgesang. Miss Ayres has appeared on stage with such renowned maestros as Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Loh, and the late Craig Smith. Truly passionate about recital collaborations, Miss Ayres has performed with three of today’s most illustrious composers at the keyboard: Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, and John Harbison. Upcoming performances include the title female role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice in Milan, Jake Heggie’s The Deepest Desire with Nashville Symphony, an contemporary American music recital with collaborative pianist Yulia Levin, and a return engagement with Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic as the featured artist. Laura Anne Ayres is represented world-wide by Celia Novo of Novo Artists, Inc.




Dallas Camerata Woodwind Quintet

The Dallas Camerata Woodwind Quintet is made up of professional and semi-professional musicians and includes current and retired teachers, band directors and private instrumental instructors who belong to and perform in various musical organizations throughout the DFW area.



Jackie Akin, flute, teaches at Cary Middle School in DISD and is principal flute in the Texas Chamber Orchestra. She plays piccolo in the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and does freelance work throughout the metroplex in addition to her work with the Camerata Quintet.



Frances Estes, oboe, formerly played oboe and English horn in the Ft. Worth Symphony and Fort Worth Opera Orchestras, and has performed for many years at Thomas Stacy’s English Horn Seminars. She presently plays, not only with the Camerata Quintet, but also with Les Amis Chamber Ensemble, and other orchestras and ensembles in the area on a freelance basis.



Andrew Dees, clarinet, is a freelance clarinetist in the Dallas area. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Northwestern University. He teaches privately in the Richardson School District and spends his free time cooking and trying to dance.



Alan McGuire, bassoon, is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he played in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. He is currently orchestra director at Stonewall Jackson and Eduardo Mata elementary schools. The Eduardo Mata Orchestra has formed a partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra which includes free weekly lessons from teachers sent by the DSO. The orchestra performs several times throughout the school year at various venues in the Dallas area.



Nita Redmond, horn, is a retired public school music teacher having taught 35 years in Hope, Arkansas, Bridgeport, Texas, and in Dallas, Garland and Mesquite ISD. She has taught both middle and high school choir and elementary classroom music. Currently she sings with the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Dallas, and accompanies the McDonald Middle School Choir in Mesquite. She also does freelance accompanying work for several band programs for solo/ensemble contests.




Monica Boldt—Mezzo-soprano


Mezzo-soprano Monica Boldt is a recent graduate student of vocal performance from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, she performed the roles of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Stèphano in Romèo et Juliette, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Miss Boldt completed her Bachelor of Music at Texas Christian University in 2005 and sang the roles of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Asia in Agua, Azucarillos, y Aguardiente with TCU’'s Opera Studio. In 2006, she attended Opera in the Ozarks and performed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Flora in La traviata, and La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica. She was also a member with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus in their 2005 to 2007 seasons and a semi-finalist in the 2007 Dallas Opera Guild Competition. In 2008, Monica was a cover for Dorabella with The Living Opera and also received the John Thomas Women’s Award granted by the Texas Women’s Chorus of Dallas. Other performances for her have included alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with The First United Methodist Church of Frisco and has appeared as a featured vocalist with Mambo Machine, a Latin jazz ensemble based in the DFW metroplex. Upcoming engagements include Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artist Program for spring 2009, in addition to being accepted as an Apprentice Artist for Des Moines Metro Opera’s Young Artist Program in summer 2009.




Jennifer Carpenter, recorder


Jennifer Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Masters degree in musicology with an emphasis in early music performance from the University of North Texas. As a recorder player, she performs as a soloist and in ensembles, including the Wireless Consort, Bach Chamber Players, the UNT Baroque Orchestra and has been a guest artist with the Denton Bach Society and Texas Camerata. Jennifer directed the UNT recorder ensembles from 2002-2008. She also serves on faculty of several early music workshops in TX and CA. Jennifer received a Toulouse Graduate Fellowship to complete her Ph.D. studies in musicology and early music performance at UNT where she currently works as a Teaching Fellow.



Ruth Chang, violin 


Ruth Chang is a ninth grader who is currently homeschooled. She began playing the violin at the age of four. She has been a student of Jan Mark Sloman for two years. In 2006, she won first prize in the FWYO Young Artist Competition and performed as a soloist in the Ed Landreth Hall at TCU. She also won second place in 2003 and 2007 in the Dallas Symphonic Festival for the elementary and junior concerto divisions. In 2008 she won, yet again second place in the Dallas Symphonic Festival for the junior sonata division. She recently performed in a master class for violinist, Stephanie Chase. In the summer, she attends The Institute For Strings and is planning to attend The Meadowmount School of Music this year, 2009. Ruth enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and reading.




Dallas Doo-Wop Vocal Band  


The Doo-Wop Band was organized to perform for their 40th high school reunion in 2002. These men have known each other since the second grade at Lakewood Elementary, and went on to attend J. L. Long Jr. High and Woodrow Wilson H. S. where they all performed together in various bands throughout their school years. Since their successful debut at the reunion, they have been singing together for various private parties, charity events, and Woodrow Wilson functions. To learn more about the group visit their website at



Jack Andrews is a graphic designer with his own advertising firm, Andrews & Associates.



Jerry Barnett is a pharmacist and the proud grandfather of two wonderful little boys, Haden and Logan.



Ralph Hamm, when not playing golf, is CEO of Texas AGA, Insurance.



Glenn Redmond is a Construction Administrator with F&S Partners, Architects. He serves as the musical arranger for the group.



Francis Osentowski, DMA, accompanist, was born in Nebraska and later attended the University of North Texas where he earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Composition and Theory. He has composed in a wide variety of styles including orchestral, choral, jazz and electronic mediums. Dr. Osentowski is the coordinator of the music department at North Lake College, a member of the Dallas County Community College District.




Andrew Dees, clarinet


Andrew Dees is a freelance clarinetist in the Dallas area. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Northwestern University. He teaches privately in the Richardson School District, plays with the Dallas Camerata Woodwind Quintet and spends his free time cooking and trying to dance.




Alan Dyer, piano


Alan Dyer has been a choral director, performer, and music educator for more than 20 years. Skilled at selecting exceptional choral literature, Dyer also enthusiastically supports the development of new compositions. In addition to Artistic Director of The Texas Voices, a professional chamber choir, Dyer is an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman's University and the music associate at First Unitarian Church in Dallas. He is also the principal accompanist of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas. Throughout his career, Dyer has worked with renowned choral directors such as Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch, Dr. Peter Bagley, and Cynthia Nott. He earned a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University and has completed doctoral courses at the University of North Texas. Dyer is active in the American Choral Directors Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association.




Frances Estes, oboe


Frances Estes formerly played oboe and English horn in the Fort Worth Symphony and Fort Worth Opera Orchestras, and has performed for many years at Thomas Stacy’s English Horn Seminars. She presently plays, not only with the Camerata Quintet, but also with Les Amis Chamber Ensemble, and other orchestras and ensembles in the area on a freelance basis.




Angela Favazza, piano


Angela Favazza began piano studies at age nine and later attended high school at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and Arts. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama and Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University. Ms. Favazza has won several prizes including 2nd prize- 1993 Birmingham Music Club Auditions, Special prize- 1998 Nena Wideman Competition, Semifinalist – 1998 Steinway Society Career Development Awards and Semi-finalist-2000 Heida Hermanns Young Artist Competition. She has performed numerous recitals including invitations by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, MS, Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Plano, TX, First Presbyterian Church of Midland, TX, and the Fort Worth Contemporary Art Museum. In 1999, she was invited to perform at Bass Hall on a special concert honoring Van Cliburn presented by the Sonneck Society for American Music. She has given performances at festivals in Europe and in 2002, traveled to Brazil in an exchange program sponsored by Rotary International. Ms. Favazza has held appointments at colleges in the DFW metroplex as well as Lake George Opera in New York, and is currently on faculty at the First United Methodist Church Hurst Fine Arts Academy. 




Eliot Figg, piano


Keyboardist and composer Elliot Figg is a native of Dallas where he began studying piano at age 9. Through his teenage years he studied piano with Jo Boatright, founder of the Dallas contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change. Elliot's work Metropolitan Malady was performed by that group, including Dallas Symphony concertmaster Emanuel Borok and first cellist Christopher Adkins, in 1994. Elliot received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music composition from the University of North Texas in 2002 and 2008, respectively. While at UNT he studied composition with Cindy McTee and Joseph Klein, and harpsichord with Lenora McCroskey. He frequently performs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and elsewhere as harpsichordist and pianist. Elliot's most recent compositional projects aim to combine Baroque performance practice techniques with altered tuning systems and modern musical approaches. His first work in this vein, Sonate für Violine und Generalbaß, was performed at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2005. His most recent work, And Music Shall Untune the Sky, was written for and recorded by Metropolitan Opera tenor Richard Croft, who appeared last season as Gandhi in Phillip Glass's Satyagraha at the Met.




Joseph Florer, piano


Joseph Florer is a junior at UTD and is majoring in Art and Performance with a concentration in music. He is a native of Dallas and has been a student of Joseph Mathia for twelve years and of Mary Medrick for two. Joseph is a recipient of the Academic Recognition Scholarship as well as the Bryce Jordan scholarship for the Creative and Performing Arts. In the spring and fall of 2008, he made the Arts and Humanities Dean’s List. He plans to graduate in December of 2009 and pursue graduate studies in piano. His dream is to study at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.




Sara Funkhouser, recorder / oboe


Sara Funkhouser served as principal oboist of the Kansas City Philharmonic. She attended the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music where she studied with Harold Gomberg. She received her DMA in Music History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She did post-graduate study on Baroque oboe with Ku Ebbinge and recorder with Saskia Coolen. Sara currently lives in Fort Worth. She has performed on Baroque oboe and recorder with the Texas Camerata (Fort Worth), Texas Bach Choir (San Antonio), and Sarabande (Washington, D.C.) and has taught Baroque oboe and recorder at the University of North Texas. 




Kyle Logan Hancock, baritone


Baritone Kyle Logan Hancock’s opera and operetta credits include Doctor Dulcamara from L’elisir d’amore; Figaro, Bartolo and Antonio from Le nozze di Figaro; Sarastro from Die Zauberflöte; Noye from Britten’s Noye’s Fludde; King Melchior from Amahl and the Night Visitors; Captain Corcoran from H.M.S. Pinafore; The Duke of Plaza Toro from The Gondoliers; The Mikado from The Mikado; the Custom House Sergeant in La bohème; and the Cappadocian in Salome (The Dallas Opera; Fort Worth Opera; The Living Opera, Richardson; First Presbyterian Church, Dallas; Regal Opera, Colleyville; the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, New York City; and the University of North Texas). 


On the oratorio stage, Mr. Hancock has sung the bass solos from Händel’s Messiah; Verdi, Mozart and Fauré’s Requiems; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs; Schubert’s Mass in G; Raphael and Adam from Haydn’s Creation; and Pontius Pilate and Jesus in The Passion of Saint John by William de Bruyne (First Presbyterian Church, Dallas; Church of the Incarnation, Irving; Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, Irving; Brookhaven Choral Society, Dallas; The Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey; and Coro Lirico of New Jersey). In musical theater, he has performed Cinderella’s Prince/Big Bad Wolf in Into the Woods and Liver Lips Louie/Cuban Dancer in Guys & Dolls (Theatre Coppell).


Kyle has actively sung in The Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Dallas Symphony. Since 2004, Kyle Hancock has been the bass section leader for the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, where he also rings in the handbell choir and plays French horn.


He has studied voice with Judith Ritchie, Julian Reed, George Hogan, Mike Scarborough and Jeff Snider.  He holds a Master of Science Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and currently works in the field of commercial real estate law at Dooley & Associates.




Scott Hand, piano


Scott Hand began studying piano at age thirteen in Louisiana. He received instruction in performance, theory, and composition at the Governor's Program for Gifted Children in Lake Charles. After moving to Nevada, he enrolled in the Las Vegas Academy for Performing Arts and continued his musical studies with frequent performances in academy concerts. He has performed concertos with orchestra such as the Nevada Chamber Orchestra and the Las Vegas Academy Philharmonic. His interpretations of Mozart and Haydn have earned him awards in solo and concerto performance competitions, and he continues to study a wide range of classical repertoire as he pursues his degree at UTD. 




Lisa Huffaker, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo soprano Lisa Huffaker brings her artistry to a wide range of operatic and concert performances. Roles she has sung with The Dallas Opera include Suzy and Lolette in La Rondine, Cleone in Ermione, Ancella in Simon Boccanegra, and Paggio in Rigoletto. Other notable appearances include Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore with The Living Opera, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Regal Opera, and the roles of Hansel and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Idaho. Some of her recital performances include a solo Lieder recital for the Dallas Wagner Society, and A Mozart Matinee at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Recently, she sang traditional Negro spirituals and a selection of Ned Rorem's Walt Whitman songs in American Vistas, with poetry performance troupe Dancing Tongue, which also recently featured her guitar-and-vocal renditions of 1960's war-protest songs in a program sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center. Ms. Huffaker received a Master of Music degree, in vocal performance, at the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree, also in vocal performance, at Boise State University, where she graduated with cum laude distinction and was inducted into BSU's Hall of Fame. She is the soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Richardson, and teaches college-level music to preschoolers every day.


Sarah Jiang, violin


Sarah Jiang is a 5th grade student at Riddle Elementary School in Frisco. She began her study of violin at age 5. She was the 1st place winner of CMTANC Youth music Competition in California. She performed winner recital at Santa Clara University in 2005, 2006. She has been a student of Jan Mark Sloman since November 2007. In the summer, Sarah participates in the institute of strings in Dallas. She has won first place at the 2009 Dallas Symphony Festival Elementary II Sonata . She also enjoys reading, singing, gymnastics.




Eun-ju Jun, piano


Eun-ju Jun was born in South Korea and studied piano from the age of five. She was twice the winner of the Korean national piano competition for children. She performs frequently in churches and is completing a Music Minor at UTD.




Cornell Kinderknecht


Cornell Kinderknecht received a music degree in woodwind performance from Kansas State University where he studied modern oboe, bassoon, and historic woodwinds with Sara Funkhouser. He has studied recorder in workshop and masterclass settings with Han Tol, Joris von Goethe, Saskia Coolen, and Frances Blaker. Cornell pursues his interest in historic and ethnic woodwinds across many musical genres. He has released two solo albums of music for world flutes and his work can be heard on several other artists' recordings. His debut CD earned placement as a finalist at the 2006 Texas Music Awards. Along with performing, he also teaches and is a frequent presenter at music workshops around the US. Cornell is a member of the Dallas Recorder Society and the Heart of the Cedar Native American Flute Circle. He serves on the board of directors of Earth Rhythms. Visit Cornell Kinderknecht's website at




Mark Landson, viola/composer


The music of Mark Landson has been described as “a wonderful melding of pop idiom and classical craft”. Classically trained from age six on violin, viola, and piano, Mark Landson began to find his voice as a composer while singing and playing keyboards in rock bands in high school. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where his most important influences were the music of Bartok, Berg, Hindemith, Reich, Britten, Respighi, Talking Heads, Violent Femmes, and New Order. Although he studied classical composition technique and harmony, he concentrated mostly on pop music composition, as the expression of contemporary classical composers seemed to lack the relevant voice he was seeking.

After Eastman, he moved to Spain to become a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Granada, where he played viola, composed arrangements for that orchestra, and continued his development as a composer in various pop music projects. These divergent interests ultimately led him to experiment with how classical form and composition could incorporate pop music elements in a way that would provide for both a wide range of expression and connection to the contemporary world.



Lee Lattimore, flute

Lee Lattimore was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, and is a third-generation “Okie” although his family roots on both sides go back two generations further in North Texas. Currently he performs frequently on historical flutes with Texas Camerata, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Bach Choir and Wireless Consort and on modern flute with St. Andrew's Trio and Musica Dominica. He has taught baroque flute at the University of North Texas for the past fourteen years as well as maintaining an active Suzuki flute studio through DALLAS/MUSIC, along with extensive private teaching through the Plano Independent School District. He also has lectured and performed for conventions of the National Flute Association, Florida Flute Club and Texas Flute Society. His UNT students frequently have won awards in competitions sponsored by the National Flute Association over the past decade, and several of his younger students have won awards through the Dallas Symphonic Festival and Texas Flute Festival. Lee completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from UNT in 1987, his Master of Music in Composition from Wichita State University (Kansas) in 1978 and his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Cameron University (Oklahoma) in 1976. His flute teachers have included Mary Karen Clardy, Deborah Baron, Gretel Shanley, Frances Shelly, David Hart, Sandra Miller and Thomas Nyfenger. His primary composition teachers have been Michael Kibbe and William Latham. Visit Lee Lattimore's website at


Doohi Lee, piano


Doohi Lee began the piano at age 13 and studied with Paul Kueter, continuing with Harriet Goler at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Piano Performance. He changed his major field of study to Biomedical Engineering at the Case School of Engineering in Cleveland, while continuing his piano studies with William Appling and Andrius Kuprevicius. During the summer of 1986, he was accepted to the Fontainbleau School of Music in France, where he studied piano with Gaby Casadesus and music analysis with Narcis Bonet, as protégé of Nadia Boulanger. Lee has also coached with Carolle Anne Mochernuk, Samuel Sander, Emilio del Rosario, Jose Fegahli, and Tamas Ungar.


As piano soloist, Lee performed with the Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra in Michigan in two separate occasions, performing the Piano Concerto Nos. 19 and 20 by Mozart. He has also presented solo recitals in Lexington, Richmond, Cleveland, Detroit, Antwerp, Montreal, and Buenos Aires. In June of 1999 and 2000, he was invited to participate in the First and Second Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs at Fort Worth, Texas. In August 2001, as part of Altamura Music Festival on the Greene (Catskills, New York), Lee performed and recorded the Piano Concerto No. 20 (K466) by Mozart with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, Karel Mark Chichon conducting.


A devoted chamber musician, Lee has performed with the members of The Cleveland Orchestra (June 1989, for the benefit of The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus), The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Chamber Ensemble, and the Montreal Symphony. In June of 1991, he was invited to perform the “Trout” Piano Quintet by Schubert with The Lafayette String Quartet for the benefit of The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. In 2003, Lee founded The Phoenix Trio, with Nancy Messuri (Violin) and Dwight Anderson (Cello), and presented many concerts in the greater Dallas area.


Also a Conductor, Lee began conducting in college with the Case Men’s Glee Club as Interim Conductor. He studied orchestral conducting with David Daniels, Michael Charry, David Delta Gier, and Gustav Meier. He was Apprentice Conductor under David Daniels, and made his orchestral conducting debut in 1994 with The Pontiac-Oakland Symphony in Michigan, directing the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Liszt and the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn. At the Altamura Music Festival, Lee also conducted the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, in a performance of the Overture to “Die Fledermaus” by R. Strauss and the Symphony No. 7 (1st Movement) by Beethoven. 


As a physician, Lee is a Surgical Radiologist, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, chronic soft tissue pain, diabetic neuropathy, and vein diseases. He currently practices in Plano, Texas. 




Lois Lee, violin


Lois Lee, a senior at Paschal High School, has been playing the violin for 12 years. As an orchestral player, she has been the concertmistress of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra since 2004 and has been in the 2005-2006, 2006-2007 All-District and All-Region Orchestra (concertmistress) and All-State Symphonic Orchestra (1st chair audition.) She has been awarded scholarships to the Heifetz International Music Camp and the Great Wall Academy. She has also received the Bayard H. Friedman Award, in which she received a thousand dollar scholarship to further enhance her violin career. Lois Lee has had master classes with Midori Goto, Ani Kafavian, Michael Ma, the Maia and American String Quartet, and Chee Yun Kim.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, after winning grand prize at the 2006 Dallas Symphony Festival (Senior Division,) and the FWYO at the Bass Hall, after winning the 2008 and 2005 FWYO Young Artist Competition. She has also won first place at the 2005 Dallas Symphony Festival Junior Division, along with the 2006 Dallas Symphony Festival Senior Concerto Division. Lois is involved in Amnesty International and likes to read, write, and spend time with her baby brother. 




Yulia Levin, piano


A native of Moscow, Russia, Yulia Levin is an active vocal coach and collaborative pianist who has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Spain and Italy. Ms. Levin has been an apprentice coach at Wolf Trap Opera Company (2007) and at the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera Center (2005) where she worked on Le Nozze di Figaro and Rake’s Progress. She has coached with, and played master classes for Carol Vaness, Vinson Cole, Steven Blier, Warren Jones, and Martin Katz. Other festivals that Ms. Levin has attended include The Banff Center in Canada and Centro Studi Lirica in Italy. In 2005-2006, Ms. Levin performed in the Thomas Quasthoff German Lieder Workshop at Carnegie Hall and in the Marilyn Horne Workshop at the Manhattan School of Music. 


She has also completed a recital tour in western Canada with bass Robert Pomakov, and accompanied baritone Matthew Worth in a recital presented by the Modus Opera Company in New York's CAMI Hall. Ms. Levin was featured in the Canadian Masters at Manhattan concert at the Yamaha Center in New York. Ms. Levin is a two-time awardee of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Professional Development Grant and the Merola Program's Career Grant. She has completed her Masters Degree as a scholarship student of Warren Jones at the Manhattan School of Music. As a past participant of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera, Ms. Levin has been on the music staff for La Boheme, Tristan und Isolde and Tosca. Next season, Ms. Levin will return to LA Opera for productions of Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly and Die Zauberflöte, and at Ottawa’s Opera Lyra she will play, coach and assistant conduct Eugene Onegin. In 2008-2009 season, Yulia is going to perform a series of recitals for the Max Cade and the Goethe Institutes in Los Angeles, as well as this recital with soprano Laura Anne Ayres.




Kristin Littrell, soprano


Kristin Littrell, a senior Music Education major at Texas Woman’s University, studied voice with Dr. Joni Jensen. She completed her senior recital in January, and currently sings with The Texas Voices, a professional chamber choir. She is a member of TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association), ATPE (Association of Texas Professional Educators) and serves as President of the Texas Woman’s University’s collegiate chapter of MENC (The National Association for Music Education). Kristin volunteers her time at Anna High School and Anna Middle School in the musical theater department. For the past four years, Kristin has operated UpScale Music Studio, a private studio of piano and voice students in McKinney.



Alan McGuire, bassoon


Alan McGuire is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he played in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. He is currently orchestra director at Stonewall Jackson and Eduardo Mata elementary schools. The Eduardo Mata Orchestra has formed a partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra which includes free weekly lessons from teachers sent by the DSO. The orchestra performs several times throughout the school year at various venues in the Dallas area. He also plays with the Dallas Camerata Woodwind Quintet.




Mark Morton, double bass


Mark Morton is Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, and is principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Morton is the first-prize winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in New York City, and was the assistant double bass instructor to Gary Karr at The Hartt School of Music.

A busy recitalist and concerto performer, Morton has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH in Boston, and WQXR in New York. His critically acclaimed Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous albums, are the first two of a projected series of CDs of standard double bass repertoire. He also shares a compact disc with world-renowned bassist Gary Karr of solo double bass music by Paul Ramsier. It was with that CD that Classical CD Reviews hailed him as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.”

An accomplished pianist, Morton began his musical studies on both the double bass and piano. By the age of seventeen he had performed as piano soloist with several orchestras including the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His next CD, Bottesini's Greatest Hits! will feature Mark accompanying himself on piano! Focusing his musical energies on the double bass, Dr. Morton earned the undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. He subsequently went on to be only the second bassist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of that institution.


As an author, Mark has written and published the "Dr. Morton" series of books on the art of bass playing. He has had many articles appear in Strings, Bass World, and American String Teacher magazines, as well the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Mark Morton is the Artistic Director of the American School of Double Bass, drawing students, teachers, and professionals from all over the United States to its summer camps, private lessons, workshops and masterclasses.




Wendy Morton, cello

Cellist Wendy Morton is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Orlando Cole. She also studied with Lawrence Lesser at the New England Conservatory. Other mentors include Karen Tuttle, Felix Galimir, Joseph Gingold, Mischa Schneider and Isador Cohen.

Wendy currently resides in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, Mark and two sons Peter and Andrew. She is the Principal cellist of the Lubbock Symphony, and maintains a busy teaching studio and chamber music performance schedule.

Ms. Morton was a founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. An active chamber musician, she has also performed with the Pushkin Ensemble, Quattro corde, and was a member of the Duvall Trio. She has performed with such notable musicians as Nobuko Imai, Julius Levine, Ann Schein, Gerard Poulet and Mischaslav Horsovski. She previously performed with the Telluride Chamber Players, and was featured with the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. Ms. Morton has been invited to numerous music festivals, including the Marble Cliff Chamber Players, based in Columbus and Delaware, Ohio, and was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival for many summers. 

As a soloist, Wendy has performed extensively throughout the country, receiving such critical acclaim as, "the concerto demonstrated Morton's considerable ability. The technical demands of the piece seemed denied by the ease with which Morton met them."

Wendy has performed with the Santa Fe Opera orchestra, Honolulu symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Orchestras and the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music. She has also performed with the Inverness Festival Orchestra, Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble under Alexander Schneider, with whom she toured the East coast, including performances in Boston's Symphony Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. She is currently on leave from her position as Assistant Principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Other positions she held in Columbus, Ohio were faculty positions at Capital University and Ohio Wesleyen University. Wendy is a native of the San Francisco bay area where she studied with the matriarch of cello pedagogy, Margaret Rowell.




North Dallas Trombone Choir


Formed in 1994, the North Dallas Trombone Choir (NDTC) is a 13-piece all volunteer group whose members share a love of playing trombone and performing good music. The NDTC rehearses weekly and performs regularly. Music styles include gospel, classical, jazz and pop, and performance venues include churches, weddings, concert halls, gazebos, and the ever-popular Great American Mall. The group is led by Rob Eads. Members include Howard Scheib, Rob Eads, Don Sanders, Lorenzo Martinez, George DeFoe, Glenn Todd, Don Heaton, David Morris, Ron Richard, Jim Smith, Rodney Crawford and Greg Barton.




Josh Payne, piano


Josh Payne was born in Virginia Beach, VA and began studying piano at age 6. Both of his parents were music education majors, and his father was a high school band director. From 2000-2005, Josh studied under a private teacher Marylin Howard in Broomfield, Colorado. He participated in an annual city-wide piano competition, reaching the semi-finals every year and receiving one first place and two second place awards. Now a student of Mary Medrick, he is pursuing a Music Minor at UTD.




Carlo Pezzimenti, guitar


Since beginning his study of classical guitar in Florence, Italy at the age of thirteen, Carlo Pezzimenti has worked successfully to impart his wealth of knowledge to students of the guitar, to further develop his artistry, and to share his musical philosophy with audiences around the world.

Summers, Pezzimenti attended Andrés Segovia's "Music in Compostela" festivals. Studying with the father of the classical guitar, he laid a strong foundation for his musical career. Pezzimenti continued his studies at Loyola University in Rome with Sergio Notaro. Later, he acquired a degree in music from the prestigious Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, and furthered his studies with Jose Tomás in Alicante, Spain. After returning to the United States in 1974, he attended master classes with Jesús Silva, Oscar Ghighlia and Federico Moreno-Torroba. His private studies with Segovia continued from 1980 to 1985 during annual visits to Madrid.

Carlo Pezzimenti's Carnegie Hall debut took place in 1982 to great acclaim. Subsequent performances included concerts with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

Pezzimenti has gained the attention of the music world through performances in the United State, Europe and Latin America. His appearances on the concert stage, as well as on radio and television, have received consistent, ever-widening acclaim. He has given live performances on the radio in Spain and the United States, appeared on television numerous times, including a PBS special, "Up Close" and was recently interviewed on the NPR program "Latino USA".

In October, 2005 Mr. Pezzimenti completed a three week tour of China. His repertoire consisted primarily of pieces from Spain, Latin America and South America. The programs were received with much enthusiasm.

Mr. Pezzimenti is releasing a new CD in 2006 on the Mapleshade Records label. It includes a solo called The Garden of Occult Pleasures and a duo with the acclaimed guitarist Aaron Cotton titled Diplogenesis.

Composers such as Federico Mompou, Manuel Ponce, Ernesto Garcia de Leòn, Brian Clément-Foreman, James Phelps, and Antonio Lauro draw him to works of the twentieth century. Pezzimenti's intuitive approach to the music conveys the emotional core of each composition and his flawless technique reaches beyond the mere mechanics of playing the instrument.

Mr. Pezzimenti is a highly respected teacher of the guitar, holding faculty positions at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas and at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Students benefit from the vast experience and wealth of knowledge shared by this caring musician. He makes his home in Dallas with his wife Anita.



Donny Pinson, alto and tenor trombone


Donny Pinson has performed extensively in classical and jazz styles throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is currently a member of both the Richardson and Las Colinas Symphony Orchestras, and his orchestral experience also includes performances with many other organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Wind Symphony. Active as a chamber musician and soloist, Dr. Pinson has performed at universities, regional conferences, churches, and other public venues. He is a proponent of the literature for solo trombone and organ, and he performs this literature regularly with organist Damin Spritzer.


In addition to his performance activities, Dr. Pinson maintains a large teaching studio and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator. He teaches all levels, from middle school beginners through college music majors, having taught low brass students at the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, Brookhaven College, and the Grapevine-Colleyville and Lewisville school districts. His students regularly earn places in the All-Region and All-State bands, and he has several former students now teaching music as public school band directors.

Dr. Pinson has earned degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA), Southern Methodist University (MM), and Texas Christian University (BME), studying with Vern Kagarice, John Kitzman, Dennis Bubert, and Barney McCollum.




Nita Redmond, horn


Nita Redmond is a retired public school music teacher having taught 35 years in Hope, Arkansas, Bridgeport, Texas, and in Dallas, Garland and Mesquite ISD. She has taught both middle and high school choir and elementary classroom music. Currently she sings with the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Dallas, plays with the Dallas Camerata Woodwind Quintet, and accompanies the McDonald Middle School Choir in Mesquite. She also does freelance accompanying work for several band programs for solo/ensemble contests.




Susan Richter, recorder


Susan Richter earned a music education degree from North Texas State University (now UNT) and after a brief foray as a junior high band director, turned to computer science as a way to earn a living -- but music remains her life's interest. She has played recorder with the South Bay Recorder Society (Manhattan Beach, California) and the Early Music Ensemble of Los Angeles. She was a founding member of the TRW Anechoic Chamber Music Club in Redondo Beach; and currently performs both on recorder and as a singer with the Texas Early Music Project in Austin, Texas. Other musical interests include choral and small ensemble singing, playing clarinet and saxophone in pit orchestras, and playing penny whistle duets with her husband, Win Bent. Susan works as a data modeler for the Texas Education Agency.



Eduardo Rojas, piano 

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Eduardo Rojas began taking piano lessons with his father, Eduardo Rojas, at the age of five. He later entered the University of Cauca where he completed his studies under the tutelage of Uruguayan pianist Manfred Gerhardt. 

At age 16, he won the “Jóvenes Talentos” (Young talents) piano competition hosted by the Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall in Bogotá (Colombia), an award that earned him nation-wide recognition for his exceptional talent and propelled him into a successful career. Since then he has appeared on tour as a soloist, recitalist, and piano accompanist of renowned national and international soloists and musical groups.

His performances have received glowing praise from the media, critics, the public, and the specialized press alike. Noteworthy performances in his career are his concerts as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Bogotá Philharmonic, Valle Philharmonic (Cali, Colombia), EAFIT University Symphony Orchestra (Medellín, Colombia), and the Panamá National Symphony Orchestra (Panama City). 

Eduardo Rojas has been hailed the young promise of the Colombian pianist movement as his brilliant appearances in diverse musical scenarios have given him great international appeal. Rojas was especially invited by YAMAHA as soloist with the Panama National Symphony Orchestra and as a guest pianist in master classes given at the National Music Conservatory in Chitre, Panamá. He was also invited by both the Colombian Embassy and the Colombia Ministry of Culture to represent his country in the annual Baroque Music festival in La Paz, Bolivia and in the II Festival of Sacred Music of Quito, Ecuador. 

In addition to his career as a soloist, Mr. Rojas stands out because of his constant dedication to the teaching and training of young pianists; devoting a great part of his time to instructing in numerous Colombian universities such as Javeriana University and National Pedagogic University in Bogotá, University of Cauca in Popayan, University of Valle and the “Antonio Maria Valencia” Conservatory in Cali, where he recently culminated his appointment as Dean. 

Mr. Rojas was awarded a music scholarship by Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, where he is currently pursuing piano studies in the Artist Diploma Program for international soloists under the tutelage of pianist Harold Martina. 

Mr. Rojas was recently selected by the prestigious Van Cliburn Foundation (Texas – USA) as exclusive pianist of its annual Community Concerts Program. In November 2007 he was invited by Montevallo University (Alabama – USA) as concert soloist. Among his future performances in 2009, he will be a guest artist in the “International Iberoamerican Music” in Puerto Rico, “National Symphony Orchestra” in Peru, “Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra” in Colombia, Birmingham International Music Festival AL, Fort Worth, TX, Chicago, IL and 2009 tour as a soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in United States and Canada.



St. Olaf's College students, piano


Performers: April Kim, Benjamin Baker, Eri Isomura, Martin Shedd, Emily Vomacka, Timothy Kraack, Leanne Barck, Susan Hill, Aileen Han, and James Coghlin


Music at St. Olaf

More than 100 years ago, St. Olaf College invited F. Melius Christiansen to its campus to build a music program. Since that initial collaboration, the stories of both the college and its music program have become inseparable. Through the generous support provided by the college’s leaders throughout the 20th century, the Music Department at St. Olaf grew into one of the largest among undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the United States. More important than its size, however, is its quality. The St. Olaf music program provides a rigorous and comprehensive education in music with deep roots in the liberal arts. Our program offers a distinguished and committed faculty, a rich and challenging curriculum, outstanding performance opportunities and a large community of talented and intelligent student musicians. 

Tour Producer and Project Coordinator: Christopher Atzinger
Chair of the Music Department: Alison Feldt
Music Department Admissions: Mary Hakes

Special thanks to: Brenda Nicole Atzinger, Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Michael Kyle, Derek Gueldenzoph, Melissa Hager, Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Rabbe, Susan Poelchau and Mary Williams.

The St. Olaf College Piano Faculty: Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Christopher Atzinger, Laura Caviani, Julia Elkina, Andrew Hisey, Kent McWilliams, Nancy Paddleford

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Composers played:
April Kim
One of the most important and free-spirited of his generation of composers during early 20th century, Danish composer Carl Nielsen is especially well known for his six symphonies. His Suite Op. 45, dedicated to Artur Schnabel, is one of the largest of his piano works and reflects a growing maturity in his compositional style. The designation “Lucifer” was intended as a reference not to the demonic Lucifer of the Christian tradition of Milton and others but to 'Lucifer the Light Bearer' – herald of the day and light-bringer in Greek mythology. The wildly explosive sixth movement of the suite contains the earliest evidence of Nielsen's use of the piano to create percussive effects. During the softest parts, it sounds peaceful, but with an underlying current of anxiety.

Ben Baker
Snorri Sigfús Birgisson is a contemporary Icelandic composer. His Portrait No. 3 is one of seven pieces in the set 7 Portraits, completed and first performed in 1998. As the name suggests, each piece in the set is a musical portrait of one of Birgisson's friends or colleagues. In the words of the composer: "The challenge was to create music that contained a multitude of characteristics just as we humans do." Although the subject of Portrait No. 3 remains anonymous, the piece's atonal harmonic language, expressive melodies, angular rhythmic motives, and constant metric changes combine to create a truly distinctive musical portrait that is, as Birgisson notes, sometimes gentle and tender, sometimes joyful and festive, and at other times energetic.

Eri Isomura
Gunnar de Frumerie was born in Nacka on July 20th, 1908. His mother taught him piano until he began his studies at the Stockholm Conservatory at the age of twelve with pianist Lennart Lundberg. Later pianistic studies with von Saurer and Cortot were supplemented by compositional studies with Ernst Ellberg. In 1945, de Frumerie became a piano teacher at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm and was promoted to professor in 1962. His compositions were inspired by several different sources ranging from folk music and traditional art music. Known to unite Swedish poetry with melodies using “intuitive technique,” they include numerous choral works, the opera Singoalla, and some of the best-known Swedish art songs of the twentieth century. De Frumerie died in Mörby on September 9th, 1987. The Chaconne Op. 8 is named for its harmonically based continuous variation.

Martin Shedd
Musicologist Hallgrímur Helgason completed his piece, Rondo Islanda, in 1949, while studying for his graduate degree in theory and composition at conservatory in Zürich. At the time, Iceland was an unsteady nation, only recently declared independent from Danish rule and divided over international policy. In late March, thousands of citizens had besieged the Icelandic parliament, the Althing, to protest Iceland’s inclusion in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The spirit of nationalism ran high in Iceland, and Helgason responded with a work of art to capture that spirit. This piece combines traditional Icelandic music, noted for its chromaticism, with the Western European sonata rondo form. The theme reflects a different mood each time it returns, providing a sense of change and growth underlying the work.

Emily Vomacka
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger was a major contributor to the Swedish Romantic movement. An accomplished composer of five symphonies and Arnljot, considered the Swedish national opera, he is admired for his lyrical style showcased in the piano pieces Frösöblomster. The title of the collection is translated as “Frösö flowers”, referring to the island Frösön, where the composer spent his summers. Selections from the collection include “Sommersång”, or “Summer Song”, a broadly sweeping melody evoking idyllic summer days in Sweden, and “I skymningen”, or “At Twilight”, which adds an ominous sense of urgency. 

Tim Kraack
The Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara remarks that his second piano sonata, composed in 1970, derived its musical energy from its sub-title, 'The Fire Sermon'. “[Those words] stuck in my mind, repeating themselves like a mantra.” The three-movement work serves as an excellent example in the study of “stylistic pluralism”. Elements of modernism, serialism, dissonance, and soothing tonality combine to make this piece a unique yet accessible modern composition. The use of cluster tones, some of which call for the application of the entire arm to the keyboard, add a theatrical quality to the composition that makes it a pleasure to watch as well as to hear.

Leanne Barck
Edvard Grieg composed the Lyric Pieces between 1867 and 1901. Published in ten sets of miniatures, they encompass impressionistic works, mood pieces, dances, folk-like settings, and salon pieces. Many capture vignettes of rustic Norway, and reflect Grieg's experiences of life at Troldhaugen, just outside of Bergen. “Homeward” suggests a traveler making his happy trek back home with march-like rhythms, while a contrasting section in minor evokes a contemplative mood before returning to the happy traveler's theme.

Susan Hill
Born near Oslo in 1846, Agathe Backer-Grøndahl has been described as "undoubtedly, one of the best pianists Norway has ever produced." Her musical talent manifested itself at a young age and continued to develop throughout her life as she traveled abroad, studying piano with Franz Liszt, among others. Later in life, she was a close friend of Edvard Grieg and prominent performer on the Scandinavian music scene. She is most famous for her songs and short piano works that showcase a conservative Romantic style reminiscent of Mendelssohn and Schubert. In her Ballade, this style is evident in the rich Romantic harmonies and dramatic climaxes featured within a classical song form. The relentless bass lines and dark key reflect the drama of a funeral march.

Aileen Han
Glenn Gould wrote of Sibelius that he, "never wrote against the grain of the keyboard.... In Sibelius's piano music everything works, everything sings - but on its own terms." "Air Varié" comes from Sibelius' Ten Pieces (1909) and represents a period of increasing modernity and introversion for the composer. During this time, Sibelius' music was marked by classical idioms and influences amidst the familiar, traditional textures of late-romanticism. Listen for Sibelius' polyphonic-linear phrases, economical textures, concise and concentrated expression and experimental harmony employing exciting dissonances. "Air Varié" is a tonal adventure and Northern salute to Bach: its two-voiced inventiveness with its surprises in rhythm and pitch makes the movement a rich, nearly neoclassical exposition.

James Coghlin
The Sonata in E minor, Op. 28, by nineteenth-century Danish composer Niels Gade, serves as a representative work of that composer’s output. Composed in 1856, this four-movement piece for solo piano features conservative harmonies, traditional form, and extensive thematic development. Although Gade initially pursued a musical career within Denmark, he received a government grant in 1840 that allowed him to travel to Leipzig, where he met composers Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. During his seven-year stay in Leipzig, he refined his musical style to incorporate the influence of composers in the area. The fourth movement of this sonata demonstrates his skilled treatment of folk elements (e.g. the slow section near the conclusion) within a classically oriented framework (notably, the harmonic progressions, thick textures, and traditional four-bar/eight-bar phrases).



Jerry Samuels, Jazz Piano


Jerry Samuels maintains a busy schedule, as a private piano teacher at his home studio in Dallas. He presently accompanies the award-winning Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz piano lessons there. Jerry has been a professional pianist for over 40 years. His career highlights have included touring with the Fort Worth Symphony. He was formerly the Music Director of the Cincinnati Playboy Club. In December 2004, Jerry released a double CD set with distinguished bassist Al Wesar - "Samuels and Wesar Perform the Music of Clare Fischer" - which has been very well received. In May of 2005 he went on a tour of Mexico with the Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Jerry performs for private house parties, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and business parties just to name a few. His former students have won many awards over the years including the #1 high school jazz pianist in the State (two years), two students who toured internationally with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra and one with Glenn Miller. Another student is currently on a national tour of Cats. 


This will be a solo piano recital featuring the music of Bill Evans, Clare Fischer and Oscar Peterson. 


KNTU (from the University of North Texas) is currently broadcasting nine selections from newly-released "Sounds of Samuels" on a daily basis. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, tune your dial to KNTU 88.1 FM, and if you're out of town please go to KNTU. See Jerry's website at 



Howard Scheib, trombone


Howard Scheib is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, from which he received a Master of Arts degree in music theory. He is retired from 36 years in California military reserve bands, in which he was the First Sergeant and Enlisted Bandleader, while performing on trombone, baritone horn, tuba and bass.


Mr. Scheib was a member of two symphony orchestras in California. Since moving to Texas, he has been active in the community orchestra and band field, as well as participating in historical, jazz and swing bands. He also performs in two trombone ensembles and in a brass ensemble. 




Candy Schell, fiddle


Candy Schell has been playing fiddle since 1992. She’s played with Ugly Customers, Castle Kelly, Sibin and Bungle Rye.  She plays fiddle, mandolin, and bodhran. With Bungle Rye, she has been up and down the east coast of the US and played fairs in Kansas City, Houston and Dallas. Candy has also played in San Francisco and in seisiuns in the pubs of west and south Ireland. She played with the Celtic band Spriggan from 2002 til 2008.




Scott Sheffler, double bass


Scott Sheffler is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Yale University. He teaches bass privately to middle school and high school students throughout the Dallas Metroplex, and is a member of the Plano Symphony and regularly substitutes with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. 




Oksana Sifri, violin


A native of Daugavpils, Latvia, Oksana Sifri is a freelance violinist in Dallas/Fort-Worth area. As an active performer she serves as Assistant Concertmaster for the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Plano Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony and East Texas Symphony Orchestra. She has spent the past two summers as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) orchestra in Graz, Austria. Ms. Sifri is also an accomplished chamber musician. As a member of the UNT Graduate String Quartet she conducted master-classes and recitals in Shanghai and Chengdu, China. As an educator, she is a committed teacher with a studio of nearly fifty students in Plano. Ms. Sifri has various degrees from the Daugavpils University and a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas.




Jan Sloman, violin


Jan Mark Sloman is the Associate Principal Concertmaster for the Dallas Symphony. He will present some of his outstanding students:

  Sarah Jiang, with Debbie Austin, piano
  Christine Wu (Unaccompanied) 
  Lois Lee, with Debbie Austin, piano
  Robert Switala, with Yurie Iwasaki, piano




Suzanne Solomon, mezzo-soprano


Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Solomon is possessed of a rare voice which hangs perfectly in the balance between the lighter pants roles and the more dramatic leading ladies of the genre. She has performed with The Dallas Opera, Dicapo Opera, Jerome Hines' Opera Music Theater International, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, New York Opera Forum, The Mozart Opera Project, dell'Arte Opera, Brookhaven Opera, The Living Opera, UNT Opera Theatre, Montclair State Opera, Jersey City State Opera and Days Gone By Opera Productions.

With an ability to act which equals her vocal talent, her performances include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, both Siebel and Marthe in Faust, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Idamante in Idomeneo, Pantalis in Mefistofele, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Laura in La Gioconda, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and both Pitti-Sing and Yum-Yum in The Mikado.

Suzanne has been a guest soloist with the New York University Men's Glee Club, The Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Collegium Musicum, The Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey and at Aetheria Dallas. She has been praised as engaging both on and off the stage, highly creative, and an outstanding musical and vocal talent with a tremendous amount of energy.

A New Jersey native, Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University. Since that time, she has studied under Sandra Darling, Grant Williams, George Hogan and Franco Iglesias. She currently calls Knoxville, Tennessee, home, where she lives with her husband and their daughter.




Laurie Spohn, soprano

Soprano Laurie Spohn has been praised for her "expressive musicianship" and "beautiful tone." Her operatic roles include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimi (La Boheme), Olivia (Dorian Gray) and most recently Kathie in The Student Prince. She has performed with companies including Midwest Lyric Opera, Dorian Opera Theatre, illinois Opera Theatre, Fort Worth Opera, Metroplex Opera and Regal Opera. As a concert artist, she was a soloist in the North American premiere of Telemann's Der Tod Jesu with the Collegium Musicum conducted by Lyle Nordstrom. She has been heard additionally in Handel's Messiah and Rene Clausen's New Creation. Ms. Spohn completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Illinois; she holds her master's degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. She can be heard regularly at Immaculate Conception Church and the First Church of Christ Scientist in Denton. Ms. Spohn will sing title roles in Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci in May 2009 with Metroplex Opera. She has recorded a CD titled "Though Him," a collection of sacred and secular songs. Ms. Spohn is most grateful for the many performance opportunities which enable her to share her gifts! 



Leslie Spotz, piano


Pianist Leslie Spotz enjoys an international solo career that has included performances in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, the South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the famed Academy of Music in Philadelphia, her highly acclaimed tours of Germany and most recently her performance at the inaugural opening of Philadelphia’s new performance venue, the Kimmel Center. She presently heads the piano faculty at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

Hailed by the prestigious Süddeutsche Zeitung of Munich, Spotz’ Beethoven was described thus: “Stripped of veneer, revealing all the edges and corners, Spotz earnestly confronted Beethoven’s tempi and dynamic indications, leaving mediocrity and shallow beauty behind and bringing out truth. In all, a concert of the highest critical standard, further proof of the high carat quality of this series.”

Spotz has performed extensively throughout the U.S. from coast to coast. Her appearances as soloist include the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, South Jersey Symphony, Curtis Symphony, Kinhaven Symphony in Vermont, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, the Old York Road Symphony in Abington, PA, and the Clear Lake Symphony in Texas. Concert highlights include performances of twenty Beethoven Sonatas at Rutgers University, and her recitals for the Bach Festival of Philadelphia.

Receiving a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Spotz studied with the legendary, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, who was noted for his long association with Pablo Casals. She completed her doctorate at Rutgers University in 2002. After her debut at the age of twelve at Jones Hall in Houston, Texas, she continued her studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts with pianist Irwin Freundlich and Evelyn Swarthout of American University. 

The winner of numerous honors, Spotz was finalist in the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and received special recognition in the performance of chamber music from Performers of Connecticut, Inc. She has collaborated with violinists, Maria Bachmann, Joseph Genualdi, and Mark Steinberg; Mark Morton, principal bass of Columbus Symphony; with David Wetherill, co-principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Frank Kaderabek, former principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Joseph Depasquale, former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Among the notable international singers for whom Spotz has accompanied are sopranos Julianne Baird, Gwendolyn Bradley, Judith Lovat and Donna Connolly, and tenors Martin Dillon and Robert Guarino. Spotz’ work as a collaborative pianist includes her recent performances with Helix!, the new music ensemble of Rutgers University. 

An active proponent of music by women, her 1999 solo CD for Leonore Records features music of women composers. Her discography includes her performance on “Fantasias,” the critically acclaimed CD by flutist, Adeline Tomasone.

"Miss Spotz commands the resonant sound and the elegant gesture… playing of great color, boldness, and suavity… most engaging…"
Daniel Webster, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Pianist Leslie Spotz proved to be a sympathetic partner, with noteworthy skills as a colorist delineating the prickly harmonies of Ginastera's 'Zamba.' "
Charles McCardell, The Washington Post

"Highest Musical Demands Perfectly Realized. Pianist, Leslie Spotz, enraptured the audience with her technically superlative performance...impeccable technique with convincingly executed passages of feeling, and virtuoso crescendi which drew Bravos....thrilling like champagne...the Town Hall was filled for the very young American... a delicate touch and sensitive drawing of musical lines into an impressionistically tinged image in sound...elegant arpeggi and thundering double octaves."
Arno Preiser, Münchner Merkur

"In Le Tombeau Leslie Spotz excelled with flawless technique and sensitive coloring. Especially gentle she played the Menuet, especially thrilling the Toccata. There was justified applause for the sympathetic artist who had carried the audience off into a highly sophisticated world of music... the encore showed once more, how broad the musical world of Leslie Spotz is."
Reinhold Tietz, Neuer Tag – Bavaria 

"...impassioned, fluent piano playing of pianist Leslie Spotz..."
Jewish Exponent

"The extraordinary talent of pianist, Leslie Spotz, brought special brilliance to a fine orchestral program... Miss Spotz dazzled an audience that nearly filled the hall with some simply incredible playing...Her work displayed a grasp of piano technique and overall musicianship very rarely found, and the performance was so spectacular it almost eclipsed the rest of the program.... electrifying... the breath-taking finale brought the audience to its feet for a five-minute ovation, mostly for Miss Spotz."
Winston-Salem Sentinel



Megan Stoltz, mezzo-soprano


Megan Stoltz, mezzo-soprano, began singing at the age of twelve, and continues to study voice under the instruction of Beverly Hoch at Texas Woman's University. Megan is a senior Liberal Arts major, with an emphasis in voice. She sings with the Texas Woman's University Concert Choir, and has also sung with the University's Chamber singers. She teaches private voice lessons from her home in Frisco.



Philip Taggart, cello


Philip Taggart, a native Dallasite, graduated from SMU, and has been a member of the Dallas Opera orchestra for nineteen years. In addition to performing, he is an accomplished teacher, with a large number of dedicated students. His ability is respected enough that he has given clinics on cello technique to professional teachers. He was an infantryman in the US Military, and was the best cellist in the entire forty-ninth armored division. In non-musical areas, he is a published author, an active volunteer for stray and wild cats, and an expert marksman.




Shaddow Walter, guitar

Shaddow Walter has been active in the local Celtic music scene as a session guitarist since 1992. He currently performs with the folk/Celtic duet October Country. He also works as a sound engineer via ShaddowFire Sound and has provided live sound reinforcement for bands such as Spriggan, Ravens, AmberHawke, Faol B'an, Brendana's Dream, Behan, Beyond the Pale, Seamus Stout, and for the North Texas Irish Festival. He is also a rock, jazz and blues enthusiast and has been involved with music and music performance for 39 years through church choirs (vocal and guitar), school choirs, and jamming at NTSU in the dorm.



Wireless Consort Recorder Ensemble

The Wireless Consort Recorder Ensemble is a performing ensemble based in North Texas specializing in music for recorder quartet and quintet. In addition to the vast literature for recorder from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the group also performs modern music composed for the recorder and arrangements of music from other periods. All versatile musicians, The Wireless Consort members play a variety of instruments. In a performance, many sizes and styles of recorder are employed. The Wireless Consort is affiliated with the American Recorder Society. Members are: Jennifer Carpenter, Sara Funkhouser (tenor krummhorn), Lee Lattimore, Cornell Kinderknecht, and Susan Richter (alto kortholt).



Christine Wu


Christine Wu is a thirteen year old 8th grade student at Robinson Middle School . Currently, Robinson MS orchestra is the Honor Orchestra of the State of Texas (2008-2009), and she is the concertmistress of the Chamber Orchestra (the orchestra representing the Honor Orchestra of the State of Texas ). She attended All-Region orchestra in 2008 (1st violin), and was also the concertmistress at the West Plano Cluster Concert in 2008.

Christine began taking violin lessons with Paul Landefeld at the age of 3, and has been studying with Jan Mark Sloman, the associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, for five years. She has received numerous awards including 2nd place in the Collin County Young Artist Competition in 2008, 1st place in the Hubbard Chamber Music Young Artist Solo Competition, and 1st place at the Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2003, 2004, 2007, and in 2008 (Grand Prize finalist in 2008 Junior division). During the past four summers, Christine has participated with Mr. Sloman in The Institute for Strings (TIFS) in Dallas . She has also had the honor of performing for Adele Anthony and Stephanie Chase in master classes. Christine enjoys reading, playing video games, and making origami.




Andrew Jonas Wright


Andrew Wright is an Artistic Merit Scholar at Southern Methodist University, where he also holds a graduate assistantship. He performs as a solo recitalist, a chamber musician, and a concerto soloist, and more than a dozen of his performances in all three capacities have been recorded and broadcast on television and radio. Critics have praised his "uncommon dramatic intensity" and written: "we were in the presence of a magnificent pianist, as musician and as performer."A recent graduate of Wichita State University (where he was the first Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Endowed Scholar), Andrew won the concerto competition twice, and performed on the faculty recital series. He was founder and president of the Zeitgeist Consort, a new music group, and he likes to explore pieces by living composers. 


In 2005 he performed in a concert that was part of George Crumb's 75th birthday tour, and to his credit are premieres of a piece for piano solo and orchestral accompaniment by Jason Moore (broadcast on television) and a piano quintet by John Ferritto, with La Catrina string quartet (broadcast by NPR affiliates). An avid chamber music player, three of his ensembles (Trio 21, Sundance Piano Trio, Concertino Piano Trio) have won prizes in chamber music competitions, and he has
won a number of awards himself as a piano soloist. 


He enjoys a steady stream of engagements as a collaborative pianist as well, playing with singers and instrumentalists. Andrew has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals in North America, including the Banff Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, TCU-Van Cliburn International Piano Festival, and Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, he gave two recitals for the International Holland Music Sessions. His current teachers are Alfred Mouledous, Alessio Bax, and Joaquin Achucarro, and his former teachers include Julie Bees, Jerome Lowenthal, Andrew Trechak, Peter Amstutz, and Mario Quiroz. He also is a faculty member at the Thurman School of Music, where he enthusiastically teaches a full class of students.




Gypsy Youngraven, mezzo-soprano 


Gypsy Youngraven began playing guitar, singing and composing in the mid-1980s, and playing bodhran a few years later. Gypsy is a classically trained singer who, whilst at university, performed at the St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans), the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), and with the Irving Symphony. From 1992 until 1998, she played with a Celtic-fusion band called Ravens, and in more recent years, Gypsy has played with the Irish band, Spriggan. When not playing with Spriggan, Gypsy plays with the Trinity Hall Session Players and at the open J. Gilligan's seisiun. She has also played with John Burleson, Amberhawke, October Country, and the TIMES Band.



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