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Fire and Ice in Georgetown

Wednesday,
June 1,

through

Sunday,
June 5, 2016


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Festival 2016: Fire and Ice in Georgetown


The Lives and Music

of Edvard Grieg, Jan Sibelius, Carl Nielsen

and other Nordic Composers



Celebrating the Twelfth Year

of the

Georgetown Festival of the Arts


June 1-5, 2016


Performers and Lecturers

David Polley

David Polley, organ, is a recently-retired music educator. Currently he is music director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. He teaches organ students at Southwestern University. A native of Kansas, he has studied at Concordia University, Northwestern University and the University of Nebraska. He holds a DMA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has performed with high school, college, and community choirs in the United States, Europe and China.

Virginia Dupuy

Virginia Dupuy, mezzo-soprano, has earned a reputation as one of the finest concert and recital singers in the United States. She continues to champion American music in her recent recordings, including the 1999 Grammy-nominated Voces Americanas with Voices of Change and Emily Dickinson in Song (Gasparo), an exploration of American composers' settings of Dickinson texts. Ms. Dupuy made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. Other engagements include appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Calgary Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony' s inaugural season in the Bass Performance Hall. Ms. Dupuy is a member of the faculty of Southern Methodist University and has been associated with the Georgetown Festival of the Arts since its beginning in 2005.

Dale Dietert

Dale Dietert is a pianist, voice teacher and coach who has served on the faculties of the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Tel Aviv, Israel) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria). He spent 12 years in New York City as a highly successful voice teacher and coach. A highlight of his career was his collaboration with the late French baritone Gerard Souzay in the penultimate recital of his singing career at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Mr. Dietert holds a BM degree in music literature and a MM in piano performance from the University of Texas. He has been on the vocal faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas State University, and is currently on the faculty of Southern Methodist University.

Gregory Allen

Gregory Allen is a pianist, voice teacher and coach who has served on the faculties of the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Tel Aviv, Israel) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria). He spent 12 years in New York City as a highly successful voice teacher and coach. A highlight of his career was his collaboration with the late French baritone Gerard Souzay in the penultimate recital of his singing career at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Mr. Dietert holds a BM degree in music literature and a MM in piano performance from the University of Texas. He has been on the vocal faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas State University, and is currently on the faculty of Southern Methodist University. piano, was the Grand Prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, won the second prize at the 1978 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and received top honors in the Los Angeles Young Musicians Foundation, the Gina Bachauer, and the Washington International Competitions. He has appeared with the New York, Los Angeles, and Israel Philharmonics, as well as orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Major teachers include John Perry, Jerome Lowenthal, and Leon Fleisher.

Lynn Parr Mock

Lynn Parr Mock, , soprano, holds a BME degree from Southwestern University, where she studied with Virginia Dupuy, and MM degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She balances performing commitments with service on the boards of many fine arts organizations and is a co-founder of Lone Spring Arts in Dallas..

Hai Zheng

Hai Zheng, cello, is Artist in Residence at Southwestern University. She has appeared in recital at the Shanghai Conservatory and New York City's Steinway Hall, in master classes and recitals at Gungzhou and Macau Conservatories, and at a special invitation concert for the Hong Kong Asia Society, among many others

Kiyoshi Tamagawa

Kiyoshi Tamagawa.piano, is is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University. He has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. His latest orchestra appearances have been with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503 by Mozart, with the Oahu Civic Orchestra, Honolulu, Hawaii and in May 2016 with the Temple Symphony in a performance of Mozart's Concerto in E-flat major, K. 482. In 2015 he also completed a tour of Asia and a CD recording with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng.

Laurel Butler Lawshae

Laurel Butler Lawshae, Hardanger fiddle soloist and lecturer, has a dual career as violinist and educator. She is an avid player of the Hardanger fiddle, a Norwegian folk instrument. In 2010 she was the recipient of a full scholarship to a summer workshop in Wisconsin, sponsored by the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America. She attended the workshop in 2011 as well on a work scholarship. She occasionally accompanies the Austin Scandinavian Dancers on Hardanger fiddle during their dance sessions.

She performs with the San Antonio Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra (OH). In the summer she performs in the Bellingham Music Festival in Washington State. In addition to orchestral playing, Dr. Lawshae is an accomplished soloist. She performs frequently in in USA and in Europe, most recently playing solo recitals in Poland. Dr. Lawshae's teachers have been Paul Kantor, Kathleen Winkler, Stephen Clapp, Peter Salaff, William Preucil and the Cleveland and Emerson String Quartets. Dr. Lawshae's academic training includes degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Wichita State University and has her doctorate from the University of Michigan. In addition she has pursued advanced string quartet studies at the Eastman School of Music. She was for six years a member of the Rackham String Quartet, formed at the University of Michigan. She has been on the faculty of the Ohio State University, where she taught violin and viola, coached chamber music and performed with the faculty chamber music ensembles. She has also been a member of the faculty of the Denison University School of Music.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano, born and raised in Foggia, Italy, won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a career that continues to extend across five continents. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His extensive recording catalogue features 20 CDs and is constantly growing. Among his recordings, the entire piano repertoire of Grieg for Centaur Records in twelve CDs. A Steinway artist, Mr. Pompa-Baldi is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Paul Gaffney

Paul Gaffney, lecturer, is Professor of Theatre at Southwestern University. From 2003 to 2015 he served as Dean of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern, And before that he served for 16 years as Professor of Theater at Dartmouth College. Previous teaching assignments include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. His area of specialty within the theatre field is directing; in addition to many college and university directing assignments, he has directed at a wide range of other theaters, including the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and the California Theatre Center

 Ryan Ross

Ryan Ross, lecturer, received his PhD in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. In the same year he joined the music faculty at Mississippi State University. His research interests include Northern European and American composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, 20th century music historiography, and music for films and other motion picture media. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in several periodicals, including the Journal of the American Music Research Center, Twentieth-Century Music, Notes, Carl Nielsen Studies, and The Musical Times. He is currently completing Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Research and Information Guide, to be published by Routledge.

Jason Kwak

Jason Kwak, piano, has already enjoyed a successful career, both as an artist and as a pedagogue. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kwak began his piano studies at the age of four. He has earned his degrees in Piano Performance from Eastman School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin. His principal piano teachers include David Watkins, Douglass Weeks, Barry Snyder, and Nancy Garrett. Dr. Kwak is currently a Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator at Texas State University. Recent international engagements have taken Dr. Kwak all over the world, including stops in England, Turkey, Malaysia, Taiwan, Italy, Brazil, Bulgaria, and South Korea. He is consistently in high demand for performances, master classes, lectures, and adjudications on a state, national, and international level.

RoundRockSymphony

Round Rock Symphony is now in its eighth season as the only professional orchestra in Williamson County and has been under the leadership of Music Director Stefan Sanders since 2012. Its goal is to make the RRS a part of the cultural fabric of central Texas, expanding audiences through creative programming, appearances in a range of different venues, and increased educational offerings.

Stefan Sanders

Stefan Sanders, conductor, is Music Director and Conductor of the Round Rock Symphony. He also holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally know trombonist, performing as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Bruce Cain

Bruce Cain., baritone, is Associate Professor of Music and director of the Opera Theatre at Southwestern University. He holds a BMus degree from McMurry University, MMus from Indiana University, and DMus from Northwestern University. He has performed concerts on five continents. He is conductor of the San Gabriel Chorale.

Toby Blumenthal

Toby Blumenthal, piano, has appeared as soloist with many ensembles, including the Chicago and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is director of CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools) for Salon Concerts in Austin and Artistic Director and pianist for the Classic Chamber Concerts series. She has studied with Leonard Shure at the University of Texas and with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Chamber Music Institute in Vermont

Jessica Mathaes

Jessica Mathaes, violin, enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, recording artist, educator and concertmaster. She has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and internationally in Europe and Asia, and has been broadcast live on Performance Today, Chicago Public Radio, and ARTE, the French-German cultural television channel. She has been featured with numerous orchestras including the Austin, Victoria, Bismarck-Mandan, Round Rock, and Northwest Iowa Symphonies, and the Masterworks and National Music Festival Orchestras, and has given recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Series, the Artist Series of Sarasota, and at the University of Iowa, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, Northwestern College, Fredericksburg Music Club, Baylor University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas, the Organ Vesper Series, and the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. She is concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica Mathaes

The San Gabriel Chorale was founded in 1988 at Southwestern University by Dr. Kenny Sheppard as a "town and gown" outreach to offer people a chance to sing works from the rich a cappella and oratorio choral traditions that date from the 16th century up to the present. It contains about 75 singers, all volunteers who pay annual dues and buy their own copies of the music. They are mostly from Georgetown, including many from Sun City, but some live anywhere from North Austin to Killeen and Temple Dr. Bruce Cain of Southwestern has been conductor of the Chorale since 1998.

Kenneth Sheppard

Kenneth Sheppard, conductor, is a professor in the Department of Music at Southwestern University and conductor of the University Chorale. Since 1988 he has trained active choral conductors through the Conductor's Institute, providing instruction and experience in conducting a chorus with orchestra. He has led the Festival Chorus and Orchestra for all of the Georgetown Festivals of the Arts.

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