logo of the Georgetown Festival of the ArtsPaloma Mayorga image of Robert and Clara Schumann
                                                      P. Mayorga
Festival Schedule
Artistic Director
Purchase Tickets
Back to Home Page

Romance in Georgetown

May 28,


May 31, 2015


Georgetown Festival
of the Arts

P.O. Box 846
Georgetown, TX 78627

Tel 512.639.0433

E-mail info@gtownfestival.org

Romance in Georgetown rack card

Welcome to the 2015 Festival of the Arts

Romance in Georgetown

May 28 - 31, 2015

The Lives and Music of

Robert and Clara Schumann

Performers and Lecturers

David Ferris

David Ferris, lecturer, is an Associate Professor of Music History at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the Associate Faculty Director of the First-Year Writing Program at the university. He teaches seminars on the classical style, romantic song, folklorism in 19th century music, musical biography, Mendelssohn and Schumann, Mozart, and jazz. His research interests include German Romantic Song, the life and music of C. P. E. Bach, and of Clara and Robert Schumann, the analysis of text and music, and musical biography. His work has been published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Routledge, and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, Music Theory Spectrum,and Music Analysis. He is currently editing volumes for the new complete critical editions of Robert Schmann and of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss, pianist, has established himself as an artist at the highest level in the USA and in Europe, appearing on a regular basis with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, as well as with major orchestras in Europe. He is also a committed recitalist and chamber musician. He dedicated the 2012-13 season to Robert Schumann, declaring himself to be "a fanatic for every note Schumann wrote." The project was entitled "Schumann Under the Influence" and explored Schumann's influences and his legacy. He devised a four-part chamber music series entitled "Schumann Under the Influence," with partners Mark Padmore, Miah Persson, Kim Kaskashian and the Elias String Quartet; the series was presented at Wigmore Hall in London, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in San Francisco. As a part of the project, Biss wrote a Kindle Single eBook entitled A Pianist under the Influence, explaining his lifelong, intense multi-layered relationship with Schumann's music. An alumnus of the Curtis Institute, Jonathan Biss joined its faculty in 2012. Together with the Curtis Institute, he has partnered with Coursera, the provider of online teaching courses, and created and taught a free, online course entitled "Exploring Beethoven's Sonatas." Running from September to October 2013, it attracted more than 30,000 people. He is in the process of recording all of Beethoven's sonatas, four CDs of which have already appeared. Jonathan Biss represents the third generation in a family of musicians. His grandmother, Raya Garbousova, was the cellist for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto, and his mother, Miriam Fried, is a distinguished violinist and teacher.

Jonathan Biss

Susan Youens is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on German song, and the music of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. She is one of very few people in the United States who have won four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is the author of eight books (Retracing a Winter's Journey: Schubert's Winterreise, Cornell University Press 1991; Hugo Wolf: The Vocal Music, Princeton UP 1992; Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Cambridge UP 1992; Schubert's poets and the making of lieder, Cambridge UP 1996; Schubert, Mülller and Die schöne Müllerin, Cambridge UP 1997; Hugo Wolf and his Mörike Songs, Cambridge UP 2000; Schubert's Late Lieder: Beyond the Song Cycles, Cambridge UP 2002; Heine and the Lied, Cambridge UP 2007) and over fifty articles in scholarly journals, including Nineteenth-Century Music, The Musical Quarterly, The Journal of Musicology, The Cambridge Opera Journal, Nineteenth Century Music Review, Music & Letters, The Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, Schweizer Jahrbuch der Musikwissenschaft, Il Saggiatore musicale. She also regularly writes program-booklet essays for song recitals at carnegie Hall, as well as numerous liner notes for CDs. In addition, Dr. Youens has contributed chapters to essay collections from Cambridge University Press (Thanatos as Muse: Schubert and Lateness, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton), Oxford University Press (Rethinking Schumann, ed. Roe-Min Kok and Laura Tunbridge), Princeton University Press (Liszt and His World, ed. Christopher Gibbs and Dana Gooley), Boydell & Brewer (Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Phyllis Weliver and Katherine Ellis), University of Rochester Press (Mediating Music from Hildegard of Bingen to The Beatles, ed. Craig Monson and Roberta Marvin), Oxford University Press, Rethinking Schubert, ed Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton; Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Companion to Schubert, ed. Christopher Gibbs; Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Companion to Lied, ed. James Parsons ; Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn, ed Peter Mercer-Taylor, Universal Editions, Schirmer Books, and University of California Press.

A popular speaker, Dr. Youens has delivered lectures in Germany, France, England, Canada, Spain, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, and thirty states in the U.S. She has also taught at the Steans Institute for Young Artists of the Ravinia Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, La Jolla Music Festival, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Britten-Pears Institute - Aldeburgh Festival. The universities at which she has given invited lectures include Harvard University, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, the Royal College of Music, The Juilliard School of Music, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Cincinnati Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music, Reed College, Tufts University, Trinity College Dublin, Williams College, and more.

Dr. Youens is frequently consulted by such great artists as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, and Margo Garrett and has collaborated with them in lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes. A member of the American Musicological Society for over forty years, Youens has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors, chair of the Pisk Prize Committee (a prize for the best paper by a junior scholar at the national conference), chair of the Kinkeldey Committee (the prize for best book by a senior scholar), and chair of the Publications Committee. In November 2012, she was made an Honorary Member of the society, an award granted to those "long-standing members of the Society who have made outstanding contributions to furthering its stated object." Dr. Youens was born in Houston, Texas and studied piano with Drusilla Huffmaster and musicology with Ellsworth Peterson before going to Harvard University for her graduate degrees. She taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Ithaca College before coming to the University of Notre Dame, where she has received the Joyce Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Hai Zheng

Hai Zheng, concert cellist, has recorded as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra in London and the Amatius Orchestra in New York at Lincoln Center. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Europe, North America, and Asia, with Paul Olefsky in England and with Aldo Parisot in China. She made her European debut at the Oxford Town Hall in England and her New York City debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Her appearances include solo/chamber music concerts at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, New York's Steinway Hall, Barge music series in NYC, and a Canadian debut at the Guelph International Music Festival. These concerts were highly acclaimed by The New York Times, Oxford Daily Mail, and Strad Magazine. As a winner of the Feuermann International Cello Competition, she participated in the 2nd International Cello Festival in Kronberg, Germany. She has recorded five CDs. Her recording of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the English Chamber Orchestra was chosen as a "top pick" by the magazine Recording Direct. She has been a guest cellist with the Enso, Miró and Shanghai Quartets. Her visits to China have included a special concert for the Asia Society in Hong Kong, master classes and recitals at Shanghai, Guangzhou and Macau conservatories. She just returned from performing a special homecoming recital at famous Gulangyu concert hall at the invitation of the Xiamen University. Her recent concerts also included master classes and recitals at Duke University and Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan. She was on the jury panel for the Jackie McGehee Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Music Guild of New Mexico in February. She was just invited to judge the Haydn Cello Concerto Competition at TCU international cello fest 2013, and presented a master class and solo performance there. Ms. Zheng has been an Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Southwestern University and is also on the faculty at St. Stephen's Episcopal School. She is the Artistic Director for the Young Musicians Festival Competition at Asian American Culture Center.

Arthur Houle

Arthur Houle.piano, is Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at Colorado Mesa University. He is founder and director of the annual Festival for Creative Pianists. He holds degrees from the University of Massachussets-Lowell, New England Conservatory, and the University of Iowa. A studio piano teacher since age 13, he has taught at the New England and Boston Conservatories; the Universities of Iowa, North Dakota and Texas-Austin; and the College of Idaho. His chamber music collaborations include performances with the Langroise Trio, Copley Chamber Players, and cellist Dennis Parker's Carnegie Recital Hall debut.

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.

Lynn Parr Mock

Lynn Parr Mock, , soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwestern University and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She balances performing commitments with board service to many fine arts organizations. Some of her roles include the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief. Lynn has also sung in productions of Dominick Argento's The Masque of Angels, Stephen Paulus' The Three Hermits, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas shows. At the Georgetown Festival of the Arts, Lynn has appeared as Lisbeth in Mendelssohn's Son and Stranger, and in recital during Dvořák in Georgetown Festival. Last fall, Lynn served as chair of The Dallas Opera's season opening celebration First Sight/First Night. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera for which she chairs the Education Committee and the Board of Visitors at Southwestern University. Lynn is also co-founder of Lone Spring Arts — a Dallas based production company that has recorded and released two CDs: The Old maid and the Thief and The 12 Carols of Christmas.

Rebecca Ansel

Rebecca Ansel, DMA, is an accomplished violinist who has studied, taught and performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Under the guidance of Kathleen Winkler, Dr. Ansel earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. `She then went on to receive both Master and Doctorate degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Paul Kantor and was a teaching assistant for five years. Dr. Ansel has studied with some of the most widely recognized and acclaimed string quartets, including the Takács Quartet, American String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet and Lydian String Quartet. Throughout her career, she has performed a variety of musical styles, including baroque music with the Denton Bach Society in Denton, Texas and the New York Early Music Ensemble in Ithaca, New York; contemporary music with Ensemble X, Kulmusik and the Light in Winter Festival Ensemble in Ithaca, New York; and chamber music with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in East Aurora, New York and the Ariadne String Quartet in Ithaca, New York. Her orchestra and chamber orchestra credits include the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York; Skaneateles Festival Orchestra in Skaneateles, New York; Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio; and Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Ansel also has been featured as a soloist with the Accademia Filarmonica at the University of Oklahoma, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca College Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Ithaca College Women's Chorale, and in countless recitals. Dr. Ansel has been teaching violin at the university level since Fall 2001, serving as a Lecturer of Violin for one year at Ohio State University and seven years as an Assistant Professor of Violin at Ithaca College, where she was awarded the 2006 Ithaca College Research Grant to study Baroque Violin in London with esteemed violinist and conductor Walter Reiter. In the 2009 — 2010 academic year Dr. Ansel was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her teaching duties she was also member of the University of Oklahoma's Holmberg String Quartet, the Oklahoma Chamber Players and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Dr. Ansel is currently living and freelancing in the Philadelphia area, where she performs with the orchestra of the Pennsylvnia Ballet. She is also teaching privately, and at Temple University as an adjunct Artist-in-Residence. She performs with the orchestra of the Pennsylvnia Ballet.

Toby Blumenthal

Toby Blumenthal, pianist, is director of the CHAMPS (Chamber Music Public Schools) for Salon Concerts, Austin, and is Artistic Director and pianist for the Classic Chamber Concerts series sponsored by the Georgetown Festival of the Arts and the Round Rock Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with many ensembles, including the Chicago and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She has made many chamber music performances with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and has played many duo recitals with her late husband, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Bert Phillips, and with other internationally- known artists. A native of Chicago, she is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Music. She has studied at the University of Houston (graduate studies) and has had post-graduate training with Leonard Shure at the University of Texas and Rudolph Serkin at Marlboro Chamber Music Institute in Vermont. Ms Blumenthal is a Steinway Artist. She and her late husband Bert Phillips founded the Luzerne Music Center and the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival in Lake Luzerne, NY, in 1980. They shared executive and artistic directorships, and she developed the Piano Studies Program. Through it she still shares her talents with aspiring young musicians each summer. Ms. Blumenthal has recently appeared as a piano soloist with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra and the Balcones Community Orchestra, Austin, and has appeared in Georgetown three times in 2012 (in February with Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin, Bruce Williams, viola, and Hai-Zheng Olefsky, cello: in April with the Artisan String Quartet). In 2013 — 14 with Hakan Rosengren, the Felix String Quartet, and Jessica Mathaes, concertmaster of the Austin Symphony.

Bruce Cain

Bruce Cain, baritone, is Associate Professor of Music and director of the Opera Theatre at Southwestern University. He has appeared in operas and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from McMurry University, Master of Music in Voice Performance at Indiana University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. He began his career as an apprentice with the Chautauqua Opera, then went to Chicago, where the Sun-Times hailed him as "an eloquent soloist" and the Chicago Tribune praised his sensitivity as an artist. He has appeared as Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute with the Natchez Opera Festival , Dr. Lomax in Austin Lyric Opera's production of Cold Sassy Tree, and Ford in Verdi's Falstaff with L'Opera Piccola in Chicago. Other roles include Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Dr. Blind and Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marcello and Schanaud in La Bohéme, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, and a gambler in Prokofiev's The Gambler. In 1999 he delighted audiences at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, appearing with Concert Dance Inc. of Chicago. He has appeared as a soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, with Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble in Bach's St. John Passion and a chamber version of Handel's Messiah, and with Austin Civic Chorus in Handel's Judas Macabaeus. His other appearances include Bach's cantatas and passions; Brahms' German Requiem and Liebeslieder Waltzes, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's Creation and Mass in Time of War, Mozart's Requiem, Honegger's King David, Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor, and Britten's War Requiem. Dr. Cain has been conductor of the San Gabriel Chorale since 1998.

Chuck Dillard

Chuck Dillard, , piano, is a member of the faculty in the Collaborative Piano Area in the Chamber and Collaborative Music Division of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
As collaborative partner, Dr. Dillard has recently performed with trombonists Joseph Alessi (NY Philharmonic), Stephen Lange (Boston Symphony), Gerry Pagano (St. Louis Symphony), Paul Pollard (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Jorgen Van Rijen (Royal Concertgebouw), and Douglas Yeo (Boston Symphony); horn player Adam Unsworth (University of Michigan); and vocalists Barbara Conrad (Metropolitan Opera) and Deborah Domanski (Austin Lyric Opera). Recent conference performances and presentations include the National Performing Arts Convention, ClarinetFest, International Trombone Festival, National Opera Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium, International Double Reed Society, and Texas Music Educators Association.
Dr. Dillard collaborated on the live recording of John Adams' Nixon in China which was released on the Naxos label in 2010 under the baton of Marin Alsop with the Colorado Symphony. Also active in opera education, he has served as outreach pianist for Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. During the summers, he is music director of the Austin-based Spotlight on Opera. In the 2014 summer season, Dr. Dillard conducted Le nozze di Figaro and Robert Ward's The Crucible as well as numerous opera scenes programs and art song recitals. In previous seasons, he has conducted Cosi fan tutte,The Ballad of Baby Doe, Falstaff, Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana, Suor Angelica, Trouble in Tahiti,The Medium and Johnny Schicchi (a 'new' translation of the story set in Austin, TX). He is also on faculty of the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program — a summer program for young singers hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. Along with soprano Melinda Brou and flutist Naomi Seidman, Dr. Dillard is a founding member of the rhapsoidos trio. The ensemble has enjoyed performing engagements including concerts at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Louisiana State University, Southwestern University, the Texoma NATS convention, Texas A&M College Station, TAMU-Brownsville, and Texas A&M Pan American. During the 2014-2015 season, some performance highlights include playing continuo with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, accompanying bass/baritone Donnie Ray Albert in recital and a Texas concert tour with bassoonist and Baylor faculty member Ann Shoemaker, among others. Boulder (DMA) and the University of Maryland — College Park (MM). Also, he received two Bachelor of Music degrees from Furman University in piano performance and music theory. His principal teachers were Anne Epperson, Robert McCoy, Rita Sloan, Ruby Morgan and Derek Parsons.

 Rebecca Fairweather Haskins

Rebecca Fairweather Haskins, oboe, is principal oboe of the Brazos Valley Symphony and second oboe/English horn of the Round Rock Symphony. She also plays with the Austin-based woodwind quintet Waterloo Sound Conspiracy and the Austin Chamber Ensemble. She has a Master of Oboe Performance from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Oboe Performance with Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan.

Stefan Sanders

Stefan Sanders, Music Director and Conductor of the Round Rock Symphony, enjoys an emerging career as an imaginative conductor, devoted educator, and ardent champion of new music. Mr. Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished artists such as violinist Gil Shaham, Fred Childs from public radio's Performance Today, country sensation The Texas Tenors, and the esteemed Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, to name a few. Guest conducting engagements in the U.S and abroad include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute.
Mr. Sanders is currently the Music Director and Conductor for the Round Rock Symphony where he is attracting much praise for innovative programming, new venues, and collaborations with local arts organizations, attracting broader audiences and redefining the orchestra's role in its community. Past positions have included Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin and Apprentice Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Beginning formal conducting studies in 2008 with Gerhardt Zimmermann at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Sanders continued his studies as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, and Hugh Wolff. Further studies include intensive work with eminent conducting pedagogues Gustav Meier and Jorma Panula. .
Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen's Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra with the Czech Philharmonic can be heard on the Albany Records label. Mr. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's trombone section for seven seasons and has performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera's 2001 production of Wagner's Ring Cycle, and the Florida Orchestra. Mr. Sanders was also invited by Sir Elton John to play in the orchestra for his Radio City Music Hall concerts in 2004, recorded for the Bravo Television Network.Mr. Sanders holds a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School and a Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Stefan and his wife, harpist Kela Walton, and their dog, Siesta, live in Austin, TX.

David Polley

David Polley, organ, is a recently-retired music educator. Currently he is organist at University United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, and teaches organ students at Southwestern University. He is a native of Kansas and 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.

Kenneth Sheppard

Kenneth Sheppard, conductor, has led the Festival Orchestra and Chorus for every Georgetown Festival of the Arts, leading performances of Handel's Giulio Cesare and Israel in Egypt, Haydn's The Creation and Mass in Time of War, Schubert's Mass in A-flat Major, Mendelssohn's St. Paul, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Brahms' German Requiem, Debussy's La damoiselle élue and Poulenc's Gloria. Dr. Sheppard is professor of music at Southwestern University, where he conducts the University Chorale and teaches conducting and music education. In 2002 the Chorale performed at the annual convention of the Texas Music Educators Association. In recent years the Chorale has performed works such as Mass in B Minor and The Passion According to St. John by J. S. Bach; the Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn; Elijah by Mendelssohn; King David by Honegger; Mass in C Major by Beethoven; Mass in C Minor and Requiem by Mozart; and Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, Samson, and the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day by Handel. Dr. Sheppard was conductor of the Southwestern University Chamber Orchestra for thirteen years, leaving that post to become Artistic Director of Chorus Austin. Until 2008 he led Austin Civic Chorus and the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble in a full season of choral/orchestral works each year. In 2010 he was invited to the Shanghai Expo to present the Haydn Mass in Time of War, which he had presented in Carnegie Hall in 2004 with Austin Civic Chorus and the San Gabriel Chorale. In March 2013 he led the Southwestern University Chorale in performances in St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice and in St. Peter's in Rome.

a spacer for layout purposes
a spacer for layout purposes a spacer for layout purposes