Archive for November 2007

November 2007

FACULTY NEWS

Bronwyn Fix-Keller, a member of the Conservatory’s voice faculty, was mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in a concert of the Ama Deus Ensemble at the Perelman Theatre of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on 2 November. Ms. Fix-Keller also performed as continuo harpsichordist in an all-Bach concert with the Ama Deus Ensemble on 21 October.

Mackenzie Carlson, of the Conservatory’s piano faculty, performed Cycles of Remembrance, a piano recital with music by Rameau, Debussy, Dukas, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Couperin, and Ravel, at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland in October and at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in November.

The Concerto for Organ and Orchestra by Benjamin Boyle, who teaches composition, theory, and musicianship at the Conservatory, was given its world première by organist Huw Lewis and the Hope College Orchestra at the Dimnent Memorial Chapel, in Holland, Michigan, on 2 November. The Concerto was commissioned by Hope College to celebrate the refurbishing of its Skinner organ. Dr. Boyle’s song cycle Le Passage des Rêves, for baritone and piano will be premièred on 15 January in Washington D.C.

As a member of Volanti Flutes, a flute quartet based in Princeton, Ellen Fisher Deerberg, flute teacher at the Conservatory, performed in a concert of 19th- and 20th-century French music at Westminster Choir College’s Bristol Chapel on 25 November. She is a collaborative artist on the compact disc The Colors Fall, featuring flutist Lisamarie McGrath, and will perform in a CD-release recital on 2 December at St. John Lutheran Church in Center Square, Pennsylvania.

Viaje a través de la Guitarra Clásica, a new compact disc by guitarist and composer Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, of the Conservatory’s faculty, including music by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Brouwer, Reis, Barrios, Tárrega, and Calevaro, is soon to be released on the Fermata label. With guest artists Anna Noggle, singer, and Luigi Mazzocchi, violinist, Dr. Pardo-Tristán will perform a CD-release recital at Temple University’s Rock Hall on 1 December.

Rhonda Stull, a member of the piano faculty at the Conservatory, will perform with her husband, clarinettist Norman Stull, at their annual Christmas Concert on 1 December at Pocono Manor in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. On 16 December, Mrs. Stull will direct the cantata One Small Child, arranged by Benjamin Harlan, at the Trinity Great Swamp Church in Spinnerstown, Pennsylvania.

STUDENT NEWS

Stephen Li, 10, a piano student of Marcantonio Barone, won Honorable Mention in Level 8 at the 51st World Piano Competition of the American Music Scholarship Association in Cincinnati in June.

Richard Shapp, a voice student of Kathryna Barone, sang to critical acclaim in a production of Iolanthe at the The 14th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, this past August. In November, he sang the rôle of Captain Sir Edward Corcoran, K.C.B. in Utopia, Limited with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County. He appears with the Society in their current production of Trial by Jury.

Kelsey De Angelis, a voice student of Bronwyn Fix-Keller, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the grand opening of the new Radnor Middle School on 13 October.

Samantha Sutliff, a voice student of Perry Brisbon, performed the rôle of Mrs. Walker in Harriton High School’s production of the musical Tommy in November.

Patrick McMillan, a piano student of Rhonda Stull, performed at the Valley Forge Elementary School in November.

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