Department of Music to Present Repertory Strings Concert

February 11, 2015

ALLIANCE, OH – The University of Mount Union will present the Repertory Strings concert, “Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17 in Presser Recital Hall.

The concert will be conducted by Dr. Elaine Anderson, professor of music, and will feature Appassionata Piano Duo Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music, and Janelle Phinney. Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor of theatre, will serve as narrator for the performance.

Anderson is a professor of music at the University of Mount Union where she teaches ‘cello, chamber music, theory, orchestral literature and conducts the Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in ‘cello performance from the University of Alabama, a Master of Music degree in performance and theory from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in string education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Anderson has performed in masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma and Carter Brey. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras in Minnesota, Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina and The National Symphony of Bolivia. 

The Appassionata Piano Duo was formed in 1996 and has distinguished itself by stunning collaborative work and a high level of musicianship. The duo has been coached by the internationally renowned Pridonoff Duo and has maintained a regular performance schedule in venues in the Midwest, including appearances at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Central State University, Muskingum University and on the chamber series of the Canton Symphony Orchestra in addition to regular performances at the University of Mount Union.

Liliestedt was a prizewinner in numerous student competitions in her native Romania before moving to the United States in 1992. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Bowling Green State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff.

Phinney is an active performer and leader in Canton, Ohio area music organizations. She began piano study at the age of nine under celebrated Columbus, Ohio music teacher Ruth Powell. Phinney earned a Bachelor of Music History degree at from Bowling Green University and a Master of Religion and the Arts degree from Yale Divinity School. She is now bringing her love of music to Stark County through piano instruction at the school she founded, Sempre Piano School.

Kern earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from California Lutheran University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Brandeis University. He is the founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare At The Castle in northeastern Ohio for whom he directed the inaugural production of “A Midsummernight’s Dream.” Kern’s acting credits include work at Actor’s Summit in Akron, Ohio, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in southern California and The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. 

Playing in the Repertory Strings personnel Violin I section are senior integrated media major Sarah Filipovich of Boardman, Ohio; sophomore medical laboratory sciencemajor Taylor Basnett of Broadview Heights, Ohio; junior neuroscience major Erin Bell of Mount Vernon, Ohio; freshman Marcus Kinnard of Alliance, Ohio; community member Brittany Quales and lecturer Bohdan Subchak.

Performing in the Violin II section will be senior music major Claire Gliozzi of Lakewood, Ohio; senior sport business major Malcolm Leake of Fremont, Ohio; sophomore biology major Leandra Reed of Saint Clairsville, Ohio; Brook Quales and Dr. Susan Haddox, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies.

Playing Viola will be freshman mechanical engineering major Hailey Hoyat of Cleveland, Ohio; community member Cathy Hill and lecturer Eric Benjamin.

In the ‘cello section are sophomore biochemistry major Katelyn Gonczy of Strongsville, Ohio; sophomore early childhood education major Nathanial Conkle of Dover, Ohio and freshman writing major Joan Hoile of Lakewood, Ohio.

Sophomore marketing major Adam Infantino of Webster, New York will play the bass; senior music (flute) performance major Brianna Searing of Fort Wayne, Indiana will play the flute; junior music performance major Christopher Jones of Solon, Ohio will play the clarinet and freshman Connor Funk of Painesville, Ohio will play percussion.

Repertory Strings
Founded by Dr. Elaine Anderson in 1998, the Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Mount Union students, string faculty, advanced high school players and invited community members.  This ensemble explores the chamber orchestra literature and often features University of Mount Union student and faculty soloists.

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