Assisted by Cara Chowning, Piano, and Jamie V. Ryan, Marimba
The recital program includes
Selections from Sechs Lieder für Flöte und Klavier by Franz Schubert
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 by Robert Muczynski
Le Merle Noir by Oliver Messiaen
Fantaisie by Philippe Gaubert
Kembang Suling by Gareth Farr
Una Estrella Fugaz by Robert Washut
Dr. Rebecca Johnson
Rebecca Johnson is a gifted, passionate flutist on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University who performs with the chamber orchestra Sinfonia da Camera. Internationally, she has performed and taught at the Convención Internacionál de las Flautistas in Quito, Ecuador, each year since 2009. She was first involved in the National Flute Association the Assistant Program Chair for the 2008 convention, and served as the Exhibitor Concert and Showcase Coordinator from 2008-2013. She has been invited to play at each NFA convention since 2010.
2012 brought exciting developments for Dr. Johnson. She presented a lecture recital at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December 2012 with clarinetist Magie Smith. She presented a lecture about the music of composer Thea Musgrave at the British Flute Society convention in Manchester, England. At the International Women’s Brass Conference, Ms. Johnson performed a recital of music for flute and horn with hornist Katherine McBain.
Dr. Johnson was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where she studied with renowned flutist Peter Lloyd. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois (DMA, 2010), the University of Louisville (MM, 2006), the Royal Northern College of Music (PGDip, PPRNCM, 2003) and the University of Northern Iowa (BM, 2002). Her major teachers include Angeleita Floyd, Kathleen Karr, Jonathan Keeble and Peter Lloyd.
Equally at home in vocal and instrumental repertoire, pianist Cara Chowning is in demand as a coach and collaborative artist. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, with such ensembles as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Kunst in der Stadt, Graz, Storioni Ensemble, and Festpelen Pitea. Ms. Chowning is a frequent guest on recital series throughout the Midwest and Northeast Ohio and has been broadcast on WFMT, WCLV and Iowa Public Radio. Recent engagements include performances with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and the Festival Internacional de Flautistas en el Centro del Mundo in Quito, Ecuador.
Ms. Chowning has served as Assistant Chorus Master and Staff Pianist for Cleveland Opera, as the Musical Director and Pianist of Lyric Opera Cleveland’s Apprentice Showcase and Spaces Art Gallery Concert, and on the accompanying faculty at the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria. As Music Director of Opera Cleveland’s Great Works outreach programs, she created several new educational programs for performance in schools across Northeast Ohio.
Ms. Chowning holds degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2003 she joined the Cleveland Institute of Music’s accompanying faculty and has also served on the faculties of Simpson College, Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Currently, she is Music Director for the vocal series of the Bar Harbor Music Festival and the Principal Coach/Assistant Conductor of the Opera Division at the University of Illinois.
Jamie V. Ryan
Percussionist Jamie V. Ryan thrives on playing and teaching many types of music. He performs regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. An active solo and chamber musician, Jamie is a member of the Galaxy Percussion Group, with Michael Udow, Anthony DiSanza, and Roger Braun, which toured South Korea and the United States in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Galaxy has been invited to return to South Korea for a tour in the summer of 2013. He has also played with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the Oakwood Chamber Players, and the Tool and Drum Ensemble.
In 1999, Jamie co-founded the Africa->West Percussion Trio, which plays its own music influenced by the African Diaspora and the Western tradition, as well as standard repertoire for chamber percussion. The trio performs and gives masterclasses and workshops throughout the country, and is in residence at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Africa->West completed its third recording, Abure, in July 2012, and it will be available late fall 2012. The group's first two recordings, schedule, and other information can be found at www.africawesttrio.com. Jamie was formerly a member and co-founder of El Clan Destino, a hyper-ecstatic Afro-Cuban quartet in which he played congas and the sacred bata drums. The group released one recording, Rukus, which is available on its website, www.elclandestinomusic.com. In addition, Jamie played timbales and drum set in the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet.
Jamie is also in demand as a drumset artist across the Midwest. He he has played with Tim Whalen’s Trio, Nonet, and Tribute to Art Blakey bands, avant-metal group Freighter (www.freighterband.com), and numerous other groups in the jazz, rock, and Latin music genres. He toured Europe and the United States with the Leo Sidran band, and recorded for the GoJazz and Stellar Records labels. He has taught at Mansfield University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Lawrence University. Jamie received his B.M. from Lawrence University (magna cum laude), and his M.M. from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a dissertator in the D.M.A. program at the University of Wisconsin, and expecting to receive his degree in the spring of 2013. Jamie endorses ProMark sticks and mallets.
10/20 | 2:00 pm