Music teachers convention to feature concerts, workshops, all open to public

October 19, 2001

Western Maryland College will be host for the 2001 convention of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association on Sunday.

Convention chairwoman Judy Ferencz, a private piano instructor and a WMC lecturer, said the program, "A Celebration of the Collaborative Arts," includes workshops, master classes and concerts, all open to the public.

Walk-in registration begins at 8 a.m. at Levine Recital Hall. Eight classes are being offered, and participants can choose up to four.

A luncheon, with selections from the piano duo of Heather Hancock and Stephen Simmons, is scheduled from noon to 1:15 p.m.

The class schedule is:

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., "Heart, Rhythm and Dance - Duos from Around the World," Nancy Roldan and Jose Cueto; "Strategies for Healthy Performance," Amy Haufler.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., "Just Between Us - Composer and Performer," Valerica Maican; "Three-way Master Class," Westminster Trio.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., "Collaboration - The Key to Making Music," Marilyn Neeley; "Composer's Circle Concert," various artists.

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., "Chamber Music for Younger Players - Some Interesting Repertoire," Jean Barr; certification auditions.

The program closes with a concert at 4:30 p.m. featuring the Westminster Trio. A reception will follow, about 5:30 p.m.

Roldan, a pianist, and Cueto, a violinist, are founders of Alborada Chamber Music International.

Haufler is a specialist in exercise and performance psychology, motor behavior and occupational health psychology.

Maican studied in Bucharest, Paris, and Germany and has doctoral degrees in piano performance and composition. She has performed worldwide and has composed four symphonies and hundreds of other works.

The Westminster Trio, in residence at WMC, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Featured are college senior lecturer David Kreider (piano), Esther Mellon-Thompson (cello) and Melissa Zaraya (violin).

Simmons and Hancock have toured throughout the East Coast since 1992.

Neeley, an Emmy Award-winning pianist, has been a soloist with more than 100 symphony orchestras.

Barr, professor of piano accompanying and chamber music at Eastman School of Music, has performed worldwide in chamber ensembles and alongside pianists such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Zvi Zeitlin.

Information and course fees: Judy Ferencz at jferencz@wmd or 410-857-2552.

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