Matthay Festival 2009
Wittenberg University

Recitalists and Presenters



Carl Angelo

has performed organ, piano, and chamber concerts in Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, and Michigan. His organ teachers have included Larry Smith, John D. Herr, and John Ferguson. Dr. Angelo also received extensive piano training from pianist Nellie Whittaker (a pupil of Guy Maier), a graduate of Julliard, and has coached additionally with Dr. Gary Wolf. Dr. Angelo has lectured and performed for the American Matthay Piano Festival, and has also co-edited with Marie Hasse, materials based upon the ideas of Matthay pupil Helen Parker Ford. Dr. Angelo is the Minister of Music/Organist at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan where he directs a comprehensive music ministry program consisting of adult and children’s choirs, handbell choir, recorder consort, and Musical Arts Series. Prior to his arrival at First Congregational Church in Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Angelo served churches in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and Winter Haven, FL. He is also the rehearsal pianist for the Saginaw Choral Society. He is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University with a doctorate in organ performance. He has a B.M. in Music Education and an M.M. in Sacred Music from Kent State University and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Society.

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Donald Hageman

has taught privately and performed in the Dayton, Ohio, area for more than fifty years. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Dayton, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His piano studies were with Ada Clyde Gallagher, Beryl Rubinstein, Frances Bolton Kortheuer, and Madeline Bostian Rider, a pupil of Tobias Matthay. He served as a member of the piano faculty at Wright State University from 1976-83, and for seventeen years was Director of Concerts for the Dayton Art Institute. He is also the Founder/Director of the Soirées Musicales International Piano Series, now in its thirty-ninth season. He is a past-President and presently, Archivist, of the American Matthay Association, and since 1963, has appeared every year but one as a recitalist and/or lecturer at the annual Matthay Festivals held throughout the United States and in Canada. In 2004 he was awarded the organization's First Annual Distinguished Service Award. In 1999 he appeared as soloist with Dayton's Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Tchaikovsky G Major Concerto, and subsequently in performances of the Mozart Concerto, K. 467, and Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante. He also performed the Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Theme and Liszt's Totentanz, playing a 1913 Erard Concert Grand which he has restored.

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Christopher Harding

has studied with Milton Kidd, Nelita True, and Mannaheim Pressler. He has given frequent solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in venues ranging from the Kennedy Center to Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei. His concert appearances have also taken him to Newfoundland, Israel, Romania, and China. He has performed with the National Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic, working with such conductors as Taijiro Iimori, Gisele Ben-Dor, Fabio Machetti, and Darryl One, among others. His chamber music and duo collaborations have included internationally renowned artists such as clarinetist Karl Leister, flautist Andras Adorjan, and members of the St. Lawrence and Ying String Quartets, in addition to frequent projects with his distinguished faculty colleagues at the University of Michigan. He has recorded two solo CDs and one chamber music CD for the Brevard Classics label. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate piano performance and chamber music. He also serves on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer Piano Academy and is a frequent guest artist and teacher at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana.


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Milton Kidd

is the current Treasurer of the American Matthay Association. He holds the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor Emeritus from The American University in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the piano faculty for thirty-one years. Ten of those years were in combination with his post as Director of A.U.'s Preparatory Music Division. In 1981 he was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the University-wide, Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. His principal piano studies were with Charles Crowder and the late Evelyn Swarthout (a student of Tobias Matthay). He has been a frequent performer in the Washington area as well as the presenter of numerous lectures on piano technique and pedagogy in this country and Canada, and has lectured at AMA festivals in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and San Jose. With Evelyn Swarthout, he performed the Canadian premiere of the Sonata for Two Pianos by Esther Williamson Ballou. Mr. Kidd's students have been prize winners in many D.C. area and national competitions, including the International Stravinsky Awards, Washington's National Symphony Young Soloists' Competition and the Clara Wells Auditions. A thirty-two-year member and supporter of the American Matthay Association, he has been a member of the Board and was for seventeen years Chairman of the Clara Wells Piano Scholarship Auditions.

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Terry McRoberts

is Professor of Music at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he teaches private and class piano and related courses. He also serves as coordinator of keyboard studies and of concerts and recitals. He is President-Elect of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, and he was the editor of the Tennessee Music Teacher for a number of years. He performs frequently as a soloist and a collaborative musician, and as a member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. He is organist at United Methodist Church in Jackson. He was a presenter at the International Conference of The College Music Society in Kyoto, Japan, and was keyboard soloist in a performance of Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in November 2001.

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Lynn Rice-See

has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician in the United States and in Europe. She has appeared three times with the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In the United States she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1982, and since then she has appeared as soloist with the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, the Johnson City Symphony, and the Kingsport Symphony. In 1992, she appeared in recital in Brussels, sponsored by the Ministere de la Communauté Français, and her 1993 recital tour of Germany was sponsored by the German-American Institute in Saarbrücken. She was a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission touring roster from 1991 through 1994. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Walter Hautzig, the Master of Music from the Juilliard School where she studied with Beveridge Webster, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where she studied with John Perry. Currently she coaches with Walter Hautzig and Sheila Paige. She is currently Professor of Piano at East Tennessee State University. She is also a member of the faculties of the Adamant Music School in Vermont and the Piano Wellness Seminar . Prior to coming to ETSU, she worked as an opera coach/assistant conductor at the opera houses of Münster and Essen, Germany as well as at Michigan Opera and Dayton Opera in the United States. She has also taught at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and at William Carey College. In celebration of the Tennessee Bicentennial she and mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry issued a compact disc (on the Heartdance label) of works by Tennessee composers. This disc contains world premiere recordings of works for solo piano and mezzo-soprano and piano by Kenton Coe of Johnson City, Michael Alec Rose of Nashville, Jeffrey Wood of Clarksville, and Michael Linton of Murfreesboro. The song cycle by Kenton Coe, A Family Gathering, was commissioned by Rice-See and Mabry and received its world premiere at ETSU in 1998.

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Douglas Riva

has gained international recognition for his profound knowledge of Spanish music, and the distinguished Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge has described him as an "exceptional pianist." His recordings for Naxos of the complete piano works of Enrique Granados have earned him a rightful place as one of this composer’s leading exponents. The Madrid paper El País has described him as "one of the principal apostles of Granados’s music," a sentiment echoed by the composer’s daughter, Natalia, who adds that "Mr. Riva knows everything relating to my father to perfection." The Guardian of London described Volume 3 of the Naxos series as “a totally compelling performance [that] demands to be heard.” He is also the Assistant Director of the eighteen-volume critical edition of the Complete Works for Piano of Enrique Granados, directed by Alicia de Larrocha and published by Editorial Boileau, Barcelona. The de Larrocha-Riva edition contains the DLR catalogue, the first complete catalogue of Granados’s piano works. An active recitalist, he has performed at the White House and at Carnegie Hall, and has recorded numerous programs for television and radio in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Holland, and the United States. He gave the first American performance of a newly discovered Scarlatti sonata at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the world première of John Corigliano's Gazebo Dances in Barcelona.

Douglas Riva began his musical education at the age of nine, studying both the piano and the flute. He began his professional career at the age of sixteen as the Principal Flautist of the El Paso (Texas) Symphony Orchestra. Later, devoting himself exclusively to the piano, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School, New York University, and at the Academia Marshall, founded by Granados. The Fallen Nightingale, a novel by John W. Milton based on the life of Granados, was published by Swan Books in 2005 and includes a compilation CD of Douglas Riva’s recordings for Naxos. Mr. Riva is the author of two popular piano methods and has been invited to contribute articles for the Grove Dictionary of Opera, Diccionario de la música española, Opera News, Sheet Music, Revista de Catalunya, Keyboard Classics, the Pianola Journal, and the Catalan Review. He is a Contributing Editor of Piano Today.


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Ann Sears

is a former President of the American Matthay Association. She also serves as Professor of Music and Director of Performance at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she teaches piano and courses in European and American music, including African-American music and American musical theater. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, and The Catholic University of America, where her doctoral dissertation was about American art song in turn-of-the-century Boston. She is well-known for her performances and publications in American music, and has presented papers and lecture recitals at national meetings of the Sonneck Society for American Music, the College Music Society, and the American Matthay Association. Concert appearances include the Badia di Cava Music Festival in Italy, the Master Musicians Festival in Kentucky, the Sumner School Museum and St. Patrick's in the City in Washington, D.C., the Gardner Museum and the French Library in Boston, and various schools and universities in the United States. Her research interests are American art song, the concert tradition in African American music, and American opera and musical theater. A compact disc, Deep River: The Art Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh, in collaboration with Oral Moses, bass, originally on Northeastern Records, has been reissued by Albany Records; and a new disc, Fi-yer! A Hundred Years of African-American Song, with tenor William Brown, was recently released by Albany. She is currently review editor of the College Music Society journal Symposium and membership secretary of the American Liszt Society.

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Jennifer Shoup

graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Dayton, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon University, and has pursued Doctoral studies at Arizona State University. Her principal teachers have included Donald Hageman, Enrique Graf and Caio Pagano. She was a 1998 recipient of the Cordell W. Hull International Fellowship sponsoring musical studies in Vienna, and she has also taught for the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School, and as an adjunct faculty for the University of Dayton. Jennifer maintains an active performance schedule presenting solo and chamber recitals across the United States and abroad. Noteworthy performances have included the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Piano Series and as soloist with the National Orchestras of Chile and Costa Rica. In 2002, she was one of eight pianists and the only American invited to Belgais Center for the Arts (Portugal) where she was featured on French National Radio and Portuguese Television. She was a featured performer for the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention (Orlando) in 2006 and performed as guest soloist with The University of Dayton Orchestra in 2008. She performs frequently in the greater Dayton area and enjoys collaborating with the Dayton Opera and members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She also serves as an officer for the Dayton Music Club.

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Stephen Siek

is a past President of the American Matthay Association and has recently completed Marley's Host: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay, to be published soon. He has studied with Stewart Gordon, Donald Hageman, Frank Mannheimer, and Denise Lassimonne. He has concertized extensively throughout North America and in 1986 he performed the 24 preludes of Rachmaninoff in New York's Lincoln Center. He made his London debut in 1988. His numerous articles have appeared in such journals as the American Music Teacher and the Piano Quarterly, and in the summer 1993 issue of American Music he presented new research concerning musical figures active in post-Revolutionary Philadelphia. He is also a contributor to the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and other recent articles include pieces for the American Musical Instrument Society Journal and Symposium, the journal of the College Music Society. His recording of The Philadelphia Sonatas of Alexander Reinagle (c.1750-1809) was released on the Titanic label in 1998. Siek's interests have also extended to other areas of American history and culture, and he has published and lectured widely on the earlier work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He holds the B. Mus. and the M. Mus. degrees from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. He currently serves on the faculty of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

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