Matthay Festival 2011
University of Kansas

Recitalists and Presenters

Richard Becker

is associate professor of music and head of piano studies at the University of Richmond. He is active as a recitalist, composer, chamber musician, and poet, having performed at over sixty colleges and at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery and the French Embassy. Abroad, he has performed at Cité Internationale des Arts, and in Salle Cortot, Paris. His solo playing has been broadcast on NPR, Voice of America, WNYC, WETA, and WGMS. His performance on a CRI CD of piano works of the acclaimed American composer, David Chaitkin is forthcoming. Becker holds degrees from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music where he studied piano with Cécile Staub Genhart and from Boston University where he was assistant to Leonard Shure. Additional piano studies have been with Rudolph Serkin, Leon Fleisher, and most recently with Roy Howat and Noel Lee. A recipient of "Meet the Composer" grants, a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and a Nominee for a Music Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Becker has composed music that has been commissioned and performed by the Peabody Piano Trio, cellist James Wilson, pianist Nancy Burton Garrett, the Richmond Symphony Woodwind Quintet, the Richmond Symphony Woodwind Trio, and the Roxbury Players Clarinet Quintet and the Hillel Foundation of Rochester, N.Y. . His works have appeared at such venues as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Peabody Conservatory, National Gallery of Art, the Gardner Museum, Boston University School of the Arts, James Madison University, University of Texas, Williams College, Bennington College, l'Ecole Normal du Musique, Cite Internationale des Arts of Paris, France, the Eastman School of Music and frequently at the University of Richmond. The world premiere of his large, single-movement work for piano and cello, Crossing Pont Marie (1997-99), was hailed as "An Absolute Triumph" by the Richmond Times Dispatch. His latest solo piano composition, "Getty Square" (2003), is a single movement six-minute long tribute to the city of Yonkers, New York. As a chamber performer, Mr. Becker has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the 92nd St. Y, Washington University of St. Louis, Brattleboro Music Center, the Carpenter Center, and at Harvard University and Williams College. Some of the artists with whom he has collaborated are the Shanghai Quartet, the Richmond Sinfonia, Judith Serkin, vocalists Kathy Koan, Nan Nall, and Suzanne Stevens, violinists, Phil Lewis and Wei Gang and Hong Gang Li of the Shanghai Quartet, violist, Zheng Wang, and cellists James Wilson and Andor Toth Jr. Poetry by Richard Becker has appeared in AMERICA, Columbia, Visions International, and several other magazines and journals since 1993.

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Lisa Caliri

has performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the U.S. Embassy and Thai German Cultural Foundation Auditorium in Bangkok, the AUA Language Center in Chiangmai, the Cité Universitaire in Paris, Conservatorio Superior in Tenerife, Curs International Festival in Girona, Conservatory Professional de Musica in Vila-seca, and the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen. Philip Dieckow, critic for Pinault Reviews in New York City, described her performance at Weill Hall as “a splendid performance full of nuance and high contrast all within superb control.” She has been broadcast on the radio in Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Canada, and the U.S. She has been an orchestral soloist with the Czech Radio Orchestra, the Medford String Orchestra, the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Jackie Wattenberg, critic for The Salem, Mass., Evening News, wrote that her solo with the Salem Philharmonic “demonstrated a confident command of her instrument," and "her technique was equal to the fast and tricky runs. Her phrasing was musical and her play of dynamics, a constant source of color. Caliri is a fine musician and we hope to hear her again.” Her chamber music performances have been sponsored by the American Music Center, the Harvard University Group For New Music, “Nightshift,” a Children's Special for WCVB-TV, channel 5 in Boston, and broadcast on WGBH and WCRB. Lisa Caliri has recorded for Albany Records, and Centorino Productions, SAI Recording Project, and will record Birds, Books 1 and 2 by Seymour Bernstein on Naxos later this year. Miss Caliri was a top prize winner of the Clara Wells Piano Competition, Pinault International Piano Competition, and the Crescendo Competition for Young Artists. She was a recipient of the Yamaha Center Européen d'Activitiés Scholarship in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts Performance Certificate in Boston. Miss Caliri taught master classes at the Siam Kolkarn School of Music and Kitathip Music School. She is a member of the faculty at The Boston Conservatory and the board of directors for the American Matthay Association for Piano.

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Nancy Hill Elton

is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and she received the Bachelor of Music degree in piano and voice from the University of South Carolina where she studied piano with John Kenneth Adams. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano from the University of Texas where she studied with John Perry. An accomplished singer, she also earned a DMA from Texas in voice. Further study included chamber music and accompanying at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and study in Duluth with Frank Mannheimer. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and has competed at the national level, including the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) piano competition, in which she was a national finalist in 1972. She recently performed Beethoven's third Concerto with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia at St. Simon's Island and will be returning there next year for solo performances as well as another concerto. She has taught applied piano and voice, class piano, coach accompanying, and sight-reading at Clayton State College in Morrow, Georgia, and the Georgia Academy of Music, and she held an interim position last year teaching piano majors at Georgia State University. Currently, she is teaching at the Atlanta Music Academy and also maintains a private studio in her home in Atlanta.

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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, which recently completed its fortieth (and final) 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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Warren Hoffer and Mary Pendleton Hoffer

have performed extensively together throughout the United States.

WARREN HOFFER, tenor, has performed internationally as a specialist in art song and oratorio, with music ranging from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to performing with many choral organizations, he has sung with the Pittsburgh, Hartford, Portland, Lubbock, Las Vegas and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of Santa Fe. During his military service Mr. Hoffer was a soloist with the United States Army Chorus, in Washington, D. C. He has premiered new vocal works as a member of the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Buffalo, a group organized by the composer/conductor Lukas Foss to create and perform avant-garde music. His summer festival appearances have included the New Hampshire Music Festival, Santa Fe Bach Festival, Park City International Chamber Music Festival, Buffalo Bach Festival, and the Flagstaff Summer Festival. In Phoenix, he has been a frequent performer with the ensembles Bach West, Musica Dolce, and the Phoenix Bach Choir. His conductors have included Lukas Foss, Sir David Willcocks, Margaret Hillis, Richard Page, Sören Hansen, Vance George, Anders Öhrwall, Thomas Dunn, and Jon Washburn. Mr. Hoffer is an Emeritis Professor of Music at Arizona State University, and former Vice President of Discretionary Funds and Field Activities of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is also the creator of BRITISH SONG FA LA LA, an Internet Web site database of over 6,000 British songs.

MARY PENDLETON has performed as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral keyboardist, and accompanist in the United States, Mexico, and England. She made her London solo debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in 1984, and she has appeared as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, and the Amarillo and Lubbock Symphonies. For many years she served as Keyboardist for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Principal Keyboardist for the Sun Cities Symphony. She has also served as Keyboardist for The Florida Orchestra in Tampa. She is a member of many chamber ensembles, including the Bel Canto Players, and frequently performs with singers. Her summer festival appearances include the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Park City International Chamber Music Festival. She began to play the piano before she was three years old, studying with her father, Samuel Pendleton, a student of Tobias Matthay. At the age of five, she was the youngest performer ever to participate in the Berkeley (California) Bach Festival, and she later was a prize winner in the Chicago Young Artists Competition. She graduated as Salutatorian from Interlochen Arts Academy, and completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Texas Tech University. She studied in England with Denise Lassimonne, Martino Tirimo and Gwenneth Pryor, completing graduate diplomas at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. She has taught at Texas Tech University, Arizona State University, and in the Maricopa County (AZ) Community Colleges.

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Terry McRoberts

is the current President of the American Matthay Association for Piano. A former editor of the Matthay News, McRoberts wrote an article about Matthay for Clavíer Companion, and gave a presentation on Matthay principles for the national conference of Music Teachers National Association. He has served Tennessee Music Teachers Association as president and editor of Tennessee Music Teacher, contributed reviews of new music for Piano Guild Notes, and currently is president of the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society. He is University Professor of Music at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he teaches private piano and related courses, and is coordinator of keyboard studies and of concerts and recitals. A former governor of Province 15 for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, he is faculty advisor to the Iota Sigma Chapter. He performs frequently as a soloist and a collaborative musician and with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous presentations for the American Matthay Association for Piano, the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society, and various music teacher groups, as well as in China, Japan, Brazil, and Haiti. A church organist for over twenty-five years, he currently plays at First United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee.

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Arjola Miruku

holds an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University. The Graduate Assistantship she was awarded involved instructing undergraduate class piano, college electives, adult piano classes, children’s group classes, and assisting in theory computer lab.  Her graduate lecture recital was focused on the technical and teaching principles of Tobias Matthay, a topic she has presented for the 2010 TMTA Conference and FWMTA.  Arjola graduated from Rollins College, receiving a B. A. in Piano Performance on a full scholarship studying with Dr. Gary Wolf.  Under his teaching, she won the Orlando Music Club Competition for Piano consecutively for two years, performed as a concerto soloist with the Rollins College Orchestra, and was featured at The Boheme Bösendorfer Lounge Kessler Signature Young Artist Series. At Rollins, Arjola was a chapter founding member and President of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.  In addition she created and hosted a weekly program titled PianoForte on WPRK- 91.5 FM Radio.  Her other musical interests led to a semester study in London interning with St. Martin-in-the-Fields concentrating on classical music business.  In London, she continued her piano lessons at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton.  In 2009, Arjola was the score reader for the live webcast of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Ms. Miruku served as President of the TCU MTNA Collegiate Chapter and co-presented a session titled Method Manipulation: When to Use It—When to Lose it at the 2010 national conference.  Arjola is a frequent adjudicator and is currently on the TCU Preparatory Division piano faculty and also has her own private studio

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Richard Reber

is Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas, where he has taught piano and piano literature since 1964. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied piano with Cécile Staub Genhart. In 1962 he received a Fulbright Scholarship for study at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria. He furthered his studies with Frank Mannheimer and in 1973 became a founding member of the Mannheimer Piano Festival Association. Mr. Reber is an active recitalist and is recognized as an outstanding lecture-recitalist in the field of twentieth-century piano music as well as the traditional repertoire. He presents recitals, lecture-recitals, and workshops throughout the United States and recently lectured and performed in Japan. His orchestral appearances include the premieres of two concertos, and he has performed with the Dorian Wind Quintet. Mr. Reber has received numerous research grants from the University of Kansas. His recording of intermediate level twentieth-century piano music, entitled Kanzona, was the result of one such grant.

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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. His biography of Matthay, England's Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay, published by Scarecrow Press,  is scheduled to appear in July of 2011. 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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Elizabeth Vandevander

received her B.S. degree in music education from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and her M.A. from Goddard College in Vermont She has worked extensively with Donald Hageman, who introduced her to the Matthay principles. She has served as Archivist for the American Matthay Association and from 1987 to 2002, as the Editor of the Matthay News. She presently serves as Secretary to the AMA. Mrs. Vandevander has performed for concert series at the Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute, the Dayton Music Club, the Sigma Alpha Iota women's professional music sorority, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, and First Church in Belfast, Maine. She has also played on the Shiloh Church Concert Series in Dayton. Presently she is a member of the piano faculty at the University of Dayton, and she also maintains a thriving piano studio in Dayton.

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