Teachers College Chamber Music Recital

| November 23, 2010

The Program in Music and Music Education,
Teachers College, Columbia University


Teachers College Chamber Music
Tuesday December 14, 2010
7:00pm Milbank Chapel

Works by Eugène Bozza, John Dowland, Joseph Kreutzer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Astor Piazzolla , Georg Philip Telemann, Richard Pearson Thomas, and Andrew Lloyd Webber

TC Chamber Musicians

Enrolled Students
Samantha Berardesca, soprano, has participated in the performing arts since beginning her education in the musical theatre program at the Etobicoke School for the Arts in Toronto. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where she performed in several operas such as Die Fledermaus, A Dinner Engagement, The Old Maid and the Thief, and Orpheus in the Underworld. She is now in her first semester at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is pursuing the M.A. as she continues her studies in vocal pedagogy.

David Chidsey is a classical guitarist and music teacher residing in Manhattan, NY. David teaches guitar and chamber music at Monticello High School in NY State and is a graduate assistant guitar instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University where he is pursuing the Ed.M. David has taught a Jazz Studies course at Columbia University and taught guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David studied with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music School; his degrees come from the Lawrence Conservatory, UW-Madison and Teachers College, Columbia University. David’s repertoire ranges from classical arrangements, Spanish and South American music to jazz and chamber music.

Flutist Stephanie Gruber, native of Thornwood, New York attended The Crane School of Music in Potsdam and received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Crane, she performed with the Crane Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, and Contemporary Music Ensemble. She is currently working towards the M.A. in Music Education with Professional Certification from Teachers College. Stephanie’s scholarly interests include creative learning processes, curriculum development, and special education. She will soon be starting a music program at the Biondi Elementary School for grades K-6 in the Bronx.

Yoonjean Lee, violin, has won awards including 1st Prize, Korean Students Music Competition; 1st Prize, Saejong Music Competition; and 3rd Prize, Korean Music Competition. She was Concert Master of Hyundae Youth Orchestra in Korea and has performed in the Suwon University Music Camp and the Korean Chamber Ensembles Music Camp. Yoonjean earned the Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she was a member of the Concert Orchestra and presented several chamber music and solos recitals. She is pursuing the Master of Music Education (Ed.M.) at TC and has taught violin students from age six to sixteen at church and summer camps.

Mary Feminear Thomas, soprano, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a current first year Master of Arts student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her opera credits include: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Chautauqua Music Festival) Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Constance Fletcher in The Mother of Us All, and Ambition in Cavalli’s La Doriclea (all at Juilliard). In 2009 Ms. Thomas participated in a reading held by the Metropolitan Opera as Megan Meier in Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys, and this fall she participated in the Met’s reading of the new opera Senna by Michael Torke. She has performed in concerts and recitals at Juilliard, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She is a student of Marlena Malas.

Stephanie Wong plays the violin as her primary instrument and has also studied piano. She was a double major at the University of Rochester graduating with the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology. She is in her second year of the music and music education program at Teachers College, Columbia University, working on the M.A. degree with initial certification. In the Fall of 2010, Stephanie is student teaching at the Anderson School, a school for gifted and talented students in Manhattan.

Katharine Sun Cho is currently interning with Dr. Manning in the Chamber Music class at Teachers College. She recently received her doctorate degree in music education (Ed.D.C.T.) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a flutist who holds performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music. Sun has experience teaching the flute to students of all ages. She was also a faculty of music for high school students, which fostered her interest in student orchestral ensembles.