Guest Artist 2012-2013
The James Carter String Quartet, featuring first violinist, Rachel Jordan, second violinist, Amy Thiaville, violist, Bruce Owen, and cellist, Allen Nisbet, will appear in an afternoon of chamber music, with a special performance of Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet with pianist, Rose Shlyam Grace | Sunday • 10/19/2014 • 3:00pm | Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
The James Carter String Quartet is a faculty string quartet, which is in residency at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Its members include Rachel Jordan, first violinist, Amy Thiaville, second violinist, Bruce Owen, violist, and Allen Nisbet, cellist. The quartet proudly bears the name of the University’s President, James Carter, who has been an important support of the arts and arts education in the New Orleans community. The quartet has been featured in numerous performances across the United States in a diverse program of chamber music, which includes string quartets and chamber music with piano. All four members of the string quartet have enjoyed distinguished careers as solo performers, orchestra and chamber musicians, and university professors. They earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees from such prominent institutions as the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Illinois, and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. The James Carter String Quartet Performance is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
JPresenting Laquita Mitchell, an acclaimed opera soprano from New York City in concert featuring opera arias, art songs and spirituals, accompanied by pianist, Rose Shlyam Grace | Sunday • 2/1/2015 • 3:00pm| Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Already in her young career, she has led performances with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra Comique in Paris, among many others. In her compelling debut as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco Opera, Opera News said “Soprano Laquita Mitchell, in her first outing as Bess, dazzled the SFO [San Francisco Opera] audience with her purity of tone and vivid theatrical presence.” Also active as a concert artist, Ms. Mitchell performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Louisville ï¿¼ï¿¼Orchestra, the world premiere of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as the soprano soloist in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise, and the soprano solo in Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Washington Chorus at Kennedy Center. Ms. Mitchell made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the soprano solo in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes with Mid America Productions. Laquita Mitchell was a 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Prize Winner, and was awarded a 2004 Sara Tucker Award. She was also the First Prize Winner of the Wiener Kammer Oper’s 2003 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and the First Prize Winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, as well as the winner of the Audience Choice award. Ms. Mitchell is an alumna of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She completed her Master of Music and the Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music, and completed her Bachelor of Music in Education at Westminster Choir College. In 2010 Ms. Mitchell received the Distinguished Young Alumni from her alma mater, Manhattan School of Music.
Guest recital featuring a world-renowned Euphonium Artist, Demondrae Thurman, in a program of varied musical styles, accompanied by pianist, Rose Shlyam Grace | Sunday • 2/22/2015 • 3:00pm| Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe inspiring”, and he is touted as “an amazing musician”. Demondrae has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. Many of America's premiere colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher and he continues to be in high demand. Over the last ten years, Demondrae has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition. His primary teachers are John Stevens, Michael Dunn, James Jenkins, and Daniel Drill. Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet which tours extensively. The quartet has released three recordings on the Summit Records label; all of which have received stellar reviews. Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of John Stevens won the International Tuba/Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006. The quartet has been featured several times on American Public Media’s, Performance Today. In January 2014, released its fourth album entitled, Take This Hammer. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Demondrae is in demand as a euphonium specialist for symphony orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and North Carolina Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Rose Shlyam Grace, a Russian-born pianist, has concertized throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber music recitalist. She has collaborated in duo and chamber music recitals with several distinguished artists. During the past several years, Rose Shlyam Grace has been a featured artist at several music conferences, including the Rachmaninoff International Festival in Naples, FL, the National MTNA Conference in NYC, the National Flute Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the International Double Reed Conference in Norman, Oklahoma, and the Florida State Music Teachers Association Conferences. Miss Grace holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Chicago, and a B.M. in Piano Performance and Musicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Music at Bethune-Cookman University.
Presenting the Maserati Trio, featuring Aaron Brask, French horn, Jason Stein, trombone, and James Jenkins, tuba, in a program of classical, jazz and pop music | Sunday • 3/22/2015 • 3:00pm | Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Aaron Brask, French horn artist, is a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Glimmerglass Festival. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and Boston University. A former member of the Florida Orchestra, he also toured Germany twice with Pepe Romero and the American Sinfonietta. Mr. Brask teaches at Jacksonville University and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Mr. Brask has relased four CDs, featuring a wide variety of musical styles.
Jason Stein is currently the second trombonist with the Jacksonville Symphony. In addition, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Monterrey Symphony in Mexico, Symphony in C in New Jersey, Pennsylvania Ballet, and many others. Jason was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was privileged to work with many distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Japp van Zweden, Peter Oundjian, and David Robertson. As a teacher, Jason was on faculty at the Luzerne Music Festival in the New York Adirondacks, as well as the Performing Arts Institute near Wilks- Barre, PA. He also was a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Tune Up Philly music program which was inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela. Jason currently teaches privately at the Douglas Anderson School for the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. Jason received his B.M. from Boston University and M.M. from Northwestern University. His main studies were with Michael Mulcahy, Pete Ellefson, Charlie Vernon, Jay Friedman, Don Lucas, and Scott Hartman.
Mr. James Jenkins served for 17 seasons as performer, teacher, and Director of Artistic Personnel with the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. A 1983 graduate of the University of Miami, Mr. Jenkins served as the Principal Tubist with the Alabama Symphony for 10 years, along with holding faculty positions at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), The University of Montevallo, Samford University, Birmingham Southern College, and the University of Miami (1985 - 1986). After leaving Alabama in 1993, Mr. Jenkins was engaged as performer and Personnel Manager with the Naples Philharmonic for two seasons, and completed six seasons as Principal Tubist with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Jenkins presently resides in Jacksonville FL where he serves as the Executive Director/ Founder of Body & Soul-The Art of Healing, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Florida, and Principal Tubist of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1995.
In partnership with the Southeastern African American Conference and the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival, the Community Performance Series presents a concert by one of America’s leading composers, Adolphus Hailstork, in the performance of his work, I Will Lift Mine Eyes, with guest appearances by tenor soloist, Gregory Broughton, and music director, Damon Dandridge, and the composer himself | Saturday • 4/25/2015 • 4:00pm| Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
Adolphus Hailstork's music emerges naturally from 1940s American populism and although it does not celebrate a perpetual Appalachian spring, it has matured with the seasons to become a rich documentation of certain aspects of American life, particularly the African American experience. Hailstork studied composition with Mark Fax at Howard University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1963. He spent that summer with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, then continued his studies with Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, among others, at the Manhattan School (where he obtained a second bachelor's in 1965 and his master's in 1966); following a two-year Army tour of duty to West Germany (1966 - 1968), he completed a Ph.D. at Michigan State University (1971). His first post-doctorate teaching job was at Youngstown (Ohio) State University from 1971 to 1977; in the fall of 1977, he settled in for a long tenure at Norfolk (Virginia) State College. He first gained wide attention in 1966 when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed his master's thesis Statements, Variations and Fugue. His works have since been performed by the likes of the Chicago Symphony, but most of his music remains unpublished. Hailstork's 1974 concert overture Celebration is populist and easily portable, but his most widely traveled substantial work is his 1990 Piano Concerto, commissioned by a consortium of orchestras and championed by soloist Leon Bates. Another important commission came from the Dayton Opera Company of Ohio, which gave the 1995 premiere of Hailstork's opera Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground.
Damon H. Dandridge is currently the Director of Choral Studies at Bethune-Cookman University, where he leads the acclaimed B-CU Concert Chorale. Prior to coming to B-CU, he held the position as Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University. He holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from The Florida State University and the Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral Music/Voice from South Carolina State University with additional studies at Boston University. He is currently finishing his Doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Dandridge has had the esteemed pleasure of working with some of the most influential African-American composers of our time including Dr. Brazeal W. Dennard, Dr. Roland M. Carter, Dr. André J. Thomas, and the late Mr. Moses G. Hogan. Mr. Dandridge is a past-winner of the National Association of Negro Musician's Brantley Choral Arranging competition.
Dr. Gregory S. Broughton, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Area, was awarded the General Sandy H. Beaver Teaching Professorship in 2011. He was appointed to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty in 1988. He is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy, a UGA Senior Faculty Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the UGA Sarah Moss Fellowship. He received both the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. He earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where his concentration was in voice and choral music. Dr. Broughton's discography includes Montage for Martin with members of the Seattle Symphony; The Lily of the Valley with the American Spiritual Ensemble; Love Letters, a compilation CD of original works by UGA composer Roger Vogel and he appears on the original soundtrack for the musical Yes, Lord! by Ja Jahannes.