This concert is free and open to the public.
Marion Judish, violin
Dr. Marion Judish is Professor of Violin and Viola at St. Cloud State University, and has held this position for twenty-eight years. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota, and studied chamber music performance at the Juilliard School of Music. An avid performer, Marion has performed on Minnesota Public Radio, and in recitals throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Wyoming, Chicago, and New York City. She has also concertized in Sweden, Germany, France and the U.K. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including the Denver Symphony, the St. Cloud Symphony, Northwest Symphony and Amadeus Chamber Symphony.
Marion is concertmaster for the Wayzata Symphony, Amadeus Chamber Players, and the St. Cloud Symphony.
Judish holds the record of receiving three consecutive W. Fiske Scholarship awards at the University of Colorado during her undergraduate studies. This was the most prestigious award to be given.
Helen and Paul Baumgartner, piano duo
Helen Bilhorn Baumgartner is a graduate in piano and violin of the Preparatory Department of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She received her B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College. She holds a master’s degree from the Eastman School and a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. She taught at Miyagi Women’s College in Sendai, Japan and was a visiting professor of piano at Doshisha Women's University in Kyoto. In 1966 she joined the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College, retiring in 2004. She has appeared as piano soloist with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic, and the Sendai City Symphony.
Paul Baumgartner is a graduate of Heidelberg University (Ohio). He completed the M.M. at the Eastman School of Music, did additional graduate study at Indiana University and was awarded a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Arizona. While working toward the doctorate, he served as teaching assistant to Ozan Marsh at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. He has coached with teachers who trained at the Dorothy Taubman Institute. He taught at Miyagi College, Wisconsin State University in Stevens Point and Chowan College in North Carolina before joining the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1964, where he taught until early retirement in 1991. He and Helen continue to teach privately at home.
The Baumgartners began their teaching careers as missionary teachers for the United Church of Christ in Japan and have concertized in Japan and throughout the United States as a piano duet and duo-piano team. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of eight, with two great-grandchildren.