This concert is free and open to the public.
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, wit h two great-grandchildren.
Dr. Scotty Horey (B.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.) (USA) is a passionate and versatile percussionist, solo artist, and teacher based in the twin cities. He performs locally, nationally and internationally as a solo percussion artist, a percussionist for hire, and is a drums/percussion teacher of all levels: children, teen, college level, and adult students. He is currently Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Principal Percussionist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and an active solo performer and clinician as a SABIAN endorsed artist and VIC FIRTH endorsed artist. His strongest passions in music and teaching include classical music, contemporary-classical music, jazz/fusion, solo marimba, mind/body ""holistic"" awareness, and cross cultural understanding, specifically with Latin American countries, where he has become prolific in recent years as a guest artist/teacher.
Notable engagements as featured solo artist include the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference, the First Annual International Festival of Percussion Ensembles of Costa Rica, the Federal University of Uberlandia International Percussion Festival in Brazil, the 13th International Percussion Festival Patagonia in Argentina, the 10th International Percussion Festival of FOJI in Santiago de Chile, and the International Percussion Festival Salvador, Brazil, as well as universities and classical concert series around the twin cities area. Visit www.scottyhorey.com.