Thursday Musical Artist Series
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Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am
Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating
To be announced
The Barbershop Quartet
Elizabeth Ericksen, violin; Polly Meyerding, flute; Stella Anderson, viola; Faith Farr, cello
Elizabeth Ericksen is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Carleton College and teaches violin and viola at MacPhail Center for Music. In the summer, she coaches string quartets at the Sartory String Quartet Institute at MacPhail. A founding member of the Sartory String Quartet, she is now in her eleventh year with Ensemble L'Autumno. Elizabeth is Past-President of MNSOTA (Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers' Association). Her mentors include Paul Rolland, Mary West, and Joseph Gingold.
Polly Meyerding teaches in her home and is the Director of the Summer Flute Intensive and Fling. She has taught flute and conducted the Falcon Flute Choir at UW-River Falls. Formerly President of the Upper Midwest Flute Association, she has conducted the Honors Flute Choirs at Flute Fests.
Among other things, she has performed in festivals in Europe and played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and many other organizations locally. She and her husband are the Dedrick Flute Duo and play with cello as the Monarch Trio. She is also a member of the Arabesque Trio which is flute, cello and harp.
After more than 30 years teaching at MacPhail Center and performing with the Minnesota Sinfonia, cellist Faith Farr now teaches exclusively in her home studio and performs with Ensemble l’Autumno and as a free-lancer. In addition, she self-publishes Foundations for Music Reading, a string-based theory curriculum for violin, viola and cello. With Brian Wicklund, she co-authored The American Fiddle Method for Cello, published by Mel Bay. As long-time editor of MNSOTA’s String Notes magazine, she has won seven consecutive national ASTA awards for Best State Newsletter.
Mezzo-soprano April Hanson has appeared most recently as Maurya in Riders to the Sea at the MN Fringe Festival. She also has performed in the University of Minnesota’s productions L’incornazione di Poppea as Arnalta, Suor Angelica as Principessa, Street Scene as Emma Jones, Le Nozze di Figaro as Marcellina, Turn of the Screw as Mrs. Grose and Gianni Schicchi as Zita, Iolanthe as the Fairy Queen with the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company, and Margot in SkyLark’s production of The Vagabond King. In concert, Hanson has performed as mezzo soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the University of Minnesota’s Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Dakota Valley Symphony and performed Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater. Also, as a young artist with Pine Mountain Music Festival, Hanson covered the role of Dame Quickly in Falstaff and performed the role of Mama Lucia in Cavelleria Rusticana.
Colleen O'Shaughnessy, soprano, is thrilled to be performing in her home state of Minnesota after a decade-long singing career in New York. During the past season, Ms. O'Shaughnessy performed roles locally with Garden of Song Opera and Twin Cities Opera on Tap. She is a soprano soloist with Holy Childhood Schola, and worked on Micaela with the Lakes Area Music Festival in August. Other recent career highlights include a Liederabend collaboration with the Norwalk Symphony conductor, Jonathan Yates; the role of Guillot in Offenbach's opera, Le Mariage aux Lanternes with NY's Apollo Opera; and soloing Handel's Messiah with Connecticut's St. Philip Orchestra. Ms. O'Shaughnessy finished in the finals of the Amici Competition and placed in the Eleanor Lieber Awards and Jenny Lind Competition. She has sung with companies such as Hartford Opera Theatre, Empire Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and the Schubert Club of Connecticut. Ms. O'Shaughnessy received vocal performance degrees from Boston University and St. Olaf College.
Soprano, Jennifer Sylvester, is an active soloist in the Twin Cities metro area. Jennifer participates regularly in the Thursday Musical Performing Artists recital series and has also performed recitals with the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series and Lord of Life Concert Series of Dallas. She served as soprano section leader and performed as a soloist for Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra for performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Shubert’s Mass in G, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat as well as other works. Jennifer has sung as a soloist with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto and Aria Concert and has performed as a soloist for St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, University Lutheran Church of Hope and Grace University combined choirs in the Twin Cities, St Agnes Catholic Church of St. Paul and King of Glory Lutheran Church of Dallas, Texas. Other performing organizations Previous performance organizations include the Fargo/Moorhead Civic Opera, Metroplex Opera of Dallas, Minnesota Opera Chorus and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorus. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA), in Music from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Speech-Language Hearing Science from the University of Minnesota.