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Adults $20-$45, Students $10-$23. Reserved seating. No ticket fees.
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Join our principal conductor Nikolas Caoile for an informal pre-concert talk and Q&A in Hudson Hall. The talk is free with admission to the concert.
View this online presentation about orchestral color by Nikolas Caoile.
Mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel has established herself as a preeminent stage performer, recitalist and pedagogue. She has been hailed as a “…velvety mezzo-soprano, who displays bona fide acting smarts as well.” (Victoria Times Colonist) Schiel has performed with numerous companies and orchestras including Opera Ontario, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, The Boris Brott Festival, The Mountain View International Festival of Song, Kitchener -Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Schiel has performed concert and oratorio works including: Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Schiel has also established herself as a uniquely versatile musician, performing a broad spectrum of repertoire. Consistently seeking to champion the works of contemporary composers, Schiel has premiered several modern works including the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening: a 2007 opera by John Musto inspired by art work of American Edward Hopper in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
On the operatic stage, her roles include: Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Maddelena (Rigoletto), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), The Old Lady (Candide), Berta (Il barbière di Siviglia) and Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring). Upcoming performances include Verdi’s Requiem with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, Melissa now resides in Ellensburg, WA. She is a faculty member in the department of music at Central Washington University.
Daniel Rouslin is a professor of music at Willamette University where he teaches applied violin, music theory, aural skills, College Colloquium, string methods, and coordinates the small ensemble program. In addition to teaching, he is concertmaster of the Salem Chamber Orchestra and a member of the faculty ensemble, the Willamette University Chamber Players.
Dr. Rouslin received his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and completed his graduate studies at the Universities of Chicago and Iowa.
He was awarded Rockefeller grants at both of these schools to become a member of the Contemporary Chamber Players and Center for the New Performing Arts respectively.
After teaching briefly at Southern Illinois University, Daniel Rouslin accepted a position in the Delos String Quartet where he was its first violinist for thirteen years. With the quartet he toured Europe (seven times), the United States, and Brazil.
Since coming to Willamette University, Dr. Rouslin has had the opportunity to tour extensively for the U.S. State Department as a soloist in the Middle East, and with Trio Northwest in South America. More recently he completed a tour of Japan and China with Trio Oregon. Summers have seen him participating in a number of music festivals including the Oregon Bach Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.
Highly sought after as a performer and teacher, flutist, Sydney Carlson joined the faculty of Portland State University in 2008. Currently a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra, she has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Ballet Orchestra and Portland Chamber Orchestra. She is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. While in Houston she performed frequently with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, and contemporary ensemble Musiqa.
Dr. Carlson was previously on the faculty at the University of Houston and StephenF.AustinStateUniversity in Texas. Her students have been accepted for further studies at Yale, Cal Arts, the Curtis Institute, Rice, Baylor, the Paris Conservatoire at Versailles and the Boston Conservatory.
She has served on the faculties of the Texas Music Festival and the American Festival of the Arts as a chamber music coach, flute teacher and recitalist.
International appearances include concerts in Mexico, China, Europe, and Canada. She has performed with the American Sinfonietta as principal flute on a tour of Europe and at the Bellingham Festival in WA. In 2009 she made her recital debut in China at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in GuangzhouChina.
Sydney holds degrees form the Eastman School of Music, East Carolina University and the University of Houston. She was privileged to study with Byron Hester, Bonita Boyd, and David Shostac. Additionally she has performed in the master classes of Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Robert Aitken, Samuel Baron and James Walker. She has recorded on the Mark, Delos, Albany, Guild, CIEM, and Urtext Digital labels.
Kelly Gronli is the Principal Oboist of the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Ballet Theater and is the acting principal Oboist of the Portland Opera. She previously played Second Oboe in the Tacoma Symphony and Principal Oboe in the Bellevue Philharmonic.
Kelly began her oboe studies at the age of ten in her hometown of Vienna, Virginia. As a student of Richard White, retired English Hornist of the National Symphony Orchestra, she quickly gained recognition as an outstanding young talent, winning the American Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition three years in a row. Mrs. Gronli has won numerous other competitions including the Arlington Symphony Competition, the Friday Morning Music Club, and the Sallie Mae Chamber Music Competition.
She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from The Harid Conservatory in 1999 where she studied with John Dee, former Principal Oboist of the Florida Philharmonic, and won the Harid Conservatory Concerto Competition. In 2000 she received her Master of Music degree from NorthwesternUniversity where she was a student of Ray Still, former Principal Oboist of the Chicago Symphony. While at Northwestern she won her previous position as Second Oboist of the Tacoma Symphony and relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2000 to pursue her professional career.
Kelly has played solo works with the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Festival of American Music. In 2012 she recorded the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Martingale Ensemble under the MSR Classics label. Kelly has also played with the Oregon Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Opera.
Kelly currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband Patrick and their 2 year old son, Dane.
Brett Randolph, trumpeter, is the band director at Waldo Middle School in Salem, OR. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Trumpet Performance / Music Education and completed his M.A.T. in Music Education in 2005. In addition to teaching middle school band, Brett also teaches private trumpet lessons to students in Salem. Brett is the Principal Trumpet Player with the Salem Chamber Orchestra and Portland Ensign Choir & Orchestra. Brett is also an active performer on the trumpet with various other groups around the Salem area. Brett and his wife, Pippa, are very proud parents of four beautiful children.