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Adults $20-$45, Students $10-$23. Reserved seating. No ticket fees.
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Born in Buffalo, New York, Anita King earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Iowa where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Pedagogy. A winner of several piano competitions, King has appeared as piano soloist with the Omaha Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Pueblo Symphony, the Oberlin Orchestra, the University of Iowa Orchestra, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. She was pianist for the IowaCenter for New Music and was piano soloist in the Berg Chamber Concerto. King performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician and has collaborated with such artists as cellists Fred Sherry and Nancy Ives, clarinetist David Shifrin, the Ridge String Quartet, singers Susan Narucki and Allison Swenson, oboist Stephen Caplan, pianist Charles Wadsworth, and the Zephyros Wind Quintet. King was a member of Trio Northwest (piano, violin, cello) in residence at WillametteUniversity from 1986-1997. In 1989 Trio Northwest toured South America as winners of the U.S. Information Agency “Artistic Ambassador” auditions, performing 23 concerts and presenting master classes in 5 countries. King performs as a member of the Willamette Chamber Players and is currently working on a recording project of Schubert song cycles with baritone, Kevin Helppie.
Since joining the faculty of Willamette in 1981, King has taught piano, accompanying, chamber music, advanced music analysis courses, and, more recently, the Alexander Technique. She has also participated in interdisciplinary teaching that reflects her interest in the relationships between the arts. In 1989 King won the prestigious Graves Award which sent her to England to pursue an intensive study of Shakespeare. In 1993 and 1995 King presented a series of public lectures on Schubert’s song cycles, Die Schone Mullerin and Winterreise in which she explored the relationship of poetry to music. She performed both cycles with baritone, Julio Viamonte. In 2008, King was visiting professor for Willamette’s ILACA program in London where she taught a rollicking course on the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. In addition to her teaching duties, King has served as artistic director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series since 1983.
Since 1997, King has been immersed in the field of kinesthetic re-education as it relates to musicians’ health. She became a certified Andover Educator (teacher of Body Mapping) in the fall of 2000 and has been a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International since 2003. King teaches an annual college course on coordinate movement for musicians and has presented many workshops throughout the U.S. Her groundbreaking presentation, “Understanding Music’s Multiple Levels: Creating the Foundation for Interpretation and Movement” intimately connects her research into musicians’ movement with her Schenkarian approach to understanding musical structure. She has given this presentation and related workshops at the Two-Piano Institute of the Ernest Bloch Festival, the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, Akron University, the Universities of New Hampshire and Las Vegas, the Hawaii International Conference for Arts and Humanities, the Andover Educators International Conference, the Alexander Technique International Annual General Meeting, for music teachers’ organizations throughout the northwest, and most recently, for musicians and Alexander Technique teachers in Geneva, Switzerland and Burgundy, France. In April, 2012, King was the first guest artist in residence at the Performance Wellness Institute of the Berklee College of Music.
Violinist and violist Holland Phillips has served as the principal violist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra since 2009. Reviewers have praised the “spirit and clear tone” of her playing (Leipziger Volkszeitung) and the “serious intensity” that she brings to performances (Register-Guard). Ms. Phillips currently performs as violinist and violist with the Oregon-based ensembles Chamber Music Amici, TARDIS Ensemble, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, and Oregon Bach Festival. She has performed in music festivals and conferences in North America and Europe, and during the 2012 summer season, performed with the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis as a violinist and the Sunriver Music Festival as a violist. She has been an active recitalist, as well as an orchestral and chamber musician since age 14 and has performed in such venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus (Germany), and Leeds Town Hall (UK). Ms. Phillips has also been invited to perform and present research papers at national conferences, including SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States), SASS (Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study), and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). She has also appeared as soloist with orchestras in Massachusetts, Oregon, and in her home state, Mississippi.
An avid enthusiast of Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s music, Ms. Phillips has performed all of Nielsen’s compositions for violin. Her passion for Nielsen’s music led her to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance with a secondary focus in musicology from the University of Oregon where she was able to concurrently take coursework in Scandinavian languages and literature. She won the 2008 University of Oregon Concerto Competition with Nielsen’s Violin Concerto and competed at the 2008 International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition in Odense, Denmark. In 2012 Ms. Phillips completed her doctoral studies under former ESO concertmaster Kathryn Lucktenberg. Her dissertation, “Tidens Fylde: Temporality and Tradition in Carl Nielsen’s Works for Violin,” directed by Dr. Marian Smith, included a complete translation from Danish to English of Emil Telmányi’s monograph “Vejledning til Indstudering og Fortolkning af Carl Nielsens Violinværker og Kvintet for Strygere [Guide to the Study and Interpretation of Carl Nielsen’s Violin Works and Quintet for Strings].” Ms. Phillips earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated summa cum laude studying under Cornelia Heard. She holds graduate degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with violinist and violist James Buswell. She also earned a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Oregon, where she studied under Dr. Leslie Straka.
Ms. Phillips has held teaching positions at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and the Milton Public Schools in Milton, Massachusetts. She is currently an adjunct instructor of chamber music for the Community Music Institute Chamber Players program at the University of Oregon and maintains a small private teaching studio.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Hillary Schoap holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s Degree in Music from RiceUniversity. As a student, Ms. Schoap received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Young Artist String Quartet Fellowship and a Distinguished Performance Award in Modern Music from UCSB, as well as serving as James Dunham’s teaching assistant at Rice.
Ms. Schoap is an active performer in many music communities. She is the Portland Opera Orchestra’s Principal Violist, appointed in May 2012. Also an avid lover and performer of chamber music, she often performs with 45th Parallel, a chamber music organization which exclusively features the top musicians of the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Schoap also specializes in baroque viola, and continues to perform with Mercury Baroque Orchestra in Houston, Texas.
Ann Shaffer had her first encounters with early music as a teenager on the East Coast, where she took up the viola da gamba at age seventeen under the tutelage of Carolyn Surrick. She earned her BA in music and medieval studies from Smith College, where she studied viola da gamba and baroque cello with Alice Robbins. As an undergraduate, she also spent a year in Paris, taking classes in medieval music at the Sorbonne under Katarina Livljanić, and studying viola da gamba with Julia Griffin. Ann went on to pursue graduate degrees in musicology and library science at Indiana University, during which time she studied viols with Wendy Gillespie and performed extensively with many ensembles in IU’s Early Music Institute, including the first historically-informed performance to take first prize in the Latin American Music Center’s prestigious Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America.
She has participated in Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s annual Conclaves, and has played in masterclasses for luminaries such as Jaap ter Linden. In 2011, Ann moved to Eugene, OR, where she holds the post of Music and Dance Librarian at the University of Oregon, teaches graduate research courses for the UO School of Music, and has reviewed new publications for viola da gamba in Notes, the journal of the Music Library Association.
Max A. Fuller, viola da gambist and cellist, received his degrees in performance from the JuilliardSchool. At that time he went on to numerous early music schools and festivals, including the Bath Summer Baroque festival and Oberlin BPI. He has toured Mexico and Arizona with Musica Dolce Arizona, played with the Phoenix Symphony as soloist in the St. Matthew’s Passion, and was recently cello soloist with the Portland Opera. In Portland he plays with the Bach Cantata Choir, Portland Viol Consort, and Baroque Northwest in Seattle, as well as many Oregon churches. He has performed with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and recently played in the Jew’s Harp festival in Bay City. His recording, “A Distant Sound,” “The Resonance of 500 Years” covers music from 14th century Italy to Georg Phillip Telemann.