Mansfield University Faculty

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Faculty members of Mansfield University will perform a varied program of classical music on the final Simply Grand Concert of the season Sunday March 24, at 3:00pm in the Sordoni Theater of the VIA Public Media Studios. Music for woodwinds and vocal music of J.S. Bach are featured. For free seating, click here.

The program consists of:

  • Three Bach arias--
    • Zerfleisse, Mein Herze from the St. John Passion
    • Hört Doch! der sanften Flöten Chor from Cantata No. 206
    • Ei! wie schmeckt der Kaffee süsse from Cantata No. 211 (The “Coffee” Cantata)
  • Two Woodwind trios (fl, ob, cl)
  • Walter Gieseking - Flute Sonata
  • Malcolm Arnold - Fantasy for solo flute
  • Walter Piston - Flute Sonata

Flutist CHRISTINE FISH MOULTON is Associate Professor of Flute at Mansfield University of PA. She is a member of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the annual Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Solo and chamber music concerts include WXXI, WVIA, WCNY public radio stations, NYC’s Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall’s Weill and Zankel Halls and National Flute Conventions in Orlando, San Diego & Las Vegas. Allan Kozinn said in a review in the New York Times of Richard Auldon Clark’s Four Sketches, “Christine Moulton gave its flute line a shapely, colorful reading…” She has presented concerts, classes and masterclasses for groups including the Rochester Flute Association, Greater Philadelphia Flute Association, Pocono Flute Society, New York Flute Club’s Flute Fair in Manhattan, and the National Flute Conventions. She is secretary of the Marcel Moyse Society.

SUSAN LAIB, associate professor of oboe, is principal oboe in both the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in NY and the Williamsport Symphony in PA. In demand as a free-lance oboist and double reed clinician, she has performed and presented master classes throughout PA, NY and NJ. Previously a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and on the faculty of Tennessee Technological University, Dr. Laib toured Belgium and Holland and performed in Carnegie Recital Hall. Every October the Double Reed Studio presents Octoboefest! a studio chamber music recital with workshops for junior high and high school students.

Soprano ALISSA ROSE has performed numerous operatic roles, recitals, and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. She spent several years in Germany, where she sang at the State Theaters in Osnabrück, Münster, and Bielefeld.  Favorite operatic roles she has performed include Adina, Gretel, Adele, and Susanna. A proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Rose has performed world premieres in all genres, including the premiere of Kristin Kuster’s Myrrha with the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. An avid recitalist, she regularly gives art song and chamber music recitals, and has also appeared as a soloist with such diverse ensembles as BachWorks, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Horizonte (a contemporary music ensemble), and the Bielefelder Philharmonie. Dr. Rose is an Associate Professor of Voice at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and serves as the PA District Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

RICHARD MACDOWELL, clarinet, is on the faculty at Mansfield University. He was associate professor of clarinet at University of Texas at Austin for over 20 years, and has also served on the faculties of Interlochen Arts Academy, Ithaca College, the Banff Festival in Alberta, Canada, State University College at Oneonta, and Hartwick. Formerly principal clarinet of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, he has also played principal clarinet with the Glimmerglass Opera, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Catskill Philharmonic, and played with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Binghamton Pops, the Northeast Philharmonic, and Tri-Cities Opera. He has been a frequent clinician and performer in the International Clarinet Association annual festival, and has given recitals and master classes at the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, Florida State University, Western Carolina University, and the University of Nebraska.

GARY BOERCKEL is a concert pianist, conductor, lecturer and Professor emeritus of Music at Lycoming College. Gary is best-known to VIA radio listeners as host of Music to My Ears, broadcast from the VIA studio in Williamsport every Sunday at 1 pm. He has appeared as soloist in piano concertos with the Jupiter Symphony (NYC), the Northeastern PA Philharmonic, the Williamsport Symphony, the Williamsport Chamber Orchestra and the Susquehanna Valley Symphony and has performed solo recitals—including lecture-recitals devoted to ragtime and early jazz—on college, university, and community artist series throughout the country. Since 2015, Dr. Boerckel has been the pianist of the Grammy-nominated Eaken Trio. At Lycoming College—and in collaboration with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra—Dr. Boerckel has directed over thirty operas, operettas, and musicals and he has conducted major choral works. Dr. Boerckel served as chairman of the Lycoming College Department of Music for more than twenty-five years. He writes program notes for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and gives pre-concert lectures for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.

Also featured are flutists ELLIE MOTICHKA and MADDIE ANTHONY, undergraduate students in the music education program at Mansfield University.

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