Chamber ensemble featuring JMU faculty and special guest students

Friday, September 20 @ 8 pm



Under the direction of Stephen Bolstad, this concert features JMU faculty members Beth Chandler, flute, Janice L. Minor, clarinet, Michele Kirkdorffer, oboe, Susan Barber, bassoon, Ian Zook, horn, Chris Carrillo, trumpet, and JMU students.

Beth Chandler enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She continues to be in demand as a guest artist at universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Chandler has won numerous competitions and awards, including a Fulbright Grant to study in the United Kingdom. She holds degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory and Baylor University.  Currently she serves as President of the National Flute Association.

Clarinetist Janice L. Minor is an active chamber/orchestral musician performing with the Montpelier Wind Quintet, Prestige Clarinet Quartet, Cincinnati Symphony/Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony, Roanoke Symphony/Opera, and on Discovery Channel/National Geographic soundtracks. Appearances as soloist/chamber musician include: the U.S. Army Europe Band, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival, Lucca Music Festival, Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival: Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Kennedy Center. A Buffet Crampon performing artist, her current CD project is recording The Recital Clarinetist.

Michele Burke Kirkdorffer teaches oboe and coordinates undergraduate music admissions at James Madison University. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and clinician, Kirkdorffer has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Sarasota Music Festival, and in Lucca, Italy. She performed on numerous soundtracks for the Learning Channel and National Geographic, including on the 2004 Emmy award-winning soundtrack Stalking Leopards, composed and produced by David Cottrell of Cottrell-Mangum Music. 

Sue Barber (D.M.A. Louisiana State University, M.M. The Juilliard School, B.M. Crane School of Music) is Associate Professor of Bassoon at James Madison University and Artist/Faculty at the Brevard Music Festival. She is an active bassoonist in the region, performing regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, and Opera on the James. As a recitalist, chamber musician and clinician, she has presented both nationally and internationally. In the fall of 2012, she served as a visiting professor at Indiana University. 

Ian Zook is an active orchestral and chamber musician, solo performer and teacher, and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Verbier and Pacific Music Festivals, and with the New York Collegium on historic instruments. 

Chris Carrillo is a Conn-Selmer trumpet artist and Principal Trumpet with the New Orchestra of Washington, D.C. He has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the “President’s Own” Marine Band Brass Quintet; he also spent five seasons as a member of the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and City Recital Hall in Sydney, Australia.







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