‘An Evening Of Chamber Music’

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Go over to Gila Community College on Mud Springs Road in Payson a little early the evening of the Oct. 8 concert and take in the xeriscape demonstration garden in the college courtyard in twilight. The evening of chamber music is at 7 p.m. in Room 301.

An evening of chamber music will be presented by Gila Community College in Payson at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Community Room 301. The concert will feature Northern Arizona University School of Music professors Frank Scott (piano), Louise Scott (violin) and Jacquelyn Schwandt (viola) in works by Augusta Read Thomas, Judith Cloud, Bohuslav Martinu and Claude Debussy. There is no admission charge for the concert.

About the artists

Louise Scott is professor of violin and pedagogy in the School of Music. She received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1980 and came to NAU, first as part-time faculty in 1977, and then full-time in 1984. Her major teachers include; Walter Verdehr, Josef Gingold, Tadeusz Wronski, John Kendall and John Ferrell. In her music career over the past 30 years, she has performed in the North Carolina Symphony, the Aspen Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Since 1993, she has been concertmaster for the Arizona Opera, an opera company based in Phoenix and Tucson that is regularly reviewed by Opera News. She was also assistant concertmaster for the two summer series of Ring cycles performed by the Arizona Opera in Flagstaff (1996 and 1998). She has also been concertmaster for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 1985.

In addition to her orchestral work, she has been a longtime active member of the NAU Faculty Chamber Music Series. She has been actively involved in national string teaching organizations, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association, where she served as state president from 1990 to 1992. She regularly gives clinical workshops across the country in violin, especially with advanced students in the Suzuki method. Recent summer Suzuki workshops include the Hawaii Suzuki Institute, the NAU Suzuki Institute, the Alaska Suzuki Institute, the Black Hills Advanced String Camp, the Oregon Suzuki Institute and the Stanford Advanced String Camp. Dr. Scott initiated Suzuki pedagogy courses at NAU; this program has grown to one of the largest and most well-known programs in the country. In addition to an extensive performance schedule, she served as director of the School of Music from 2002 to 2006.

Jacquelyn Schwandtis, assistant professor of viola at Northern Arizona University, received her doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Oregon, her master of music degree from Wichita State University, and her bachelor of music degree from Southern Methodist University. She is principal violist with the Flagstaff Symphony, and is an active member of the NAU Faculty Chamber Music Series.

Currently, Dr. Schwandt is the president of the Arizona Chapter of the American Viola Society. She is an active clinician and performer and has taught at music camps and master classes in Arizona, Oregon, Oklahoma, Colorado and South Dakota. In 2007 she performed Mozart’s Sinfonie Concertante with the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Newport, Ore. Dr. Schwandt has been a violist in the Eugene Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Wichita Symphony; assistant principal viola in the Spoleto USA and Italy Festival Orchestras, and principal viola of The Classic Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Additionally, Dr. Schwandt has participated in the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Ernst Bloch Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Barn in Wichita, Kan., National Repertory Orchestra, and The Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City. She has studied viola with Leslie Straka, William Magers, Ellen Rose, Catherine Consiglio, Eiji Ikeda and Yitzak Schotten.

Frank E. Scott, director of the piano program at NAU and the NAU Summer Music Camp, made his Arizona debut in 1976 performing a Mozart concerto with conductor Izler Solomon. Dr. Scott has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances, including collaborations with artists for the NAU Performing Artists Series, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, the Sedona Chamber Music Series and the NAU Spectrum Series. He was a founding member of the Coconino Chamber Ensemble, a resident chamber music group at Northern Arizona University, sponsored by the Arizona Arts Commission.

His performances include the premiere of Willam Hill’s Piano Concerto, the Bartok Piano Concerto No 3 with the Flagstaff Symphony and the Janacek Capriccio. In the spring of 1999, Scott performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in honor of Catharine Adel, NAU’s musical benefactress. He was convention artist for the ASMTA convention held at NAU in the summer of 2000. In May of 2002, Dr. Scott performed the Strauss Burleske with the NAU orchestra and in 2003 he gave the Arizona premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Flagstaff Symphony.

Dr. Scott has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Morris, St. Louis University, the University of Memphis and the Delta Music Festival. He holds degrees in piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Michigan State University and the University of Iowa. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Pastor, Ralph Votapek, Joseph Evans and John Simms. In 1992 he studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York. He has also studied with Jeffrey Swann.

Dr. Scott’s students have gone on to receive master’s and doctorates in piano and are teaching in colleges and universities. In addition, many of his students regularly attend summer music festivals and have appeared in master classes with prominent artists.

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