Faculty @ 5: Baroque Duets

Kathryn Evans and Michael McVay Mary Medrick Lisa Bost-Sandberg Eddie Healy

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2012-13

Performance by Kathryn Evans, soprano; Mary Medrick, tenor; Michael McVay, piano; Lisa Bost-Sandberg, flute; and Eddie Healy, guitar.

Music by Bach, Handel, Telemann and Purcell.

Kathryn Evans joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Dallas in 1994. She served as the Associate Dean for the Arts in the School of Arts and Humanities from 1995-2010 and received the first School of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Service Award in 2010 for her 15 years of service. She continues to teach vocal and choral music, and directs the UT Dallas Chamber Singers and the Musical Theatre Workshop. She is an accomplished recitalist and chamber musician, performing in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, across the U.S. and in Europe and Latin America. Before coming to UT Dallas, she was the Director of the Bach Society Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in La Jolla, California and the Musical Director of the Orpheus Ensemble. She founded and directed the Washington Pro Musica and the Early Music Ensemble of San Diego. She has directed European concert tours of Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy. Ms. Evans holds Master of Arts degrees in Music and in Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego. Ms. Evans has completed tours of music for voice and guitar with fellow faculty member Dr. Enric Madriguera in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Mexico and Latin America. Ms. Evans released the CD "Voz y Guitarra" with Dr. Madriguera and is the Executive Director of the Annual Texas Guitar Competition. She has directed such concerts as "La Boheme/Rent", "Shakespeare in Song", "A Tribute to Manhattan Transfer", "Shakespeare in Song", "Music of the Spheres", "The Best of Broadway" and others, and directed "Side Show the Musical" in 2010, "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" in 2011 and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in 2012. Ms. Evans recently performed "The Songs of Isaac Albeniz" in Hawaii with pianist Michael McVay. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Arts and Technology, with an emphasis on arts education in the 21st century. Ms. Evans has served on the boards of the Repertory Company Theatre, the Indian Classical Music Circle, the Creative Arts Alliance, the Texas Alliance for Education in the Arts, and is the past President of the Richardson Council on the Arts. She is the current President of Dallas Chamber Music.

Pianist Michael McVay holds degrees from the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory (piano), the Royal College of Music in London (piano) and the University of North Texas (music theory/piano). He performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in a variety of styles and venues, and his CD Michael McVay and Friends can be heard on Dallas radio station KAAM. Previous academic positions include lecturer at LaSalle/SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, assistant professor of music theory at Austin College, visiting faculty member in music theory at the University of North Texas and staff accompanist at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. McVay is currently staff accompanist at UT Dallas, where he also teaches music theory and serves as pianist and assistant director of the Musica Nova ensemble.

Mary Medrick is known as an extraordinarily versatile musician, trained in classical music, while frequently performing in the areas of opera, musical theater and early music. She is an ASCAP Special Award recipient and a member of the American Federation of Musicians. She has performed in 17 countries and was pianist for the premiere of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in Israel. As a writer, Medrick has produced three opera libretti and the scores for three Broadway style shows. Her original works have been performed in New York, Texas, Michigan, Colorado, California, Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, and Mexico. In the Dallas area, Medrick is active as a musical director and conductor. Recent productions include The Threepenny Opera (UNT), Les Miserables (Garland Civic Theater), A Christmas Carol and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (Dallas Theater Center). As keyboardist, Medrick has performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Summer Musicals (numerous shows), Watertower Theater (Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods), the Charleston Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Guadalajara, MX). Medrick is also called upon to produce computer-generated tracks and to provide MIDI orchestrations for a variety of productions.

Flutist, composer, and improviser Lisa Bost-Sandberg is currently a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas and pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas.  At UNT she is a recipient of the Master’s and Doctoral Fellowship and is a Teaching Fellow.  Bost-Sandberg travels regularly to perform, teach masterclasses, adjudicate competitions, and present her lecture-recitals, including guest appearances in the United Kingdom and Norway as well as at universities and conferences in the United States.  She is currently serving on the National Flute Association New Music Advisory Committee and as Graduate Vice President of the UNT Composers Forum Board of Directors.  A Montana native, Bost-Sandberg received a Bachelor of Music degree as a Presidential Scholar at The University of Iowa and a Master of Arts degree at New York University.  She then continued her freelance work in New York as a teacher, performer, and studio musician in the City and on Long Island, where she was on the faculty of the Great Neck Arts Center.  She served on the faculty of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, from 2007-2010 as Adjunct Instructor of Flute and World Music, as well as performing as flutist with the Wild Prairie Wind Quintet, principal flute with the Ottumwa Symphony, and substitute flute/piccolo with the Cedar Rapids and Dubuque Symphonies.  She has worked with conductors such as Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Gunther Schuller, and Tania León, and has recorded on the Albany, GIA, and North Texas Jazz labels.

Eddie Healy began studying the classical guitar with Dr. Enric Madriguera. He went on to study with Tom Johnson at the University of North Texas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in classical guitar performance there. He then completed a Master of Music degree with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. He was awarded a scholarship from the Dallas Federation of Music Clubs, and was the recipient of the Alice Jones-Berding scholarship in 1995. Eddie performs regularly as soloist, accompanist and ensemble member in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He has performed with the vocalists of The Orchestra of New Spain as well as string soloists from The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Eddie traveled to Spain in 2008 for a series of concerts and twice to Mexico in 2009 to perform at the 19th Annual International Guitar Festival of Morelia and the 4th Festival Internacional de Guitarra Ramón Noble. He has appeared on national television and radio programs in Hidalgo, Mexico. At the 2009 Texas Guitar Festival, he performed on the same program as David Russell and shared the stage with William Kanengiser at the Texas Festival in 2010.

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