Students-In-Concert Music Festival
April 11-12, 2014
William Owens, Guest Clinician
William Owens (b. 1963) is a native of Gary, Indiana. He is a seasoned music educator and very active as a composer, clinician and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His compositional style for young ensembles displays a practical, erudite approach which has firmly established him as a leader in the field.
Since 1993, Mr. Owens has written over 150 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble. His music has been performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Midwest Clinic, and appears on required music lists both nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the the California Band Directors Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts and the Texas University Interscholastic League. His compositions "Courtlandt County Festival" and "Maesong" have been recorded and analyzed in educational text by the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance In Band.
William is a 1985 graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is a consistent winner of the ASCAPlus award, and a two-time winner of the Forrest L. Buchtel Citation for Excellence in Band Composition. Professional memberships include the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum (ACF), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB).
Mr. Owens teaches instrumental music in the Everman (TX) Independent School District. He serves as the Instrumental Editorial Assistant for the FJH Music Company and is the Conductor/Music Director of the Mansfield (TX) Wind Symphony. In his spare time, he enjoys sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational material and Presidential biography. He is an American muscle car enthusiast and a regular at car shows and auctions in north Texas.
William resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and best friend, Georgia.
CURTIS STRING STUDENTS
Eunice Kim, from San Francisco, Calif., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 and studies with renowned violinist Ida Kavafian. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Kim is the Rose Paul Annual Fellow.
Ms. Kim started playing the violin at age six and made her debut at seven with the Korea Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. Along with winning many international competitions and collaborating with prestigious artists, she has performed as a concerto soloist with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and San Francisco School of the Arts Orchestra. She was concertmaster of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco School of the Arts Orchestra.
She has been featured on NPR's From the Top and has performed in concerts at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif., and as well as in galas hosted by singers Frederica von Stade and Lena Maria Klingvall.
Ms. Kim is a recipient of the Y.E.S. Foundation for the Arts's youth excellence scholarship and has been a participant of an outreach match program for musicians playing in hospitals, homeless shelters, orphanages, and retirement homes. She is the co-founder of Formerly Known as Classical, a new music ensemble that shows appreciation for music from the performers' generation.
She has attended the Taos School of Music, Aspen Music Festival and School, Great Mountains International Music Festival and School in South Korea, Music Academy of the West, Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, and Hotchkiss Summer Portals Chamber Music Program.
Prior to entering Curtis, Ms. Kim was a student of Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Abigail Fayette, from Wading River, N.Y., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with renowned violinist Ida Kavafian. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Fayette is the Joseph and Marie Field Annual Fellow.
Ms. Fayette has performed as a soloist with the Sound Symphony Orchestra, Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Pre- College Chamber Orchestra, El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Bachanalia. She has been a member of the New York All-State String Orchestra and All-Eastern Honors Orchestra.
Ms. Fayette has attended Meadowmount School of Music, Greenwood Music Camp, and the Hotchkiss School's Summer Portals program. She studied previously with Min-Young Kim, Shirley Givens, Ann Setzer, and Kyung-Wha Chung.
Born Lau, from Hong Kong, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with Roberto Díaz, former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchstra and president of Curtis. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships.
Mr. Lau is the recipient of numerous awards. Most recently, he was named the winner of the Astral Artists' 2012 National Auditions. He also won third prize at the 2011 Schmidbauer International Competition and first prize at the 2009 Artist Series of Sarasota Scholarship Program and Competition. He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra, and New Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Lau began taking violin lessons at age seven and viola lessons at age eleven. Prior to attending Curtis, Mr. Lau studied with Paul Coletti at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in 2012. Other teachers include Richard Fleischman, Karen Tuttle, and Evan Wilson, former principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Lau attended the Verbier Festival and Academy in 2012, and the Yellowbarn Music School and Festival in 2010 and 2011.
Will Chow, from Los Altos, Calif., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 and studies with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, cello of the Guarneri String Quartet. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Chow is the George and Marie Hecksher Annual Fellow.
Mr. Chow has appeared on NPR's From the Top and has performed as a soloist with both the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and the Nova Vista Symphony. He was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and participated in the 2009 New York String Orchestra Seminar. Mr. Chow has attended Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute and Aspen Music Festival and School.
Mr. Chow was the 2008 recipient of the Lawrence Bedini Scholarship from the YES Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco. He was also the first place winner of the California ASTA State Solo Competition in the Junior Cello Division.
Mr. Chow began taking cello lessons at age six and previously studied with Sieun Lin in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Xavier Dubois Foley (Born August 9, 1994) is a classically trained double bass virtuoso who currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was taught by Atlanta Symphony double bassist Douglas Sommer before his acceptance to the Curtis Institute (2011), where he is now being taught by Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer.
Critically speaking, Xavier was part of a music program that played a crucial role in augmenting his performance capabilities on stage. This program is known as the Talent Development Program, which is also part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Xavier plays his music for a variety of audiences, including retirement homes, churches, and formal concerts. He has been given the privilege to play with the Sphinx virtuoso tour (2010) at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Moreover, Xavier has played solo works by Giovanni Bottesini, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ditter Von Dittersdorf, Serge Koussevitzky, Johann Baptist Vanhal, and Czar Franck. Xavier has performed the Bottesini Concerto No. 1 with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and with the Eastern Music festival Orchestra. He also performed the Dittersdorf concerto No. 2 with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.
Xavier placed 1st in both the International Society Bassist Competition, Junior Division (2009), and the senior division (2011). He also received the Sphinx Achievement award (2010), and was the Junior Division second place Laureate winner at the Sphinx Competition (2011). He made an appearance on National Public Radio while playing on the From the Top program hosted by Christopher O’Riley.
Furthermore, Xavier continues to work towards his pinnacle goal of becoming an artist who performs music he composed himself due to the lack of solo repertoire presented to the Double bass realm at this time.
Like many musicians, Jonathan Clark was exposed to music at a young age through his family and early educational experiences. “My mother played flute throughout college and my father is a singer/guitar/keyboard player. My sister played violin. As a preschooler, I attended regional orchestra concerts with my family and often ‘led’ the orchestra from my seat.”
Jonathan’s musical pursuits began in the fourth grade when he started playing the French horn. He played steadily in middle and high school band and orchestra and played in YOBC for eight years. He continued his music endeavors through his undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. He recently earned his Masters of Music from Temple University’s Esther Boyer School of Music and Dance.
Like many horn players, Jonathan’s favorite composers include Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, and Johannes Brahms. As a member of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, he eagerly awaits the season finale concert that will feature Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. This was one of the first pieces that inspired him to become a performer. “There are so many melodic lines and the second movement could be one of my favorites.”
What Jonathan enjoys most about performing is the audience reaction. It feels great playing a difficult section after practicing it for hours. Seeing and hearing the audience appreciate the hard work we musicians put into our craft is important to me.” Mr. Clark imparts his musical enthusiasm and his work ethic to his studio of horn students. “It’s very fulfilling hearing a student progress over the years. Every time my students get a tricky passage they have been working on for a few weeks, I feel almost as happy as they are.”
In addition to performing with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan is an adjunct professor of horn at George School and teaches horn and music theory at the Community Music Scholarship Program at Temple Prep. He maintains a private horn studio and is active as a performer and soloist with area orchestras.
William Trigg has been an Adjunct Professor of Music and Area Coordinator of Percussion at The College of New Jersey since 1955. He earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He is well known as a specialist in 20th & 21st Century music. He has premiered solo works by Babbitt, Bouchard, Dlugoszewski, Kupferman, Shapey, & Volans, and was solo marimbist in the New York City Ballet’s premiere production of Michael Torke’s “Echo”. William Trigg is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Car Music Project, Ensemble Pi, and the Glass Farm Ensemble. He has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Manhattan Marimba Quartet, Steve Reich & Musicians, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, the New Music Consort, Musicians’ Accord, Parnassus, Abandon, Newband, the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Composers Orchestra, and numerous others. Mr. Trigg has premiered over 100 solo, chamber, and orchestral works.
William Trigg is also active as a conductor, composer and educator. Mr. Trigg conducted the ensemble for Lucy Shelton at Town Hall, NYC, in Ginastera’s “Cantata para America Magica”, and has conducted frequently for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. He is currently the conductor & music director for The College of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. His compositions have been performed by the Manhattan Marimba Quartet, the New Music Consort, Musicians’ Accord, LifeDance, the Wellspring Dance Project, the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, the Experimental Percussion Orchestra, The College of NJ Percussion Ensemble, the Usdan Percussion Ensemble, and the Kingsborough College Percussion Ensemble.
Mr. Trigg studied with Fred D. Hinger and James Preiss at the Manhattan School of Music as well as Vic Firth at the Berkshire Music Center and Michael Bookspan and Alan Abel at the New York State School of Orchestra Studies.