West Virginia University’s new viola professor, Andrea Priester Houde, will join faculty violinist Mikylah McTeer and pianist Peter Amstutz for a faculty recital titled “Vienna!” at the Creative Arts Center, Monday, Oct. 4.
The concert begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) and is free and open to the public.
Houde will perform with violin professor Mikylah McTeer in Mozart’s delightful and operatic “Duo in G Major” for Violin and Viola. In addition, the program includes Franz Schubert’s melodious “Rondo in B minor, D. 895”; Ludwig van Beethoven’s dramatic “Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2”; and Fritz Kreisler’s lilting “Marche miniature viennoise.”
Houde received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Memphis and also studied at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she earned a master’s in viola performance with an emphasis in pedagogy and a Graduate Performance Diploma. While at Peabody she received the Israel Dorman Award for excellence in string playing and two Career Development Grants. An active performer, she is a member of the Maryland Symphony and Principal Viola of the Lancaster Symphony. She is also a founding musician of the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, Pa., where she has performed and taught in the summers since 2006.
McTeer maintains an active chamber music and solo performance schedule. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin College of Music and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she studied with renowned violinist Fredell Lack. During that time, she regularly performed with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera. She was also a violinist with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla. She was previously concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and assistant professor of violin and viola at Fort Lewis College. She was also the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Durango Youth Symphony.
Amstutz is professor of piano and coordinator of Keyboard Studies at WVU. Much of his musical training occurred at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also studied in Austria for two years at the Vienna Academy of Music. Amstutz was a prizewinner in the Maryland International Piano Competition and medalist in the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy. He has made frequent tours of Asia, presenting recitals and master classes in major cities of Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the People’s Republic of China. He also served as judge for the National Piano Festival 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
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