Gregory Allen, Piano and Chamber Music. Professor of Piano, University of Texas at Austin; Grand Prize winner, 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv; Second Prize, 1978 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels; top honors in the Los Angeles Young Musicians Foundation, Washington International, and Gina Bachauer Competitions. Concert engagements include appearances with the New York, Los Angeles & Israel Philharmonics, the Brussels RTF and Jerusalem Radio Symphonies, and the orchestras of San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. He has collaborated with conductors including Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Comissiona, Louis Lane, Garcia Navarro, Leon Fleisher, Lukas Foss, James Sedares, and David Atherton. He has appeared in recital at New York’s 92nd St. Y, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts.
Mr. Allen holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute; his principal teachers were John Perry, Jerome Lowenthal and Leon Fleisher. He is a founding member of the Chamber Soloists of Austin, a mixed ensemble which was chosen to appear at the Kennedy Center’s Texas Festival in 1991. The group has also toured South America as Artistic Ambassadors of the U.S. Information Agency.
HOMAGE TO ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN, Volume One: Works by Spanish and Latin-American Composers. MHS, 1987.
THE RUBINSTEIN DEDICATIONS, Volume Two: Paris in the ‘20s. MHS, 1991.
THE RUBINSTEIN DEDICATIONS, Volume Three: A Musical Portrait. MHS, 1991.
JOAQUIN RODRIGO: THE COMPLETE MUSIC FOR PIANO. (With Anton Nel, 2nd piano). Bridge Records, 1992.
David Yeomans, Festival Co-Director; Piano repertoire and coaching. Professor Emeritus of piano, Texas Woman’s University; faculty artist, Orfeo International Music Festival, Vipiteno, Italy. Dr. Yeomans has a national reputation as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician, having performed in recital at New York’s Town Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as across the US, Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and South Korea. In addition to numerous performances of the Czech piano literature, he presented a lecture recital on the piano music of Bedrich Smetana for the Texas Music Teachers Association convention in Houston, and a recital on the piano and vocal music of Zdenek Fibich for the European Piano Teachers Association in London. He has also written a chapter on Bartok’s “Romanian Christmas Carols” for Bartok Perspectives, published by Oxford University Press, and has presented papers at Bartok symposia in Virginia and California. Prior to his TWU appointment, he taught at Washington State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and SUNY, Fredonia.
Dr. Yeomans holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan, where he studied with Emil Danenberg, Irwin Freundlich, and Gyorgy Sandor. He has been master teacher certified from the MTNA since 1986 and has adjudicated numerous music competitions, including the finals of the Canadian National Music Competitions, the MTNA South Central Division Competition, and the San Diego Musical Merit Competition. He is a past member of the Van Cliburn Foundation Executive Board.
BARTOK FOR PIANO, Indiana University Press, 1987, 2000.
PIANO MUSIC OF THE CZECH ROMANTICS, Indiana University Press, 2006.
Megan Clewell is a collaborative pianist based in Oklahoma City. She is a voice coach and full-time staff pianist at the University of Central Oklahoma. Clewell has served as coach and/or pianist for numerous shows and projects, including Arizona State’s West Side Story and She Loves Me; CCM’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Of Mice and Men, Dialogues of the Carmelites, and “An Evening With Carlisle Floyd”; Opera North’s La Bohème; and UCO’s Martha, The Tender Land, Serse, Adamo’s Little Women, as well as the UCO music theater department’s annual Holiday Revue. She has been a pianist with the Saarburg and Vianden International Music Festivals, the Knox Galesburg Symphony, Nova Singers, Tulsa Opera, Painted Sky Opera, Oklahoma Haydn Festival, Oklahoma Flute Society, the upcoming International Horn Symposium 50 (where she’ll be premiering work with the recently-formed Akouo Ensemble), and Opera on Tap OKC. Clewell earned a BM (Piano Performance) and MM (Collaborative Piano) from Arizona State University, as well as an Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Blaise J. Ferrandino, Composition. Professor and Division Chair of Music Theory and Composition at Texas Christian University. Besides his work as a composer and theorist, he is an accomplished classical and jazz double bassist. Dr. Ferrandino holds degrees from Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and the Hartt School of Music. He is sought after as a composer, lecturer, and performer. His compositions include song cycles, orchestral pieces, a wide-ranging assortment of chamber music, an opera, and solo works for various instruments. His most recent published works are Song and a Dance for Double Bass and Piano commissioned by the International Society of Double Bassists as the compulsory piece for their 2011 competition and Crucible, commissioned for the TCU Trombone Summit quartet competition. His musical drama Retrieving the Spirit premiered in April of 2012, and his Symphony for Wind Ensemble premiered in the Spring of 2013. In addition to his teaching at the Clear Creek Music Festival, Dr. Ferrandino has composed several works for the Clear Creek Kids children’s chorus and for the combined forces of the Festival and Halfway musical community. In 2018 the Festival will premiere part IV of his Scenes from the Oregon Trail, “Fort Hayes to Flagstaff Hill,” bringing the work to the location of the present Oregon Trail Interpretive Center above Baker City, OR.
Sheila Allen, Festival Artistic Director, Voice, Diction, Coaching. Professor Emerita, Texas Christian University School of Music. Dr. Allen has appeared as recitalist and soloist in operatic, orchestral and chamber music repertoire across the United States and in Germany. A champion of contemporary music, she premiered Pulitzer Prize winning Stephen Albert’s To Wake the Dead in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and recorded it for CRI. In 2004, Dr. Allen presented master classes and a series of recitals featuring songs of American, Czech, and Korean composers in South Korea. Her recent research and performance has centered on the repertoire for mezzo, viola, and piano ranging from composers of the Baroque period to the works of Czech contemporary composer Petr Eben. She has been on the international jury for the Canadian National Music Competitions and the San Diego Musical Merit Competition. She regularly adjudicates for the Metropolitan Opera Regional auditions, NATS, and MTNA. She was a member of the artist faculty of the Schlern International Music Festival in Fie allo Sciliar, Italy for five years before founding the Clear Creek Music Festival.
Dr. Allen holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, and studied in Stuttgart, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, where she also performed with Helmut Rilling’s Gächinger Kantorei. A pupil of Helen Boatwright, Kammersängerin Lore Fischer, and Helen Hodam, she was a national finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards. Other honors include a summer as a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood. Prior to joining the TCU faculty, she taught at Washington State University, Pullman, and at the New York State University College, Fredonia. She is author of “German” in Diction for Singers, published by Pst…Inc.
Eddie W. Airheart, Conductor and Clarinetist. Eddie is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting at Texas Christian University, where he received his MM in band conducting in 2016. Upon earning his all-level Instrumental Music Education degree from East Texas State University, he served for three years as the Director of Bands at Mineola (Texas) Middle School, where his Symphonic Band won three consecutive “Best in Class” awards at area Music Festivals. In addition, he instituted the first organized choral program at Mineola High School and also served as Director of Choral Activities. In 199, he became Director of Bands at Forest Park Middle School in Longview (Texas) ISD, where again his ensembles received first division ratings.
In 1995, Mr. Airheart left public school teaching and went into full-time Church Music Ministry, serving churches in Texas, Florida and most recently, Arkansas. His student choirs have performed in major venues across the United States, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, and the United States Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has served as a student choir clinician for both YouthCue and the Choristers Guild. Ensembles under his leadership have collaborated with members of both the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Prior to beginning his studies at TCU, he was the Creative Director and Founding Conductor of the Arkansas Youth Chorale, a new musical ensemble based in the greater Little Rock area.
Dr. Alex Hayashi, Oboe, Chamber Music. Alex is a freelance oboist currently based in the Las Vegas area. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Alex attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned his BM in Oboe Performance (2011). He went on to the University of Michigan, where he obtained his MM (2013) and his DMA (2016), both in oboe performance.
An avid teacher, Alex has instructed students ranging from beginner to advanced. Alex’s students have consistently placed into top chairs of the Michigan All-State Orchestra and Michigan Youth Symphony; earned Superior ratings in solo and ensemble festivals; and been accepted into summer programs including the Brevard Music Center High School Program, the University of Michigan MPulse Oboe Institute, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Additionally, many of his students have been accepted into competitive music programs, including the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Texas – Austin, and University of Southern California. He has served as Assistant Instructor at the UM MPulse Oboe Institute and Clinician at Hawaii Youth Symphony Pacific Music Institute, working with middle and high school students.
As a performer, Alex is well-versed in large ensembles, chamber music, and solo venues on both oboe and English horn. He has performed with US orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Alex also has international performance experience at festivals and competitions in Japan, Austria, Switzerland, and the British Isles. He is a regular member of the TAD Wind Symphony, a wind band based in Tokyo, Japan and led by Takayoshi “TAD” Suzuki. Alex is a member of the Emblems Quintet, based in Ann Arbor, and, most recently, a founding member of Argentum Chamber Works in Las Vegas.
Alex’s primary teachers include Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Dr. Stephen Caplan, and Susan Ochi-Onishi. In addition, Alex has studied with and participated in masterclasses with Alex Klein, Nathan Hughes, Rebecca Henderson, and Eugene Izotov, among others.
Sonata for oboe and piano by Kishio Hirao
Dr. Sheila M. Allen, Artistic Director
Dr. David Yeomans, Co-Director
Cynthia Thayer, Business Administrator
Amy Melnychuk, website design
Cornucopia Arts Council, Administrative Sponsor
The Clear Creek Music Festival has been supported by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Leo Adler Foundation, the Oregon Community Fund, the Ford Family Foundation, the Buerkel-Zollner Fund, the Baker County Cultural Coalition, and the Miller Foundation as well as generous donors in both Texas and Oregon.