Oboist Lauren Blackerby joins the Clear Creek Music Festival as guest artist for the premiere of Blaise Ferrandino’s “Scenes from the Oregon Trail: Our New Home”. at the final concert, July 21.  She will also perform other works during her residency.  Lauren is excited to join the Boise Philharmonic as principal oboe this coming season.  Over the past three years, Lauren has been principal oboe in the Great Falls Symphony and part of their resident chamber group, the Chinook Winds.  This ensemble focuses on dynamic performances, community outreach, and new works and arrangements for woodwind quintet. Lauren also plays in the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in Denver. She has performed with the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival in Durango, Colorado, and was principal oboe with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic for their 2014-2015 season. Prior to moving west, Lauren freelanced in New York City, where she performed frequently with the Westchester Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, and the off-Broadway show Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, she played in a woodwind quintet in Italy for the Chamber Music Campania Festival.  Lauren grew up in Houston, where she was a student of Anne Leek. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University, studying with Erin Hannigan, and the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Stephen Taylor.  She enjoys reading, hiking, and playing word games. She has two cats: Aster, who likes nesting in small boxes, and Sputnik, who enjoys chasing his tail in bathtubs.


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.


 “Q”uincy Langman, Collaborative Pianist, is a Clear Creek Music Festival alumnus and graduate of the Houston Grand Opera’s 2017 Summer Young Artists Vocal Academy.  He graduates from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 with degrees in piano from Professor Gregory Allen’s studio and also in computer science.  During his study, he distinguished himself through his work with the Butler Opera Center, where he served as rehearsal pianist for operas including Sour Angelica, Die Zauberflöte, Adamo’s Little Women, La Bohème, and The Rape of Lucretia.  Q has also served as Assistant Conductor for productions of The Rape of Lucretia, La Clemenza di Tito, The Telephone, and Trouble in Tahiti.  Q’s orchestral conducting credits include two seasons as Lead Director of the UT Lab Orchestra and Guest Conductor for the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. With these groups he had directed a wide variety of works including the Overture to the Magic Flute, Stravinsky’sSeptet and Octet, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man. During the summer of 2018, he participated in the Conducting Symposium at Michigan State University.  In April of 2019 he will produce a complete performance of Blaise Ferrandino’s 5-part Clear Creek Music Festival commission Scenes from the Oregon Trail at the University of Texas at Austin.



Cellist Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok is well-versed in both the French and Russian style of cello playing. A native of British Hong Kong, he has received numerous awards, including 1stprize in the Hong Kong Music Festival and 2ndprize in the National Competition of Asia. He has appeared as soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and has also performed over 30 world premieres of contemporary music.  In addition to his classical performance, he has worked with worship ministries and pop singers in Southeast Asia, recording more than ten CDs as solo cellist.

Kwok began cellos study at the age of 6.  After finishing his MM in cello performance with Professor Ray Wang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he came to the United States and completed an Artist Diploma at Texas Christian University, where he studied with Jesús Castro-Balbi.  He is currently a doctoral student and Dr. Castro-Balbi’s teaching assistant at TCU. In the U.S. he has also studied with Prof. Eugene Osadchy, Dr. Ignacy Gaydamovich, Ms. Jennifer Humphreys, Ms. Christine Lamprea and Ms. Annie Camp.  His playing is also influenced gratly by Professor Bagram Saradjian, Dr. Dmitri Atapine, and Johannes Moser.

Kwok plays two cellos: a Stradivarius copy by Wayne Burak, and a custom cello “Altair” made by Kwok’s brother Tsun-huen Corvus Kwok, a composer as well as a professional viol maker. Kwok believes that live performance reflects the true personality and character of the performer.  As a Christian, he believes performers are servants of God, composers, and viol makers.  He continues to pursue understanding and exploring the truth connecting the spirit, life, and musical life.  Besides cello playing, he loves fishing, reading, trying new foods, and music arranging.


John4Dr. 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, mezzo-soprano, is Festival Artistic Director and teaches voice, diction, and repertoire coaching.  She is Professor Emerita, Texas Christian University School of Music.  Dr. Allen appeared as recitalist and soloist in operatic, orchestral and chamber music repertoire across the United States  in Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, and Korea.  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.  An area of special interest is 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.  Before founding the Clear Creek Music Festival, she was a member of the artist faculty of the Schlern International Music Festival in Fie allo Sciliar, Italy and the Orfeo Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. 

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, where she chaired the Voice Division for 20 years, 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. 

Alban Berg “Im Zimmer” from Sieben frühe Lieder




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.

Festival Administration

Dr. Sheila M. Allen, Artistic Director

Dr. David Yeomans, Co-Director

Cynthia Thayer, Business Administrator

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.