PIANO


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.

DISCOGRAPHY

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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

BARTOK FOR PIANO, Indiana University Press, 1987, 2000.

PIANO MUSIC OF THE CZECH ROMANTICS, Indiana University Press, 2006.


CELLO

Tsun Kwok
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.


COMPOSITION

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.


VOICE

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

 

David Grogan, baritone, has performed extensively throughout the Southwest to critical acclaim. The Dallas Morning News hailed Mr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. The Albuquerque Tribune, in reference to a performance of Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony, said, “David Grogan had all the range and power required of the part, sounding like the voice of doom in ‘The people that walked in darkness’ and the light of revelation in ‘The trumpet shall sound.’” A recent performance of Elijah had critics praising his ability to “move easily from stentorian declamation to lyrical aria.” Another critic said that he “….brought an impressive vocal power to the lead role of Elijah, and his rich emotive gift set the level for the other chief performers.” He has performed as a soloist with many Dallas/Fort Worth area arts groups including the 2020 Cliburn Concerts Beethoven Festival, the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Mesquite Civic Chorus, and the Allegro Artists, as well as at several Texas universities. Recent performances include Elijah with the New Mexico Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arlington Master Chorale, the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Plano Civic Chorus, and the Brahms Deutsches Requiem under Helmuth Rilling.

Grogan joined the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington in the fall of 2009, where he is presently Associate Professor of Voice.  He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Texas Christian University, where he studied voice with Sheila Allen and pedagogy with Vincent Russo. His love of choral music was solidified under the tutelage of the late Ronald Shirey, who taught Grogan much of his musicality. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy in 2010 from the University of North Texas, where he studied voice with Jeffrey Snider, pedagogy with Stephen Austin, and worked closely with Lyle Nordstrom in the early music program. Dr. Grogan’s dissertation was on the vocal pedagogy of Frederic W. Root, who was an American vocal pedagogue of the 19th century. A shorter version of the dissertation was published in the January 2010 Journal of Singing under the title, “The Roots of American Pedagogy.”


 


CHORAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Eddie W. Airheart, Conductor and Clarinetist.   Eddie received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Texas Christian University in 2019, where he also earned a MM in band conducting in 2016. After graduating from East Texas State University with an all-level Instrumental Music Education degree, 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.