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Guest Artist Series

2016-2017 Season

Tiffany Blake, soprano

Friday, August 26 • 7:30pm

Dr. Tiffany Blake received her D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Her operatic roles include Marguerite in Faust, the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Mercedes in Carmen among others. She currently serves as associate professor of voice, and director of the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at Colorado State University. 

Trevor Anderies Jazz Quintet

Thursday, September 8 • 7:30pm

The Trevor Anderies Quintet is a new group formed with the goal of creating a definitive group sound. The ensemble explores the lines between composition and improvisation, folk, jazz, and West African music. As a group they aim to showcase their personal stories through music, sound, and words.         

Agrell + Mazunik Duo, horn and piano improvisational compositions

Thursday, September 29 • 7:30pm

Jeffrey Agrell, horn professor at the University of Iowa, is a teacher, performer, writer, composer, and improviser of contemporary classical music. Evan Mazunik is composer/director of the chamber ensemble ZAHA, and has performed in many jazz and classical venues for the past decade. The duo has done two CDs and given workshops and concerts of contemporary classical improvisation since 2002. Audiences should expect the unexpected and will be called upon to make suggestions and possibly contribute sounds in some of the improvised pieces.

Andrew Hitz, tuba

with Arthur Houle, piano

Thursday, December 8 • 7:30pm

Andrew Hitz is an internationally renowned soloist, clinician and speaker. He recently ended a 14 year tenure as the tuba player for Boston Brass. Andrew has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Marine Band of Mexico. Andrew currently teaches tuba and euphonium at George Mason University and Gettysburg College.  

Sponsored by Karen Combs

Bil Jackson, clarinet

with Arthur Houle, piano

Saturday, April 15 • 7:30pm

Bil Jackson enjoys a varied musical career that includes solo, orchestral and chamber music appearances. He served as principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Honolulu Symphony. 

Jackson is currently on the summer Artist-Faculties of the Aspen Music Festival and Colorado College Music Festival and is on the faculty of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Tom Collier, vibraphone

with Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Chords

Monday, May 1 • 7:30pm

Tom Collier has appeared in concert and on recordings with many important jazz and popular artists and has released several jazz albums. In the classical arena, Collier has appeared as guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony, The Denver Symphony, The Bellevue Philharmonic, and many others. He has been Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington since 1980.  

Sponsored by Lee Gaglione