Community Music School Fall Faculty Recital Oct. 14

Sep. 20, 2017

CMS Fall Faculty Recital Oct. 14
This concert will feature performances by CMS faculty members.

The Community Music School (CMS) of Webster University will host a concert Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in the CMS concert Hall. This concert celebrates the high-quality musicianship of just a few of CMS's over 90 faculty members. Performances will include works by Beethoven, Verdi, Schubert, Sibelius, and Dvorák. This event is free and open to the public.

Whether it is leading a band, playing for the St. Louis Symphony, recording for an educational learning series, contributing to a radio program or traveling the world to perform, faculty members of the CMS of Webster University are professionals in the music industry with a breadth and depth of experience to pass on to the next generation of musicians.

Faculty Performers:

  • Jane Jennings, voice - soprano
  • Jun Seo, cello
  • Joo Kim, violin
  • James Czyzewski, cello
  • Karl Koesterer, piano
  • Patrick Rafferty, guitar
  • Caroline Corrales, voice - soprano
  • Robert Souza, trumpet
  • Jill O'Brien, voice
  • Vera Parkin, piano

Musical Background of Performers:

Jane Jennings (soprano) is widely known in the opera community, performing leading roles ranging from Violetta to Pamina with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Teatro di Bellini (Sicily), Dallas Opera, Arizona Opera, Winter Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. As a concert artist and recitalist, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall and with numerous orchestras across the United States and abroad.  

Jun Seo (cello),CMS' most recent faculty member, moved to the St. Louis area earlier this year. New to St. Louis but not to the music world, Jun has worked as resident artist for the Lake George Music Festival in New York and toured Europe with the Cappella Choir of Seoul Theological University and with the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble.

CMS faculty and St. Louis Symphony members Joo Kim (violin) and James Czyzewski (cello) will perform with Vera Parkin (piano). Joo is first violin for SLSO having first earned a seat in that section while still a student at Julliard School. She has participated in multiple music festivals, appeared in well-known venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Weill Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall and toured with the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as guest principal. James hails from Fairbanks, Alaska, and previously served as Co-principal cello with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Both Joo and James joined the St. Louis Symphony in 2004.

These artists are joined by exceptional artist-educator faculty members: Karl Koesterer (piano), a regular performer with the St. Louis Piano Society; Patrick Rafferty (guitar), contributor to NPR affiliate KRCU's "Inside Classical Guitar"; Caroline Corrales (voice), soprano with Pro-Arte St. Louis; Robert Souza (trumpet), leader of Jim Dandy's Dixieland Band and staff musician for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis; Jill O'Brien (voice), frequent performer for Union Avenue Opera and St. Louis Symphony Chorus; and Vera Parkin (piano), keyboardist with the SLSO since 1986 and best known in the region as a collaborative pianist to SLSO members and students.

About CMS

Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities, and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region. Classes are available in University City, at Faust Park in West County, and at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves. For more information call 314-968-5939.

The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.  The Preparatory Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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