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Faculty Artist Series on March 14, 2011


The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next offering in its Faculty Artist Series on Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Rom of the Randall Campus Center (pictured)  on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW in Canton, OH. The program – featuring Michael Curtis, guitar; Joanne Fox, hammered dulcimer; Julie Sarver, flute; Kris Kiko-Cozy, celtic harp; and Adam Cord, guitar – is free and open to the public. 

 Michael Curtis is an adjunct music faculty member in applied guitar at Malone University and also teaches at the College of Wooster. He is an Akron native and studied at the University of Akron, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1985. He received his master of music degree from the University of Arizona in 1988, and earned his doctor of musical arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music's program at Case Western Reserve University in 1993. He has studied flamenco guitar in Spain and spent four years living in South America.  He also had the opportunity to spend one year in Uruguay studying guitar with a Fulbright Scholarship and one year in Ecuador with a Graduate Rotary Scholarship.

Joanne Fox bought her first dulcimer in l986.  She brings to her playing a background of piano and pipe organ study.   She is a retired Kindermusik teacher, which is a program for children. She directs a choir at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, and sings with the Canton Symphony Chorus.

Julie Sarver is an adjunct music faculty member at Malone University, where she teaches applied flute, flute pedagogy and is the director of the Flute Ensemble. She is also the instructor of flute at Kent State University Stark Campus and has taught at Walsh University. This is the twenty-fourth season that Sarver has played flute and piccolo in the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She also holds the position of teaching artist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra Education Department. She has also played with the Pittsburgh Opera, Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, the Cleveland Pops and three seasons with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She was awarded the Top Virtuoso Woodwind Award at the Mid-America Music Association Competition in St. Louis, MO and won third place at the national level of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition in Phoenix, AZ in 1981. She is an active free-lance musician, performing with the Canton Player’s Guild and on concerts, recitals and weddings throughout Ohio. She has adjudicated for the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association competition, and in 2003, she was selected to be a judge for the National Flute Association’s flute choir auditions. Sarver holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska and a master of music degree in flute performance from the School of Music at Indiana University where her teachers include James Pellerite, Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association and the National Flute Association.

Kris Kiko-Cozy, professional clarinetist turned harpist, received her master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Adam Cord’s guitar has been heard in coffee shops, churches, corporate events, and concert halls all over the Midwest.  He holds a degree in fingerstyle guitar performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied under a leading scholar of steel-string fingerstyle guitar traditions, John Stropes.  Adam has appeared onstage alongside or in support of guitar luminaries such as Phil Keaggy, Martin Taylor, and John Jorgenson.  To date, he has recorded three CDs ranging from original compositions, hymn arrangements, and Christmas music.  Adam also enjoys transcribing fingerstyle guitar music.  He has transcribed several works by Phil Keaggy and contributed to published transcriptions of Leo Kottke.  Malone University welcomed Adam as an instructor of applied guitar in the fall of 2010.  Adam lives in Akron with his wife, Nora, and their daughters, Elianna and Bethany.