The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next offering in its faculty artist series with Craig Carnes, saxophone, and Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, piano, on Monday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program is free and open to the public.
Craig Carnes is currently the director of bands at Marlington Middle School and High School. He received his bachelor of science in music education from Malone University in 2010. He received an assistantship from Kent State University for saxophone performance in 2011 and will complete his M.M in performance in the spring of 2012. He has received several awards for his playing including: Outstanding Musician in the Malone Band Program (2009), finalist in the Kent State University Graduate Division Concerto Competition (2010), and the Wayne D. Gorder Award given to an outstanding musician and leader in the graduate program at Kent State University.
Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith is an adjunct music faculty member at Malone University teaching applied piano. She pursued the professional studies program in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Anita Pontremoli. She received her master's degree in piano performance from the National Music Conservatory in Bulgaria and a second master's degree in piano performance from the University of South Florida where she studied with Prof. Svetozar Ivanov. Mrs. Georgieva-Smith was appointed as a collaborative piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007. She was born in Sliven, Bulgaria and started piano lessons at the age of 5. At the age of 14, she was accepted at the High School for Music in Bourgas, Bulgaria. During this time, she had several appearances as a soloist with the Sliven Symphony Orchestra and the Bourgas Philharmonic. Between 1995-2000 she won several competitions in Europe. She appeared as soloist and chamber musician in several festivals throughout Europe. She has also performed on classical music television programs and is frequently heard on radio recordings. Mrs. Georgieva-Smith's performances have brought her to the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, and the United States. During her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music she received coaching from Elizabeth DeMio, Linda Jones, David and Linda Cerone, Virginia Weckstrom, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. She has participated in master classes with Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Logan Skellton, Barry Snyder, John Elliot, Paul Komen, and Oleg Koshelev.