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Faculty Artist Series

The Malone University Department of Music’s Faculty Artist Series will continue with a performance Monday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Rom of the Randall Campus Center, located on the Canton campus.  The program is free and open to the public.  A program follows.


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. Ms. Georgieva-Smith was appointed as a staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007 and has been acting as substitute faculty in collaborative piano ever since.  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. Ms. 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. She was invited to judge the National Music Teacher Association Competition for Ohio in March 2009.


Cynthia Wohlschlager has been an adjunct professor of voice at Malone University since 2002 and on the voice faculties of Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Music since 2006. Ms. Wohlschlager received a master of music in vocal performance from The University of Akron and holds a professional studies degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. In May of 2010, Ms. Wohlschlager was a soprano soloist and section leader for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church when they won first prize at the Jubilation Church Choir Festival and were broadcast on WCLV.  Ms. Wohlschlager has performed the role of the witch from Hansel and Gretel with Opera Cleveland on Tour and the roles of Gertrude from Hansel and Gretel and Countess Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro with the Duke Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the core ensemble with Opera Cleveland and has been seen in numerous productions at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square. She was a featured soloist at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy and won an opportunity to sing “Qui la voce” from I Puritani in Graz, Austria under the esteemed conductor Edoardo Müller. Other community recitals include venues with the French Society of Cleveland, the Tuesday Musical Club at the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Institute of Music Women’s Committee, and the Jefferson Arts Council Concert Series. Ms. Wohlschlager was a recipient of the O.D. Taliferro Opera Scholarship and has won the Max Berman Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance and The Dewey and Mary Gilley Memorial Award for Distinguished Opera Performance. Ms. Wohlschlager has attended summer music festivals in Graz, Austria and Rimini, Italy. Master class experiences have included working with Mirella Freni, John Wustman, Elly Ameling, Warren Jones, and Martin Katz. Ms. Wohlschlager is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing National and Buckeye Chapters.


Jason Smith received his master of music in trombone performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied at Florida State University and the University of South Florida, where he earned a bachelor of music in jazz performance. Mr. Smith is an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University. He has been teaching trombone and euphonium at CSU since 2006. He has performed with Opera Cleveland, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band, Erie Philharmonic, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Mr. Smith has performed numerous shows at Cleveland's Playhouse Square, including artists such as Michael W. Smith and Johnny Mathis, as well as productions with the Great Lakes Theater Festival. He has recorded with Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra, Dan McMillion’s Grammy nominated Groovin’ High Jazz Orchestra and the USF Jazztet, which performed at several major European jazz festivals, including Montreux and Umbria. He was a finalist in the Larry Wiehe solo competition, sponsored by the International Trombone Association. His principal teachers include Steve Witser, Tom Brantley, and John Drew.


Craig Wohlschlager, clarinet, is an active freelance musician in the Greater Cleveland Area. Mr. Wohlschlager received a master of music in clarinet performance from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor of science in music education from Case Western Reserve University. He was a member of the Malone adjunct clarinet faculty from 2008-2009, and has sung as the baritone section leader in the choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron for the past three years. Mr. Wohlschlager currently performs as a member of the Cleveland Wind Orchestra and is the director of bands for the Beachwood City School District, where he teaches high school marching band, symphonic band and jazz ensemble, all middle school bands, and elementary beginning band. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Lakewood Hometown Band, the Ashtabula Pops Orchestra, the Trinity Lutheran Orchestra of Cleveland, the First Baptist Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Robert Page, the Blossom Festival Band, and has been invited to perform with “Red, an Orchestra”. He has performed with Michael W. Smith, live at Playhouse Square. He has recorded CD publications with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Blossom Festival Band, and for Ludwig Music Publishing Company. Performance opportunities have taken him to Austria, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland.  He has participated in the AIMS Festival, the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds in Italy, and the CoroFest Umbria, where he was invited to perform in the acclaimed Concert of the Midnight Hour. Mr. Wohlschlager’s primary clarinet teachers include Theodore Johnson and Louis Gangale.




Trio Op. 11 in B flat Major for piano, clarinet, violin & cello (trombone)………….……L. van Beethoven

Allegro con brio                                                                                                          (1770 – 1827)


Theme with variations


Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, piano

Craig Wohlschlager, clarinet

Jason Smith, trombone



Vier letzte Lieder………………………………………………..………………………….Richard Strauss

Frühling                                                                                                                       ( 1864 - 1949)


Beim Schlafengehen

Im Abendrot


Cynthia Wohlschlager, voice

Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, piano




Trio in D minor for piano, clarinet and bassoon (trombone)…………….………………….……M. Glinka

Allegro Moderato                                                                                                       (1804 – 1857)

Scherzo & Trio


Allegro con spirito


Craig Wohlschlager, clarinet

Jason Smith, trombone

Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith, piano