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6253-Faculty Artist Series

6253-January 18, 2012

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next in its Faculty Artist Series Monday, February 6 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 – featuring Lara Troyer, soprano; Suzanne Tirk, clarinet; and Eric Charnofsky, piano – is free and open to the public. A program follows.

Ms. Lara Troyer is a versatile soprano, at home on the opera stage as well as concert and recital stage. She recently debuted with the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra as their soprano soloist, touring throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States. She also spent four years as an associate artist with Cleveland Opera. Recent performances include the Messiah soprano soloist with the Akron Symphony, Faure Requiem soprano soloist with PAND (Cleveland), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with Lorain Community College and Akron Opera Theatre (guest artist), and the role of the soprano in Kapilow's Green Eggs and Ham with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Last spring she sang a recital of new music for the Cleveland Composer's Guild. Ms. Troyer recently performed a Midwest recital tour sponsored by Allied Concert Services. She has sung lead roles with Lansing Lyric Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Bay View Music Festival, and has made solo appearances with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Kent Chorus and Orchestra, and Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Summer Series. She won the Alpha Corinne Mayfield Award in Opera Performance under the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Sing Lansing! Competition; was a finalist in the Opera Columbus Competition and the National Opera Association Vocal Competition; and a regional winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition. Ms. Troyer regularly performs under the auspices of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and The Children's Concert Society of Akron. She has served on the voice faculty at the University of Akron, The College of Wooster, and currently teaches at Kent State University.

Suzanne Tirk, assistant professor of clarinet, joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2010. Ms. Tirk holds a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from Lawrence University (WI), a master of music degree from Michigan State University, and her DMA at Michigan State University. Her teachers have included Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Charles Neidich, Theodore Oien, Colin Lawson, Fan Lei, and Richard Faria.  A dynamic performer and teacher, Ms. Tirk has taught at several universities including Bemidji State University, Lawrence University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, and Montana State University. She has presented numerous master classes and performed nationally and internationally, most recently as a guest artist at the 2008 Eastern Kentucky Clarinet Festival and at universities throughout Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma.  Ms. Tirk has performed at the 2004 and 2007 International Clarinet Association Conferences, the 2007 University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and the 2002 Xi'an International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Xi'an, China.  In 2006, she was a guest soloist with the Astana Filharmonia and Karaganda Symphony Orchestra both of Kazakhstan. She has also performed and presented masterclasses at the Zhubanova Music College (Almaty, Kazakhstan), the Kazakhstan National Conservatory Kurmangazi (Astana, Kazakhstan), the National Academy and National Conservatory of Panama (Panama City, Panama), Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow, Scotland), the Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague, Netherlands), and the Xi'an Conservatory (Xi'an, China).

Eric Charnofsky is active as a collaborative pianist, composer, classroom music teacher, and lecturer. Originally from Los Angeles, he currently teaches 20th Century Music History and Keyboard Repertory at Case Western Reserve University, and Symphonic Literature at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Charnofsky has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout North America, including concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Quebec City. He has concertized with members of major American orchestras and has performed as an orchestral pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others. A graduate of The Juilliard School where he majored in piano accompanying, Mr. Charnofsky also holds degrees in solo piano performance and composition from California State University, Northridge, where he received the Outstanding Bachelor's Degree Graduate award. He has worked as a classical radio announcer, pre-concert lecturer, Associate Faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, a rehearsal pianist for Lyric Opera Cleveland, a convention accompanist for the National Flute Association, and he appears on recordings with trombonist JoDee Davis on the Albany label, and music by the Cleveland Composers Guild on the Capstone label. His compositions have been performed in several major U.S. cities, and he was recently named "Composer of the Year" for 2012 by the Ohio Music Teachers Association.


Songs of Innocence (William Blake).........................................Arnold Cooke


I. Piping Down the Valleys Wild

II. The Shepherd

III. The Echoing Green

Three Vocalizes for Soprano Voice and Clarinet (1958).....Ralph Vaughan Williams


I. Prelude

II. Scherzo

III. Quasi menuetto

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965...........................................Franz Schubert

(Wilhelm Müller)                                                                                                                                      (1797-1828)

Sechs deutsche Lieder, Op. 103................................................Louis Spohr


Sei still mein Herz (Carl B. v. Schweitzer)

Zwiegesang (R. Reinick)

Sehnsucht (Emanuel Geibel)

Wiegenlied (Hoffmann von Fallersleben)

Das heimliche Lied (E. Koch)

Wach auf (anonymous)

Patterns in Blue.................................................................Simon Sargon

(b. 1938)

I. Cabaret Song (James Agee)

II. Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz (Carl Sandburg)

III. Lonesome Boy Blues (Kenneth Patchen)

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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