Music at Noon Series: FOURtitude

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Music at Noon: FOURtitude
Cheryl Emery-Karapita, Carolyn Herrington, Deanna Oye, Brad Parker - piano quartet
12:15 pm, March 10, 2020
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome

is a newly-formed ensemble of four Canadian pianists based in Lethbridge, Alberta.  We share a passion for collaborating and exploring music that we would not be able to perform on our own, including operatic and orchestral arrangements and new compositions for eight hands on one or two pianos (and sometimes more!)  We invite our audiences to have fun with us as we exponentially expand the sonic possibilities of the piano, and negotiate the athletic and contortionist choreography necessary to share the keyboard.  As dedicated performer-educators, we aspire to bring our enthusiasm for ensemble music making to our students and our communities! 

Canadian pianist Cheryl Emery-Karapita specializes in the field of song in recital with Canada’s emerging vocal and instrumental talent. After completing an M.Mus in Vocal Operatic Coaching at McGill with Michael McMahon, Cheryl moved to Europe to pursue a Post-Graduate degree in Concert Accompanying with Julius Drake at the Kunst Universität in Graz, Austria. In addition to studies in Graz, Cheryl spent two summers in Baden bei Wien working with Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Rudolph Jansen and Wolfram Rieger at the Franz Schubert-Institut. In addition to current recital and recording projects, Cheryl is busy with students at the University of Lethbridge, Casa Art Centre in Lethbridge and enjoys collaborating with Luminous Voices based in Calgary and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carolyn Herrington is a pianist and vocal coach based in Lethbridge, Alberta and teaches piano at the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music. Carolyn has taught studio piano, collaborative piano, vocal repertoire, chamber music and other classes at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Western Ontario. Carolyn holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from The University of Western Ontario, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan. Her former teachers include Martin Katz and John Hess.

Pianist Deanna Oye is Associate Professor in the Department of Music, University of Lethbridge, where she teaches Studio Piano and developed the Collaborative Piano/Guitar course series.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Dr. Jean Barr, and has given solo and collaborative performances throughout Canada, the U.S., Scotland, Germany and Japan, with broadcasts on CBC Radio Two and National Public Radio in the U.S.  As a member of the SoWeCa Chamber Music Festival, Deanna has shared the stage with violist Rivka Golani, Israeli flutist Noam Buchman, and members of the Calgary Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. 

Brad Parker has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the US, France, Italy, and Haiti.  Recent performances include solo recitals in Alberta, South Carolina and California, concertos with the Charleston Symphony and Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, as well as multiple events in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  He is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Lethbridge, and previously taught in South Carolina for ten years.  Brad completed a Masters and DMA in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music with further graduate studies at the Paris Conservatory.  His principal teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Heather Dawn Taves, and Jean Koerner.



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