Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence Come to SSU this Summer

A first-of-its kind residency program launches this summer at Sonoma State University, uniting SSU students with three alumni of The Academy, a prestigious fellowship program designed to prepare talented young professional musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership.

Instructing, performing for, and living amongst Sonoma State University students over the course of a full year, Trio Ariadne--comprised of Elizabeth Joy Roe, Carol McGonnell, and Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir--will provide a link between three campus units: the Department of Music, the Office of Residential Life, and the Green Music Center, while instructing, performing, and residing at Sonoma State University.

This innovative collaboration--created through a new partnership with New York's Carnegie Hall--fuses instruction, outreach, residency and performance, intimately exposing college students to some of the nation's finest post-graduate musicians.


"We are very excited about the partnership between alumni of The Academy and Sonoma State University," said Sandy Weill, board chairman of both Carnegie Hall and the Green Music Center. "The Academy continues to play an important role in the development of outstanding musicians and the program has proven to enrich communities. The greater North Bay community is the ideal place for The Academy to spread its wings and share important lessons learned from many years of experience."


Korean-American pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe hails from Chicago. Her innovative endeavors as a duo pianist have attracted great attention: the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, reached the top of the Billboard Classical Chart, and amassed millions of views on YouTube. Her multifaceted career includes a Lincoln Center solo recital debut, a U.S. Embassy sponsored artistic residency in Argentina, and broadcasts on American Public Media, National Public Radio, and the Korean Broadcasting System.


Dublin-born clarinetist Carol McGonnell has served as artistic director for ambitious projects such as the "Music for Museums" series, a collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She is a founding member of the cutting-edge Argento Ensemble, and has also performed with the Zankel Band, Ensemble Modern, and Camerata Pacifica. Her teaching credentials include faculty positions at the French American Academy at Fontainebleau, the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School, and Juilliard's college division.


Cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir is a native of Reykjavik, Iceland. She is a seasoned chamber musician who has spearheaded successful residencies for the Vid Djúpid Music Festival in her home country, collaborated with Itzhak Perlman and Mitsuko Uchida, and performed at the prestigious festivals of Prussia Cove and Marlboro. A laureate of the Naumburg International Violoncello Competition and a graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been featured on National Public Radio, Icelandic National Radio, and PBS. She currently coaches chamber music at Mannes College and is pursuing her doctorate at Stony Brook University.


The trio will join the Sonoma State University community in the summer of 2013, to begin their residency amongst students on-campus, where they will serve as mentors for music students and offer workshops on topics such as practical internships and career pathways.


They will provide instruction and service for the Music Department and its students through chamber music and solo coaching, providing studio lessons to individual players, and serving as visiting artists in music department classes.


As part of their residency, the three musicians will work collaboratively amongst campus units to provide programs and services to enhance the educational mission of the university and to contribute to the stature of performing arts in the community, through the creation of performances and mini-concert series for the SSU campus and surrounding schools.


At the Green Music Center, they will support the Artistic and Managing director for planning and implementation of summer programs, in addition to performing themselves in Weill Hall.


All three artists are alumni of The Academy, a two-year program for musicians who wish to redefine their role as artists, extending their music making from the concert stage into schools and the larger community. The two-year fellowship involves performances in Carnegie Hall and other venues, as well as community outreach to New York City public schools, residencies in New York City and beyond, and intensive professional development. This marks the first time that Academy alumni will create such an extended residency, working in a university setting.


Trio Ariadne will be formally welcomed to the SSU campus on January 26th at a private reception following the Yo-Yo Ma concert.

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