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Bassist and teacher Don Baldini has lived in Vermont for the past twelve years. Before coming to the area, Mr. Baldini had a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles, touring and performing with The Tonight Show, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Helen Reddy, Paul Anka, Nancy Wilson, Teddy Wilson, Andy Williams, Henry Mancini and The Tshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Band.
He can be heard on the sountracks of The Little Mermaid,
St. Elsewhere, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Jaws II, Disneyworld,
Epcot Center and most recently with the Cincinnati Pops "Route
of the music of Nelson Riddle, whom Mr. Baldini was closely associated
with in Los Angeles. he currently appears with the Vermont Symphony,
Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, and The Keene Chamber Orchestra, as
well as several local chamber music and jazz groups in the region. Mr.
Baldini holds a degree in music from Indiana University and did graduate
studies at California State University at Northridge.
For twenty-six years he was a band director in public
schools in Ohio and New Hampshire. From 1983 - 2001 he worked as instructor
of low brass at Plymouth State University and was visiting conductor of
that school's Symphonic Band in 1999. In 1995-96 and again from 2001-2004
he served as the assistant conductor of the University of Connecticut
Wind Ensemble. In 2005-2006 he was the Visiting Music Director of the
Yale University Bands and has recently been named assistant professor
and Band Director at Keene State College. In 1998 the New Hampshire
Band Directors' Association honored him as their "Outstanding Band Director of the Year."
His publications include Nicolas Slonimsky: The First Hundred Years (Schirmer, 1994), Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music (Schirmer, 1996), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Second, Third, and Fourth Symphonies (UMI, 1999). He has given scholarly presentations at a number of leading universities in the U.S. on a wide range of topics, including the music of Shostakovich, cultural politics in Soviet Russia, musical life in eighteenth-century London, the life and music of G.F. Handel, and interdisciplinary teaching in higher education. As a concert violist, he leads an active freelance career in the northern New England area, performing on faculty recitals, guest recital appearance, and with the Monadnock Chorus Orchestra and the Keene Chamber Orchestra.Professor Darby's current research projects involve eighteenth-century concertos published by subscription in the United Kingdom, G.F. Handel's music issued by subscription during the 1720s and 1730s, and concert life in eighteenth-century London. He is presently working on a project that identifies the music that Handel performed on his oratorio concerts in the 1730s and 1740s. In addition, Professor Darby is at work producing an index-catalog and digital preservation library of the Colony House Collection of Recorded Sound in Keene, a collection of seventy rare wax-cylinder recordings from 1890s and 1900s.
An active composer and performer, Dr. Heather Gilligan has recently written works for the Keene State College Chamber Singers, the Keene State College Concert Band, The Chamber Singers of Keene, The Rivers School’s “Seminar On Contemporary Music For the Young,” Juventas! New Music Ensemble, and Lorelei Ensemble. She serves as accompanist and Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Singers of Keene and was appointed Composer of the Year in 2010 by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. Before coming to Keene State College, she taught music theory and aural skills at Boston University and keyboard harmony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also taught piano and music theory classes at the Brookline Music School, where she served as coordinator of both the piano and theory departments. At Keene State College she coordinates theory and aural skills; she also teaches theory and composition.
Dr. Gilligan received her D.M.A. in Composition from Boston University in 2008, where she won the Malloy Miller Prize in Composition, a Dean Scholarship, and a Department Honor Award. At BU she studied composition with Richard Cornell, Martin Amlin, and Ketty Nez. She earned her M.M. in Composition from the Longy School of Music, where she studied composition and piano. In summer of 2002 she completed, with distinction, a course at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance. She also holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Lehigh University.
Maura Glennon, Department Chair
Maura Glennon received her masters and doctoral degrees
in piano performance from Florida State University, with specializations
in chamber music and accompanying. A member of the MTNA and College
Music Society since 1986, she is in command as a collaborative pianist,
soloist, adjudicator, and lecturer. She is the recipient of numerous
honors and awards, including top prizes in the Florida Chopin Competition,
the Florida Orchestra Concerto Competition, the MTNA Collegiate Chamber
Music Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff
Chamber Music Competition. She has performed throughout the United States
and abroad as a collaborative pianist with violinists Victor Romanul
and Nadya Canahuati, and as a soloist with the Florida Orchestra, Monadnock
Chorus Orchestra, Keene State College Orchestra, and Karlovy Vary Symphony
Orchestra of the Czech Republic. Performances in the 2006 season included
a series of chamber music recitals throughout New England with violinist
Kathy Andrew and cellist Judith Serkin, and a cello and piano recital
in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with cellist Astrid Schween of
the Lark Quartet. Glennon is an Associate Professor of Music at Keene
State College, where she has taught applied piano, keyboard literature,
piano ensemble, accompanying, opera workshop, and chamber music since
Dr. Sandra Howard serves as an assistant professor of music at Keene State College where she teaches courses in general and choral methods, supervises methods practicum and student teaching, and conducts the KSC Chamber Singers. Howard earned a bachelor degree of music education and master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Maine and a doctoral degree in music education/curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She taught choral and general music at Kennett Middle and Senior High Schools in Conway, New Hampshire. Howard also served as adjunct faculty member at Granite State College in New Hampshire, Blue River Community College in Missouri, and at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
She also serves as director of the community-based Chamber Singers of Keene, who recently performed in Einbeck, Germany as part of a cultural exchange. Featured vocal solo performances include the North American premiere of Jose Lezcano's "Canciones de Lluvia", Heather Gilligan’s “Winged Reflections”, Amy Beach's "Sea-Fairies", and soloist with KSC Concert Band's performance of selected folk songs by Vaughan Williams.Dr. Howard has presented research and workshops at SRME and SMTE Research Symposia, ACDA and NAfME state, regional, and national conferences. Her scholarship has been published in the “Journal of Research in Music Education”, "Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education", “The Choral Journal”, "Teaching Music", and NHMEA “Quarter Notes”. She currently serves on the advisory board for the “Music Educators Journal”. She is the Treasurer and R & S chair for Student & Youth Activities for NHACDA and is the current President-Elect of NHMEA. Dr. Howard has worked with singers of all ages including preschoolers to senior citizens and is an active conductor and clinician for honor choruses across the United States.
Carroll J. Lehman
Dr. Carroll J. Lehman received his Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Iowa where he studied with the late Albert Gammon. He has been a member of Keene State College Faculty since 1978. Prior to that time he was on the faculties of Hope College, Holland, Michigan and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Dr. Lehman studied voice privately with Hermanus Baer in Chicago, Leon Lishner in Seattle and in 1984 spent six months in Salzburg, Austria studying with Rudolf Knoll at the Mozarteum. As a bass-baritone he has performed more than 20 principal roles in opera including all three major bass/baritone roles, Figaro, Dr. Bartolo, and Count, in Le Nozze di Figaro, Germont in La Traviata, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, El Capitan in Sousa’s El Capitan, and Peachum in Gay’s Beggar’s Opera. He has performed recitals in Iowa, Michigan, Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire. Since coming to the Northeast, he has been engaged to perform the bass solos in many of the major choral works for chorus and orchestra with groups in many New England cities including Concord, Keene, Peterborough, Nashua, Plymouth and Manchester. He has performed as soloist with the Nashua, New Hampshire, and the Vermont Symphonies,
Dr. Lehman has successfully taught many voice students
over his thirty years of teaching, many going on to study and earn degrees
from some of the best graduate schools and conservatories including
Julliard, Shenandoah, Boston and New England Conservatories, Boston
University, Eastman and Florida State University. His students have
won National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS) competitions
at the state and regional levels. He has adjudicated vocal competitions
for NATS and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at the state,
regional and national levels.
Described by the New Millennium Guitar Magazine as "a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger" José Manuel Lezcano has captivated audiences on four continents. His programs featuring both classical and Andean music have taken him as recitalist, collaborative musician, and concerto soloist from Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City to major venues and festivals in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic and Germany.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, Lezcano was invited to join the faculty of Keene State College in New Hampshire in 1991, where he is Professor of Music and teaches courses in guitar, music theory, and Latin American music; he directs the Guitar Orchestra and Latin American ensemble. He earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory (BM), University of South Carolina (MM), and Florida State University (Ph.d. music theory) where his teachers included Aaron Shearer and Christopher Berg. He also participated in master classes taught by Michael Lorimer, Sharon Isbin, and Leo Brouwer the noted Cuban guitarist and composer who referred to him as "a magnificent guitarist --un guitarista magnifico."
Dr. Lezcano's own Guitar Concerto (2004), which he premiered in New York City as soloist with the North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra directed by Max Lifschitz, has received critical acclaim after release on the North-South label in 2007 as "Remembrances/Recuerdos." Fanfare Magazine wrote, "Colorfully scored ... agreeable music, and dashingly performed by the composer." Turok's Choice wrote, "Lezcano's Guitar Concerto (is) a first-rate composition ... Lezcano is a fine guitarist in his own cause." And the American Record Guide wrote, "Amiability is the keynote in the latest collection .. by the excellent North-South Chamber Orchestra ... Lezcano's Guitar Concerto is a atmospheric, tuneful melange." In September, 2008, Dr. Lezcano is scheduled to perform the concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Peru.
Dr. Lezcano's works include two additional concerti, a song cycle, a choral suite, chamber music, and solos, written in an eclectic, expressive, but accessible language that is praised for "energy" and "soaring melodies" (Flute Talk). His chamber works with guitar, published by Alry and Tuscany, have been performed by major artists including Ricardo Cobo, Antigoni Goni, Duo Fresco, the Alturas Duo, and William Bennet. A recent CD by Ms. Goni, "Songs from the New Village," on Koch International, includes José's Sonatina Tropical.
José has earned numerous awards, including first prize in the MTNA
National Guitar Competition, the NH State Arts Council Individual
Artist Fellowship, NHMTA Composer of the Year (2002 & 07), KSC
Distinguished Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to Ecuador where
he performed as orchestral soloist and pursued research on indigenous
guitar traditions. Most recently, three of his works received New
York premieres (his guitar and viola concerti, and Tango-Overture)
by orchestras North-South Consonance and the Astoria Symphony with
soloist Brett Deubner.
Christopher Swist has taught percussion, music technology, composition, and music theory at Keene State since 2003. He has also served on faculty at Bennington College, The Hartt School, Holyoke Community College, and Franklin Pierce University. He often performs with the Hartford Symphony as well many other orchestral and contemporary ensembles across the Northeast. His diversity is reflected in professional engagements as an orchestral percussionist, combo player, contemporary musician, solo marimbist. recording engineer, sound designer, studio fabricator, and composer.
In 1999, The Instrumentalist stated that his published work “should become a part of contemporary four-mallet marimba repertoire.” Since then his compositions have been performed across the United States and Canada as well as in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, China, and Australia. They are published by Keyboard Percussion Publications in the U.S. and by Edition Svitzer in Europe. His solo CD Whitewater, funded by the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, was released to critical acclaim in 2001. Percussive Notes found the recording to have “musicality, interest, and excellent sound.”Mr. Swist has two M.M. degrees in both music performance and composition from The Hartt School as well as a B.M. in music performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His percussion professors were Jan Williams, Tony Miranda, Ben Toth, and Al Lepak. For composition he studied with Jeffery Stadelman, Stephen Gryc, Robert Carl, Kenneth Steen, and Ingram Marshall. Christopher also often travels to Brazil, where he has studied traditional styles as well as contemporary Brazilian percussion literature.
Composer and saxophonist, Craig Sylvern has written works for The Empire Saxophone Quartet, the Keene State College Concert Band, and his own saxophone/percussion duo, CS². His composition, Digitorum, along with five other new works can be heard on CS²‘s latest CD due out in fall 2012. In 2011, he was named Commissioned Composer of the Year by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. As a professional saxophonist, he has performed with many symphony orchestras and big bands throughout the United States, and has toured for over 25 years with Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band. He can be heard on recordings with the New Sousa Band, the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, and the Ohio State University Concert Band. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree in performance and bachelors degrees in music composition and music education from The Florida State University. His principal teachers include Patrick Meighan, John Boda, Harold Schiffman, Michael Ruszczynski, and Marc Ainger. Craig teaches applied saxophone, music technology, woodwind methods, and conducts the saxophone ensemble.
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