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CMS Spring Faculty Concert

spring 2019 Faculty Concert imageSaturday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m.

Join CMS faculty members Angie Smart (violin), Ingrid Popp (viola), Vera Parkin (piano), Edmond John Thomas III (horn, composition), Patrick Rafferty (guitar) and Jill O'Brien (voice) for an afternoon of music ranging from classical to contemporary!

This free concert will be held in the CMS Concert Hall on the campus of Webster University at 535 Garden Avenue in Webster Groves.  Parking is available in the Garden Plaza Parking Garage at 568 Garden Avenue.

Concert Repertoire:

  • Take the A Train by Billy Strayhorn
  • Études I & II by Heitor Villa Lobos
  • "Butter" by Megon McDonough and other vocal selections from She Loves Me, Mass and The Enchantress
  • Cello Suite No. 2 in d minor (transposed for viola) by J.S. Bach
  • Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3 Mvmt I by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • and the premiere of an original composition by Edmond John Thomas III, The Good Hearted Monster

Featured Faculty:

Angie Smart, violin has been a First Violinist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Originally from England, she began violin lessons at the age of six and won a scholarship to study music at the age of 13. She continued her studies in the U.S. in 1990 where she attended the University of Miami, Lamar University in Texas, and completed her master’s degree at Rice University in Houston.  She has performed extensively in Europe and the U.S. with representation by Encore Concerts, and has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Alhambra Chamber Orchestra, Gorton Philharmonic, and Lamar Chamber Orchestra. Her television appearances have included master classes with Yehudi Menuhin and as the subject of a documentary profiling young musicians. Among other master classes, she has played for Midori and Zachar Bron.

Ingrid Popp, viola  is a freelance violist in the St. Louis area and has been a violin/viola instructor at the Webster University Community Music School since 2016. She holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance and a Post-baccalaureate certificate in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.M. degree in viola performance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she studied viola with Joanna Mendoza and Robert Meyer, and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet. Ms. Popp is an active performer and has recently served as Principal Viola of the Alton Symphony and has performed with the University City Symphony, and the Webster University Chamber Orchestra.  She was formerly a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina, and a guest soloist with the Town and Country Symphony.

Vera Parkin, piano  has been a faculty member at the Community Music School for more than 25 years. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Preparatory Program, a piano and theory teacher, and staff accompanist at the CMS and SIUE. A keyboardist with the St. Louis Symphony since 1986, Ms. Parkin is best known in the St. Louis region as a collaborative pianist to SLSO members and students of all ages.  She was named the SLSO’s Educator of the Year in 2011, and has taught in Beirut, Lebanon for four summers as part of a cultural diplomacy program.

Edmond John Thomas III, composer is a native St. Louisan and has been a part of the Classical and Rock & Roll Scene for the past three decades. He received the Master of Music in Horn and Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He teaches Horn, Music Theory and Composition at Webster University and the Community Music School of Webster University. John is principal horn of the St. Louis Philharmonic; and a member of the Webster University Orchestra, the Webster Wind Ensemble, and Gateway Festival Orchestras. He has served as a soloist with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Webster University Orchestra, the Kirkwood Symphony and the Musical Diversion Society and solo tenor horn with the St. Louis Brass Band. He also plays keyboards in the band Ars Nova. His published works include pieces for horn octet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and wind ensemble. His Symphony No. 1 will be premiered in April 2019 by St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. A number of his orchestrations and arrangements have also been performed by the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Louis Brass Band, and the Gateway Festival Orchestra. His sextet “Monsters That Live in Your Bedroom” was premiered at the Webster University Faculty Composer Concert in October 2006. “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” was premiered at the April 2008 Webster University Faculty Composer Concert. “Piano Trio No. 1” and “The Wood Nymph’s Stroll Through the Forest” for unaccompanied Flute were performed at the March 2009 Faculty Composer Concert. Since then he has composed a Sonata for Contrabassoon and piano, a choral piece for SSAA choir, and a String Quartet, two pieces for Soprano and Piano both of which can be found on YouTube. John is currently orchestrating pieces by the bands, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin for a performance this June with El Monstero, Celebration Day, and the St. Louis Philharmonic.

Patrick Rafferty, guitar earned his M.M. at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University where he was voted top graduate performer.  He makes regular appearances on NPR affiliate KRCU where he has been profiled on  “Inside Clas-sical Guitar” and he has appeared on the local “Saint Louis On The Air” program.  He has performed with Chamber Project Saint Louis, Double Fret, Early Music St. Louis and the Southeast Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Rafferty currently teaches at Southeast Missouri State University, Saint Louis University, and for the Community Music School. Learn more about Patrick at: patrickraffertyguitar.com.

Jill O’Brien, voice  From a young age, Jill O’Brien had the heart of a singer.  Singing and dancing for family and friends lead to high school musicals, choirs, and ultimately, her love of the opera stage.  The delight and joy she gets from performing is extended into her vocal studio where she helps students find their voice and nurtures their growth.  Favorite notable opera roles include Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Jenny Smith in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Sister Valentine in Dialogues of the Carmelites.