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UT Tyler to Present ‘Mount Vernon Music’ in Concert Feb. 1

January 28, 2014

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The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Music will present “Mount Vernon Music” in concert on Saturday, Feb. 1, Dr. Michael Thrasher, School of Performing Arts director, announced.

The public concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Hall and features Joel Schoenhals on piano and the Orchard Ensemble: Ute Miller on viola; Jeffrey Hood on cello; Elizabeth Elsner on violin; and Mark Miller on violin.

Schoenhals is professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University and guest professor of piano at Nanchang University in Nanchang, Jiangxi, People’s Republic of China. An active performer and recording artist, Schoenhals has received praise for his recordings “Bartók’s for Children,” “Lieder of Schubert Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt” and “Musical Moments of Schubert and Rachmaninoff on Fleur de Son Classics.” He has most recently recorded “Schubert and Schumann Fantasies” and a CD of Chinese piano.

Schoenhals holds a master of music, doctoral of musical arts and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Ute Miller is principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, performs with the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A founder and treasurer of Mount Vernon Music Association, Ute performs with her husband Mark, Mount Vernon Music president, in the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard, which was brought to Texas with a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies chamber music grant.

Co-owner and president of Mount Vernon Music, Mark Miller was a 1995 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies grant and has been performing and organizing musical events in Mount Vernon and the northeast Texas region for the past 10 years. He is concertmaster of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Since 1997, he has produced The Color of Sound, a series of chamber music concerts underwritten by the Music Department of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Hood graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and holds a bachelor of music and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music as well as a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Elsner is currently concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic. She holds bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

For more information, contact the UT Tyler School of Performing Arts, 903.566.7450 or music@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students. UT Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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