Piano/Violin Duo and Trumpet Recitals Slated for February

Piano/Violin Duo and Trumpet Recitals Slated for February

1/31/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Department of Music at Ashland University will host two recitals in February including a piano and violin duo as a faculty and guest artist recital, as well as a trumpet recital by junior Nikolaus Psota. Both recitals will be held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall located in the Hugo Young Theatre building, and are free and open to the public. 

On Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m., Susan Schoeffler, adjunct professor of Applied Piano at Ashland University, will perform a concert with the Cleveland Orchestra violinist Kim Nolen Gomez. The Northeast Ohio duo performs repertoire from Mozart to the 20th century masterworks.

Schoeffler received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studied with Vitya Vronsky-Babin and Sergei Babayan and was the recipient of the Sadie Zellen Prize in Piano. She has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the last decade she has collaborated frequently with Nolen Gomez at performance venues including Severance Hall, CIM's Mixon Hall and broadcasts on WCLV Cleveland. Schoeffler also serves as adjunct faculty and staff accompanist at Baldwin-Wallace University and teaches privately at her home in Cleveland Heights. Her previous appointments as teacher and accompanist include Westminster College, Indiana University Summer String Academy and the CIM.

A member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1990, Nolen Gomez studied at the Peabody Conservatory, then earned a bachelor of music degree and an artist diploma from CIM, where she was a concerto competition winner. Her teachers have included David Cerone, Josef Gingold, Daniel Heifetz, Virginia Schneider, David Updegraff, Donald Weilerstein and Mimi Zweig. Gomez has appeared on three occasions as a soloist with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and solo appearances with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the CIM Orchestra. 

On Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., junior criminal justice and psychology major Nikolaus Psota of Hinckley will perform a trumpet recital accompanied by pianist Susan Gregg. His concert program will include G. F. Handel's Aria con Variazion, Trumpet Concertos by Joseph Haydn and Alexander Goedicke, and Halsey Stevens’ Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. 

For more information about the music department and a full events schedule, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###