WALDEN MUSICIANS 2017-2018 Season
Jo Boatright, piano, Artistic Director for Walden Chamber Music Society, studied with Max Lanner at Colorado College, received her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and worked extensively with the great Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus whom she assisted at Texas Christian University. She co-founded Voices of Change in 1974 and the Walden Chamber Music Society in 1981. She is the pianist for the Walden Chamber Music Society, Artistic Director Emerita of Voices of Change and Music Director Emerita of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. She has won four Adventuresome Programming Awards given by ASCAP and a Grammy Nomination in 1999 for the CD Voices Americanas. Ms. Boatright has toured Europe, Russia, and the Americas and has served music professorships at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas (Arlington and Dallas), and Southern Methodist University. She has appeared as concert soloist with many orchestras including the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and in Colorado with Music in the Mountains (Durango) and the Pueblo Symphony. She may be heard on CRI, Redwood, Crystal, Odyssey, Albany, Centaur, and Music & Arts recording labels. Ms. Boatright directs the annual Princeton Peak Piano Retreat in Buena Vista, CO where she lives with her husband, Harvey Boatright, flutist.
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone, has performed with major opera companies and orchestras in North America and Europe. Most recently he sang in the Copenhagen Orchestra’s productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s Tosca. He also sang the title role of Falstaff by Verdi in the Royal Danish Opera’s last fall production. Other opera houses include: La Scala, Covent Garden, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and San Francisco. Upon graduating from Southern Methodist University, Mr. Albert began his operatic and concert career in 1975 with Houston Grand Opera. He subsequently portrayed Porgy in the highly lauded production of Porgy and Bess. The production’s recording won a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. After thirteen years as a Bass-Baritone, Mr. Albert switched to Baritone. The Baritone repertoire proved to be a welcome fit for Mr. Albert, and led to engagements by most of the major opera companies and orchestras in America and Europe. A few of Mr. Albert’s career highlights include Tosca (Scarpia), in Portland, New York City Opera ; Aida (Amonastro) in Washington, Köln, Montreal, Stade de France; Nabacco in Vancouver, Florentine Opera, & La Scala ; Rigoletto in Miami, New York City, Manheim, & Vancouver ; Otello in Sacramento & Hamburg ; The Flying Dutchman in Köln ; Macbeth in Columbus, Ohio & Köln ; La Traviata, Metropolitan Opera in the Parks ; Die Walküre in Austin & Tokyo, Japan .Orchestral engagements have been in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Jerusalem, London, Toronto, New York. Most recent awards include the 2010 Musical Legend Award by the Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA ; the 2010 Lift Every Voice Legend Award from the National Opera Association, and the 2012 DMMA/NAMM Musician of the Year Award. www.pinaclerarts.com/donnierayalbert
Christopher Adkins, ‘cello, principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony, received his musical training at the University of Northern Texas and Yale University where he studied with the distinguished pedagogue Aldo Parisot. During his tenure at Yale, Mr. Adkins held the position of principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony. Upon receiving his Master of Music degree he assumed the duties of assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. However, after two seasons in the Rockies, Mr. Adkins’ longtime dream of being a major symphony principal chair was realized with the offer of the post with the Milwaukee Symphony and then in 1987, he returned to his native Dallas, to occupy the chair once held by his former teacher, Lev Aronson. In addition to his duties with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Adkins serves on the faculty of Southern Methodist University. He was cellist with Voices of Change, Modern Music Ensemble from 1988 to 1990 and with the Walden Piano Quartet from 1993 to 2006. He remains an active recitalist and chamber musician and as a member of a large musical family has, with his six brothers and sisters, formed the Adkins String Ensemble. Mr. Adkins enjoys gardening, songwriting and woodworking, but most of all spending time with his wife, Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Alexandra Adkins, and his six children. www.mydso.com
Clare Adkins Cason - violin/viola is a native of Denton, Texas, where she was born into the musical Adkins family. She began her study of violin at the age of four with Dr. James Lerch at the University of North Texas where she continued her studies serving as concertmaster of the University Symphony, the Chamber and Baroque orchestras. She is concertmaster of the Dallas Bach Society, with whom she has appeared as soloist numerous times. Clare’s enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in a fourteen-volume Mountain Road series for beginning violinists. She plays and teaches Irish fiddle and is co-director of the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp and is Music Director of the North Texas School of Irish Music. She and her husband live on a dozen acres in the country where they have amazed their family by building their own house and maintaining an orchard and a variety of rescued animals. This is Clare’s first performance with the Walden Chamber Music.
Elisabeth Adkins, violin, has a richly varied musical life in solo, orchestra. and chamber music repertoire. At the age of 25 she was awarded the position of Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. by Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich. She appeared as concerto soloist with the NSO numerous times, in addition to soloing with the Dallas, Seattle, and Baltimore symphonies. Ms. Adkins performs regularly with her husband, pianist Edward Newman at the Kennedy Canter and mid-Atlantic region including inaugurating WETA’s series Front Row Washington. She is a champion of contemporary repertoire having appeared as solo violinist with the 21st Century Consort and serves as concertmaster of the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, American Chamber Players and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She has taught at the University of Maryland, the Levine School, the National Orchestral Institute, and Wintergreen (VA) Summer Music Festival and Academy. In 2014, after thirty-one seasons with the NSO she joined the faculty of Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth. This is her first performance with the Walden Chamber Music.
Alexandra Adkins, violin, Associate Principal Violin II of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since the 1987-88 season. She is a native of Ukraine where she began her violin studies much too early at 5. Following her family's move to the United States, she continued her violin studies in Cleveland, Cincinnati Conservatory and Bloomington, Indiana. Alexandra is proud to play for her third Music Director at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and her solo appearances with this fine orchestra. Alexandra is married to DSO's Principal Cello, Christopher Adkins, and they have six children. This is Ms. Adkins' second performance with Walden Chamber Music Society.
Yi Zhao, violin, was born in Henan, China. At age 12 she was selected as one of China’s best and entered the prestigious preparatory school program at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. She then studied with Zhou Qian, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and finisher her Masters under Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in May, 2013. She has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West working with renowned pedagogues Pamela Frank, Emmanuel Ax, Glenn Dicterow, Jorja Fleezanis and others. Ms. Zhao is an active chamber musician and a founding member of the Pegasus Trio, which performed at the La Jolla Music Festival. She has shared the stage with many world-renown artists including Cho-Liang Lin, Yefim Bronfman, Inon Barnatan, Desmond Hoebig, Leonard Slatkin and the Miró Quartet. She has soloed with the Singapore and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is presently Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. This marks her first performance with Walden.
Emanuel Borok, violin, was born and trained in the Soviet Union and received his early musical instruction at the Darinya Music School in Riga, Latvia and the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. He has been the Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1985. He served for 11 seasons as Associate Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has made many solo appearances around the world and throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with Yehudi Mehudin, Pichas Zucherman, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell and Paul Neubauer, among others. Mr. Borok’s recent recording, "A Road Less Traveled", includes seldom-performed concertos by Joseph Haydn, and he recently published a book of original cadenzas for all five Mozart Violin Concertos with Theodore Presser Co. In 2008 Mr. Borok commissioned Russian composer Alexander Raskatov to write a concerto to celebrate his 400 year old Italian violin made by Amati. The premiere of this concerto in 2009 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra led to an invitation to perform it in Holland Festival at Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam in 2010. He was the violinist with the Walden Piano Quartet from 1995-2000, releasing two CD’s with them, has performed regularly with Voices of Change, modern music ensemble and was the violinist on their Grammy-nominated album "Voces Americanas". Mr. Borok recently retired from orchestra life. He is combining an active life as a performer and teacher and is now a distinguished Artist in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Matt Diekman, viola, known simply as “Diek”, began playing violin at a very young age in order to compete with his musical siblings. After entering college, he met the legendary Wayne Crouse, former principal violist of the Houston Symphony, and was then convinced to make the switch from violin to viola which led to his successful career. He holds a Master of Music Performance from the University of Oklahoma and an Artist Certificate in Viola from Southern Methodist University in TX. Diek has studied with the principal violists of many of our nation’s top orchestras in Houston, Dallas and Boston and has played with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, San Antonio Symphony and served as Principal Violist for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. A founding member of the Crouse Quartet, (a string quartet named after his former teacher), he has participated in many summer festivals across the country including: the Utah Festival Opera (principal viola), Aspen Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Brevard Advanced Chamber Music Program ,Sunflower Music Festival and Music from Greer. Mr. Diekman recently moved to Denver, CO where he has a freelance career and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He is an active and enthusiastic music teacher to all ages. Perhaps Diek’s greatest honor is to own and perform on the very instrument with which his former teacher Wayne Crouse built his long playing career. www.mountaincapitalviola.com
Rachel Hargroder, percussion received a Bachelor in Percussion Performance from Metro State College of Denver in 2005 under the instruction of Professor Mark Foster. She received a Master in Percussion Performance from Lamont School of Music in 2008 under the instruction of Professor John Kinzie. Rachel has performed with many local ensembles including: Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Denver Brass, Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Experimental Playground, Arapaho Philharmonic, Littleton Symphony and Denver Young Artist Orchestra. She holds the principal percussion position in both the Lakewood and Lone Tree Symphonies. Ms. Hargroder has also performed with touring groups such as So Percussion, The Irish Tenors and the International Dance Festival. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Jeffrey Hood, ‘cello, is from Portage, Michigan and began playing the ‘cello at age 2 with a toy guitar and a chopstick for a bow. He began real ‘cello lessons a year later and went on to graduate from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jeffrey’s primary teachers include : Steven Doane, Stephen Geber and Crispin Campbell. He spent two years as a fellow with the New World Symphony, and was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and at festivals including Verbier, Tanglewood, Saratosa, Spoleto USA, and Meadowmount. As a chamber musician, Jeff has performed all over the United States and Europe, and has appeared on the Dutch television show Vrije Geluiden. Mr. Hood joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. www.mydso.com
Mark Rush, violin, is a graduate of the Yale School of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM). His musical mentors include many of the finest artists and teachers of the 20th century and he has studied with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, Itzhac Perlman, Szymon Goldberg, Nathan Milstein and Arthur Grumiaux. He has performed extensively on the concert stage and for radio and television in the United States, China, Canada and Europe. As a chamber musician, Mr. Rush has been a member of several successful chamber ensembles including the Rush-Gibson Duo, the Monticello Trio, the Lorenzo Trio and Coyote Concert. He has worked closely with many composers and performers premiering and performing numerous new works and has also participated in many summer festivals. Concert appearances include engagements with the Shanghai Radio Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and the Mesa Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for ASV, CRI and Albany Records and was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 1994. Mr. Rush is a violin teacher and author of a book, Playing the Violin : An Illustrated Guide. He currently teaches at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. Mr. Rush pursues a long time interest in yoga and the Taoist arts, which informs both his teaching and playing. He lives in Denver and is an avid hiker and backpacker. www.markrushviolin.com
Maria Schleuning, violin, studied with Joseph Gingold, Yfrah Neaman and Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School of Music where she earned her master’s degree. Ms. Schleuning played with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Portland Youth Philharmonic, (OR). In 1994, she joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has been a concert soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of Oregon, Seattle, and Long Bay, (SC). Ms. Schleuning also performs regularly with the 1999 Grammy-nominated Voices of Change, with whom she has recorded for CRI. Since 1993, she has been a faculty member and performing artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Ms. Schleuning has performed in many iconic music halls such as Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall. She performed in Summergarden at the Museum of Modern Art, at Merkin Hall and with Villa Musica in Germany. She has also performed with Music in the Mountains in Colorado and the Skaneateles Festival in New York. She lives with her husband and 11 year-old son in Dallas. www.mydso.com
Barbara Sudweeks, viola, is associate principal violist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra where she has been a member since 1976. During her long and successful career, Ms. Sudweeks has performed and been featured soloist with numerous orchestras around the world. She has performed and toured internationally with several chamber ensembles including Voices of Change and An Die Musik. Ms. Sudweeks has appeared in concert with Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman and Schlomo Mintz and toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe where she has also recorded several pieces. Summer festivals such as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival and Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO are included in her list of performances. She teaches viola and coaches chamber music and orchestral repertoire at Southern Methodist University. Ms. Sudweeks broadens her repertoire by playing the Chinese erhu. She has been an erhu soloist with: Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra in Taiwan, Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra in Nanjing, China and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, TX. She lives in Dallas. www.mydso.com
Matthew Zalkind, cello' Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He was awarded First Prize in the Washington International Competition, as well as top prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition, Korea’s Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition and the Juilliard School Competition. He also won distinction as the top-ranked American and one of the eight concerto semi-finalists in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Mr. Zalkind has a strong interest in teaching and outreach. He was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School for four years, performing concerts at treatment facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Zalkind is in his first year as Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. www.mathewzalkind.com
Walden Musicians from Past Seasons:
Silver Ainomäe, ‘cello, principal cellist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Lina Bahn, violin, National Gallery New Music Ensemble of the Smithsonian Institute
Eric Barr, oboe, former Principal Oboe Chair of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Carrie Beeder, violin, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra
Harvey Boatright, flute, Dallas Symphony Orchestra 1960-2000, Walden Chamber Music Society 1981-2014
Camilla Bonzo, ‘cello, Walden Chamber Music Society 2008-2013, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra (substitute)
Joel Bonzo, double bass, Walden Chamber Music Society 2008-2011, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra (substitute)
Brent Buemi, clarinet, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Irving, Texas
Robert Davidovici, violin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jason Erwin, violin, Assistant Concertmaster, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Florida
Gal Faganel, ‘cello, Tetrakstys String Quartet, Colorado Chamber Music Academy Orchestra
Paul Garner, clarinet, Dallas Symphony Orchestra associate principal and e-flat clarinetist
Mary Jungerman, clarinet, Greeley Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Allen Lane, narrator, retired New York City performer
Tina Lovejoy, soprano, freelance operatic soprano, Tyler, TX
Tamara Maddaford, flute, director and owner of Music Together of Castle Rock, CO
Linda O’Connor, violin, Trio Elatha, Dublin, Ireland
Mary Reynolds, violin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Darren Sagawa, violin, San Francisco Bay area orchestras
Christine Schadeberg, soprano, Musicians’ Accord, Voices of Change
Aimee Toomes, violin, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Clayton Vaughn, ‘cello, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra
Bing Wang, violin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Keith Williamson, baritone, Opera Colorado Chorus