Clarinet-Piano Duo Performing Recital March 3

Clarinetist Julie Heinen and pianist Shari Raynor will perform a recital at 8 p.m. March 3 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The recital will be held in Brandt Hall of Music and is free and open to the public.

The program will include Thorkell Sigurbjornsson’s four Icelandic Folk Songs, Libby Larsen’s “Song Without Words,” Gary Shocker’s “Dear Diary” and Camille Saint-Saens’ “Sonata, op. 167.” Also on the program are Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Intermezzo, op. 13, no. 1,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalist, op. 34, no. 14,” Rezso Kokai’s “Verbunkos Rapszodia,” and Scott McAllister’s “X Concerto.”

Heinen and Raynor began working as a duo in 1997 and have since performed over 150 concerts throughout the United States. They have had the pleasure of premiering several works written specifically for them including a recital featuring several new works at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in February 2003. Throughout their collaboration, the duo has consistently received rave reviews for their innovative and varied repertoire.

Heinen performs extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been a featured soloist on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Live from Landmark” and Chicago Public Radio’s “Dame Myra Hess” broadcasts. She has twice been a finalist in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition with Trio Chiaroscuro, a trio of violin, clarinet and piano. She has performed at a number of international music conferences, including several appearances at the International Clarinet Society’s Clarfest and the College Music Society International Conferences.

As an artist and clinician for the Selmer Corporation, Heinen conducts frequent clinics and recitals in many high schools and colleges throughout the United States. In addition to her solo performances, Heinen has performed and recorded as principal clarinetist with the American Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble which tours the United States and Europe. She has also served as principal clarinet with the LaCrosse, Dubuque, Valdosta and Rochester Symphony Orchestras and was featured several times as a concerto soloist with those ensembles.

Originally from Minnesota, Heinen currently lives in Los Angeles, where she serves as associate professor of music at California State University, Northridge, teaching clarinet, coaching chamber music and coordinating the musicianship program. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers have included John Anderson, Herbert Blayman, Robert Marcellus, Timothy Paradise and Cloyde Williams. She performs exclusively on Selmer Signature Artist Series clarinets and mouthpieces made by Clark Fobes.

Critics have said, “Shari Raynor is a sensation,” “Absolutely brilliant,” “A concert pianist’s pianist” and “Plays with intensity, conviction and impressive virtuosity.”

Raynor made her debut at the age of 11 with the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, proceeding to win many national competitions, culminating with her receipt of the Presidential Medallion in the Arts. After playing a command performance for the President at the White House, Raynor was chosen as one of only 10 pianists to represent the United States in the prestigious International Van Cliburn Competition. Performing in the competition to universal acclaim, Raynor launched a major series of worldwide chamber music concerts and solo performances that continue to the present day.

A veteran of National Public Radio, Raynor’s masterful interpretations can be heard on classical radio stations across the world — having released several recordings as a founding member and primary arranger for the Vista Trio. A native of Florida, Raynor currently lives in Los Angeles where she travels to Alaska each summer as one of the faculty members of the internationally attended Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.