“Mozart & More,” a concert of chamber music for winds and piano featuring Southeast Missouri State University faculty, will continue the 2016-2017 Chateau Girardeau Sundays at Three Series at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.
Southeast faculty Gabrielle Baffoni, Jacqueline Wilson, Matt Yount and Nick Kenney joined by guest oboist Edward Benyas will present the concert that will include Mozart’s effervescent “Quintet for Piano and Winds.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at rivercampus.org/mozart-more.
Baffoni is an instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast and joined the faculty in 2012. She has held teaching positions at Tabor College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. For two years, she taught band and chorus in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. At Southeast, she teaches applied clarinet and saxophone, chamber music, music appreciation and single reed techniques.
Baffoni is originally from Johnston, Rhode Island. She received her Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of New Hampshire, and her Master of Music in clarinet performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where her culminating project was a lecture recital focusing on music for clarinet and percussion duo.
With a passion for chamber music, Baffoni is committed to the commissioning and performance of new music for woodwinds, including works for woodwind quintet, clarinet choir, clarinet and percussion, flute, clarinet and electronics. There are also several projects in the works, including duos for clarinet and euphonium and a work for single reed choir.
As a clarinetist, Baffoni has performed with various ensembles throughout the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with ensembles at the University of New Hampshire, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bethel College. She has performed regularly with orchestras, including Miami City Ballet, Hollywood (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra, Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Civic Opera Theatre of Kansas City. She is the second clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2008.
Wilson is an assistant professor of music at Southeast. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in bassoon performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She is also a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and Eastern Washington University. As an enthusiastic pedagogue, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Kirkwood Community College and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Bassoon Workshop. At Southeast, she teaches double reeds, musicology and ethnomusicology.
Wilson has performed with multiple ensembles, including the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra.
As an avid supporter of new music, Wilson has premiered and commissioned works by composers Jonathan Middleton, Brian Van Winkle, Anthony Donofrio and David Sumner.
Yount has been a member of Southeast’s music faculty since 2003 and has taught piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. He is a Southeast alumnus, graduating with degrees in music and mathematics. Yount also studied piano at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a student of Jean-Louis Haguenauger and Reiko Neriki.
Yount has appeared at Southeast and other colleges and universities as a concerto soloist, piano recitalist, chamber collaborator, opera accompanist and as a member of the Southeast faculty jazz quintet.
Recognitions include the Success in Scholarship, Sports and Service Award for his excellent teaching in service courses; the Southeast College of Liberal Arts faculty award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity in recognition of publishing projects he has undertaken of works by Gabriel Faure and Nicolas Flagello.
Kenney is an assistant professor of horn at Southeast and teaches applied horn, horn ensemble, music theory and music appreciation. He also is the assistant director to the athletic bands. Kenney earned his Bachelor of Music from Western Carolina University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska.
Kenney has performed in venues around the world, including the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia, the historic Waterford Opera House in Waterford, Ireland and twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. As an award-winning soloist, he has won both North Carolina and Nebraska’s MTNA competitions twice, including the 2006 Western Carolina University Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the 2009 International Horn Competition of America.
Kenney has taught master classes in Mexico, North Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia. He has served as adjunct professor of horn at UNC-Pembroke and Concordia University and has served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaching in the horn studio, Music 101 courses, brass skills and applied horn; and coaching chamber music.
Benyas is a professor of oboe and conducting at SIU-Carbondale and music director of the Southern Illinois Symphony, the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. Benyas earned graduate degrees in orchestral conducting and oboe performance from Northwestern University and bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Michigan.
Benyas was named Conductor of the Year in 2005 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, and the Southern Business Journal named him a “Leader Among Us” in 2012. He has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout North America and in Europe and China.
Of one recent appearance, the Copley Chicago Newspapers wrote, “Edward Benyas’ clear directions from the podium helped create a night of true magic.” His conducted repertoire includes nearly 400 works, including a dozen world premieres and several dozen complete operas and ballets.