CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 2, 2015 – A trio for piano, clarinet and violin will perform a concert in the next in the Chamber Music Sundays at Three series Nov. 15 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Gabrielle Baffoni, clarinet; Brandon Christensen, violin; and Zachary Lopes, piano; will present the concert at 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.
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 RiverCampusEvents.com.
Baffoni is an instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University 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, her duties include 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, UMKC 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.
Violinist Christensen graduated from New York’s Stony Brook University with a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2002. That same year, he joined Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music, which is now part of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. As a professor, he teaches violin and viola, directs the string chamber music program and is concertmaster of the symphony orchestra. Prior to coming to Missouri, Christensen was a visiting artist at Dickenson College and a member of the artist faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music.
As an orchestral player, Christensen is assistant concertmaster of the Paducah Symphony and is beginning a new association with the Arkansas Symphony this season. He is a regular soloist with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra and has been featured as a soloist with the Southern Illinois Festival Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Beijing Sinfonietta and several others. He has a strong interest in early music and performs regularly on the baroque violin with regional early music ensembles. Christensen is an aviation enthusiast and has a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument rating and is part owner of a Cessna 182 single engine airplane.
Lopes is an active soloist and collaborative artist and has given performances and master classes across the United States, South America and Europe. He was the winner of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Piano Concerto Competition and has received awards of distinction in the Schlern International Music Competition, the MTNA Northwest Regional Young Artist Competition and the University of Colorado College of Music Honors Competition. He was featured with his trio on CBS Sunday Morning’s “A Grand Plan for Pianos” in 2009. Recent recording projects include the “Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion” on Soundset Recordings and “American Violin and Piano Sonatas” is currently being produced to be released on MSR Classics. He has presented several times at the MTNA National Conference, the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum and the Kentucky State Music Teachers Association Conference. He has been published in Clavier Companion and the MTNA E-Journal.
Lopes has held teachings positions at Wittenberg University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and served as assistant administrative director of the CCM Prague International Piano Institute for the summers of 2011 and 2012. Lopes was also directing coordinator and planner of the 2nd MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium in 2012, a student driven initiative founded to better connect young professional and collegiate pianists and teachers from across the nation. He received his master’s degree and doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently assistant professor of piano at Western Kentucky University and resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with his wife Jenny.