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2RCO returns Nov. 8

By Staff | Nov 3, 2011

The Shepherd University Music Department will present the third concert in its new monthly Shepherd Music Salon Series on Tuesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. featuring the Two Rivers Chamber Players. The group will perform selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, and Max Bruch. The concert, to be held in the Shipley Recital Hall in the Frank Center, is free and open to the public.

The Two Rivers Chamber Players include David Drosinos, clarinet; Stephen Czarkowski, cello; and Dr. Scott Beard, piano.

Drosinos studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra, and received his diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He won the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance and has been guest artist at the Greek Embassy in Washington and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Drosinos is a versatile and seasoned clarinetist. Professor of clarinet at Shepherd, he also teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Peabody Preparatory.

Professor of cello at Shepherd, Czarkowski is also on the faculty of Landon School, Bullis School, and Montgomery College. He is principal cellist (Jim and Linda Walker Chair) of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and shares conducting duties with the Preparatory Orchestra. His students have won numerous local and statewide competitions and hold principal chairs in area orchestras. He graduated from the Catholic University of America with a graduate artist diploma in orchestral conducting, after receiving a full scholarship and teaching assistantship, and graduated in the top percentile of his class from the Mannes College, the New School for Music, with a master of music in cello (under Barbara Stein Mallow) and conducting (under David Hayes and Samuel Wong). He received his bachelor of music degree from the Mannes College, the New School for Music, under the tutelage of Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic.

Beard, nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author, and recording artist, is dean of the Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education and co-chair of the Department of Music at Shepherd. Recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, he was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year. His piano students have won prizes in such prestigious competitions as the Ithaca, International Institute for Young Musicians, IYPAC, Beethoven Society, and International Young Artist Piano competitions, in addition to state, regional, and national MTNA competitions, including the 2005 National MTNA Junior High School winner in piano.

For more information, call the Shepherd music concertline at 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.