COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A Grammy award-winning pianist will be the featured artist when Mississippi University for Women hosts the 59th annual Mississippi Music Teachers Association annual state conference Nov. 1-2.
“We anticipate an attendance of approximately 75-100 students and teachers who will perform, attend workshops, and compete, as well as experience new and original compositions,” said Julia Mortyakova, music department chair at The W. “We’re very excited to host this event and to showcase our beautiful campus and performance venue.”
Highlighting the two-day conference will be pianist Angelin Chang, who holds a doctor of musical arts from Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, as well as a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Her free public performance is Friday evening (Nov. 1) at 7:30 p.m in Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall. Student competitions will take place earlier in the day.
An international performer who has appeared at venues ranging from Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, where she was the first artist-in-residence, to the Shanghai Grand Theater in China, Chang has been hailed by critics as an artist with a “sense of poetry and technical brilliance.” A Yamaha artist, she frequently performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as The de Pasquale String Quartet.
Chang earned a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra for her recording of Olivier Messiaen’s “Oiseaux Exotiques” with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Her recent CD releases include “Angelin,” a solo piano work; “Soaring Spirit” with noted violist Joseph de Pasquale; and “Cleveland Chamber Symphony” with conductor John McLaughlin Williams.
MMTA was awarded a $3,800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, which will be used to support the conference. Mississippi Music Teachers Association is a non-profit, statewide organization whose purpose is to promote music education and professional development of music teachers, music students and all people of Mississippi.
For additional information, contact the Department of Music (662) 241-6399.
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Oct. 11, 2013
Contact: Janie Guyton Shields