Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Soprano Barbara Clark is an Associate Professor of Voice and Co-Chair of Voice at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, having taught previously for nine years at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Ms. Clark enjoys an active career as a recitalist, clinician, and teacher. Recent performances include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Southern Illinois Symphony, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Cincinnati Concert Orchestra and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Rochester Symphony. As a clinician, Ms.
The artistry of Kathleen Winkler has earned her the plaudits of critics and audiences alike worldwide since her solo debut at the age of seventeen with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been heard with such orchestras as the Detroit Symphony (with which she has toured on many occasions), the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Odense Byorkester, the Polish Slaska Philharmonic, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony, to name a few. She has toured throughout the U.S.
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. In a concert career spanning the globe for more than thirty years, he is equally at home with orchestra, in recital, playing chamber music, and in a teaching studio. Mr. Lin’s concert engagements reflect his wide-ranging musical activities.
Paul Kantor is currently the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University having previously served as the Eleanor H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard studying violin with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Robert Mann. For thirteen years he served as Chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan and has taught at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and Yale University.
In the fifth decade of an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster, and teacher, Kenneth Goldsmith reflects the musical ideals and sensibilities of his mentors and the experience of performing with many of the world’s finest artists. Mischa Mischakoff, William Kroll, Pablo Casals, and Nathan Milstein were major influences in his early musical career. He began studies of Baroque and Classical style with George Houle and Leonard Ratner at Stanford University in 1966 and he was one of the earliest teachers of baroque and classical violin in America. Studies in 20th-centur
Robert Alan Yekovich became the fifth dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2003. He is also the Elma Schneider Professor of Music at the university.
After receiving a bachelor’s and master’s of music from the Lamont School of Music at Denver, Yekovich earned a doctorate at Columbia University. He has held teaching positions at Columbia University, Connecticut College, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Denver.