Citizen Artistry: A New Performance Model to Raise Social Awareness, Promote Dialogue, and Incite Change

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10:45am-12:15pm

A combination music performance and discussion panel raising awareness of racial division in America and highlighting a new performance model that involves a concerned citizenry.


Cynthia Johnston Turner is Director of Bands, Professor of Music, Area Chair of Conducting, and Artistic Director of Rote Hund Muzik at the Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. Turner conducts the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, leads the MM and DMA programs in conducting, and oversees the entire band program including the 430-member Redcoat Marching Band. She is “VIP Educational Clinician” with Conn-Selmer. Before her appointment at the Hodgson School at the University of Georgia, Cynthia was Director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell University. Earlier in her career Cynthia was a high school music educator, taught middle school beginning instrumental music in Toronto and choral music in Switzerland. A Canadian, Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Queens University and her Master of Music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. Touring with her ensembles inspired her master’s thesis on the musical and personal transformations that occur on tours, and her D.M.A. thesis at the Eastman School of Music centered on the music of William Kraft, one of this generation’s leading composers. At Eastman Cynthia was the recipient of the prestigious teaching award in conducting. She received the National Leadership in Education Award (Canada), the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Award (also from OSSTF). She is also the recipient of the Donald A. Reick Memorial Award for research with wearable technologies and music pedagogy, and the American Prize for innovative programming with wind bands. Cynthia has commissioned numerous new works for wind band, contemporary music ensembles, and orchestra, and she continues to actively promote commissions by today’s leading and emerging composers around the world. Under her direction, the Cornell Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in 2007 and 2012, and the Hodgson Wind Ensemble performed at CBDNA National in Kansas City in 2017. In 2008, the Merrill Presidential Scholars at Cornell recognized Cynthia as an outstanding educator, and in 2009, she was awarded the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Her performances have been praised by such composers as Steven Stucky, William Kraft, Steven Bryant, Marc Mellits, Nancy Galbraith, Peter Lane, Eddie Mora Bermudez, Dana Wilson, Roberto Sierra, and Karel Husa. From January 2006, Cynthia led the Cornell Wind Ensemble on biennial performing and service tours to Costa Rica that included performances across the country, conducting master classes with Costa Rican teachers, instrument master classes for Costa Rican musicians, and the donation of over 250 instruments to music schools across the country. She led the Hodgson Wind Ensemble to Panama in January 2016 to teach, perform, and donate instruments. Among other recent engagements, Cynthia has guest conducted the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, the Syracuse Symphony (“Symphoria”), the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Latin American Honor Band, the National Band of Costa Rica, the National Orchestra of Heredia, and numerous state honor bands. Cynthia has been invited to present her research with teaching and technology, innovative rehearsal techniques, and service-learning and music performance at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. She is published in such journals as Music Educators Journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the World Association of Bands and Ensembles, Fanfare Magazine, and Canadian Winds, and has recorded CDs with the Innova and Albany labels.
Associate Professor of Saxophone Connie Frigo joined the UGA faculty in 2011 and is thrilled to call Athens home. She has worn many hats as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, columnist, and founder of numerous festivals. She thrives on interdisciplinary work that allows people to discover the common ground that exists between disciplines. Highlights of Dr. Frigo’s career include six years with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C., a position she won as a junior in college; seven years touring nationally as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; and faculty positions at the Universities of Tennessee, Maryland and Ithaca College. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, where she studied with Dutch virtuoso Arno Bornkamp. She has been an invited guest artist at numerous universities across the country. She has served as Coordinator of Competitions and Program Chair for the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conferences. Frigo’s students have won concerto, young artist, and chamber music competitions at regional and national levels. At the University of Tennessee, she was voted Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the student body. At UGA, she is working with the Torrance Center for Creativity to measure the impact creativity can have on the learning and teaching of classical music. Frigo is a Henri Selmer Paris artist and D’Addario artist. Her degrees are from Ithaca College (BM), University of Illinois (MM), Conservatorium van Amsterdam and University of South Carolina (DMA). Her teachers are Steven Mauk, Debra Richtmeyer, Arno Bornkmap and Clifford Leaman.
Timothy Adams Jr., the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor in Music, was named Chair of the Percussion Department at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in fall 2010. A master educator, Mr. Adams’ students have seen great success around the country and the world as performers, educators, and music therapists. Prior to joining the faculty at UGA, Mr. Adams held the post of Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years and was Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Adams spent ten summers as Percussion faculty at the Brevard Music Center where he was frequently a featured soloist and recitalist. An orchestra musician of the highest caliber for over 30 years, Adams began his entrée into playing professionally while still in high school as a substitute percussionist and timpanist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Adams received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of the great Cloyd Duff, Richard Weiner, and Paul Yancich of the Cleveland Orchestra. During this time, Adams became first call substitute percussionist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and was also utilized as keyboard substitute. While attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, Adams spent two summers as a fellowship recipient of the Tanglewood Music Center, performing under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Elliott Carter, Trevor Pinnock, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams. Before completing his undergraduate degree, Adams won the Principal Timpani Position with the Canton Symphony orchestra, a position he held for five years before being hired by the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, where he played for four years before moving on to become the Principal Timpanist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. It was during this time, he also held the position of Principal Percussionist of the Eastern Music Festival and held a faculty position at Butler University. Mr. Adams has played in most of the major concert halls in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, China, and Malaysia, and has performed under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Manfred Honeck, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Robert Shaw, Sir Andre Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Raymond Leppard, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, and Marvin Hamlisch. Adams has performed with such notable soloists as Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, Andre Watts, Yo Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Lang Lang, Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, Patti Austin, Chaka Kahn, Della Reese, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard, Brice Winston, Dave Brubeck, Marcus Roberts and Burt Bacharach. As a soloist, Adams has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Hartford, Knoxville, and Asheville symphony orchestras, as well as the Florida Philharmonic. A champion of the music of our time, Adams has had several works commissioned for him, including, The Messenger concerto for percussion and orchestra, by James Oliverio, which he premiered to great acclaim with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; The Healer concerto for percussion and orchestra by Lucas Richman, premiered with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Primal Instincts concerto for percussion and orchestra, by Bill Banfield premiered with the Indianapolis Symphony; Tarantula concerto for marimba and orchestra by Larry Baker, premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Interzones for solo vibraphone and prerecorded tape by Bruce Hamilton; Rituals for solo timpani by Bruce Hamilton; and Quicksilver Pieces for solo vibraphone by David Liptak. Adams is a prolific composer, having written solo, and chamber works for percussion published under Mostly Marimba Publications. His timpani etude book, entitled, “75 Etudes for the Accomplished Timpanist” is self-published under his own, Demery Bennett Music. In 2008, Adams premiered his composition, Kyoto duo concerto for percussion and violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Andrés Cardénés as violin soloist. His educational DVD, entitled Lift, is a culmination of his tireless commitment to educating our future and current educators on how to effectively teach the entire battery of percussion instruments.
Kim Toscano is formerly the Principal Timpanist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, a position she won by unanimous decision in May 2007 and held until 2016. Her dynamic and virtuosic timpani facility brings an energy and rhythmic stability to the stage that has been recognized by colleagues, reviewers, and audience members alike. Following her first appearance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, James Reel noted, “…and new timpanist Kimberly Toscano played with both forcefulness and control.” Prior to coming to Athens, Toscano was Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of Arizona, a position she held for five years, including one semester as Acting Head of Percussion, until relocating to Athens, GA. Toscano’s students have been repeat winners of concerto and young artist competitions, and can regularly been seen as participants of renowned music festivals such as the Aspen Music festival, Pacific Music Festival, Juilliard Percussion Camp, and Brevard Music Center. Ms. Toscano enjoys a varied career, having performed as percussionist and timpanist with a number of orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra of Boston. As a fellowship recipient of prestigious music festivals nationally and internationally, Ms. Toscano has attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland where she shared the stage with such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Muti, Valerie Gergiev, and Andrey Boreyko and collaborated with the musicians of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as principal players of major orchestras throughout the United States. As a published author, Ms. Toscano has contributed to Tomtom Magazine as Orchestral Correspondent. This publication and website is the only one of its kind and is dedicated exclusively to female drummers and percussionists. A native of New York, Ms. Toscano holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Hofstra University, where she graduated cum laude and was granted membership into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. She then went on to attend the New England Conservatory where she received a Master of Music in Percussion Performance, graduating with Academic Honors. Upon completing her Masters Degree, she continued her post-graduate studies at New England Conservatory. Ms. Toscano was then invited to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s Performance Residency Program, which she participated in for one year, before being hired by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Having received multiple honors and distinctions throughout her career, Ms. Toscano was featured in Golden Key International Honour Society’s April 2008 eNewsletter as an outstanding Alumna. The article highlighted her accomplishment as Principal Timpanist of an orchestra as a rarity among females. Later, in April 2010, Ms. Toscano was again honored as a distinguished Alumna of Hofstra University. Ms. Toscano can be heard on Analekta Records and is a proud Evans Drumheads Concert Artist and Mike Balter Mallets artist.


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