Master piano class offered, special performance planned in Spring Grove

Jessica Paul, Ph.D.

Jessica Paul, Ph.D.

Piano students who want to take a master class with Jessica Paul, Ph.D of musical arts, at the Spring Grove Cinema should register now for the April 24 class set to take place from 4:30-6 p.m.

To register, students need to provide their name and age, the title of the work to be performed and a $5 check made payable to Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, and mail to PO Box 241 at Spring Grove, 55974.

Each student must have the piece memorized and bring an original copy of the music for Dr. Paul. The student’s parent must approve of their child being video-recorded by Giants of the Earth; that form will be provided to parents upon receiving registration.

Paul, a native of Chicago, holds a bachelor of music in piano performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with pianist and vocal coach Laurence Davis. Paul went on to the University of Illinois as a student of John Wustman, eventually earning the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in vocal coaching and accompanying. She is frequently engaged as a collaborative pianist and guest clinician, and she has worked with such opera companies as the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Illinois and National Opera Company. At 7 p.m., also at the Cinema, Dr. Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen are presenting a special program on Norwegian-American composer Theodora Cormontan (1840-1922). In 2011 the Jorgensens rediscovered over 150 original handwritten manuscripts by Theodora Cormontan, one of the first Norwegian women to have her classical compositions published and widely performed, and the first woman to own and operate her own music publishing business in Norway. On April 24 the Jorgensens will recap Cormontan’s story and share some of her music.

Dr. Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen

Dr. Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen

 

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