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CSU-Pueblo hosting CSMTA Music Conference June 2-4

Release Date: May 26, 2016

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO - The Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) annual conference will be held June 2-3 at the CSU-Pueblo Art/Music building. There will be three concerts at Hoag Recital Hall as part of the conference. All performances are open to the public. The evening concerts are $15/person at the door, and the morning concert is free.

The first concert will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday (June 2) in Hoag Recital Hall, and it will feature Aeolus String Quartet. Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining "smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery," the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

The second concert will be held at 7 p.m., Friday (June 3) in Hoag Recital Hall, and it will feature William Wolfram on piano. American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. In all of these genres, he is highly sought after for his special focus on the music of Franz Liszt and Beethoven and is a special champion for the music of modernist 20th century American composers.

The third concert will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday (June 4) in Hoag Recital Hall, and it will feature Carol Wilson, Dr. Zahari Metchkov, and Dr. Martha Sandford-Heyns on the organ. Carol Wilson is the organist at First Christian Church in Colorado Springs. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and piano performance from Colorado State University in 1973 and a Master of Music degree, also in organ and piano performance, at the University of Kansas in 1989. Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center. Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM, MM, and DMA from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined CSU-Pueblo's department of music and is currently an Associate Professor of Music. Dr. Martha Sandford-Heyns, DMA, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, choral director, early music specialist, earned her Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Syracuse University where she was a student of Arthur Poister. She earned a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, where her organ teachers were Everett Hilty and Don Vollstedt. Dr. Sandford-Heyns has performed organ concerts nationally and in many Colorado churches, universities, and the United States Air Force Academy International Artists Series.

For more information, contact Dr. Zahari Metchkov at​ or 719.549.2370.

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