Dr. Anne Kissel, SUNY Fredonia
Praised by the Boston Globe for her “subtlety and insight,” pianist Anne Kissel is sought after as a chamber musician and song recitalist. A frequent performer of new music, Kissel has premiered works by composers such as Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, and Daniel Pinkham and has been heard in Boston’s Jordan Hall, live on Boston’s WGBH, at the American Music Center in Boulder, Colorado, throughout the southern United States, and in Germany. Kissel is a cofounder and frequent performer with the Florestan Recital Project, whose recent programs have included an American Vanguard Festival featuring premieres by composers Thea Musgrave and Stephen Paulus, and a festival of the complete songs of Samuel Barber presented at Tufts University. Kissel has been a member of Boston’s Radius Ensemble, an innovative chamber group performing works from the traditional to the cutting edge, and has performed with Opera Boston’s contemporary opera festival Opera Unlimited, at Rochester’s Women in Music Festival, at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Boston’s Goethe Institute, and at the Gorki Theater, Berlin. She can be heard performing works of Daniel Pinkham on the Arsis label, and on the first volume of The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham, recently released by Florestan Records.
Kissel received her Doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music where she was honored with the C. Eschenbach Award and the Excellence in Accompanying Award. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship, she has studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. As a solo pianist, Kissel received her Masters degree from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music degree as a Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia in her hometown of Athens. Her teachers have included Jean Barr, Randall Hodgkinson, Evelyne Brancart, André Marchand, and Richard Zimdars.
Kissel has been an instructor of piano at Indiana University, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Boston’s Community Music Center in the South End. While residing in Boston, Kissel was actively involved in educational outreach performance in Boston’s inner city schools and at schools throughout New England with such groups as the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Boston. Kissel is coordinator of the new Masters in Collaborative Piano program at SUNY Fredonia, where she also teaches piano and piano pedagogy.
Joe Dan Harper, SUNY Fredonia
Hailed for his “magnificent purity of expression” (Fanfare Magazine) and “stirring delivery” (Boston Globe), tenor Joe Dan Harper is a versatile and engaging interpreter of a wide-ranging repertoire from Schubert to Britten. Mr. Harper has performed widely with such groups as The Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Central City Opera, Handel & Haydn Society, South Carolina Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Utah Opera, and has been heard in such venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Berlin’s Gorki Theater, at SongFest in Malibu, California, at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Harper has premiered works by some of America’s most prominent composers, including Thea Musgrave, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Pinkham, Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, and Lior Navok, and has performed at the soundSCAPE new music festival in Pavia, Italy. A passionate interpreter of song repertoire with a noted gift for expressive and poetic diction, his discography includes Florestan Recital Project’s recently released “The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham, volumes 1 and 2,” Daniel Pinkham’s opera The Garden Party in the role of “Adam” on the Arsis label and Wesley Fuller’s setting of five poems by William Carlos Williams, A Solace of Ripe Plums, released on Capstone Record.
Mr. Harper performs frequently with his wife, pianist Anne Kissel. Highly regarded as interpreters of contemporary music, the Kissel-Harper duo has premiered works by numerous composers including Daniel Pinkham, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen, and Stephen Paulus. Over the past ten years, they have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the United States and in Germany, and have been featured on National Public Radio (WGBH Boston) Live Performances with Richard Knisely. The duo were Co-Founders and served as Artistic Co-Directors for ten years of the Boston based Florestan Recital Project.
In 2003, Harper was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, has been a Fellow at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. He holds degrees in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Southern Methodist University. He has been a member of the SUNY Fredonia voice faculty since 2004 and has served as head of the voice faculty since 2011.
George Work, Iowa State University
George Work holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he also served as teaching assistant to Robert Sylvester. In addition to Robert Sylvester, his principal teachers include Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, Gabor Rejto, and Carol Work. In 1981, he joined the Ames Piano Quartet, in residence at Iowa State University. The Quartet has released fourteen critically acclaimed CD recordings on the Sono Luminus, Musical Heritage, Dorian, and Albany labels, and has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Canada. International appearances include Kaliningrad, Russia, Salzburg, Austria, Paris and Marseilles, France, Taipei, Tainan, Kashiong and Taichung, Taiwan, Merida, Mexico and Cape Town, South Africa. The Quartet also performed in Cuba in 2000, the first American chamber ensemble to appear in concert there in more than forty years. In addition to concertizing with the Quartet, Work has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in the Midwest, as well as in Taiwan, R.O.C and Kaliningrad, Russia. He was Visiting Professor of Cello at Drake University during 1997-98, and has taught and performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Schlern International Festival, Madeleine Island, the Texas Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Festival, among others. Work’s recording of the Ibert Concerto for Cello and Winds with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, was released in September of 2012.
Nicole Leupp Hanig, University of Portland
Soprano Nicole Leupp Hanig has appeared as a soloist with the Jussi Björling Festival in Sweden, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Italy and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She has performed a solo recital at St. Martin’s in the Field in London, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England and was a soloist in Opera Galas for Amnesty International at St. James’ Picadilly in London and for the Cairo Opera in Egypt which was recorded for Egyptian television. Opera roles include Die Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and the role of Sian in development workshops of James McMillan’s opera The Sacrifice which was commissioned for Welsh National Opera. Dr. Hanig holds degrees from The University of Colorado, and The University of Illinois as well as a Post Graduate Diploma from The Royal Academy of Music in London where she was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy for distinction in performance. She currently serves as head of the voice department at University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.