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Sylvia Wehrs, The Solo Violin: A Journey Through Time

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Sylvia Wehrs, The Solo Violin: A Journey Through Time

  • Sylvia Wehrs: Solo Violin
    February 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland-based violinist and teacher Sylvia Wehrs in The Solo Violin: A Journey Through Time. This free concert will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 2-3pm at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth.

Ms. Wehrs will trace solo violin literature from Bach’s baroque masterpieces to 20th century showpieces. Along the way, she will discuss how improvements to the instrument in the 18th and 19th centuries led to the violin evolving into one of the most technically difficult and virtuosic instruments to play. With a wide range of colors and effects, Ms. Wehrs will showcase some of the most technically challenging solo violin repertoire.

About Sylvia Wehrs

Sylvia Wehrs is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. A fully certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches through the Music Settlement, Laurel School, Bard High School, and maintains a private studio of students in Cleveland and Zimbabwe with ages ranging from three year-olds to adults. As a performer, she performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, and in chamber and solo appearances in a variety of settings from concert halls to hospitals.

During the summers Ms. Wehrs has participated in Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Inspire Africa, a life-changing program that allowed her to share her love of performing and teaching music with the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Building from this experience, she founded her own program in 2017, Cleveland Harare Music Exchange, which seeks to bring musical guidance to the children of Harare, Zimbabwe through the Suzuki method and high level performances. Ms. Wehrs believes strongly in music education as a tool for social change, and is excited to study this topic as a member of the 2018 Global Leaders Program. As a participant, Ms. Wehrs will have the opportunity to engage a diverse group of students in Chile and Puerto Rico in Spring 2018.



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Janet Becker (Flute): 18th Century Greatest Hits You Have Never Heard

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Janet Becker (Flute): 18th Century Greatest Hits You Have Never Heard

  • Janet Becker (flute)
    November 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents flutist Janet Becker at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, as she presents a program entitled 18th Century Hits You Have Never Heard. When we think of 18th century music here in the 21st century we think mostly of the great composers of the day, at least the great composers that we think were the greatest. In this case Bach, Handel, Vivaldi. What we forget is that the people of the 18th century had a completely different viewpoint on what was popular and best. In this concert/workshop Dr.Becker will share some of the works that actually were some of the most popular of the time, and show how flutists of the time took advantage of these works. Enjoy music by Marais, Couperin, Granom, Petzold, Rousseau and more.

The concert is free, but reservations are recommended to ensure seating. Call 330-722-2541.

About Janet Becker

Flutist Janet Becker is an active performer and recitalist on both modern flute and the Baroque traverso. She frequently performs with several chamber music ensembles; the Watercolors Trio, a flute, violin, harp ensemble, released a CD in July 2004; the Melodia Chamber players have performed at The University of Akron and Mount Union College; and Buckeye Baroque incorporates traverso, recorders, viol and lute. Between 1994 and 2004 the Emerald Winds Woodwind Quintet toured throughout Ohio and received support from the Ohio Arts Council, a grant from the American Composers Forum and participated in a joint commissioning project for a new woodwind quintet from composer John Lampkin. An active member of the National Flute Association, Dr. Becker has performed and lectured at conventions in 1995, 1997 and 2000. She was also chosen to be a presenter at the 1997 College Music Society International Conference in Vienna, Austria. Mu Phi Epsilon awarded Dr. Becker the prize for outstanding Doctoral Musicology project in 1994. She has performed with the Akron, Youngstown, Canton, and Ashland Symphonies, the Erie Philharmonic and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In March 2018 Dr. Becker will be performing and lecturing at the Kentucky Flute Festival.

Dr. Becker currently teaches and directs the flute choir at the University of Mount Union and has taught at The University of Akron, Malone College, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Cleveland Music School Settlement. She also teaches a large class of students at her own studio, The Greenwich Rd. Flute Studio in Norton, Ohio. Over the past forty years she has taught hundreds of students, from beginners through college level, sending many on to music degrees and scholarships at Ohio State, Ohio University, Capital, Baldwin-Wallace, Otterbein, Westminster, Waynesburg, Grove City, The University of Akron, Bowling Green, Youngstown State, and The Interlochen Arts Camp. In 2014 she started the Western Star Community Flute Choir based at Trinity United Church of Christ in Wadsworth. Since that time the group has had more than fifteen performances at various church and community functions, and joined with flute groups from Mount Union and the Greenwich Rd. Flute Studio to present a Christmas Festival of Flutes in 2015.

Dr. Becker received her musical training at The Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.), The University of Akron (M.M.) and Northwestern University (D.M.). Her teachers included Maurice Sharp, George Pope, Walfrid Kujala, Trudy Kane and John Rautenberg on modern flute; and Sandra Miller, Richard Graef, Christopher Krueger and Stephen Schwartz on traverso. She has performed in Masterclasses for Paula Robison, Claude Monteux, and Trevor Wye on modern flute, and Barthold Kuijken, Steven Preston, Barbara Kallaur and Mindy Rosenfeld on traverso.



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James and Madelaine Matej MacQueen: Violin & Voice; a Romance

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James and Madelaine Matej MacQueen: Violin & Voice; a Romance

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Violin and Voice; A Romance
    September 9, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents soprano Madelaine Matej MacQueen and violinist James Matej MacQueen in a program of duets. Since the 1500s, people have compared the sound of the violin to the human voice. In this program, the artists present original works and arrangements of pieces that showcase the happy marriage of the violin and the soprano voice. From madrigals by Monteverdi to works written just this year, the duo traces the path of their unique combination through history to create an enthralling musical tale!

About the Artists

James Matej MacQueen is an active composer and performer on the violin and baroque viola. He plays viola with the Case Western Reserve Baroque Orchestra, as well as violin and viola in recitals locally and in California. Mr. MacQueen is also in demand as a Scottish fiddle player for concerts and dances across the United States, most recently in Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and California, as well as locally in Northeast Ohio. He has recorded two albums of fiddle music with the band StringFire.

In the fall of 2017, Mr. MacQueen completed his most recent work for violin and piano. He has also written extensively for violin and soprano with the Wednesday Love song cycle, which won the Lamont Composer Competition in 2014. Mr. MacQueen earned a Masters in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance & Composition from University of the Pacific.

In addition to performing and composing, Mr. MacQueen maintains a private studio of violin and viola students in Shaker Heights.

American-born soprano Madelaine Matej has won praise for her clear, agile lyricism and versatile stage characterizations. At University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, her undergraduate roles with Pacific Opera Theater included Gabrielle in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (2016), Celidora in Mozart’s L’Oca del Cairo by (2015), and Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (2014).

In 2012, Ms. Matej sang the role of Erster Knabe in the Hawaii Performing Arts

Festival production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and performed in the festival’s musical revue. In 2008, she sang Flora in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with San Francisco Lyric Opera and drew praise from Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for “[rising] magnificently to the challenge…her singing bright and true, and her stage presence a compelling mixture of playfulness and turmoil.” That same year, she created the role of Dory Kamen in San Francisco Opera’s celebrated world premiere of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Stewart Wallace.

Following study in Italy at the 2014 Pistoia Musica Antica summer festival, Ms. Matej presented a lecture-recital titled Don’t Look Back! A Eurydice Retrospective. The performance used the character Eurydice as a model to explore the silencing of female characters throughout operatic history. Ms. Matej’s concert credits include soloist in Mozart’s Vespera solennis de confessore (2015) and both Mary and the Daughter of Zion in Handel’s Brockes Passion (2014), both with Pacific Choral Ensembles.

First-place competition awards include the Avanti Award (2016); Kathe Underwood Scholarship of Stockton Opera Guild (2015); the Ray Eberle Vocal Scholarship of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society (2013); the Classical division winner of the California Capital Chapter, National Association of Teachers of Singing (2013); and the Manlio Silva Young Artist Award from Stockton Symphony (2012).

Ms. Matej graduated from University of the Pacific in May 2016 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude. She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. She has been privileged to train in master classes with Wagnerian soprano Linda Watson, William Schumann from the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Broadway music director Paul Staroba. In May 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

Ms. Matej is currently a Ph.D student in Musicology at Case Western Reserve University.



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