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Avenue Brass

  • Avenue Brass
    May 6, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Akron-based Avenue Brass. Stay tuned for details about the program.

ABOUT THE BAND

Cody Ray is a freelance trumpet player, educator, and composer. Currently studying at the University of Akron, Cody is a member of the Cleveland Philharmonic and performs in the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and the Avenue Brass Quintet. He also performed in the University of Akron Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. In Spring 2015, he was selected to be a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. As a composer, he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s 2018 Young and Emerging Artist program. Cody’s primary teachers include Mark Maliniak, Jack Schantz, Scott Johnston, and Dr. Mark Dulin. He currently studies music composition with Dr. Robert Brownlow.

Sarah Palmer is a horn player from Brunswick, Ohio, who now studies under Dr. Margaret Tung at the University of Akron. She is a junior majoring in Brass Performance and currently a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Horn Choir, and the Avenue Brass Quintet. Sarah freelances in the Northeast Ohio and offers lessons to students around the area.

Andrew Wegierski is currently a junior at the University of Akron majoring in Jazz Studies & Composition. His primary teachers include Jack Schantz, Dr. Nikola Resanovic, and Dr. Jim Albrecht. Andrew enjoys playing in a wide range of ensembles including the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Jazz Trombone Group, and Brass Choir. Andrew is currently a lesson teacher in the areas of brass, drums, percussion and beginning piano at Firefly Music School in Akron, Ohio, an arranging intern for Phil Anderson at Playground Sessions, a part-time drummer with Aaron Dussing’s Polka Revolution, and a freelance Trombonist and composer. He is the primary arranger and composer for the University of Akron Jazz Trombone Group and regularly has his music premiered at Guzzetta Hall on the University’s campus. He is originally from Solon, Ohio, and is a proud graduate of Solon High School.

Andrew Brott- Forthcoming

David Burnett- Forthcoming



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Laura Varcho: Songs from the American Songbook

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Laura Varcho: Songs from the American Songbook

  • Laura Varcho: Songs of the American Songbook
    October 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland based jazz vocalist Laura Varcho in a program of songs from the American Songbook. The concert is free but reservations are recommended at 330-722-2541.

Laura Varcho is a dynamic and accomplished vocalist and entertainer whose audiences are moved by her ability to convey the deepest, most personal emotions as she weaves her way through her riveting live sets. Her repertoire consists of carefully selected jazz, pop and blues tunes, which she delivers with her trademark interpretive brilliance. In a concert setting, Miss Varcho puts on a high energy show, captivating her audience with her charismatic stage presence.

Laura has been a featured artist at the Columbus, Youngstown, and Toledo Jazz Festivals and has opened for several national acts, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boney James, Kenny Rankin and Kim Waters. She is a concert headliner at Night Town, one of the top jazz clubs in the world.

Laura appeared for nearly a decade in Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland’s “Women in Jazz” series, and headlined concerts at Cleveland State University’s Sundown Jazz series and Cain Park’s Jazz in the Afternoon series.

She has appeared on television and radio as both a featured performer and commercial actress.

Most recently, Miss Varcho has crafted her talent, knowledge and expertise into an acclaimed musical lecture series she has presented at colleges,



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Jen Maurer: Just a Girl and Her Guitar

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Jen Maurer: Just a Girl and Her Guitar

  • Jen Maurer: Just a Girl and Her Guitar
    April 8, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents local standout, Jen Maurer in a program titled Just a Girl and Her Guitar. Jen is always out there publicly growing and satisfying her musical mind, taking us with her on a roller coaster ride of variety (Zydeco, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Americana, Blues, Ragtime….) She’s traveled the U.S. and world with her Louisiana music based band, Mo’ Mojo. This is a rare solo performance and workshop showcasing the depth of her singular voice and songwriting. The concert will include original songs drawn from the Roots music vernacular.

For more information call 330-722-2541 or visit ormaco.org.



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Oleg Kruglyakov: Balalaika

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Oleg Kruglyakov: Balalaika

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Oleg Kruglyakov: Balalaika
    January 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents the sounds Russia on January 14, 2018 at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281 from 2-3pm as Siberian-born balalaika virtuoso, Oleg Kruglyakov, charms the audience with the warm sounds of this triangular, wooden Russian stringed musical instrument.

Hailing from Omsk, Siberia in Russia, but now a Clevelander, Oleg Kruglyakov began playing balalaika at age 7 and was educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory, studying conducting as was as balalaika. Oleg taught at the Irkutsk School of Music, Perm College of Music and the Perm Institute of Culture. An international performer, Oleg formed “Russian Duo” with Terry Boyarksy in 2007. He has four albums: one with his ensemble in Russia, one with “Moscow Nights” and two with “Russian Duo”.

Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541



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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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