An active chamber musician, Ms. Schleuning has performed in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Since 1993 she has been a faculty member and performer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and has served in the same capacity at Idyllwild Arts in CA since 2007. She has recorded with Continuum modern music ensemble in NYC, as well as in Dallas with grammy-nominated Voices of Change, and the Walden Piano Quartet.
A member of the Dallas Symphony since 1994, Schleuning has been featured as a soloist with the orchestra on many occasions. Other solo highlights include appearances with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra on a tour of eastern Europe including concerts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Rudolfinuum in Prague. She studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where she was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate; with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London with a grant from the Dame Myra Hess Foundation; and with Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School, where she earned her Master’s Degree.
American Classics – A Continuum Portrait Vol 6 – Seeger CD 2005
Voces Americanas – Rodriguez, Et Al. Voices Of Change CD 2001
Dzubay: Dansing on a Green Bay – Jac Alder, Harvey Boatright, Jo Boatright
Voices of Change, David Dzubay 2003
Innova (American Composers Forum), 2003
Music By Donald Grantham – Jo Boatright, Voices Of Change CD 2000
She appears frequently in recital across the country and in Europe as a soloist and also with her husband, Drew Lang, in their flute/marimba duo. Ms. Blackburn has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, both as a featured soloist and as a member, including the Aspen Music Festival, the South Bohemia Music Festival, Voices of Change – Dallas’ new music ensemble, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In the summer of 2002, she became principal flute at the Brevard (NC) Music Festival.
Helen is a prizewinner of the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, the Fort Collins Young Artist Competition and the Aspen Wind Concerto Competition and is a former president of the Texas Flute Society.
An advocate of contemporary music, she works closely with many living composers, including Dan Welcher, Simon Sargon, Martin Amlin, and G. Bradley Bodine.
Ms. Blackburn received her B.M. (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University and her M.M. from Northwestern University. Her primary teachers (to whom she is forever indebted) were Sally Turk, Walfrid Kujala and Brad Garner with additional influence from James Pellerite.
In the 2007-2008 season he performed the dramatic premiere of Simon Sargon’s The Miller’s Tears.
Mr. Garner is Principal Clarinetist of Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, and has performed with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra of Wyoming. He has also served on the faculty of Brevard Music Center, North Carolina. He is active in several other Dallas area chamber music series, including those of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Fine Arts Chamber Players, Walden Chamber Music Society, Crowley Chamber Music Series at the University of Dallas and the Hubbard Chamber Music Society.
Paul made his debut as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in 1994 and has appeared in numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout Texas.
He has been a contributing writer for The Clarinet, and has presented master classes at universities and music festivals throughout the country. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Garner is presently on the faculty of Southern Methodist University where he teaches clarinet and chamber music.
Paul Garner holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Michigan State University, and his teachers include Kalmen Opperman, Else Ludewig-Verdehr and Larry Maxey.
An active chamber music player, she is a member of the Dallas Walden Piano Quartet and has appeared with Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman and William Preucil. Barbara teaches viola, orchestral repertoire and chamber music at SMU.
She also enjoys playing and performing on the Chinese erhu.
She toured throughout Europe as a member of the Glorieux Ensemble and performed frequently with the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Salzburg Academia Camerata Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Nuremberg Opera and the Munich State Opera.
Ms. Mashburn also toured North America, Europe and Singapore with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and performed at music festivals in Mexico and South America. She was featured as soloist on the Cliburn Concert Series.
Ms. Mashburn is actively involved in introducing music and percussion to students of all ages in the Metroplex. She leads a percussion trio that has performed hundreds of educational concerts for thousands of students over three decades.
Ms. Mashburn has been featured on several Voices of Change recordings including Voces Americanas which was nominated in 1999 for a Grammy. In addition she has played on many recordings of the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Opera.
Virginia Dupuy has earned a reputation as one of the finest concert and recital singers in the United States. She continues to champion American music in her recent recordings including the 1999 Grammy nominated Voces Americanas with Voices of Change. Fanfare magazine hails her recording of Dominic Argento’s Pulitzer prize winner From the Diary of Virginia Woolf as one of the top classical recordings of 1990, calling it “one of the most impressive discs of vocal music heard in a long time.” Her voice has been described as having “a velvety dark richness” (Santa Fe Reporter), and her interpretation, “a purity and pungency of style” (Houston Chronicle).?Ms. Dupuy made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. Other engagements include appearances with the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, Honolulu, Phoenix, Calgary, and the Fort Worth Symphony’s inaugural season in the Bass Performance Hall. She performs works ranging from Bach to Beethoven and Verdi to Mahler, displaying warmth of tone and flexibility.
In 2004 Virginia Dupuy with Shields-Collins Bray and Tara Emerson released the CD Dwell in Possibility: Emily Dickinson in Song on the Gasparo label, a recital of songs by American composers following research on hundreds of composers’ settings of Dickinson texts. Represented in this project are her highly esteemed composer friends Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Dan Welcher, Simon Sargon, Lori Laitman, William Jordan and others. At the Emily Dickinson International Society annual meeting in Amherst, Massachusetts, July 2002, Dupuy gave the premiere performance of two songs written for this event.
In November, 2001, Ms. Dupuy appeared at Alice Tully Hall with Teatro Grattacielo, singing two roles in Risurrezione by Franco Alfano. The New York Times praised her “firm and glowing Mezzo” and “authoritative poise.” Known for her versatility, Virginia Dupuy has sung roles in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi andCavalleria Rusticana. And in 2004/5, Jenufa,, ans Little Women. Her public television and radio appearances include performance of the Bernstein Jeremiah Symphony, Verdi Requiem, Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortileges, and the Bach St. Matthew Passion. Ms. Dupuy can also be heard as the Opera Diva on Disney’s audio release of Dick Tracy.
Virginia Dupuy has maintained a strong passion for contemporary music, as expressed in her many recordings. Ms. Dupuy sang two world premieres:Wise Women and Hsueh-Yung Shen’s Three Poems of Anne Sexton with the Southwestern Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Recital Hall. By special invitation, she sang in the distinguished Mahler Symposium at Oxford University. Ms. Dupuy performed Harawi with pianist Shields-Collins Bray at an International Messiaen Festival which she reprised in 2001 with the premiere ensemble Voices of Change. She joined them again to sing works by Heggie and Welcher in two concerts in 2002.
Ms. Dupuy is a professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is in demand as a teacher of vocal Master Classes internationally, and performs Emily in Song throughout the United States.
Her 2004-2005 season featured appearances with the Dallas Opera (Jenkins), Dallas Symphony (Flor), Austin Symphony (Bay), Plano Symphony (Guzman), and Fort Worth Opera (Larkin). Other performances will include Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things not Seen, with the composer present, at Fort Worth’s Museum of Modern Art on the “Modern at the Modern by Cliburn ” series, Voices of Change in “Harper’s Monologue” with Ricky Ian Gordon, soloist in Meadows Museum Brahms Symposium, the Handel Festival in Gerogetown with Julianne Baird and Drew Minter, and at the International Wind Convention with Will Roberts and Simon Sargon.
Ms. Dupuy has recored on the VOX label with the New York Virtuosi, and has been heard on both public television and radio.
Liudmila Georgievskaya has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Italy, France, England, Hungary, Panama, and the United States. Top-prize winner in more than 10 piano competitions around the world, she has taken part in several European music festivals and has had her performances broadcast on radio and television programs in Russia, Uzbekistan, Italy, USA, and Vatican City.
Ms. Georgievskaya graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory cum laude. She completed post-graduate studies in piano performance at Santa Cecilia Music Academy in Rome, and in three years she gave more than 50 recitals throughout the country of Italy.
Having earned her Artist Certificate under the guidance of acclaimed pianist Joaquín Achúcarro at Southern Methodist University, Liudmila Georgievskaya currently serves on faculty at SMU and continues her concert career in Europe and in the Americas. She is also working toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul at the University of North Texas.
Drew Lang, percussion
Carol Leone, piano