Meet Pianist, Jo Boatright, Co-Founder of Voices of Change

Jo plays at a House Concert in the home of Maria Schleuning.
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Jo Boatright, pianist and co-founder of Voices of Change.

This weekend is your opportunity to meet Jo Boatright.

Come to Chocolate Secrets for SoundBites on Saturday at 4:00; then on Sunday to the pre-concert forum at 6:30 and the concert at 7:30 in Caruth Auditorium at SMU.

Jo has travelled to Dallas and is appearing in honor of Ross Powell’s memory and their collaboration in creating Voices of Change 39 seasons ago. Jo Boatright co-founded Voices of Change and was it’s Artistic Director for over 28 years. Jo’s passion for new music and her effervescent spirit kept charming Dallas audiences into hearing contemporary chamber music.

Please join us to thank her for the national modern music heritage she helped build and preserve.

Jo and her husband, Harvey Boatright, moved to Buena Vista, CO where Jo is now the Artistic Director for the Walden Chamber Music Society in Colorado since October 1985 – Present (28 years 1 month).

The four hands of Jo Boatright and Joe Illick play with joy in honor of Laurie Shulman at a Voices of Change Benefit in her name.
The four hands of Jo Boatright and Joe Illick (two of the Artistic Directors for Voices of Change) play with joy in honor of Laurie Shulman at a Voices of Change Benefit celebrating her years of service hosting the pre-concert forums and writing our program notes.

Jo Boatright is Artistic Director, Emeritus and Co-Founder Voices of Change, New Music Ensemble from September 1974 – May 2003 (28 years 9 months)Dallas, TX.

She has received accolades worldwide for her collaborative performances as a chamber musician. Her work with Voices of Change earned her the ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming for five years. Ms. Boatright is a founding member and pianist of the Walden Chamber Music Series that presents the Walden Piano Quartet. The Walden Chamber Music Society presents four concerts annually, plus educational events in the Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado. We perform at the SteamPlant Theater in Salida, Colorado. Our roster of musicians includes Dallas Symphony members and free lancers throughout the United States.

Harvey Boatright, Jo Boatright, Laurie Shulman, Joe Illick and
Harvey Boatright, Jo Boatright, Laurie Shulman, Joe Illick and Debbie Ragsdale.

She has been a soloist with symphony orchestras since the age of twelve, including an appearance with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Ms. Boatright holds degrees from Colorado College and the New England Conservatory of Music and received the prestigious “Lavan Award” at Boston’s Tanglewood Festival. Her teachers have included Max Lanner, Miklos Schwalb and Lili Kraus.

The Walden Piano Quartet in 2011: Camilla Boatright Bonzo, cello, Maria Schleuning, violin, Barbara Sudweeks,viola and Jo Boatright, piano.

With Voices of Change she toured the European capitals of London, Berlin, Paris, The Hague, Edinburgh, and Riga. She has performed in Caracas, Venezuela, in Mexico at the Cervantino Festival and the Sixth International Festival of Music in Costa Rica. Her United States appearances have included Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Hall and Miller Theatre, Atlanta’s High Museum, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and concerts in San Francisco, San Diego, Tuscon, Denver, St. Louis, Iowa City, and numerous Texas cities. Ms. Boatright is a former Associate Professor at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington. She has held adjunct positions at the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University. Ms. Boatright has recorded for CRI, Crystal, Redwood and Odyssey record labels with Voices of Change and as a soloist on the Music & Arts label.

Jo Boatright, piano, Helen Blackburn, flute and Kari Nostbakken, cello, perform the renowned “Voice of the Whale” by George Crumb for a Voices of Change concert.


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