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Release: Sept. 15, 2000
Trombonist David Gier will play recital with UI School of Music faculty
colleagues Sept. 25
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Trombonist David Gier from the University of Iowa School
of Music will join with three of his faculty colleagues -- pianist Shari Rhoads,
organist Delbert Disselhorst and trumpeter David Greenhoe -- to play a free
faculty recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI
"I was inspired to play this recital primarily for the opportunity
it provides for working with my wonderful colleagues," Gier said. "Rehearsals
have been a delight, and the recital will showcase the result of our collaborative
"Working like this with your colleagues is really one of the greatest
things about being a college music professor," he said.
The works on Giers program are all from the 20th century and revolve
around two schools that have been important influences on brass playing: the
Paris Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.
The first half of the program will include two pieces written as contest
pieces at the Paris Conservatory, the Concerto of Ida Gotkovsky and "Morceau
Symphonique" (Symphonic piece) by Alexandre Guilmant. The latter, Gier
says, is "perhaps the most-played piece in the trombone repertoire, practically
a rite of passage for aspiring trombonists everywhere."
The leading music school in Europe during the 19th century, the Paris Conservatory
became the model for conservatories in other countries. The conservatory contest
pieces, written by composers associated with the conservatory and for every
instrument that was taught there, set the standards for musical technique
in the 19th century. The best pieces have remained in the repertoire of their
instruments since that time.
The two pieces on the second half of the program were both written by composers
who were associated with the Eastman School. The first will be "Six Dialogues"
for trombone and trumpet by David Borden, who has a degree in composition
from Eastman. Gier will play the "Dialogues" with Greenhoe, who
was a student at Eastman with Borden.
"Its great to play these duets with David," Gier said, "because
he knows the players they were originally written for, and has himself played
the 'Dialogues practically since the ink dried on the manuscript."
The final work on the program is the Sonata Concertante for trombone and
piano by Walter S. Hartley, who received a composition doctorate from Eastman
in 1953. The score is dedicated to a former teacher of trombone at Eastman,
Emory Remington, "and all his students, past present and future."
Considered to be the father of modern American trombone playing, Emerson emphasized
quality of sound and ease of production in his teaching, as opposed to the
technical fireworks that dominated brass playing in the early years of the
"No significant teacher or performer in the United States is outside
his circle of influence," Gier said. "Since we trombonists all owe
so much to Remington, its a natural thing to include this piece as a
tribute to his teaching and influence."
A member of the UI music faculty since August 1995, Gier teaches trombone
and brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He has performed
with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven and Hartford
symphonies, the New Orchestra of Westchester, Keith Brions Peerless
Sousa Band, and most recently, the Cedar Rapids and Quad City symphonies.
During the summer he serves as principal trombone of the Breckenridge (Colo.)
An active soloist, clinician and adjudicator, Gier has performed and presented
workshops at colleges, universities and professional conferences, including
the 1998 International Trombone Festival. He is chair of the International
Trombone Associations Competition Contest Committee.
Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. She earned
her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera
coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California. Before arriving
at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory)
in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also
been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera
theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera
Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima
and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist
and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned
artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William
Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona,
Spain) and Munich International competitions.
Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since 1970.
He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University
of Illinois, where he graduated as a Bronze Tablet Scholar. As a recipient
of a Fulbright grant in organ, he also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule
fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree
from the University of Michigan.
As a concert artist, Disselhorst has performed in the United States, Canada
He has appeared as a recitalist for several regional conventions and for the
National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas,
in 1989. He has recorded the Organ Books of Ned Rorem and "Prophesies"
by Daniel Pinkham on the Arkay Label.
Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal
trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass
area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is
active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs
as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held
Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member and soloist of "The
Presidents Own" -- the United States Marine Band in Washington
D.C. -- and a member of the music performance faculty at Ball State University
in Indiana. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester
(N.Y.) Philharmonic and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.
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