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April 22, 2004

UI Philharmonia And All-University String Orchestra Present Concert May 9

The Philharmonia Orchestra and All-University String Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free, public concert with student conductors at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The program will comprise a series of short pieces, to be shared among four graduate students in the conducting program of the School of Music. The All-University String Orchestra will play four pieces:

--John Winzenburg will conduct three of the Five Pieces for String Orchestra, op. 44 no. 4, by Paul Hindemith.
--Valdir Claudino will conduct the "Canzonetta," op. 62a by Jean Sibelius.
--Enaldo Oliveira will conduct the Prelude from the "Little Suite," op. 1, by Carl Nielsen.
--Margaret Licon will conduct "Three Pieces in Baroque Style" by Krzysztof Penderecki.

After an intermission, the Philharmonia Orchestra will perform three pieces:

--Claudino will conduct the Overture to "Lucio Silla," K195, an early composition by Mozart.
--Licon will conduct the "Sicilienne" from "Pelleas et Melisande" by Gabriel Faure.
--Oliveira will conduct the popular "Peer Gynt" Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg.

The Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra are part of the orchestra program of the UI School of Music, which includes the University Symphony and three chamber orchestras. William LaRue Jones is director of orchestral studies at the UI School of Music.

Claudino is a double bass player from Brazil. He received his master's degree in music from the UI in 2000 and his bachelor's degree from University of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1995. In 2003 he returned to the UI to pursue his doctorate in double bass, studying with Volkan Orhon, and a master's in conducting with Jones.

As a bass player, Claudino has been principal at several orchestras in Brazil. His teaching career began in 1987 at Sesiminas High School, where he served also as an arranger and conductor. Since 2000 he has been invited as a teacher and soloist by the Brazilian Association of Bassists and the Campos dos Goitacazes music festival.

Licon is a native of California. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fresno, and her doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State University. She served as director of choral activities at Glendale Community College in Arizona from 1986 to 1993, and as director of music at Wenatchee College in Washington from 1994 to 2002. While in Phoenix, she earned her certification to teach the Yamaha Music Method, a select program designed for children ages three through nine.

A choral clinician and adjudicator, Licon has also served as minister of music at churches in California, Arizona and Washington. Listed in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers," she also is a trainee with Barbara Conable, a specialist in Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society for Women Educators. She is in her second year of studies in orchestral conducting at the UI.

Oliveira received a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Santa Marcelina College in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he was also a member of the Sao Caetano do Sul Art Foundation String Quartet. He later completed his master's at Sao Paulo University. He served as string coordinator at Tom Jobim Music University and as pedagogical coordinator of the Guri Project for the Cultural State Secretary of Sao Paulo. As coordinator, Oliveira created several different music centers in socio-economically and underprivileged communities.

Oliveira is in his second year of the doctoral program in orchestral conducting at the UI. He is currently manager of UI orchestras and co-director of the All-University String Orchestra. He has recently been appointed as the music director and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Greater Cedar Rapids Youth Orchestras.

Winzenburg is in his third year of the doctoral program in orchestral conducting at the UI. He received a master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He conducted both choirs and community/high school orchestras in the Twin Cities area from 1998 to 2001. Since 2001, he has attended conducting workshops both in Iowa City and the People's Republic of China.

Winzenburg also holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul. He spent eight years in China, Japan and Taiwan as a language student, journalist and jazz/rock musician before returning to the United States in 1996 to pursue his music studies. Winzenburg is a graduate teaching assistant in the UI departments of musicology and rhetoric.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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