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March 23, 2007

UI Alumna Returns For April 4 Solo/Chamber Performance

Horn player and University of Iowa alumna Abigail Pack will return to the UI School of Music for a concert with both solo and chamber music on the program, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Her concert, with pianist Jason Haney and clarinetist Janice L. Minor, will be free and open to the public. All three performers are members of the faculty of the School of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

The program will open with all three performers, playing the Trio for B-flat Clarinet, F Horn and Piano by George Rochberg (composed in 1948, revised in 1980). The trio will also perform the Romantic Sonata for clarinet, horn and piano by Gunther Schuller (composed in 1941, revised in 1983).

In addition to the chamber pieces, Pack will perform two pieces for solo horn, "España" from "Traveling Impressions" by  Vitaly Buyanovsky, and "Just Desserts #1: - Frippery Style" for horn solo by Lowell E. Shaw.

Pack, a native of Roanoke, Va., received her master's degree from the UI, where she was a teaching assistant, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has taught at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., and held playing positions with the Quad City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Green Bay (Wisc.) symphonies, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She currently performs regionally as a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, Southwest Chamber Orchestra and with the Wintergreen (Va.) Summer Music Festival.

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A native of Long Island, Minor began her clarinet studies while attending the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division. She earned a double master's degree in music performance and music education from Northwestern University and recently completed her doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has been a soloist with the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music 18th-Century Ensemble and the James Madison University Symphony, Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony. She has played as a member of the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Opera and the Richmond (Va.) Symphony Orchestra.

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Haney teaches music theory and composition at James Madison University and is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Indiana University. His music has been performed in the United States and Canada, including the Scotia Festival in Halifax, New Music Miami, Music2000 in Cincinnati, Carnegie Hall, Richmond's ChamberFest and the Composers Inc. concert series in San Francisco. He has won awards and honors as a composer and has performed frequently as both a solo and chamber pianist, and as a violist. His music will be featured on a forthcoming release from Capstone Records.

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