A faculty and guest recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
February 13 in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s
Featured performers will include the Appassionata piano duo of Maira Liliestedt and Janelle Phinney and the piano duo of Brent Schloneger and Raquel Teare.
Maira Liliestedt is an associate professor of music
at Mount Union. She received a Bachelor of Music in piano from Bowling
Green State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts
degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
where she studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. Liliestedt, a
recipient of countless academic awards, has twice been the recipient of
the esteemed Presser Music Award. Being active as a performer, educator
and adjudicator, she maintains a regular schedule of solo, chamber and
concerto performances. Since 1996, Liliestedt had been a member of the Appassionata Piano Duo, praised for its “wonderful ensemble, balance and unity of purpose,” with partner Janelle Phinney.
Janelle Penn Phinney is a soprano and pianist. She
holds a Bachelor of Music in Music History from Bowling Green State
University and a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School.
She is an accomplished pianist having performed at the Canton Symphony’s
Aultman Primetime Chamber series, Bowling Green State University,
Yale’s Pro Musica and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. She is currently a
certified piano teacher and director of Sempre Piano School in Canton.
Brent Schloneger is staff accompanist and piano
instructor at the University of Mount Union. He maintains a piano studio
in his home while being active as a freelance accompanist, having
performed at Malone University, Players Guild of Canton and various
local high schools. He holds a Masters of Music degree in piano
performance from Kent State University.
Raquel J. Tear, is an adjunct faculty member and
staff accompanist in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State
University where she has taught piano since 1994. She earned a Bachelor
of Music degree in piano performance from Kent State University and a
Masters degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University,
as well as a Master of Education degree in community counseling from
Kent State. Teare is a sought after accompanist and chamber musician,
having performed throughout Northeast Ohio.