Edward Lein (b.1955)
Galen Dean Peiskee, piano
-In the Bleak Midwinter
-Summer Wind (World Premiere)
Peter Dutilly (b. 1988)
Three Character Pieces for Viola and Piano
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Five Pieces for Unaccompanied Viola
2. Angry Etude
3. Ardor and Celtic Pastorale
He Jianjun (b. 1958)
2 Pieces for Viola and Piano
Joshua Burel (b. 1985)
Sonata for Viola and Piano (World Premiere)
II. Somber and Ominous
III. Bombastic and Lively
At JU, Peter was awarded departmental honors for orchestral and solo performance, was a two-time recipient of the Delius Award for Composition, was principal viola of the University Orchestra, and was violist in the full-scholarship Honors String Quartet. At FSU, Peter was in the principal rotation of the University Symphony Orchestra, violist in the full-assistantship Eppes String Quartet, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. Additionally, Peter has been asked back by both universities to perform with faculty ensembles and give guest master-classes.
Active primarily as an orchestral violist, Peter has recently performed with the Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Augusta, Ocala, Northwest Florida, and Pensacola symphony orchestras, as well as the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As a composer, Peter’s works have been performed by the JU Orchestra and Chorus, JU faculty, FSU students and faculty, the clarinet duo Pitches in Stilettos, the Warwick (RI) Symphony Orchestra, Westwood High School orchestra, chorus, and theater department in Columbia, SC, and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.
Also active in music education, Peter has a small studio of private students, teaches at the summer camp and conducts the Symphonette of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, teaches at Prelude Chamber Music Camp, and coordinates the chamber music program for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.
As a pianist he has performed in Poland, Italy, Austria, Greece, and he has toured various parts of the United States with the Singing Girls of Texas, a group that he accompanied for five years. He received the first ever Judith Solomon Award for Vocal Accompanying from Texas Christian University. He has performed as a soloist with the Brazos Chamber Orchestra multiple times, and is part of the Emerald Trio.
Florida native Edward Lein holds master's degrees in Music and Library Science from Florida State University. Early in his career he appeared throughout his home state as tenor soloist in recitals, oratorios and dramatic works, and drawing on this performance experience the majority of his early compositions are vocal and choral works. Following performances of pieces by the Jacksonville Symphony, including Meditation for cello, oboe and orchestra (premiered June 2006) and In the Bleak Midwinter (premiered December 2007), his instrumental catalog has grown largely due to requests from Symphony players for new pieces. His translations of songs and song cycles are frequently published in music program guides in North America and Great Britain, ranging from student recitals to concerts by major orchestras, including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Utah Symphony; he also contributes articles to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Encore magazine. After 28 years as the Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, Ed retired from full-time employment in July 2014, but continued to produce Jacksonville Public Library's popular Music @ Main concert series through September 2015.
Samuel Barber is a two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer who ranks with Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin as the Americans whose concert music is most frequently performed. Barber's art songs are among the finest written by any American composer. These include Hermit Songs, a cycle on texts translated by W.H. Auden (1907-1973) from anonymous verses discovered in the margins of Medieval illuminated manuscripts, and the luminous Sure on this Shining Night on a poem from Permit Me Voyage by James Agee (1909-1955), which likely has had more performances than any other American art song.
Jianjun He, a native of China, received his B.A. in violin performance from Northwestern National University, M.A. in music theory from The Arts Academy of China, and D.M.A. in composition from West Virginia University where he studied composition with John Beall. His compositions, numbering over sixty for a wide variety of media, are enjoying growing success in Asia and the United States. They have been featured at numerous new music related festivals and conferences, including several performances at the SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) and CMS (College Music Society) national conferences. Recent commissions include works for Wyoming Music Teachers Association, pianist Jeffrey Jacob, and Ningxia University Choir. CD recordings are available on ERM, VMM, Mark Masters, and Da Di (China) label. In addition to his musical creation, he has published books and research papers dealing with music theory, compositional techniques, ethnomusicology, and music education. Dr. He is currently on the faculty of Jacksonville University (FL) teaching Composition, Advanced Music Theory, Counterpoint, and Analysis. He was a former faculty member at Ningxia University (Yinchuan, China), Slippery Rock University (PA), Stephen F Austin State University (TX), and Casper College (WY). Since 2002 he has been an honorary professor at Hunan Normal University (Changsha, China) where he teaches composition to HNU graduate students in summer. Teaching related awards include “Young Teacher’s Award for Excellence at Ningxia University (1991),” “Excellent Teacher of Ningxia (1993),” and “Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award (Casper College, 2008).”
Joshua Burel is the recipient of several awards including the Theodore Presser Music Award for his project Czech Composers and the Holocaust: Engaging History through Composition and Performance, a Downbeat Music Award for his orchestral performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” and a Goodwill Ambassador Award from the city of Holland, MI as a member of the International Holland String Quartet. An accomplished violinist, Joshua has performed in the United States, Europe, and Mexico. He recorded Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Symphony No. 2under the Naxos Music Label with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the new music ensemble What Is Noise.
As a composer Joshua’s music has been performed throughout the United States having had his work Roanokeperformed at Carnegie Hall. His work Andooni was commissioned by Anastasia Christofakis for the Armenian Music Symposium to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. He was also recently commissioned by violist Peter Dutilly to compose his Sonata for viola and piano. Joshua’s Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano “Subharmonics” was commissioned by violinist Naomi Droge to explore an extended violin technique allowing players to produce notes below the G-string and his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was written as part of a research grant through the Theodore Presser Foundation.
Joshua completed his Doctor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University and graduated with honors from Western Michigan University where he received his Master of Music degree in Composition and his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and Music Education. Joshua has studied composition with Ladislav Kubik, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, C. Curtis-Smith, and Richard Adams and violin with Benjamin Sung, Renata Artman Knific, Amanda Walvoord Dykhouse, and Ellen Rizner. He currently serves on faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.