The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents a guest artist master class featuring Florida State University faculty members Deborah Bish, clarinet; Corinne Stillwell, violin and Jihye Chang, piano. The event will feature a performance of Paul Schoenfield’s Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.
About the artists:
Deborah Bish is associate professor of clarinet at Florida State University. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Arizona Opera (most notably in a production of the "Ring Cycle"), the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Siegel, the Phoenix Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony and the Arkansas Symphony. Currently, she performs as principal clarinetist with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
She has been featured as a recitalist, clinician and chamber musician at several festivals and conventions including performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall; the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China; the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFests in Baton Rouge, Lincoln, Austin, Vancouver, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; the College Band Director's National Association Convention in Atlanta, Georgia; the Florida Music Educator's Association Convention in Tampa, Florida; and the Festival Internacional de Inverno in Vale Vêneto, Brazil.
Bish has taught at several summer music festivals, including Interlochen, Aria Academy, and the Lift Academy. She is currently on the faculty at the Belgian Clarinet Academy.
She is very active in the commission, research and performance of new works. Her recent projects include a recording of the works of Gregory Wanamaker, featuring two pieces written for her by Wanamaker titled "clarikinetics" and Sonata; and a biography of clarinetist and composer William O. Smith.
Her biography appears in the twenty-fourth edition of the Marquis "Who's Who of American Women" and several editions of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." She has received the University Undergraduate Teaching Award at Florida State University, and has served as an adjudicator in a variety of competitions, including both the Young Artist's Competition and the High School Competition for the International Clarinet Association.
Violinist Corinne Stillwell entered The Juilliard School at the age of 10, where she subsequently spent 15 years, working with Dorothy DeLay, Joel Smirnoff, Earl Carlyss and Samuel Sanders. A versatile musician, she is equally in demand as a teacher, soloist and chamber musician, and has spent 25 years as a concertmaster and orchestral leader. As a recitalist, she has performed at Carnegie's Weill Hall, Chicago's Dame Myra Hess series, and in Germany, Canada and across the United States. With a repertoire of nearly 30 concerti, she has appeared frequently as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony, the Nanjing Philharmonic in China, the Amarillo Symphony, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and on tour to Romania, Hungary and Poland.
An avid chamber musician, Stillwell has coached with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Amadeus and Vermeer quartets and Felix Galimir. She has performed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Ohio, and has collaborated with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Mikhail Kopelman, and members of the Ying and Carpe Diem quartets. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, Chamber Music Rochester, the Amarillo Chamber Music Society, Kosciuszko Foundation, and the American Festival of Microtonal Music. Other appearances include the Saarburg (Germany) Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk and Skaneateles chamber music festivals, and the Victoria Bach Festival. As a member of the Harrington Quartet, she performed extensively across the Midwest, with engagements from Texas to Wisconsin. Other projects included a PBS documentary, TV and radio broadcasts, and collaborations with clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Robert Levin, guitarist Pepé Romero, and members of the Pro Arte and Cavani quartets.
From 2002-2007, Stillwell served as assistant concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and director of chamber music at the Hochstein School. Prior to that, she was concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony and on the faculty at West Texas A&M University. Currently, Stillwell is associate professor at Florida State University, faculty at the Brevard Music Center, a founding member of Trio Solis, and concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony. She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and MSR Classics.