The musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars are looking forward to welcoming you in small groups for an intimate concert on Sunday, November 1st, allowing an exchange between the musicians and the audience on the pieces they are working on. This informal concert series is an opportunity for them to present their work, and for the audience to (re)discover classical, contemporary and sometimes even new compositions in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
COVID: Mask required, please use the hand sanitizer made available at the entrance.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Elias Rodriguez, clarinet
Franc Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Sonata for clarinet and piano
1. Allegro Tristamente
Elias Rodriguez, clarinet
Clement Huber, piano
Jaques Ibert (1890-1962)
Concerto for flute and orchestra
3. Allegro Scherzando
Thomaz Tavares, flute
Qiaochu Li, piano
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Tango Etude no. 3 (1987/revised 1989)
Michael Chapa, saxophone
Musicians in Residence
Michael Chapa, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a passionate performer and an avid music educator. He recently completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Debra Richtmeyer while serving as an Athletic Bands Teaching Assistant for the Illinois Bands. Previous degrees include a Master of Music Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois (2019) and a Bachelor of Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University (2017). Recent accomplishments include the first prize at the 2020 American Prize Chamber Music Competition, winner of the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and second place at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Newly awarded the 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, Michael will be living at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France while studying with Jean-Michel Goury at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt.
Dallas, Texas native, clarinetist Elias Rodriguez, made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s “From the Top”. He has since appeared internationally throughout the Americas and Europe, from the Grafenegg Festival in Austria to teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia. He is an alumnus of the New York based ensemble, “The Orchestra Now”, with which he performed as a soloist on New York public radio and played a concert series at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Recent engagements include concerts with Ensemble Calliopée and solo Jewish klezmer music at the United States Embassy in Paris. Elias was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and an artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis. He has spent the last 2 years perfecting under Patrick Messina and Jean-Marc Volta, current solo clarinet and former bass clarinetist of the National Orchestra of France.
Flutist Thomaz Tavares has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as a “polished performer, with a pure, direct sound […] embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands.” A native New Yorker later raised in Brazil, Thomaz Tavares completed his Bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello with a “Premier Young Artist” scholarship. He later started his graduate studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris under international soloist Jean Ferrandis, and recently obtained his Diplome Supérieur D’Execution with unanimous distinction from the jury. Tavares is a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year, during which he will be exploring French solo and chamber repertoire, interning with the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe, and pursuing his Diplome Superieur de Concertiste.
Originally from Strasbourg, French pianist Clément Huber obtained the Strasbourg conservatory prize in 2014 by unanimous vote from the jury, and is continuing his musical studies with Michel Gaechter. He passed his Bachelor’s performance exam with honors and was admitted to a Master’s degree in the class of Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt. Clément is a laureate of the 2015 “American Scholarship,” which awarded him a live concert on Radio Accent 4. Currently, he is developing international projects with a wide repertoire in chamber music and improvisation. In 2018, Clément entered the École Normale de Musique de Paris studying under Philippe Bianconi. He often gives solo performances in and around La Cité Universitaire in Paris. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and German.
In 2006, Qiaochu Li won the first prize at the Lisma International Music Competition in New York, and then came to France for studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. She graduated with a Comcertiste Diploma in Françoise Thinat’s class. In the process, she won the first prize at the « Les Clés d’or » Competition, the Gold Medal with unanimous congratulations from Lagny-sur-Marne’s « Rencontres du Piano », the « Prix d’honneur d’excellence » at International competition Leopold Bellan (chamber music) in Trio, etc. She continued her studies in Germany and got her arts diploma at the University of the Arts in Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin) in the class of Jacques Rouvier. After having perfected herself at the CRR in Paris in the classes of Ariane Jacob, Phillippe Biros and Jean-Marie Cottet, she was admitted in 2013 to the National Conservatory of Music of Paris in the class of Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and is currently following the singing direction classes with Erika Guiomar and vocal accompaniment with Anne Le Bozec.