Faculty

MICHAEL MULCAHY

Internationally recognized Chicago Symphony Trombonist Michael Mulcahy has appeared as a soloist and teacher in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Japan, China, Argentina New Zealand and Australia.

He has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Boulez in music of Elliot Carter, and most recently with Daniel Barenboim in Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alto Trombone, which was also broadcast widely on public television. Other solo appearances include the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hilversum Radio Symphony Orchestra, and on tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Michael is the winner of several international competitions, among them the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Instrumental Competition, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the Viotti International Competition in Italy and the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, in the former East Germany.

Sir Georg Solti appointed Michael Mulcahy to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989. He is Principal Trombone with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the Grand Teton Music Festival. His orchestral career began in 1976 as Principal Trombone of the Tasmanian Symphony. A year later he attained the same chair with the Melbourne Symphony. Michael left Australia in 1981 to pursue his career in Europe where he became Solo Trombone with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He was named Senior Lecturer of the Canberra School of Music at the Australian National University in 1987. In 1999 he was appointed Professor of Music at Northwestern University. He has also been an Artist in Residence at Indiana University, and Wiley Housewright Scholar at Florida State University, and regularly appears at universities worldwide. He has taught and conducted at Daniel Barenboim’s East West Divan workshop for young Arab and Israeli musicians in Seville. Every July Michael leads his Summer Trombone Performance Master Class at Northwestern University.

Michael Mulcahy was born in Sydney, Australia. He began studying the Trombone with his father, Jack Mulcahy and completed his studies with Baden McCarron of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Geoffrey Bailey at the State Conservatorium of New South Wales.

 

RANDALL HAWES

Randall Hawes received a bachelor of music education from Central Michigan University, where he studied with William Rivard.  He spent two years on the road with the Woody Herman Orchestra before being awarded a fellowship at the Tanglewood Institute for the summer of 1985. The same year in the fall he became bass trombonist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  From 1980 to 1982 he was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony and the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble.

His involvement with chamber music includes a mixed octet made up of DSO musicians called Cuttime players, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Randall Hawes began his relationship as lecturer at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music in 2004.

Mr. Hawes has performed and taught master classes in Australia, Asia, Europe and throughout the United States.

He has performed with the Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago Symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1995, Sir Georg Solti invited Mr. Hawes to join the World Orchestra for Peace Orchestra to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. He continues his association with WOP and has joined the orchestra for several international tours and recordings with Solti’s successor, Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Hawes can be heard on recordings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with music directors Gunther Herbig, Leonard Slatkin and Neeme Jarvi, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Sir George Solti, and the World Orchestra for Peace with Sir George Solti and Valery Gergiev.

His first solo recording, Melodrama is with collaborative pianist Kathryn Goodson, whom he has collaborated with for upcoming releases of two cds of American music for bass trombone and piano. The first volume, titled Barn Burner was released in the fall of 2010.

TIMOTHY HIGGINS

Timothy Higgins was appointed to the position of Principal Trombone of
the San Francisco Symphony by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2008. He was previously the acting Second Trombonist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr. Higgins, a Houston native, has a Music Performance degree from Northwestern University and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony. His principal teachers have been Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony) and Michael Warny (Houston Grand Opera).  He has participated in music festivals with the Roundtop Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Along with a busy orchestra career, Timothy Higgins is an active arranger of music. He has arranged music for CT3 Trombone Quartet, the National Brass Quintet, the Bay Brass and the San Francisco Conservatory of
Music Brass Ensemble.  His arrangements have also been performed by the Washington Symphony Brass, the Chicago Symphony Brass Section, and the Northwestern University Brass Ensemble.  As a teacher, Timothy has led masterclasses in Japan and the United States, including classes at the San 
Francisco Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music.  He is currently on faculty at the Affinis Music Festival in Japan.   

In 2005, Timothy won the Robert Marstellar Solo trombone competition,
as well as the ITA Trombone Quartet competition with CT3.  While
attending the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Higgins was awarded the
Grace B. Upton Award for Outstanding Fellow.
DOUGLAS WRIGHT

R. Douglas Wright, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal trombone since 1995, was featured as soloist in April 2007 in Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No. 9 for Trombone and Orchestra, which he reprised during summer 2008. Wright has performed a variety of trombone concertos with the Orchestra, and in 2002 gave the world premiere performances of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto, a work written for him. In April 2011 he performed James Stephenson’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music at MacPhail series.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Wright was a member of the Empire Brass Quintet, performing concerts and teaching master classes around the world. He has served as principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra, assistant principal trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, second trombone of the Boston Pops Orchestra and principal trombone of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. An active chamber musician, Wright performs frequently in Sommerfest chamber concerts, as well as in solo recitals.

Wright received his training at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Norman Bolter. He holds a master’s degree from Boston University, where he has also served as adjunct professor of trombone. A committed educator and Selmer clinician, Wright has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad.

Wright’s work is heard on recordings of the Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Empire Brass. In a brief departure from his concert and orchestral role, he appeared in an MTV music video with the rock group Aerosmith.


CHRISTOPHER P. DAVIS, Bass Trombone, Trombone Choir

Christopher P. Davis currently is Lecturer of Trombone at Northwestern University and Guest Lecturer of Trombone at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College. Christopher is the former bass trombone fellow with the New World Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Christopher is also the bass trombonist with the Santo Domingo Music Festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Christopher has made his career as a high demand orchestral musician performing as guest bass trombonist with the Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under the batons of renowned conductors such as Robert Spano, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser- Möst, Osmo Vanska, Leonard Slatkin, Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jane Glover, Carlos Kalmar, and Roberto Abbado. He has also performed as a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra’s banda.

As a jazz musician, Christopher has performed as bass trombonist for the Disney All-American College Band in Anaheim, California and has also toured with the “One and Only” Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of the late Buddy Morrow. Christopher has also performed with the Southland Jazz Ensemble and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Christopher has won several music competitions including the Evanston Music Club Solo Competition, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Classical Music Scholarship, Minnesota Orchestra Zellmer Orchestral Trombone Competition, and the Alessi Seminar Solo Competition.

As an avid chamber musician, Christopher is one of the founding members of the CT3 Trombone Quartet which won the International Trombone Association’s Quartet Competition and has toured internationally with Polish jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik to celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederic Chopin.

As an in demand clinician, Christopher has presented masterclasses at Illinois Wesleyan University, Eastern Illinois University, Snow College (Ephriam, Utah), Merit School of Music in Chicago, Northwestern University, and various High Schools within the Chicagoland area. In 2016, Christopher will be presenting master classes at Texas State University and the Isla Verde Bronces Brass Festival in Isla Verde, Argentina.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University where he studied with Dr. Thomas Streeter and received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where he studied Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, and Randall Hawes. Christopher is a native of Harvey, Illinois and currently resides in the Chicagoland area.

http://www.christopherdavis.co

YOKO YAMADA-SELVAGGIO

Pianist Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio was born in Hamamatsu, Japan, and began her career as pianist while studying at the Toho High School of Music. After winning third prize in the All-Japan Student Music Competition, she gave concerts throughout Japan. Yamada-Selvaggio received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Toho Gakuen School of music and a Master of Music degree in Piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During that time, she won the soloist competition and played with the NEC Orchestra. She also appeared on WGBH in Boston and performances on WFMT in Chicago. She has performed as a collaborator with professors of Northwestern University and member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In her career, she has performed over 200 pieces for brass and woodwind. Currently, Yamada-Selvaggio performs as a collaborating pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.

SHARON R. PETERSON

Pianist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus since auditioning as a college student in 1978, Sharon R. Peterson continues as Accompanist for the CSC as well as at Northwestern University, North Park University, and North Shore Choral Society since 1979.  She has served as accompanist for several years for Chicago Symphony Singers and CSC's ensembles.  During the seven years spent living in Sweden and Norway, Sharon developed a specialty in Scandinavian Piano Repertoire and served as staff accompanist at The Royal Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway.  Studying with Elizabeth Buccheri at North Park College, BM degree, and Robert Weirich at Northwestern University, MM degree, Sharon has also accompanied the Lyric Opera Chorus for several seasons, been Music Director of the Lyric’s "Opera In the Neighborhood" touring production of The Magic Flute, and she worked as Ballet Accompanist for LOOC's 2014 production of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito." Sharon has been staff accompanist at Roosevelt University, pianist for Candle Opera, and accompanist in the studios of soprano Maria Lagios and saxophonist Frederick Hemke as well as performing regularly with singers Kathleen and Peter Van De Graaff, (including touring Hawaii.) She is Organist at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, as well.

IRINA FEOKTISTOVA

Irina Feoktistova graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia.  A classically trained pianist, she has performed in the major halls of St. Petersburg, Russia, and toured Europe and the United States as a soloist, duo pianist, and accompanist.  In 1995, as a part of a piano duo, she participated in the Park Lane Group auditions and was chosen from 260 participants to perform at the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall, one of the best in London. The piano duo Jana Polianovskaja / Irina Feoktistova won third prize at The First International Competition of Contemporary Music Interpretation in Weimar, Germany (1996).  In 1997 she gave series of concerts as a piano soloist with The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Flaanders, conductor Mr. Robert Groslot.  In 1997 she participated in The Ninth International New Music Festival titled ‘Sound Ways as a piano duo and recorded her first CD. Ms. Feoktistova relocated to the United States in 1998, and since then she has performed extensively in Chicagoland area and worked as a free-lance musician at the Roosevelt, Loyola, Northwestern, and DePaul universities. She has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions as an accompanist and music director.  She is also active in various projects performing Russian and American contemporary music. Her USA tours include series of concerts with Russian singer and composer Elena Antonenko.  Since 2004, Ms. Feoktistova has had the privilege to be an accompanist for the world's foremost performer of Baroque trumpet, Crispian Steele-Perkins on his yearly USA tours.  In 2004 she won The Kawai CD Recording Competition in piano solo category.  Ms. Feoktistova is affiliated with CUBE , MAVerick and Vox3 ensembles in Chicago and with The Union of Composers in St. Petersburg, where in May of 2005 she performed a program of American contemporary music at the 41st International Festival ‘St. Petersburg Musical Spring’ and recorded her CD titled Musical Bridge, Chicago – St. Petersburg’. In 2005 and 2007 she participated in John Cage's  Musicircus’ events organized by Chicago Composers Forum and The Museum of Contemporary Art. For the 2007 ‘Musicircus’ event Irina initiated the Scriabin ‘color-music’ program, that she performed piano solo accompanied by digitally created color animation projected on the stage background.  In 2005-2006 Ms. Feoktistova worked as a coach and interpreter for Vladimir Galouzine, the principal Russian tenor, performing in ‘Manon Lescaut’ and ‘Turandot’ at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She worked as a back stage pianist for ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (2006) and played organ part with the Lyric Opera Orchestra for Richard Strauss' ‘Die Frau ohne Schatten (2007, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor).  Irina has been the principal keyboardist with Millennium Chamber Players, a Chicago based ensemble, since it was founded in 2006. Her recordings include piano solo Classical and Contemporary music. Her 20th century repertoire includes works such as Samuel Barber's ‘Hermit Songs’ with Russian singer Elena Antonenko (2003);  Schoenberg's ‘Pierrot Lunare;  Anton Webern works;  Peter M. Davies's ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King with Millennium Chamber Players.

In 2007 Irina was featured in the ‘The Fazioli Salon Series ‘, which was broadcasted live on 98.7 WFMT Chicago classical radio station.

On June 12th 2008 Irina  made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist and an accompanist with Russian singer Vladimir Galuzine for the Russia Day concert (N.Y. USA).

Her CD “Poems and Fairy Tales” with music of Alexander Scriabin and Nikolay Medtner was produced by MSR Classics in 2008.

During the season 2010 2011 Irina has been working with internationally renowned violinist David Yonan.

In 2011 Ms. Feoktistova was invited by The Lyric Opera of Chicago as an assistant conductor and the Russian coach for the production of Mussorgsky “Boris Godunov”.

In April, 2012  Ms. Feoktistova performed with Italian bass Andrea Silvestrelli  at Piano Forte Foundation.

In the fall of 2012 she was coaching internationally acclaimed Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto  for his starring role of  Boris Godunov for Bolshoy Theater in Moscow, Russia.

Ms. Feoktistova was invited to perform the piano solo recital at The Chiago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall  on January 20th, 2013

 
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