Carla LaRocca is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began her musical studies at the age of six with her father, Anthony LaRocca, a former New Orleans jazz pianist. She later studied with Natalie Matovinovic, Charles Fisher, Laura Kargul, and Nelson Whitaker. Miss LaRocca holds the B.A. from Albion College (summa cum laude) and an M.F.A. with honors from Carnegie Mellon. LaRocca was the pianist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and has performed at the Albion College Concert Hall, Steadman Theater, and Salle Ockeghem, Tours, France. She has performed for Norman Dello Joio and was honored to play for the Ambassador of Italy. Her latest endeavors include releasing a CD of her piano solos and creating educational computer software for college level study. Miss LaRocca also serves on the Board of the Steinway Society.
Musician and vocal artist Betsy Lawrence has been dazzling audiences across the United States as well as in Europe and Canada for the past two decades. A few of her operatic credits include La traviata with the New York City Opera Touring Company, Werther with the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne, and numerous roles with the American Opera Project in New York City. Betsy has many musical theater credits including major roles with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Music Theater, and Stage Right. She traveled to Hamburg, Germany for the roles of Jenny Any dots/Griddle bone and Gumby Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She most recently performed a role with Pittsburgh CLO in Footloose. Her national television credits include the currently running Red White and Rock, The American Sound Track, More Rock at 50, My Music, The Roots of Rock and Roll, The British Invasion, and Roots in Country. During her PBS performances, Betsy sings and dances with such major recording artist's as Frankie Valley, Frankie Avalon, Gary Puckett, Connie Francis, Little Peggy Marsh, Jimmy Clanton, Mel Carter, Glenn Cambell, BJ Thomas, and many more. Betsy most recently returned from Nashville, TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics and 70’s classic rock.
Betsy is featured on national radio and television commercials including Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Captain Morgan’s Rum, and the currently running "Silver Microphone" award-winning Dad's Dog food. Last year, Betsy added to her national credits, a promotion for CMT (County Music Television), singing a classic Loretta Lynn song. She was hand picked by Harpo productions to sing the Syrius radio lead in for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Betsy has sung for numerous local television and radio adds including Friedman’s Supermarkets, KDKA TV, Baierl Chevrolet, The New Shoppe’s at Northway, and Sturm and Larkin.
In 2008 Betsy won the “TAE sound of opportunity” contest with her original songs. A finalist in the Lilithe Faire International Songwriting Competition, Betsy was invited to perform her original song Holland at the famed "Opera House" in Toronto Canada. Her song Stonger was used as the official SWAN day Pittsburgh in the 2012 performance and campaign. She has appeared as a featured soloist numerous times with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra with the late Marvin Hamlisch. Other solo appearances include River City Brass Band, Latshaw Orchestra, and the Manhattan Philharmonic, and the Washington (PA) Symphony. She is a fixture on the local Pittsburgh music scene, including appearing on WQED All Star Holiday Jam as well as playing such venues as the Mellon Arena for the Mario Lemeux International Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Benedum Center for the Pittsburgh Opera annual fundraiser, the Heart Ball and many more.
In the fall of 2004, she was invited to sing at the United Nations in New York City for “Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide“ which was headed by Ted Turner and Mikhail Gorbachev. Betsy has also performed at the French embassy in Washington D.C. Betsy is one of the most in demand vocal instructors in the tri-state area. In addition to her new appointment as director of JIVE, she is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as an Artist Lecturer in Voice. Betsy can also be found teaching at the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory for Pittsburgh Musical Theater. www.betsylawrence.com
Luz Manríquez was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied with Elena Weiss at the Escuela Moderna de Música. Upon graduation, she continued to advance her studies under Edith Fisher in Switzerland and María Iris Radrigán at the Catholic University in Chile. Following the completion of her Master's Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Manríquez was appointed to the faculty as Artist Lecturer in Piano and Chamber Music in 1992. She was promoted to Associate Teaching Professor in 2004. Since 2012, she has also served as the Co-Director of Collaborative Piano.
Ms. Manríquez has been a regular guest of the Shadyside Concert Series and the Frick Art Museum Series. She has performed with the Nuance Music Ensemble, conducted by former PSO Concert Master, Andrés Cárdenes, as well as with the Chamber Music Project Ensemble at the Andy Warhol Museum. Since its founding in 2004 by cellist Aron Zelkowicz, Ms. Manriquez has been a regular guest with PJMF (Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival). She also appears yearly at the Carnegie Mellon Faculty Chamber Music Series.
Ms. Manríquez was the pianist in It's Peaceful Here on Arabesque Records and Made in U.S.A. on Ocean Records, featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes. She has also collaborated in recordings of works by contemporary composers such as Reza Vali, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Efrain Amaya, Nancy Galbraith and David Stock. Ms. Manríquez can be heard in recordings of oboe and piano music with PSO principal oboist Cynthia D'Almeida. She also has performed alongside flutist Alberto Almarza in Atacama (Nancy Galbraith). In 2015 and 2016 recordings with cellist Aaron Zelkowicz were released – Chamber Music of Joachim Stutchewsky and Leo Zeitlin’s Yiddish Songs and Chamber Music and Declamations, both on Toccata Classics.
In October 2002, Ms. Manríquez participated in the George Crumb Festival in Pittsburgh and recorded Music for a Summer Evening for two pianos and percussions conducted by Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo. This recording was released in 2006 and was awarded the Diapason d'Or Prize in 2008 in France.
As a pedagogue, Ms. Manríquez teaches at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School of Music, where she serves as acting Director of the Piano Division. Her students are prize winners in National and International piano competitions and have been invited to perform at highly-acclaimed venues such as Carnegie Music Hall (New York City) and in the United Nations. In May 2016, Ms. Manríquez was invited to give Master Classes at Yonsei University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. In May 2017, she inaugurated the first CMU Collaborative Piano Festival in Bogotá, Colombia.
One of Chile's most distinguished musicians, Ms. Manríquez has appeared as soloist, recitalist and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her artistry, combined with an innate musical sensitivity to others, has made her a sought after chamber musician and collaborative artist. She has been a featured soloist with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Renaissance City Winds and performs frequently with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In April 2003, Ms. Manriquez was invited to perform with The Chamber Music Project at the prestigious Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria for their Bicentennial anniversary Gala Concert.
John Marcinizyn holds a Ph.D. in composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh. His compositions include a guitar concerto, string quartet, orchestral music and pieces for solo guitar and guitar with mixed ensemble, which have received numerous performances. His 'Sonata for Guitar and Marimba' received critical acclaim following its premiere at the guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition in Buffalo, New York. The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds commissioned and premiered a piece by Marcinizyn in 2004 that received much acclaim.
Marcinizyn also performs frequently as a soloist with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, mezzo-soprano Daphne Alderson, and with groups ranging from the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to the Pittsburgh Playhouse Professional Company Ensemble. He is an Artist Lecturer in Guitar in Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He also teaches guitar and composition at Seton Hill University and leads the music portion of the class 'The Arts and Human Experience' through the Art History Department at Duquesne University. Administratively, Marcinizyn serves on the Advisory Board for the Guitar Society of Fine Art.
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Williams was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Pittsburgh premier of The Giving Tree conducted by the composer, Lorin Maazel. This season, she will be featured in the Pittsburgh Symphony premiere of Jake Haggie’s The Work at Hand.
She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. She made her London debut performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival ofthe Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.”
Mrs. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and solo and chamber music performances in America and Europe. She has appeared in several nationally televised productions including Concertos, produced by the BBC and Previn and the Pittsburgh, produced by WQED. She has given master classes at many universities and festivals throughout the country, including The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony in Miami, Aspen, Credo at Oberlin College and the Masterworks Festival. She also has performed at many of America’s prestigious summer music festivals including Aspen, Caramoor, Skaneateles, Maui, Rockport Festivals in Massachusetts and Maine, Grand Teton, Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Orcas Island, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego. For many years she has enjoyed performing throughout the country with her Piano Trio, which includes her good friends Andrés Cárdenes and David Deveau.
She was the proud recipient of the Carlow University, Women of Spirit National Award, and the Celebrate and Share Women of Achievement Award.
Williams is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Orlando Cole. Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701.
John McCarthy has played viola in orchestras of the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Benedum Center for 25 years. He has also played for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Chatauqua Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Moscow Festival Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Moiseyev Ballet. Conductors that Mr. McCarthy as worked with include Joseph Silverstein, Eiji Oue, Robert Page and Lorin Maazel. His chamber music teachers were Eugene Phillips, Josef Gingold and Jascha Brodsky. Mr. McCarthy has also participated in the St. Barths Chamber Music Festival in the French West Indies and Haiti.
Mr. McCarthy has taught for over 20 years in the Trinity Area School District in Washington, PA and is the founder of the orchestra program in the district. He holds a BFA in viola performance from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a music education certification. His viola was made in Milan by Leandro Bisiach in 1899.
Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti, and Honeck. Before immigrating to North America in 1998, Lorna was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the USA. A career highlight was a performance of Penderecki's flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed in Europe, North America and Australia, Singapore and Japan in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, the Louvre, Paris and the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Her recording for Naxos of Bax’ Chamber Music with the group ‘mobius’ was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, Lorna has released two CDs on Skylark Music: "Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp" and "Canada, New Works for flute and harp." As a member of Trio Verlaine (with her husband, violist David Harding and harpist, Heidi Krutzen) Lorna has recorded two CDs: “Fin de Siècle,” the music by Debussy and Ravel, and “Six Departures”, featuring works by Bax and Jolivet as well as new commissions by Schafer and Cotton. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed eight new commissions to date. Lorna’s first flute and piano recital disc, “ The Hour of Dreaming” with pianist, Piers Lane was released on the Beep label in 2014.
Lorna’s principal teachers were William Bennett (Royal Academy of Music) and David Nicholson (Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). Both placed great emphasis on quality and expressiveness of sound. Lorna was formerly Visiting Associate Flute Professor at the University of Michigan, adjunct flute instructor at the University of British Columbia, and Visiting Fellow in Flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD). She has given master classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, William Bennett International Flute Summer School, Trevor Wye’s flute studio, Sir James Galway International Flute Festival, Pender Island Flute Retreat, National Flute Association Conventions, Julliard School, and universities across the USA and Canada, and has been a guest artist/teacher at the Banff International Centre for the Arts. In 2011 she was a jury member of the Boehm International Flute Competition. Lorna is an honorary ‘Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music’.
I try to awaken the student’s own curiosity, enthusiasm, discernment, and artistry. I encourage a love, and reverence for the music, respect for one’s own work and a ‘generosity towards’, not ‘fear of’ the audience. We are best able to learn and integrate new ideas in an environment where stress levels are low, but alertness is high. Technique is merely physical co-ordination and we are at our most coordinated when the body is free from excess tension. Body awareness is a big part of my teaching – releasing unnecessary tension and building our trust & connection with the airstream, which is after all, the basis of all expression. Finding a natural connection to the breath gives us the ability to tap into the narrative quality of any piece of music, allowing us to ‘talk’ through our instrument. We can follow the example of great actors whose performance is enhanced by the range and subtlety with which they can vary their tone of voice. I find that the Alexander Technique is a great resource in this respect. The aim is to find greater and greater ease and mastery, both on a physical and mental level; performing with a peaceful body; being technically organized, finding meaning in the musical literature you are engaged with; having the skills to convey this meaning convincingly and authentically to the audience; finding relevance in your role as a musician within society as a whole. This approach is both an art and a discipline, allowing us to explore, through the flute, the fullest expression of the human voice. – L.M.
“Premiere Flautist Recital” for British Flute Society at Royal Academy of Music
“Premiere Flautist Recital” for British Flute Society at Royal Academy of Music
Shostakovich Romance from The Limpid Stream and Karg-Elert Chaconne
London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Debussy L’Apres-midi d’un faune
Guest principal flute
London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Guest principal flute
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Honeck: Mahler Symphony No. 5 from Berlin Philharmoni
Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Music Entrepreneurship
As Director of Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Monique
Mead is passionate about helping students create new avenues for music in society.
Inspired and mentored by Leonard Bernstein, she has been a lifelong activist for classical
music as a violinist, educator and innovator. Performing as a soloist, chamber musician,
and presenter, Mead has devoted her performing career to nurturing new audiences
and deepening the musical experience for seasoned concertgoers. Since 1998, she has
appeared regularly on German television and radio featuring her innovative youth
concerts with prestigious German orchestras in Berlin, Munich, and Cologne. In the U.S.
she has collaborated with the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Mainly
Mozart, Orcas Island, Rockport Festival, among others. She currently serves as Board
Chair of Chamber Music Pittsburgh and has served as Co-Music Director of the Strings
Music Festival in Steamboat Springs from 2008-2014. At home, she particularly enjoys
performing chamber music with her two talented teens on harp and piano.
Ms. Posvar has been a performing mezzo soprano for 23 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, and appeared with every major opera company in the United States and the leading houses in Europe. She appeared regularly on radio and television, popularizing the classics on The Bell Telephone Hour and The Voice of Firestone. She has won special acclaim for her singing of German Lieder. Her operatic roles include Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro; the title role in Carmen, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier; Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte. In 1978 she founded The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Miller studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and in Europe. She holds honorary degrees from the Cleveland Institute, the New England Conservatory, Bowling Green (Ohio) University, and Washington and Jefferson University. The University of Pittsburgh maintains a music scholarship in her name.
Ronald Zollman, conductor
Symphony No. 5
Mvt. 1 Trauermarsch
Philharmonic Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique - Mvt. 4 Marche Au Supplice
Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic
Ronald Zollman, conductor
Movement 4 - Marche Au Supplice
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Wind Ensemble Arnold's Four Scottish Dances Mvt. I
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Thomas Thompson, conductor
Four Scottish Dances
Mvt. I. Pesante
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
arr: John P. Paynter,
Wind Ensemble Whitacre's Equus (excerpt)
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Stephen Story, conductor
Wind Ensemble Hindemith's Konzertmusic Mvt. II
Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
George Vosburgh, conductor
Konzertmusic fur Blasorchester Op. 41
Mvmt. II. Sechs Variationen uber das Lied "Prinz Eugen der edle Ritter”