On Thursday, February 22, from noon to 1:00 pm in the Grand Gallery, the series will present a free concert by members of the Auburn University double-reed studio. Led by assistant professor of double-reeds, Kristin Leitterman, the group will perform ensemble music and duos with piano. A gift from Bill and Josie Walsh has helped to make this performance possible.
Oboists Aly Bonville, Alyssa Landers, Erica Lovato, Sarah Tanner, and Aaron Thompson will join bassoonists Emma Greer, Carlisle Vidourek, and Jacob Webb with pianists Nicole Agostino and Bea La. The program will include music by Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Georg Philip Telemann, Francis Poulenc, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georges Bizet, and Stacey Berk.
For our preview story about the performance: A Little Lunch Music, 2/22/2018: AU Oboes and Bassoons Performing
Dr. KRISTIN LEITTERMAN seeks to defy modern convention as a solo artist of oboe and voice, bringing exciting and unusual programs to audiences. She makes it her responsibility to commission works for oboe/voice, having done so for works by Jason Coleman, MuXuan Lin, and Lyle Davidson. She has participated in summer festivals and competitions including Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, Eastern Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Banff Center for the Arts. She was a semi-finalist in the Concert Artist Guild’s annual competition in New York City.
In addition to performing, Dr. Leitterman is dedicated to bringing music to the younger generations. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at Auburn University. In addition to teaching oboe and bassoon, her duties include Music Skills, Woodwind Skills, and directing the Auburn University Double Reed Ensemble.
Dr. Leitterman is the Director of the Lucarelli Oboe Master Class, a weeklong immersive oboe master class founded by Bert Lucarelli. She has presented master classes at Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, and Southeast Missouri State University. Additionally, she has presented lecture recitals at The Juilliard School, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Brazilian Double Reed Society’s annual conference in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.
She holds degrees from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, the Hartt School, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her teachers include Humbert Lucarelli, Mark McEwen, Barbara Bishop, and Amy Burton.
The Auburn University Double-Reed Studio, Spring 2018
The AUBURN UNIVERSITY DOUBLE REED ENSEMBLE was formed in 2017 with the arrival of Dr. Kristin Leitterman at Auburn University as the Double Reed Professor. The group consists of students majoring in music, as well as university students outside the Department of Music. Members are Aly Bonville, Emma Greer, Alyssa Landers, Erica Lovato, Sarah Tanner, Aaron Thompson, Jacob Webb, and Carlisle Vidourek.
ALY BONVILLE is a junior oboist and English hornist majoring in Music Education at Auburn University. She is a member of the Auburn University Symphonic Winds and a clarinetist in the Auburn University Marching Band. Aly is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary fraternity for college band members, and is involved with service projects in the music department. In her free time, Aly enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching Doctor Who, and of course, practicing.
EMMA GREER is a freshman at Auburn University majoring in music education. She began learning the violin at age seven and has continued playing it for eleven years. Beginning in middle school Emma began to learn the bassoon which she played in band throughout her high school career. Competing in multiple honor bands, Emma participated in Alabama District Honor band as well as Alabama All-State middle-school and high school bands. Continuing her musical career, she is a participant of the Auburn University Wind Symphony and Double-Reed Ensemble.
ALYSSA LANDERS is a sophomore at Auburn University majoring in oboe performance. She has participated in performing groups at Auburn including the Double Reed Ensemble and the Concert Band. Alyssa hopes to eventually go to graduate school for oboe performance or composition. In addition to music, she participates in the physics club and volunteers with animals through the university.
ERICA LOVATO is a freshman Oboe Performance major at Auburn University. Erica, from Spanish Fort, Alabama, has been playing oboe for seven years. She was Principal Oboe in the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years, made the Alabama All State top band for three years, received superior ratings at the Alabama All Sate Solo Festival, won the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto competition, received a scholarship from Mobile’s chapter of the Schumann Club, received the prestigious John Phillips Sousa Award, and has participated in master classes with the following artists: Dr. Rebecca Mindock, Dr. Eric Ohlsson, Dr. James Brody, and Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz. Her middle school band director and professional oboist, Leslie Owens, first inspired her love of the oboe.
SARAH TANNER is senior at Auburn University triple majoring in Music Education, Oboe Performance, and Psychology. In high school, Ms. Tanner was musically and academically active in her school and community. She was a member of National Honor Society and was Vice President of her school’s chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Ms. Tanner was also the Principle Oboe of the Fulton County Youth Orchestra. In college, she was selected to be a member of the 2017 Alabama Intercollegiate Band and she serves as the Tenor Sax Section Leader in the Auburn University Marching Band. When she’s not playing her oboe or saxophone, Ms. Tanner enjoys singing and has participated in Auburn’s choirs. Additionally, she is the Co-Founder, Co-President, and Director of Tonal Recall A Cappella.
AARON THOMPSON is a senior in Music Education and Oboe Performance at Auburn University. In addition to playing oboe in the Auburn University Symphonic Winds, Orchestra, and Double Reed Ensemble, he is also a member of the Auburn University Chamber Choir and one of the Drum Majors of the Auburn University Marching Band. He is an active member of several organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity; National Band Association; International Double Reed Society; and the Auburn Department of Music Ambassadors. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Auburn Athletics, reading, and watching local theater productions.
JACOB WEBB lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for twelve years before starting his degree as a bassoon performance major at Auburn University. Jacob attended West Harrison High School where his musical career began. As a freshman, he attended the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association clinic, an event that he would make for the next four years. During his sophomore and senior years he attended the Mississippi Bandmasters Association clinic in Natchez, Mississippi. In the summer of 2017, Jacob went with the Mississippi Lions All-State band to Chicago to perform for the centennial anniversary of the Lions International Convention. As of August 2017, Jacob has been a student at the Auburn University, studying bassoon performance under Dr. Kristin Leitterman.
pianist Byul Nim La
BYUL NIM “BEA” LA is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance (Currently ABD) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has served as a teaching and accompanying assistant. She earned her Masters degree in solo piano performance at New York University and was an adjunct faculty member at NYU Steinhardt. At NYU, she was trained as a competitive performer, received lessons from a Horowitz pupil, Prof. Eduardus Halim, and won two annual piano concerto competitions in a row. Ms. La is an accompanying instructor at Auburn University.
Ms. La’s solo performances have received praise from the UI piano faculty and from Menahem Pressler and Richard Goode, both of whom chose her to play in their master classes. As a collaborator, she feels that she has successfully helped and attracted students and has been sought out by conductors and teachers. She has worked with both undergraduate and graduate students as a coach/pianist in the UI opera division, and as an accompanying assistant in choral classes and voice and instrumental studios.
In addition to her university teaching experience, Ms. La has also been an active private piano instructor, preparing students for the most prestigious university entrance examinations in South Korea and getting excellent results, recognizing key issues that could hinder students’ talent and helping them conquer these challenges, based on her own experience as a sincere, passionate performer.
pianist Nicole Agostino. Photo credit: Patrick McCurry
NICOLE AGOSTINO holds two degrees, both in piano performance, from the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She earned her Bachelor of Music with high distinction in 2005 and her Master of Music with an emphasis in music theory in 2007, both under the tutelage of Dr. Karen Shaw. In 2015, Nicole completed her Doctorate of Music in piano performance from Florida State University, where she studied with Dr. Read Gainsford. During her studies at Florida State, Nicole also completed certificates in Music Theory Pedagogy and in College Teaching.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Nicole has performed recitals across the northeastern, midwestern, and southern United States. She has toured as a guest artist, giving recitals and lectures across the Southeast on Bach’s Goldberg Variations and has recorded the work. Presently residing in Auburn, Alabama, Nicole is an adjunct instructor and collaborative pianist at Auburn University and has served as a faculty member at Southern Union State Community College. In addition to performing, Nicole is a teacher and adjudicator. She has maintained a private piano studio for over 15 years and serves regularly as a judge for music competitions throughout the Southeast. As a graduate assistant at both FSU and IU, she taught applied lessons, class piano, and gave music theory lectures, and held a piano faculty position at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
In addition to her musical life, Nicole enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, and is the owner of Yogafly Studio in Auburn. She has been practicing yoga since 2012, and holds her advanced teacher training certification with California-based yoga teacher Peach Friedman. In addition to her regular studio teaching, Nicole also teaches yoga workshops for musicians, focusing on posture and breath for injury prevention, as well as visualization for performance preparation. Nicole believes that the practice and discipline of yoga are complementary to that of music, and enjoys these parallels in teaching both yoga and piano.