On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Wisconsin Lutheran College music professor Dr. Juanita Becker is presenting a program of both piano solo music and chamber music for oboe and piano with guest artist Dr. Sheri Mattson of the University of Central Missouri. The program includes works for oboe and piano by Antonio Vivaldi, Gordon Jacob, Emma Lou Diemer, and Henk Badings. The solo piano work is a set of six preludes by the Dutch composer and pianist, Henriëtte Bosmans. Dr. Becker recently published a biography of Henriëtte Bosmans with the Edwin Mellen Press.
The 2:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Dr. Juanita Becker is associate professor of music at Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she teaches piano, class piano, beginning organ, harpsichord, aural skills, accompanying, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and, when needed, music theory. She is a founding member of the Lake Cottage Duo, which specializes in performing works for oboe and piano; and she wrote the liner notes for the Lake Cottage Duo's CD Dutch Music for Oboe and Piano, which was released on the Centaur label in October 2012. Her scholarly book, A Biography of Henriëtte Bosmans: Pianist and Composer was published in November 2016 by Edwin Mellen Press, and can be found in a growing number of libraries around the world. Before coming to WLC she served as assistant professor of music and coordinator of the accompanying program at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Earlier academic appointments include Stetson University and The University of Central Florida. In addition to her teaching/departmental duties and her performances as a member of the Lake Cottage Duo, she remains active as a collaborative pianist, church organist and pianist, and piano festival adjudicator. She is regularly invited to present workshops to piano teaching organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin and performs with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Becker holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance: Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Florida State University. Her students have gone on to successful careers in music education, music publishing, independent music teaching, collaborative work with singers and instrumentalists, and as piano accompanists with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and Milwaukee Ballet School.
Guest artist Dr. Sheri Mattson is professor of double reeds at the University of Central Missouri. Besides teaching oboe and bassoon for graduates and undergraduates, she teaches music theory, aural training, woodwinds and chamber music and she is the academic advisor for the music department. Past faculty appointments include Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri; Alma College in Alma, Michigan; and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She is an active soloist and chamber musician, most recently with the Lake Cottage Duo and the UCM Faculty Woodwind Quintet. She has also performed in many well-respected large ensembles including the South Dakota Symphony, the Gainesville (Florida) Symphony, the Tallahassee (Florida) Symphony, and the Duluth-Superior (Minnesota) Symphony. Dr. Mattson is also an active clinician working with woodwind students in the Midwestern region as well as internationally with students in Ukraine, Barbados, and Jamaica. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in music and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the Master of Music in oboe performance from Arizona State University, and the Doctor of Music in oboe performance from Florida State University. Her oboe teachers include Anne Leek, Anita Nashlund, Eric Ohlsson, Roger Rehm, and Martin Schuring.
Center for Arts and Performance
Schwan Concert Hall
8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue