Songs of Our Home
Third Coast Chamber Collective Festival
August 22, 28, 29, 2021 | Grand Rapids, MN
This Summer, Third Coast Chamber Collective artists from Russia, Poland, Paraguay and the USA come together to explore the beauty of compositions inspired by Scandinavian and Bohemian landscapes and traditional melodies.
Songs of Our Home is a celebration of the rich and diverse heritage of nationalities that immigrated to the Iron Range and whose legacy, culture, and traditions are still deeply rooted in the area.
2021 Guest Artists
Mary Ellen Haupert – piano
Mary spreads her musical abilities between her roles as Music Director for Roncalli Newman Parish and as a tenured Professor of Music at Viterbo University, both in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelors degree in music education with emphases in piano/flute performance from the College of St. Scholastica, as well as M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Piano Performance Practice from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She has studied piano with LeAnn House, Seth Carlin, and Sona Haydon.
Her performing interests are almost exclusively in the realm of chamber music. In the four-hand world, her collaborations with Timothy Schorr have included appearances at Washington University in St. Louis, The University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, Winona State University, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen. She enjoys an ongoing relationship with violinist Nancy Oliveros and the ARTARIA STRING QUARTET. Their frequent duo and piano quintet collaborations have become a staple of Viterbo University’s ONE-of-a KIND CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES (for which Haupert is both founder and artistic director), as well as performances at Hamline University’s Sundin Hall Chamber Series, the Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concert Series in St. Paul, MN, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen.
Haupert has received both of Viterbo University’s most prestigious teaching awards–the Alec Chui Memorial Award (2012) and Teacher of the Year (2014)–recognizing her dedication to excellence in student research and music composition. She was named a Research Fellow for Viterbo University’s Institute for Ethics in Leadership (2015-2016). Her theory pedagogy, emphasizing music composition as an integral part of the curriculum, has been presented/published at the University of Wisconsin MACRO Workshop (Madison, WI, June, 2012), The 4th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia (Novi Sad, 2012) Second Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts(Athens, Greece, 2010), the International Conference on Education and New Technologies (Barcelona, Spain, 2009 and 2012), the Lilly-West Conference on Teaching and Learning (Pomona, CA), and at the Finch Center for Teaching and Learning (Maryville University, St. Louis, MO).
Eric Olson – violin
Dr. Eric Olson, Adjunct Professor of Violin, Viola, and Music Theory at Bemidji State University, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with Robert Dan and I-fu Wang. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Sally O’Reilly. In addition to his violin studies, Dr. Olson studied viola with James Vanvalkenburg (assistant principal viola of the Detroit Symphony) and Robert Dan, and piano with Deborah Moriarty, Michael Alan Nathan, and Penny Draper. He also received a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Michigan State University.
Explore the Festival Concerts …
Sunday, August 29 | 6pm
Kiesler Wellness Center
3130 SE 2nd Ave
Danish String Quartet
String Quartet no.1 op.27 in G minor
Evgeny Zvonnikov – violin
Pedro Oviedo – viola
Magdalena Sas – cello
Eric Olson – violin
This concert is admission free. Refreshments will be provided by the Keisler House!