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Otterbein Faculty to Present Joint Recital

October 19, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University Department of Music faculty Hild Peersen, clarinet; Steve Wedell, viola; and Suzanne Newcomb, piano will perform a joint recital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W Park Street. This event is free and open to the public.

The recital will feature music by Rebecca Clarke, Leonard Bernstein, Max Bruch, and a world premiere by Otterbein’s music theory and composition professor, Jennifer Merkowitz. This event is a part of the Sundays at Otterbein series, to be followed by guest artists Women in Music Columbus at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, in the same location.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396473300467473/

About the Artists

Newcomb received her graduate degrees in piano performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University: a Master of Music and then a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying piano under Leon Fleisher. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 

Newcomb is an associate musician in the CSO. She has performed as soloist or on stage with virtually every orchestra in the region. An active solo and collaborative artist, Suzanne appears regularly with Columbus Symphony musicians, including the string quartets QUBE and the High Street Four.  Her piano trio Camarata (with Ariane Sletner and Luis Biava) performed an entire cycle of the Beethoven and Mozart Piano Trios in recitals at Mozart’s Cafe during the last two years. Suzanne regularly performs in the extraordinary music program at her church, First Community, under the direction of Ron Jenkins.  

She has had a successful private piano studio for 32 years. She also coaches for The Chamber Music Connection in Worthington.  She is a senior lecturer and staff pianist at Otterbein University in Westerville. 

Wedell joined the Columbus Symphony in 1983 as a full-time violist after having served as the Principal Violist of the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A native of Michigan, he received his advanced musical training at Western Michigan University and at Boston University, where he studied with Walter Trampler. He has participated in music festivals at Tanglewood, Blue Hill, Maine, the Scotia Festival and the MasterWorks Festival.

As a music educator, Wedell is active as a studio teacher, recitalist and conductor in central Ohio. Since 1984 he has served as the instructor of Applied Viola at Otterbein University and also taught at The Ohio State University. He is currently the conductor of the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio, an independent youth orchestra in residence at Otterbein University.

Peersen has been the adjunct instructor of clarinet at Otterbein University since 2012 and this past August started her position as the executive director of the Westerville Symphony. She holds degrees from The Ohio State University (DMA), Arizona State University (MM) and Michigan State University (BME), and she also performs as the principal clarinetist of the Westerville Symphony. Conference appearances include the 2004 and 2006 ClarinetFests, the annual meeting of the international clarinet association. Among her favorite pastimes is playing chamber music with friends. She also enjoys reading about history and hanging out with her two kids Ian and Ilse.

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