TEXAS Trio Concert - UP Music Festival
16:00 to 17:00
The TEXAS Trio will be holding a concert on the 14th August as a part of the University of Pretoria Music Festival
Brahms and Beyond
Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano
Ames Asbell, viola
Joey Martin, piano
Tuesday 14th August a 16:00, R80
Musiaon Concert Hall, University of Pretoria
Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano
Hailed by Opera News for her “potent presence” as Mrs. Clemm in Argento’s Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho has gained recognition as a versatile performer. As a recitalist, chamber musician, oratorio and concert soloist, and equally at home on the opera stage, she began her professional singing career under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Erich Kunzel, Julius Rudel, Mischa Santora, and David Zinman. Deeply committed to education as an artist teacher, Dr. Cho joined the voice faculty at Texas State University in 2014, having taught previously for seven years at Baylor University. She is also on the faculty at Cornish-American Song Institute in England, a three-week intensive study of art song for singers and pianists.
As Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cincinnati Post praised her performance as “regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match. The tears were listener response to her heart-wrenching performance of “When I am laid in earth.” Other operatic roles include Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Costanza (L’Isola Disabitata), Mao’s 2nd Secretary (Nixon in China), Adalgisa (Norma), Mercedes (Carmen), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), L’Enfant (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Mother Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Vera Boronel (The Consul). She has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Astoria Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Seongnam Arts Center Opera in Korea, Opera in the Heights, Opera Festival of Lucca, and Aspen Opera Theater. In addition, she was a member of Cincinnati Opera Young Artist Program, Dayton Opera Artist-in- Residence, Seattle Opera Educational Outreach Program, Houston Grand Opera's Opera-to- Go, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center.
On the concert stage as a mezzo-soprano soloist, Dr. Cho has performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and O’ahu Chorale Society, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with Vocal Arts Ensemble and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, A Salute to Opera with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Berlioz’s Les Nuit D’Eté with Opera Philharmonic of Bourgas in Bulgaria, and John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Other concert performances as a soloist include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Falla’s Three Cornered Hat, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Um Mitternacht, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Pettite Messe Solennel, Saint Saëns’s Messe, Verdi’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
An advocate of new music and a lover of chamber music, highlights include “both sensual and
jazzy…especially captivating” Midwest premier of Jake Heggie’s Times of Day at the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival and Scott McAllister’s Screaming Azaleas with Emanon Ensemble at the Ghent New Music Festival in Belgium. Dr. Cho premiered composer Michael Fiday’s Protest Song and Scott McAllister’s Uncle Tom’s Songbook. As a recitalist, Dr. Cho has performed on the Les Arts George V Recital Series and Beaune International Festival in France, Royal Conservatory of Ghent and Ostend City Conservatory of Music in Belgium, Falmouth Recital Series in England, and throughout United States.
Recording credits include Michael Fiday: Same Rivers Different with Innova Recordings label, Menotti Arias for Mezzo-soprano with Hal Leonard Publishing, Haydn’s L’isolda disabitata with NY Philomusica Records, and Meehan/Perkins Duo: Restless, Endless, Tactless with New World Records. Published journal article credit includes “A 2011 NATS Intern’s Perspective.” Dr. Cho’s students have been accepted for graduate studies in vocal performance at University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Loyola University. They have gained acceptance into and attended opera training programs at Opera Training Institute of Chicago, Opera Works Advanced Artist Program, Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music Opera Studio, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to- Go, CoOPERAtive Fellows and Young Artists programs, and numerous international summer opera programs.
Her students consistently place in the finals at the Texoma Region and South Texas Chapter NATS Student Auditions. Dr. Cho received both her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) working with Barbara Honn. Doctoral cognate fields were in Vocal Pedagogy and Opera Stage Directing. She received M.M. from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University working with Dr. Joyce Farwell, and B.A./B.M. from University of Washington working with Carmen Pelton. As a scholarship recipient for five consecutive summers, Dr.
Cho studied with W. Stephen Smith at the Aspen Music Festival. Post-doctoral voice teaching training include 2011 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program under the tutelage of master teacher Dr. Christopher Arneson, Director of Vocal Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Songfest Mentor Program in 2013 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and annual voice teachers seminars with master teachers Barbara Honn and Dr. Joyce Farwell. Dr. Cho is an active clinician and adjudicator. She has presented master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, Florida State University, Hawaii Pacific University, Houston Grand Opera High School Studio, Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium, Sam Houston State University, and Western Illinois University. Annually, Dr. Cho adjudicates at University Interscholastic League (UIL) and judges at the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition throughout the United States.
Ames Asbell, Viola
Violist Ames Asbell has performed classical, tango, and popular music in over 30 countries around the world, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to universities to clubs. She appears on dozens of internationally released CDs, film scores and broadcasts, including the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy-winning Home, Richard Linklater’s arthouse hit film Waking Life (in which she also appears onscreen), and six appearances on PBS television staple Austin City Limits. From 2001 to 2005, she toured globally with rock legend David Byrne (of Talking Heads), appearing with him on broadcasts such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and Later...with Jools Holland (BBC) as well as two international DVD releases.
After earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas, Ames put down roots in Austin, where she is currently violist of the classical crossover Tosca String Quartet, Principal Violist of the Austin Opera Orchestra and a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. She appears regularly with the Victoria Bach Festival, Conspirare and Arizona Musicfest, and is also in great demand as a chamber musician throughout the area.
Ames has performed with artists in a wide variety of musical styles, such as Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Bernadette Peters, John Cale, Gilberto Gil, Bonnie Raitt, and Harry Connick, Jr. She has played tango in Argentina, most notably at the Fifth World Tango Summit in Rosario in 2000 with Tosca Tango Orchestra performing the Nuevo tango chamber compositions of Glover Gill. Her orchestral experience includes the San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and regional orchestras around the state of Texas, and she has also performed on Baroque viola with La Follia Austin Baroque and the St. CeciliaBaroque Festival. She has recorded for labels such as Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Sony and Merge, as well as a multitude of smaller and independent labels.
A passionate teacher, Dr. Asbell has twice had the honor of teaching the top high school violist in the state of Texas, and her former students have gone on to study at prestigious schools of music such Eastman, Rice, Oberlin, Peabody and others. She has served on Texas State University faculty since 2005, teaching viola and chamber music as well as theory and music literature courses and performing with faculty ensembles. In fall 2010, she launched the Texas State String Project, a Suzuki-based community outreach program which offers string instruction to San Marcos-area elementary-school students.
Joey Martin, piano
Pianist Joey Martin is a musician regarded for his diverse musical interests, engaging artistry, and passionate enthusiasm for the choral art. He is professor of music at Texas State University where he serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication and as the Director of Choral Activities teaching graduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Martin has been recognized as a Favorite Professor at Texas State as well as the School of Music Professor of Distinction both in Teaching and Service. During his time at Texas State he has directed four of the six university choirs. Choirs under his direction have appeared at the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the International Kodàly Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Conference of ACDA.
During the summer of 2005 he traveled with Texas State Chorale giving concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, and Prague. In 2007 he returned to Europe with VocaLibre for a week of shared learning at the Slovakian National Conservatory in Bratislava. Most recently, Dr. Martin directed Texas State Chorale in concerts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth) and throughout the Garden Route of South Africa.
In addition to his work at Texas State, Dr. Martin has served as the artistic director for the Alamo City Men’s Chorale and with Craig Hella Johnson and Michelle Schumann as part of the creative team for the Victoria Bach Festival. His schedule is filled with engagements as guest conductor/clinician throughout the US, Europe, South Africa, and England. Recent engagements include conducting the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Women’s Honor Choir, Conducting Professor for the Transient Glory Choral Symposium and Festival at NYU, conductor for Honor Choir USA in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and director of the Texas Two Year College All-State Chorus. He currently serves as the music director for historic First Protestant Church (New Braunfels, TX). As a pianist, he also enjoys collaborating with vocal artists in recitals serving as coach/accompanist for such diverse artists are Jennie Olson, Maria Jette, Timothy Jones, Cheryl Parrish, and Juli Wood.
Dr. Martin received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Texas-Austin where he studied conducting with Craig Hella Johnson, piano with Betty Mallard, and voice with Martha Deatheridge. He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal/Choral) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he studied voice with Dr. Charles Chapman and piano with Dr. James Breckenridge. He is a recent graduate of the Harvard School of Education Management Development Program.
Contact: 012 420 3747