Independent Minds, Working Together

Wooster Faculty to Present the Music of David Westfall

Performance scheduled for May 5 at the Akron Museum of Art

April 25, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Works by Wooster composer David Westfall will be performed by College of Wooster music faculty members Frank Huang (piano) and Amanda Bekeny (trumpet) in a chamber music recital on Sunday, May 5 at the Akron Museum of Art (E. Market and High St. in Akron).

The program will consist of Westfall's Piano Sonata No. 1, Three Appalachian Folk Songs for Trumpet and Piano, String Quartet No. 2, Sonatina in E flat for Trumpet and Piano, and String Quartet No. 3.

Westfall holds degrees from Oberlin College and West Virginia University. He also did post-graduate study at the University of Cincinnati. During military service, he was a staff arranger for the 7th Army Soldier's Chorus and Band in Heidelberg, Germany. He later served as a lecturer in music at the University of Akron's Wayne College as well as 24 years as organist and choirmaster for Zion Lutheran Church. He has composed art songs, chamber music, choral anthems, band, and symphonic repertoire.

Huang holds degrees from The Juilliard School and a D.M.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. A native of Seattle, he has performed for audiences across the country and around the world, including engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. A winner of numerous competitions, Huang is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. He recently released an all Brahms CD on Centaur records. In addition to teaching at The College of Wooster, he is an instructor at Cuyahoga Community College.

Bekeny maintains an active career as both a performer and educator. She holds the positions of personnel manager and Second Trumpet with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and is the trumpet instructor at The College of Wooster and Ashland University. She is a founding member of the Olympic Brass and is often called upon as a substitute musician by the symphonies of Akron and Erie. From 2010 through 2012 she served as visiting instructor of trumpet at The Ohio State University. She is a 2000 graduate of The College of Wooster and holds an M.M. from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and D.M.A. from The Ohio State University.

For additional information about the recital, call 330-264-0210.