Celebrating the poetry of the air.
Musicfest will feature the highest caliber local and regional musicians, performing a wide variety of music genres, including classical, jazz, folk, and traditional music from cultures worldwide. Each concert will be eclectic, engaging, and fulfilling while providing our patrons access to concerts that enhance our community and enrich our local arts and music cultural scene.
For the 2021-22 season, concerts will happen quarterly. Each concert will be one hour in length, a perfect length for a night out with friends and family. Maybe you can enjoy an ice cream at Blacksmith's after the concert!
To keep these events accessible to everyone within our community, we are looking to our community to help fund these events. If you enjoy quality live shows and would like to help support these efforts, please consider donating. Every dollar helps.
JULY 2020 MUSICFEST
Thursday, July 15 - 7:30pm
BDAC's Inaugural Musicfest concert featured an evening of music by French composers.
Donna Stoering, Piano
Shenae Anderson, Violin
Erin Svoboda-Scott, Clarinet
About the Performers
Donna Stoering - Piano
Donna Stoering is an award-winning recording artist, concert pianist, educator, composer, vocal soloist, choral conductor, keynote speaker, producer and social entrepreneur who has served as Artistic Ambassador for both the UK and USA to countries worldwide. Founder of the award-winning global nonprofit ListenForLife.org and a protégé of the late Sir Georg Solti, she has been the subject of special programs on the BBC, Hong Kong Radio & TV, Brazilian national television, RAI (Italy), NPR and PBS stations, and the national networks of many other countries.
While a Marshall Scholar, Donna was appointed head of the piano department at the University of York at age 20, and later served as Artist in Residence at Oxford University for several years.
Alongside this work, she continued to perform solo and chamber music recitals, as well as concerti with orchestras throughout Europe, Bosnia, Croatia, Russia, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Georgia. She continues to enjoy performing as a collaborative pianist with major opera stars of La Scala, Munich Opera, the Royal Opera, the Bolshoi, and the Met. Donna has given numerous premieres of both piano and vocal works, she has adjudicated for national and international competition juries, and enjoys giving masterclasses and pedagogy workshops to universities, music schools and Piano Teachers’ Associations.
Donna and her husband have only very recently moved to Utah, and she is honored to be making her debut performance as a Utah resident in this inaugural Musicfest program. She is very excited to meet and perform with new musical colleagues and to join the music world here in the Salt Lake City area.
Shenae Anderson - Violin
Shenae Anderson made her concerto debut with the Utah Symphony at age ten in Abravanel Hall and has since soloed with them three additional times. She has studied at the Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival, and Music Academy of the West all on full scholarship where she worked under world-renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Larry Rachleff and Gianandrea Noseda. She has participated in masterclasses with violin virtuosos James Ehnes, Andres Cardenes, and Sarah Chang and has performed alongside famed musicians Roberto Diaz, Joseph Silverstein and Gil Shaham. Accepted to Juilliard at age 16, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in May 2019.
She has served as Assistant Concertmaster and Second Violin Principal in the Juilliard Orchestra. In the spring of 2022, she will participate in a residency alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the MAX Keston Fellowship. Most recently, she graduated with a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music where she studied with Ani Kavafian. At Yale, she was recognized for outstanding achievement as a recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize and Alumni Association Prize. Previous teachers include Masao Kawasaki and Eugene Watanabe. Shenae is on the faculty at Gifted Music School and is currently expanding her own private studio.
Erin Svoboda-Scott has held the position of Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet in the Utah Symphony since 2013. Originally from the East Coast, Erin began her musical studies with the piano at the age of five and clarinet at nine. She earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Temple University, and Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Thomas Martin of the Boston Symphony, Ricardo Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mark Nuccio of the New York Philharmonic and Houston Symphony respectively. She spent her summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music
Festival. Erin freelanced in New York City after she graduated, playing with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and American Symphony Orchestra. She spent a year as the Assistant/2nd/E-flat clarinetist in the Colorado Symphony before moving to Utah. Also an
active chamber musician and soloist, she recorded the trio Tibetan Dances on Spring Dreams with Cho-Liang Lin on violin and the composer, Bright Sheng, on piano. Erin also premiered Michael Gandolfi’s Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon with her father, Richard Svoboda, on the bassoon.
When not performing, Erin enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, biking, and skiing the greens. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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