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School of Music to Host Faculty Chamber Recital


On Friday, Sept. 23, Lee University’s Faculty Chamber Recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall.

The recital will feature Lee University Assistant Professor of Piano, Dr. Cahill Smith, as well as violinist Geoffrey Herd, violist Deanna Anderson, and cellist Heather Anderson. The program includes piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms.

Deanna Anderson, a Minneapolis–Saint Paul native, is a freelance performer and teacher recently based in Paris, France. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Conservatoire de Paris. Through the Conservatoire de Paris, Anderson has performed in collaboration with the Ensemble Intercontemporain with conductor Mattias Pintscher. She has also participated in numerous small-ensemble contemporary music projects.

Currently based in Chattanooga, Heather Anderson teaches and performs as a chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed with the Greenville Symphony, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, among others. Recently, she has held principal positions with the Orford Academy Orchestra and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra. Heather holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with David Ying of the Ying Quartet.

Geoffrey Herd is sought after as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been featured with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Ithaca College Symphony, and the Finger Lakes Symphony, among others. He received an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he was the recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize for excellence in violin, and also holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University. Herd recently joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Dr. Cahill Smith performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, including three programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as venues in China, Ukraine, England, and Ireland. While pursuing his doctorate at Eastman School of Music, he received the Douglas Lowry award for excellence in performance, won the Eastman Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching as a graduate assistant. He also holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“The piano quartet is an intimate chamber ensemble with a beautiful repertoire,” said Smith. “With an exciting program and musicians of this caliber, you won’t be disappointed! We are looking forward to sharing this music with close friends and our audience.”

The recital is free of charge and open to the public. Squires Recital Hall is located in Lee’s Humanities Building on Parker Street.

For more information about the recital or other music events, contact the School of Music at 423-614-8240 or by email at music@leeuniversity.edu.
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