Debussy 100 Music Festival


All events take place in Wheeler Concert Hall on the University of Evansville Campus except where noted. Free admission, no tickets required.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

1:30 p.m. - Student Recital*
3:00 p.m. - Catherine Kautsky Recital: Préludes, Estampes, Études and more
5:00 p.m. - University of Evansville Piano Faculty Masterclass*

Monday, October 1, 2018

11:00 a.m. - Catherine Kautsky Lecture: Debussy’s Paris
12:00 p.m. - Catherine Kautsky Book Signing: Debussy's Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque
7:30 p.m. - Paulina Zamora Recital: Études, plus complete Bach Inventions

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Paulina Zamora Masterclass (Room 110)
7:30 p.m. - University of Evansville Faculty Recital: Solo piano and chamber music

Music Festival Poster

*The University of Evansville invites applications from students to perform in the Sunday Student Recital and/or UE Faculty Masterclass. The recital repertoire should be by Debussy, and can be for any instrument or voice. The masterclass repertoire should be for the piano, by any composer. Performers may be either college level or pre-college. Students wishing to perform should send their name, age, years of study, piece to be performed, and piano teacher contact information to the address below.

Garnet Ungar
Department of Music
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A. 47722
812-488-2228 (office) 812-217-2488 (mobile)

Performer Biographies

Catherine Kautsky, Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI has been lauded by the New York Times as “a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers … The music spoke directly to the listener, with neither obfuscation nor pretense.” She was the 2016 winner of the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2013 winner of the university’s Faculty Convocation Award, and in 2017 she was honored with the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Chair in Music. Her recent recording of the Debussy Preludes, released by Centaur in September, 2014, was said to “bring out all the power, majesty, and mystery of Debussy’s conception.” Ms. Kautsky, whose teachers have included Rosina Lhévinne, György Sebők, Leon Fleisher, Martin Canin, and Gilbert Kalish, has concertized widely, performing in major halls such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Phillips Collection, Jordan Hall, and the Chicago Cultural Center. She has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and appeared frequently on public radio. She has spent two sabbaticals in Paris and played abroad in France, England, Italy, Spain, Poland, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Russia, and South Africa. Known as both a solo and collaborative performer, Ms. Kautsky has performed chamber music at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grand Teton Festivals, presented masterclasses on five continents, and recently recorded the complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano.

Ms. Kautsky, whose students have won prizes across the country and gone on to leading graduate programs, has taught at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music since 1987, with a six-year hiatus as piano faculty and chair of the Keyboard Dept. at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Known for her cross-disciplinary interests, she was awarded the Arts Institute Creative Arts Award at UW-Madison and has presented frequently at national conferences on such topics as “On the Trail of Chopin and George Sand,” “WWI: A Centenary Look at the Musical Wars,” and “Celebrating Debussy and the Arts du Spectacle.” Her articles have appeared in Clavier, American Music Teacher, and International Piano.

Ms. Kautsky holds a Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, a Master’s from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Her new book, Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque, was issued by Rowman and Littlefield in September, 2017. Pianist Richard Goode reported being “entranced and delighted throughout” while Booklist called it “a fascinating fusion of music, literature, and social history.”

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Chilean-American pianist Paulina Zamora has given solo, concerto, and chamber music concerts throughout the Americas, Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East. A recipient of first prizes in the Primer Concurso Latinoamericano in Chile, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and the Chautauqua Piano Competition, she has appeared in festivals such as the Ernen Musikdorf and Lausanne Music Festival in Switzerland, the Banff Music Festival in Canada, and the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York. She has performed live on National Public Radio and the Swiss-French Radio, and has concertized with distinguished cellist János Starker, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Annette-Barbara Vogel, violists Atar Arad and Jodi Levitz, pianists Rebecca Penneys and John Milbauer, tenor Alan Bennett, clarinetists Luis Rossi and Eli Eban, and flutist Jacques Zoon, among others.

Paulina is a Delos recording artist and has recorded several CDs of chamber music. In April of 2016 her recording of the complete Brahms Piano Trios with cellist Uri Vardi and violinist David Perry received a wonderful review from Gramophone “Sounds of America” Magazine. Her most recent CD is the complete Debussy Études. Paulina has performed, premiered and recorded more than seventy works for solo piano and chamber music by both North-American and Latin-American composers.

Her passion for teaching has taken her to the major conservatories of Malaysia, China, South Korea, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ukraine, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Germany, Canada, and The United States. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Chile, where she created the Master’s degree in Instrumental Performance, unique in South America, and is currently designing the Doctorate degree, which she hopes to implement in the near future.

Paulina was born in Antofagasta, Chile and from the age of eleven began performing complete sets of music from memory, starting with Bach’s Two- and Three-Part Inventions and the six volumes of Béla Bartok’s Mikrokosmos. From there she embarked on Mozart´s entire solo sonatas, the complete Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, Chopin´s twenty-four Études, Liszt’s Concert Etudes, and Debussy’s complete solo and chamber repertoire. Paulina has also played the entire Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff works for piano and strings in addition to the whole cello repertoire and complete four-hand and two piano repertoire. She was educated at the University of Chile (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Indiana University (DM). Her main teachers have included Rebecca Penneys, György Sebők, and János Starker.

Cellist Jennifer Farny holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers include Dr. Helga Winold, Eric Kim, Robert deMaine, and Dr. Eric Edberg. Ms. Farny has appeared as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warren (MI) Symphony Orchestra and the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra. She appears frequently on music department recitals as soloist and chamber musician and performs as assistant principal cellist with both the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Farny currently teaches courses in applied cello.

Anne Hastings Fiedler is currently Professor of Music and head of the keyboard area at the University of Evansville. She is a recipient of the prestigious Exemplary Teacher Award given by University of Evansville and also the Outstanding Teacher Award given by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She was honored as Artist of the Year at the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards and from 2013- 2018 held the title of Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music.

An active performer, Professor Fiedler was finalist and prizewinner in the National Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition and has collaborated nationally with a variety of soloists and ensembles, notably in performances at International Trumpet Guild Conference and several International Double Reed Society Conferences. She can be heard on the CD entitled Oboe Serenade. Professor Fiedler has been featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Evansville Chamber Orchestra and the University of Evansville Orchestra. She performs frequently as collaborative pianist with faculty and guest artists on the First Tuesday Series and Tuesday Night Concert Series sponsored by the music department. Fiedler is also principal keyboard and a second violinist in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Professor Fiedler's diverse areas of interest and teaching experience include studio piano, music theory, piano pedagogy, and collaborative piano. She has reviewed collegiate theory texts for McGraw-Hill Publishing and regularly presents master classes and serves as an adjudicator for local, state, and regional piano competitions. She is co-founder and first president of the Greater Evansville Chapter of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and has presented at IMTA state conferences.

Professor Fiedler holds Bachelor of Music with Highest Honors and Master of Music Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently teaches courses in applied piano and music theory.

Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne is a Hungarian-American harpist, a Kodály pedagogue, and a researcher in physical wellness for musicians. She has given concerts across Europe and America, and is a recipient of the Pro Artibus Award from the Artisjus Foundation for promoting Hungarian contemporary music abroad.

She has made presentations at the Fifth and the Eighth World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen, Denmark and in Geneva, Switzerland; The American String Teacher Association National Conferences in Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, and in Kansas City, MO; Third International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii; The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium V, in Newfoundland, Canada; and the Seventeenth International Kodály Symposium in Leicester, England. Her professional work can be heard on the solo harp CD recordings Harpa Hungarica and Harpchipelago, and seen on the DVD program Harp Playing for Life.

Dr. Rinne is an honor graduate of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, and holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.

Flutist Leanne Hampton enjoys an exciting and versatile career as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She is the Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville as well as Principal Flute for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Leanne completed a DMA at the University of Colorado Boulder where she served as a teaching assistant to Christina Jennings. Since 2012, she served as the instructor of flute for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Colorado.

Additionally, Leanne was a member of an award-winning graduate wind quintet, 40th Parallel. She has performed with the Boulder Opera Company, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Leanne has attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival, and she is a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony’s 2017-2018 season. She has performed under the baton of distinguished conductors including Marvin Hamlisch and Robert Spano, and she has worked with prominent artists such as Gil Shaham, Stephen Hough, and the Indigo Girls. Leanne has premiered works by American composer Daniel Kellogg, and she performed has with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, and at the Midwest American Composers Exchange Conference. She has competed and won prizes at the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist, Oklahoma Flute Society, MTNA, and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Leanne received her MM from the University of Colorado and BA from the University of Central Arkansas. Her principal teachers are Christina Jennings, Dr. Carolyn Brown, and Brook Ferguson. Other important influences include Nadine Asin and Leone Buyse.

The Harlaxton Quintet is the woodwind quintet-in-residence at the University of Evansville, and has appeared many times in the area in formal concerts as well as in education concerts in area schools. The members are Leanne Hampton, flute, Elizabeth Robertson, oboe, Thomas Josenhans, clarinet, Edwin Lacy, bassoon, and Emily Britton, horn.

Dr. Alanna Keenan, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Evansville, holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in vocal performance with a minor in musicology from Louisiana State University. She teaches applied voice and diction. Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Music she taught at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where she directed the vocal program and taught courses in performance, music history, diction, and aural skills.

Dr. Keenan is an active performer in recital, opera, and oratorio. Among the roles she has sung are Mother Marie (Dialogue of the Carmelites), Mrs. McClean (Susannah), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and the title role in Carmen. Oratorio credits include Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Schubert’s Mass in G. Keenan has recently appeared as a soloist with OvreArts, the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, and choir of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Keenan’s students have been accepted to graduate schools across the country including Indiana University, Catholic University, Cleveland State University, and East Carolina University. Her students have been accepted into summer programs such as SongFest and the American Singers’ Opera Project. She is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Eric McCluskey is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Evansville, where he currently teaches applied voice and the vocal diction courses. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Dr. McCluskey was an Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia where he taught applied voice, vocal diction, song literature, and vocal pedagogy. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Distinguished Professor Timothy Noble. His Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music come from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Additionally, McCluskey received training while participating in the Merola Program with the San Francisco Opera, the Musicians Club of America in Franklin, North Carolina, and at the Chautauqua Institute in New York.

Before beginning a teaching career McCluskey sang professionally and continues to perform as often as his teaching will allow today. His career spans over thirty years and began with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 1985 singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Leonard Slatkin conducting. After completing a Masters degree in 1986 his career began to escalate and by the early 1990’s he had sung with opera companies across the United States. His performances include touring with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater and two tours with New York City Opera’s National Company. He has sung side by side with some of the great ladies of opera today including Susan Graham, Anna Marie Martinez, and Christine Brewer. McCluskey has also worked with some of the leading conductors, coaches, and stage directors including the already mentioned Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Donald Palumbo, Stephen Lord and the late Colin Graham.

Dr. McCluskey has sung a few world premieres including Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Singing Child with the Spoleto Festival USA and Opera Omaha’s performances of Weisgall’s Gardens of Adonis and Casken’s Golem. His career has afforded him some unique performances including singing Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Paris Opera Ballet. McCluskey sang the performance with the orchestra in the pit while the international ballet star Rudolf Nureyev danced. Dr. McCluskey has also enjoyed performances on board the HMS Sagafjord and Vistafjord on three different occasions.

Several awards helped launch his career, including the William Matheus Sullivan Award, the Richard Gaddes Award from Opera Theater of Saint Louis, the Merola Opera Awards, and the Young Artist Competition from the Women’s Association of the St. Louis Symphony Society. He also credits competitions in which he competed as a finalist, including The Bruce Yarnell Competition and the Zachary Competition.

While completing his doctoral degree at Indiana University, Dr. McCluskey began building a web site for the songs of Gerald Finzi and one can now visit an expanded version of the site at:

Garnet Ungar has appeared throughout the world as piano soloist with orchestra, in recitals and masterclasses at major universities, and in broadcasts on American Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, and Hong Kong Radio. Highlights of recent seasons were recitals and masterclasses at Xinghai Conservatory in China, Kwassui University in Japan, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, Hong Kong Baptist University, Tanglewood, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. He has also performed in Switzerland, Sweden, and England, and his recording of the Brahms Second Piano Concerto with the Varna Philharmonic in Bulgaria was described in Clavier Magazine as "powerful and precise…having solidity and passion, a magisterial presence, structural integrity, immediacy and intensity." In 2009 he released his second CD, of Schubert piano works. A review in Fanfare Magazine mentioned "subtle nuances under perfect control and never sounding self-conscious…a fine control of myriad touches and colors… steady, focused, and unrelenting-a really superlative account." Clavier Companion describes "an impressively imaginative and nuanced musical sensitivity with a refined technique" and "a complexity to his interpretations that cannot be fully appreciated at a first listening."

Dr. Ungar recently co-wrote Inner Voices, the autobiography of his most famous teacher, Abbey Simon. Published in 2017 and available on, the book traces Simon's artistic and personal journey from his childhood at the Curtis Institute to navigating the thorny business of music and, of course, the music itself. The book also contains several appendices of historical significance.

Dr. Ungar has served on the piano faculties of Mount Royal University in Calgary, the University Settlement House in Toronto, and the Music at Maple Mount Summer Institute in Kentucky. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Evansville in Indiana. He regularly adjudicates piano competitions including, most recently, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Midwest Young Artists in Chicago, and Kentucky and Tennessee MTNA. In demand as a private teacher, his students have won several other important local and state competitions. They have included six first prizewinners in the Evansville Philharmonic Competition, four finalists in the Indianapolis Symphony Competition, and first and second place winners in the Murray State/Paducah Symphony Competition. He has also taught multiple State MTNA and Evansville Schmidt Award winners.

Born in Montréal, Dr. Ungar obtained degrees in piano performance from the Universities of Toronto, Calgary, and Houston, where his principal teachers were William Aide, Marilyn Engle, Abbey Simon, and Ruth Tomfohrde. Additional studies include sessions at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, where he obtained an Associate Performer's diploma, with Marek Jablonski at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Marc Durand and Anton Kuerti at the Centre d'Arts Orford in Québec, and Bernard Ebert at the Académie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland.

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