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Music Professor to Participate in The Julliard School’s pianoSonoma Music Festival

Henderson, Tenn. - Feb 15, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University professor Richard England will work with an artist in residence for the pianoSonoma Music Festival in collaboration with The Julliard School Evening Division in New York City. The intensive workshop is scheduled for June 5-8, 2017.

England will work with violinist Doori Na, winner of numerous competitions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Also an avid chamber musician, Doori Na has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, Cynthia Phelps and Nancy Allen. He has performed with many different ensembles, ranging from classical and new music to jazz. He has toured Europe, Japan, Guatemala and the United States.

Pianists Jessica and Michael Shinn, both on the faculty of The Julliard School, are co-founders and artistic directors of the pianoSonoma Music Festival. Jessica Shinn has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Michael Shinn is chair of keyboard studies at The Julliard School where he teaches piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy and keyboard skills for pianists and conductors.

As duo pianists and Yamaha Artists, the couple performs regularly throughout the United States. In addition, they have spoken about the role of the arts in society.

England teaches courses in music appreciation, music education, music history and piano at FHU. He has performed in a variety of venues both nationally and internationally as a solo pianist, and has worked with university musical theater productions. In addition, he composed original music for FHU’s productions of “A Winter’s Tale” and “The Miracle Worker,” as well as music for independent films. He has twice been a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

The pianoSonoma Music Festival has completed five seasons in Sonoma County, California. The festival is collaborating with The Julliard School’s Evening Division to bring this new version of its summer programming to New York City.