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Three faculty perform in annual chamber music concert

Monday, October 3, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—The sixth annual Randall Family Chamber Music Concert will be performed Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. in Coffman Chapel at Hood College.

The endowed series, made possible by a generous gift in honor of the Randall family, will feature the 41-rank Coblentz Memorial organ, one of the largest pipe organs in the Frederick area.

Wayne L. Wold, D.M.A., associate professor of music and college organist, will be joined by Hood music department faculty members RoseAnn Markow Lester, violin; and Barbara Spicher, flute. The program will feature works by Bach, Vitali, Alain, Loeillet, Jacob, Vierne and Wold.

Wold has performed across the U.S. and in Europe as a soloist and with ensembles that include the Hood Chamber Players and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a church musician and leads several workshops each year. Wold has more than 300 compositions in print and is the author of three books.

Wold earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Concordia College, a master of sacred music degree from Wittenberg University and a doctoral degree from Shenandoah University.

RoseAnn Markow Lester teaches violin and viola at Hood and directs the string ensemble. She has been an active performer for many years and was a founding member of Hood’s annual Summer Chamber Music Festival. She has served as the concertmistress of Hood's "Messiah" orchestra for more than 20 years as well as concertmistress of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the recent Baroque festival in Frederick. As a recording artist, she can be heard on the Centaur, Koch International and RWYA labels. Markow Lester earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Barbara Spicher is a founding member of the Appalachian Wind Quintet and is also a member of the Hood Chamber Players, L’Arabesque Baroque and the Winchester Baroque ensembles. She is principal flutist of the Mercersburg Chorus and Orchestra and the Shippensburg University Festival Orchestras, and performs with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, W.Va. For many seasons she has performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Millbrook Orchestra and the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players. She teaches at Hood College and Shepherd University.

The 2,450-pipe organ, not typically featured in chamber music concerts because of its considerable size, can be transformed into a smaller instrument better suited for the softer, more intimate sound of chamber music by using a few stops at a time. The full organ sound also will be heard on several pieces in the program.

The organ was built in 1955 by the M. P. Möller Company of Hagerstown and was given as a gift to the college by family and friends of the late Oscar B. Coblentz. It was enlarged in 1971 and again in 1994.

For more information, contact Noel Lester, D.M.A., professor of music, at (301) 696-3429 or by e-mail at nlester@hood.edu.