Sunday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary: Please join us for a recital of works for classical guitar and trombone, by Salisbury University Music Department professors Danielle Cumming, Lawrence Knier, and William Folger. This event is free and open to the public. Works will include compositions by George Gershwin, Manuel Ponce, Paul Hindemith, and more. A performance of particular note for churchgoers is Bruce Stark’s “Gospel Song Fantasy for Trombone and Piano.
Classical guitarist Danielle Cumming is a performer and teacher whose performances have been broadcast in the United States and in Canada on national television and radio. She has given recitals, taught master classes, and served on international guitar competition juries in North America and Europe. After a year of study in Spain, Danielle released her solo CD, postcards, a recording of 20th century repertoire with world music influences. Danielle holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University and a Masters in Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with the renowned guitarist Norbert Kraft. Danielle is also a certified yoga instructor, and has created and taught yoga programs to help musicians prevent injuries and handle performance anxiety.
Lee Knier relocated to the Eastern Shore following a career as a music educator in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A graduate of both Temple and Arcadia Universities, he earned degrees in Music Education and Performance with concentrations in trombone and conducting. He is presently conducting the Wind Ensemble at Salisbury University and teaching courses in music and applied brass lessons. He has also served as Interim Conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Director of Bands at Temple University. Formerly a trombonist with St. Peter by the Sea Orchestra, he has also performed regularly with the Mid Atlantic Symphony, Metro Lyric Opera Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Main Line Symphony, Brookdale Big Band, Tex Benecke and the Modernaires and the Steel Pier Show Band. He has also toured with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra with Buddy DeFranco.
William M. Folger, appointed to the music faculty in 2003, is a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach. As Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities, he conducts the University Chorale, Chamber Choir, and the University-Community Chorus. He teaches courses in conducting, singer’s diction, choral methods, class voice, choral and musical theatre literature, and musical theatre workshop, and musical theatre. He has directed Junior and Senior High School Choirs, community and professional level choral ensembles, and several amateur and professional musical theater productions in New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina and West Virginia. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with instrumental and vocal artists in New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Dr. Folger is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia and Ithaca College, where he majored in Music Education, Music Therapy, and Conducting (MM). He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught on the faculties of Concord College, UNCG, Ithaca College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.