Myers Art Series to present Lee Afdahl and Friends

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lee Afdahl on organ and piano and his friends on voice, flute, violin and oboe, will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Albert Lea United Methodist Church. The community is invited to attend. Admission is not charged, however, a freewill offering will be received.

Lee Afdahl is in his 16th season as the director of music and organist of First Presbyterian Church of Rochester. He is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with graduate work at the University of Michigan.

Afdahl has performed organ recitals, accompanied singers and instrumentalists, and conducted choirs for over 30 years. Afdahl is a published composer of choral and handbell music and a frequent clinician and conductor of handbell and choral festivals. In addition to his role as and instructor of organ and voice, he is active in the American Choral Directors&8217; Association, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, American Guild of Organists, and the Choristers Guild.

Joining Afdahl will be the Classic Brass Quintet consisting of Ellington Bandel, Eric Straubmuller, Steve Williams, John Dahlen and Warren Bandel, as well as Allan Dale, violinist. Cynthia Dario-Good, soprano, Nancy Osteraas, flutist, and Music Associate Jennifer Taylor, oboist.

The Classic Brass has been entertaining southeastern Minnesota for nearly 20 years. Its eclectic musical repertoire of more than 300 songs includes jazz standards, Broadway show tunes and traditional classical favorites. The current members have been playing together for five years and are proud to offer music for all occasions.

Allan Dale studied violin at the Regina Conservatory of Music (which was associated with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada) in Regina, Canada. He has been a member of various orchestras and chamber music groups, as well as performing solo. He has also been a frequent contributor to the music program at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

Cynthia Dario-Good teaches voice at Luther College and has a private voice and piano studio in Rochester. She performs regularly with he vocal trio, Bellissima, and with Jane Belau on Monday mornings at the Gonda building. She has been a soloist for the Choral Arts Ensemble, the Rochester Chamber Music Society and the Rochester Aria Group. She is the music director at First Christian Church.

Nancy Osteraas studied Suzuki Philosophy and Pedagogy at East Tennessee State University graduating with a degree in flute performance. After graduating she moved to Rochester to teach Suzuki flute. Nancy studied with Toshio Takahashi at Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and graduated in 1992. She also studied with Louis Moyse.

Nancy has been teaching Suzuki flute for over 20 years. She has also taught many institutes including East Tennessee State University Institute International. She is past president of the Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association. Along with maintaining a studio of flute students, Nancy is a freelance performer.

Jennifer Taylor is the music associate at First Presbyterian Church where her duties include directing the Cherub Choir and Alleluia Ringers. She also directs First Players, First Presbyterian&8217;s instrumental program which is in its fifth year. Jennifer graduated from Lawrence University with a double major in instrumental and vocal education and has taught music education for twenty-one years. She has published articles in The Chorister about First Presbyterian&8217;s choir school and instrumental program. Taylor serves on the board of directors for the Rochester Orchestra and Chorale and the Rochester Aria Group.

Thelast program of the Myers Art Series season will be on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. The Bloomington Chorus will present &8220;The Messiah&8221; with chorus, soloists and instruments.