CLARKS SUMMIT — Members of the music faculty at Marywood University will open the 2016-2017 Arts at First Presbyterian season with a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.
Soprano Jenn Cowgill will pair up with flutist Diane Schultz in the first half of the program, with violinist Sophie Till heading up the second half. Pianist Rick Hoffenberg, Director of Choral Activities at Marywood, will be the accompanist for both programs.
Cowgill is associate professor of voice at Marywood University. She has performed a wide variety of repertoire in recital, concert, opera and musical theater throughout the United States. Her recent opera roles include the role of Hannah in “The Merry Widow,” Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Pamina in “The Magic Flute.” This summer she performed the role of Rosalind in “Die Fledermaus” with PA Lyric Opera.
Flutist and piccoloist Diane Boyd Schultz has established her career through solo and chamber performances in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, Romania and Austria. Schultz is professor of flute of the School of Music at The University of Alabama, where she is also a member of the Capstone Wind Quintet.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Marywood University, Sophie Till is also the Director of the award-winning Marywood University String Project, a program designed to train student teachers and provide affordable string education for children ages 4-18. She has given recitals and master-classes all over the world, and is sought after as a violin soloist.
The Arts at First Presbyterian concert series receives support from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program (administered by the Pocono Arts Council), a Lackawanna County Arts and Cultural Grant, and numerous individual donors. For more information about the concert, call the church office at 570-586-6306 or visit fpccs.org.