Distinguished Music Department faculty members explore vocal and instrumental works by Claudio Monteverdi, Salamone Rossi, JS Bach, and a newly-discovered solo work for viola da gamba by Bach's contemporary, Georg Philipp Telemann. Free and open to the public.
Mount Holyoke's distinguished Faculty Baroque Ensemble brings virtuosic brilliance and historical authenticity to a concert that spans the era, including works of early Baroque master, Claudio Monteverdi, giant of the High Baroque JS Bach, and a newly-discovered work by Georg Philipp Telemann for solo gamba, performed by the director of the renowned Five-College Early Music Program, Robert Eisenstein.
Cheryl Cobb, soprano
Lecturer in Music
Cheryl Cobb has sung throughout the East, including performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Musica Viva. She has appeared in operas in Boston, Paris and Brussels. Her recordings include Herstory I by Elizabeth Vercoe (National Public Radio), Full Moon in March by John Harbison (Nonesuch) and Handel's Giulio Cesare (London Video). Ms. Cobb has degrees from The Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory. She is former chair of the Voice Dept. of the Extension Division of New England Conservatory.
Stephanie Council, soprano
Director of Choral Ensembles and Visiting Lecturer in Music
Stephanie Council conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Stephanie is passionate about choral pedagogy, specifically the development of individual music literacy and building collective sound in the choral ensemble context. She is developing a sequential curriculum of sound building exercises and exploring the impact of conducting gestures on vocal production. Stephanie academic specialties include choral conducting and early music performance practice. Her research centered around the text painting in the five-voice settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Orlande de Lassus.
Robert Eisenstein, viola da gamba, violin
Director of Five College Early Music Program; Five College Senior Lecturer in Music
Robert Eisenstein is the director of the Five College Early Music Program and conducts the Early Music Collegium and Euridice Ensemble, a 17th and 18th-century chamber ensemble. He teaches music history and directs the Madrigal Singers at the University of Massachusetts, and performs regularly on the viola da gamba with colleagues and in his capacity as a founding member and programming director of the Folger Consort in Washington, DC. Mr. Eisenstein has performed with the New York Renaissance Band, Cappella Nova, the New York Consort of Viols, the Washington Bach Consort, and the National Symphony.
Linda Laderach, violin
Professor of Music
Linda Laderach combines a performing career on both Baroque and modern violin with her teaching career at Mount Holyoke.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Laderach performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. She won concerto competitions and performed the Barber Violin Concerto at Indiana University, where she was a student of Urico Rossi and Josef Gingold, and the Brahms Violin Concerto at Ohio University, where she was a student of Howard Beebe. Laderach studied chamber music with Janos Starker, William Primrose, Albert Lazan, Fritz Magg, and Leighton Conkling. She also attended and performed at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Aspen Music Festival, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and the University of Michigan in a weeklong master class with Henryk Szeryng.
Laderach has played many solo as well as chamber music concerts at Mount Holyoke and in the Five College area. Since 1989, she has toured the United States, Europe, and Asia with colleague Larry Schipull; their CD of Beethoven sonatas on the Folger Library Bard label is available online. Laderach and Schipull also worked on an interactive CD-ROM program on historically informed performance.
Laderach has taught in the Toledo Public Schools, at Bowling Green State University Extension Division, the Eastern Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and as a sabbatical replacement at Smith College and Ohio University.
Adeline Mueller, soprano
Assistant Professor of Music
Adeline Mueller is a music historian specializing in Mozart and eighteenth-century opera, ballet, and Lieder, with additional research interests in music and childhood, silent film music, and eighteenth-century musical ethnography. She has published articles on Mozart in the journals Eighteenth-Century Music (2013) and Opera Quarterly (2013), and guest edited an issue of Opera Quarterly (2012) on "Mozart’s Singspiel The Magic Flute".
Mueller also contributed chapters to the edited volumes Wagner and Cinema (Indiana, 2010) and The Works of Monsieur Noverre Translated from the French: Noverre, His Circle, and the English Lettres sur la danse (Pendragon, 2015). Her forthcoming book, Mozart and the Mediation of Childhood, examines Mozart’s role in the social and cultural construction of childhood during the Austrian Enlightenment, using evidence from his early career, his compositions for the young, early biographies, and posthumous (including spurious) music prints.
Other forthcoming publications include chapters in Dance and the Enlightenment (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment) and Mozart in Context (Cambridge). Adeline has presented papers at such conferences as the American Musicological Society, the Mozart Society of America, and the American and British Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Previous academic appointments include Brown University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2014-15) and New College, University of Oxford (Weston Junior Research Fellow in Music, 2011-14).
In her research and in courses such as History of Western Music, Shakespeare and Music, Music and Childhood, and Race in the American Musical, Adeline focuses on the ways music circulates among performers, consumers, and audiences, especially through print, and on musical practices as sites of social reflection and experimentation.
Ng Tian Hui, baritone
Orchestra Director; Assistant Professor of Music
The American Prize winning conductor Ng Tian Hui is Music Director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the Interim Music Director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Symphony Orchestra (USA).
His innovative programming has been acknowledged with grants from institutions such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Arts Council of Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, Women’s Philharmonic, and WomenArts, in addition to other awards from the Oregon Bach Festival, the Dartington International Music Festival, the Yale School of Music, and the Singapore Government Public Service Commission.
Advocating new music
An advocate of new music, he has assisted in and premiered new works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize winners such as Curt Cacioppo, Aaron Jay Kernis, Robert Kyr, David Sanford, and Joan Tower, and many young composers. He is particularly proud of his commissioning work, which has helped composers like Chen Zhangyi garner international prizes such as the London Symphony Orchestra Prize. His 2001 direction of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress was praised by the Birmingham Post (UK) for its “high orchestral quality” while his 2014 premiere of Mary D. Watkins’s Civil Rights era opera, Dark River, was critically acclaimed in the United States.
International and versatile conducting
Tian has conducted orchestras around the world including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA), and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra (UK), Orquestra de Cadaqués (Spain), Scottish Chamber Orchestra (UK), Tempesta di Mare (USA), and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada).
A versatile musician, he is equally at home in the realm of choral music and has conducted ensembles like the Stuttgart Chamber Choir (Germany), Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus (USA), Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (USA), Yale Schola Cantorum (USA), and the Young Person’s Chorus of New York (USA). He has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Dashon Burton, Tyler Duncan, Marcus Eiche, Adrianne Greenbaum, Ayano Kataoka, Ilya Polataev, Gary Steigerwalt, Astrid Schween, Philip Lima, Hanna Elisabeth Müller, Nicholas Phan, James Taylor, Gilles Vonsattel and Soyoung Yoon.
Tian’s irrepressible musical spirit first expressed itself when he conducted a choir of kindergarten children in his native Singapore at the age of five. A pianist, singer, and trombonist, he later studied composition and early music at the University of Birmingham (UK) where he discovered his love for Stravinsky and contemporary music.
Creative and interdisciplinary approaches
Returning home, he helped found one of the first contemporary music ensembles in the country and was soon composing for animation, dance, film, chorus, and orchestra. It was during this time that he discovered his affinity for interdisciplinary work and created the groundbreaking site-specific community-based arts festival, NOMAD, with which he has won awards from the Singapore National Arts Council. His works have since been heard in diverse settings such as the Hong Kong Film Festival, Animation World Magazine (USA), and Apsara Asia Dance (Singapore).
Tian continued his education at the Yale School of Music (USA) where he helped to start a new tradition with the music of his graduation recital reflecting on war and conflict. There, he fed his passion for the masterworks of the choral orchestral repertoire, assisting such renowned interpreters as Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Dale Warland, Simon Carrington, Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma. His recent studies have included work with Paolo Arrivabeni, John Carewe, Peter Eötvös, Kurt Masur, and Michel Tabachnik.
Larry Schipull, harpsichord
Professor of Music
Larry Schipull, organist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. He has appeared as organ recitalist at Wesleyan, Yale, and Drake Universities and as pianist/lecturer at Yale University.
Before Schipull's appointment as Mount Holyoke College organist and associate professor, he was on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong, where he was active as a recitalist and accompanist, with solo appearances in the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the City Hall Silver Jubilee celebrations.
Schipull is a frequent collaborative performer; he and Mount Holyoke colleague Linda Laderach have released a CD recording titledBeethoven Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano. Schipull, Laderach, Robert Eisenstein, Adrianne Greenbaum, Cheryl Cobb, and Ng Tian Hui perform together regularly as the Mount Holyoke Faculty Baroque Ensemble.
At Mount Holyoke, Schipull teaches Basic Musicianship, Music Theory, History of Western Music, and harpsichord and organ. He is the recipient of the Premier prix à l'unanimité, École nationale de musique, Rueil-Malmaison, France; was the national winner in organ, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition; and won first prize in the Ottumwa National Organ-Playing Competition.