Richard Zielinski, is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, he conducted the opening concert for the 2014 international Haydntage with a world premiere of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten choreographed for ballet. He has also premiered performances of Die Schöpfung and Carmina Burana choreographed for ballet as well as numerous stage productions for music theater. In his eighth year as artistic director of the Classical Music Festival, Zielinski also serves as conductor for the Norman Philharmonic in Oklahoma and is on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma.
Zielinski has conducted extensively both in the United States and abroad including The Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and Poland’s Szczecin Philaharmonic Orchestra. He has also held several positions abroad including artistic director and conductor for Chor Akademicki Politechniki Szczecinskiej, In Terra Pax, and the International Festival of Choral Song in Poland. Recently, Zielinski was awarded the Gold Medal of Achievement for his artistic achievements and musical contributions in Eisenstadt as principal conductor and artistic director of the Classical Music Festival.
A champion of new music, Richard Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads the Norman Philharmonic in performances of contemporary works from composers like Libby Larsen, John Mackey, and Michael Daugherty. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has also recorded works by Norman Dello Joio, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daley, David Del Tredici, Alice Parker, and Eric Whitacre among others.
Throughout his career, Richard Zielinski has devoted time to working with students and young artists. In addition to creating and leading outreach programs with the Norman Philharmonic, he also has worked with students at numerous music festivals in the United States and abroad.
Don V Moses
Don V Moses, Founding Director and Conductor Emeritus, received his degrees from Kansas State University, Fort Hays, and Indiana University. A former Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois, Dr. Moses has held conducting faculty appointments at the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Among his many frequent guest conducting appearances with choruses and orchestras in the U.S. and internationally, he has conducted the Györ, Hungary, Philharmonic, and the Taipai Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Taiwan. With his love of Haydn and vision for musical performances, he founded the Classical Music Festival in 1975 and provided the leadership for 25 years of successful concerts, lectures, and seminars in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, and Vienna. His latest book, “The Masses of Joseph Haydn” is available at www.Haydnmasses.com.
Gary Seighman, Chorusmaster
Gary Seighman is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Trinity University. Under his direction, Trinity’s choral ensembles have garnered broad accolades with invited performances at professional conferences, tours throughout the United States, and annual collaborations with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Dr. Seighman is highly active as a clinician, guest conductor, and presenter. He has traveled to East Asia three times between 2015-2017 where he conducted the Peking University Summer Opera, led masterclasses in Taiwan, and guest conducted throughout the Henan province. Other recent conducting engagements include the Arkansas Intercollegiate All-State Choir, an invited performance of the Trinity University Chamber Singers at the 2015 TMEA Convention, the TMEA Region XI Treble Choir, two world-premieres in collaborations with the Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony and renowned Cantus vocal ensembles, and guest conducting the San Antonio Children’s Chorus. Prior to his 2009 appointment, Seighman directed the professional choir at Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes in DC and prepared masterworks for the National Symphony Orchestra. He has led interest sessions at state, division, and national conferences, and is a panelist for the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin. Seighman holds degrees from Westminster Choir College, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Maryland. He resides in San Antonio with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Seighman, and two children.
Xiaocheng Jia, Concertmaster
Xiaocheng Jia is associate professor of violin at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, a position she has held since 2004. This is her second year as concertmaster for the Classical Music Festival after having served two years as assistant concertmaster. A frequent soloist and active chamber musician, she has performed in recital and concert with many well known orchestras throughout China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the United States. In 2016 she was Visiting Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at Indiana State University, performing several collaborative recitals in the U.S., including with Trio Bella Voce, with whom she recently released a CD recording. She is active as a guest teacher and clinician and was part of the highly acclaimed Orchestra Kids program in Beijing. A recipient of several national violin competitions, Xiaocheng studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for nine years before receiving her Bachelor's degree (2002) and Master's degrees (2004) in Violin Performance from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. She is also a member of the Chinese Musician's Association.
Carolyn True, piano seminar faculty and rehearsal accompanist
Carolyn True has been described as “an artist with commanding technique, always at the service of the music and capable of taming any tigers the composer has unleashed. “ She has performed across the country and overseas, and can be heard via recordings in solo, duo, and chamber settings. True edited two volumes of piano works by Starer and Milhaud, and with duo partner, Bradley Beckman, compiled and edited a graded volume of piano duets (Duet Discoveries). In addition, True is a core member of the award-winning SOLI Chamber Ensemble. Her teachers have included three Trues of distinction (Marilyn – precollege, Wesley – undergraduate, Nelita – graduate studies), Eric Heidsieck, Thomas Schumacher, and Jean Barr. Carolyn True currently is on the faculty of Trinity University, where she teaches individual lessons, accompanying, piano ensemble, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and related courses.
Judy Stafslien, piano seminar faculty and rehearsal accompanist
Judy Stafslien, is a Coach/Accompanist at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she received her degrees in piano performance and music education. Well known as a collaborative artist in the upper Midwest she has accompanied soloists and choral groups throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Stafslien has served as a professional accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing , the Metropolitan Opera District and Regional Audtions, and the Schubert Club Auditions. She has accompanied solo, choral, and chamber works for the Classical Music Festival since 1987.
Dr. Brian T. Kilp, Orchestra Manager
Dr. Brian T. Kilp joined the faculty of Indiana State University in 1998 where he is Professor of Music/Horn and member of the ISU Faculty Brass and Woodwind Quintets. Brian has presented master classes and performed in Vladivostok, Russian Federation (supported by the US Dept. of State), at several Conservatories in P.R. China, as well as in numerous cities, towns, and villages in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and at National Taichung and National Taitung Universities in Taiwan. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Rajabhat University Maha Sarakham University, and in 2010 awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. He has been Visiting Guest Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University, and the Shenyang and Dalian Conservatories of Music. He is currently Principal Horn and Orchestra Manager of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria, principal horn of the Terre Haute and Danville (IL) Symphonies, a member of the MahlerFest Orchestra, in Boulder, CO, and the peerless New Sousa Band. He is a founding member of Trio Bella Voce and The Ambassador Brass, both of which have toured performed in numerous venues in China, and throughout Thailand, and Vietnam.
Dr. Ricky Duhaime
Dr. Ricky Duhaime, Mosher Professor of Music at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, serves as Principal Clarinetist and Coordinator of Woodwind Chamber Music for the festival. He holds B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of New Hampshire, M.M. from the University of Illinois, and the first D.M.A. in Multiple Woodwind Performance granted by the University of North Texas. He appears regularly as soloist, clinician, and ensemble performer, including tours with the New Millenium, Galliard, and Walden String Quartets, the American Chamber Winds in Europe, and the Grand Avenue Quartet, specializing in 18th Century music on period instruments, as well as holding guest artist and visiting professorship appointments at the Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt. Recent publications include modern editions of the Missa brevis in D Major, KV 194, by W.A. Mozart, and the American Jazz Mass by Frank Tirro, both premiered on the Austin College campus.
Cathy Griffin, Festival Administrator, is a self-employed marketing consultant specializing in work with arts organizations and financial institutions. She has held marketing management positions with several major financial institutions before starting her own business. In addition to receiving a masters degree from the University of Tulsa, she has performed with opera companies in Seattle, Phoenix, and Indianapolis.
Born and raised in Eisenstadt, Martin serves as Staff Assistant and coordinates arrangements for festival transportation and tours, along with many other administrative needs that occur throughout the year. Martin has been working for the festival since 2012 and is currently studying International Business Relations (BA-degree) at the University of Applied Science in Eisenstadt while working part time in hotel management. He works tirelessly for the festival through the year, and especially during the time we are in Eisenstadt. He'll be one of the team members at the airport to greet you.
Susan UrbachSusan Urbach serves as Operations Manager with the Classical Music Festival. Most recently, she served as Regional Director for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Oklahoma, a position she held for the past 27 years. Being involved with the Classical Music Festival unites both her interests in business and music, having received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She spent 16 years as a church musician conducting the Tinker Air Force Base Chapel choirs for eight years and several other Oklahoma church music programs. In addition, she worked with MIDI for Kids in their early-stage business development and also produced a CD There Was a Time, Music of Stephen Foster.
Piotr Szulc, serves as the Production & Facilities Manager with responsibility for coordinating facility arrangements for the Festival. Piotr is highly experienced with producing festivals as the owner of a company in Poland which produces concerts throughout Europe. His work has also included producing and serving as emcee for a variety of events including international tennis tournaments, jazz festivals, artistic tours, as well as a wide range of special events for businesses. He also serves as Director of the International Festival of Choral Song in Miedzyzdroje, Poland and is a member of the Board of the Pomeranian Medical Academy Choir in Szczecin, Poland. Prior to this, Piotr was part-owner of a public relations and advertising agency for 20 years.
Anne Swedish Moses
Anne Swedish Moses has served as Administrative Director for the Classical Music Festival as well as soprano soloist for many years. After a successful career as a highly sought after soloist in recital, oratorio, and opera, she turned to public relations and management, bringing this expertise to the organizational work of the festival. Anne now serves as a member of the festival's board of directors.
Nicole Van Every, Soprano
American soprano Nicole Van Every is quickly making a name for herself in the vocal performance world. Hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears” (The City Sentinel, Oklahoma City), her lyrical voice is known for its rich warmth, versatility, and particular ease of high sustained pinissimos. She was a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. Most recently, she was announced as first-place winner of the 2016 National Classical Singer Summer Competition (United States). Van Every made her professional operatic debut as Violetta (La Traviata) with Painted Sky Opera at the Oklahoma City Civic Center in February 2017. Her performance was met with high praise from audience and media. She returned to the Civic Center as the title role in Puccini’s Tosca in October 2017. She made her international solo concert debut in 2007 on the Isle of Wight, England, singing an original work by American composer Nancy Farndale. Since then, she has performed solo repertoire in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Greece, where she was the invited soloist at the 2014 International Computer Music Conference in Athens. In June 2018, she will join the Zielinski Singers for a concert tour in Poland. She also enjoys a very active solo career in the United States, with recent credits including: Mozart’s Vesperae solennes and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Oklahoma Master Chorale; Mozart’s Regina coeli at Alice Tully Hall in New York City; Mozart’s Mass in c minor and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Kirksville (Missouri) Symphony; Saint-Saëns’ La Nuit and Bob Chilcott’s Requiem with the Quincy (Illinois) Symphony; Mozart’s Voi che sapete and Una donna a quindici anni with the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Symphony; Orff’s Carmina Burana and Stravinsky’s Les noces with the University of Oklahoma Chorale and Oklahoma Festival Ballet; and Dubois’ Seven Last Words, Rutter’s Magnificat, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, with the Norman (Oklahoma) Philharmonic.
Jacquelyn Matava, Mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “warm, soothing legato line”, American mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava has been heard as a soloist in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces. Operatic credits include the title roles in Cendrillon and Dido and Aeneas, Charlotte (Werther), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Nancy (Albert Herring), Marthe (Faust), and Cecilia March (Little Women). Jacquelyn won 2nd Place in the 2018 NATS Artist Awards Texoma Regional and was a Regional Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2014, she sang at the Lucerne Festival under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. A native of Farmington, Connecticut, Jacquelyn holds a D.M. and M.M. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a B.A. from Vassar College. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.
Thomas Cannon, bass-baritone
Thomas Cannon is attracting attention as an important singer with a unique voice, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression. He has performed with: the Glimmerglass Festival, where he was singled out for his “forceful, throbbing voice” (Opera News), Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and The Dallas Opera. He has recently appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Scarpia in Tosca, and Escamillo in Carmen at The Music Academy of the West. Up and coming performances include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and roles of note include: Germont (La Traviata), Albert (Werther), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor).
Mr. Cannon has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, and Delius’ Eine Messe des Lebens. He’s been a soloist with The St. Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing masses of Mozart and Shubert. Elsewhere, he has performed a host of oratorio and orchestra works including: Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and Handel’s Messiah.
He is a graduate of Baylor University and The Juilliard School, and has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Pawel Wolski, tenor
Tenor, Pawel Wolksi, is a highly sought after soloist who has performed extensively throughout Europe with more than 30 opera and operatic roles to his credit including Vladimir Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Ismaele (Nabucco), Lindoro (L'italiana in Algieri), Tamino ((Die Zauberflöte), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Jaquino (Fidelio), Le Remendado (Carmen), and Tassilo (Gráfin Mariza) among others. He has also performed as soloist for many of the great choral and orchestral works including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelsonmesse, Bach’s Magnificat, Gorczycki’s Completorium, Charpentier’s Te Deum, C. Frank’s Die Sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuz and a premier of The book of songs by J. Stalmierski.Mr. Wolski is a graduate of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, Poland where he received his doctorate in musical arts. He currently serves on the faculty at Akademia Sztuki in Szczecin and also serves as tenor soloist for the Opera at the Castle in Szczecin, a position he has held since 2008.