Richard Zielinski, Music & Artistic Director
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 also serves as music and artistic director for the Norman Philharmonic in Oklahoma and is on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. Zielinski is in his thirteenth year as artistic director of the Classical Music Festival. He is also a recipient of 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.
Zielinski has conducted extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including the opening concert for the 2014 International Haydntage with a world premiere of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten choreographed for ballet. His recent conducting engagements in Poland include the Filharmonia Gorzówska, Zielona Gora Filharmonic, Ołsztyn Filharmonia, and Akademia Sztuki Orchestra, Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in China, and the Joseph Haydn Conservatory Orchestra in Eisenstadt. Previous conducting engagements include the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic among others.
A champion of new music, Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads orchestras in performances of contemporary works. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has recorded five CDs of music by many well known contemporary composers.The ensemble recently received the 2018 Grand Prix award at the International Choral Song Festival in Miedzyzdroje, Poland for their innovative and outstanding performances. Richard was also awarded Best Conductor of the Festival.
Scott Buchanan, Chorusmaster
Dr. Scott Buchanan serves as Director of the School of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Buchanan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bradley University, a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Florida State University, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education & Music Education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Recognized as the “2015 Collegiate Educator of the Year” by the Indiana Music Education Association, Dr. Buchanan is in frequent demand as a choral clinician, conductor, and adjudicator. Choirs under his direction have performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 and has made numerous appearances there, including conducting a solo performance with the Indiana State University Concert Choir in 2004. In May 2010, he served as the Artistic Director of the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In November 2011, he conducted the High School Festival Chorus at the Asian Pacific Activities Conference in Daejeon, South Korea. In April 2014, he debuted at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. In April 2016, he debuted at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
At ISU, Dr. Buchanan has conducted the select University Chorale and the Sycamore Singers. Additionally, he has taught conducting, choral methods, and literature at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. ISU choral ensembles have been selected to perform for the Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association and the State Conference of the Indiana Music Education Association on several occasions. For the past decade, he has served as the State Director for the Melody Makers of Indiana. Additionally, he has previously served on the IMEA Board of Directors and is a past president of the Indiana Choral Directors Association.
Don V Moses, Founding Director
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
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 third 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.
Judy Stafslien, 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.
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 in China. 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, Vietnam, Hungary, Austria, and Croatia.
Ricky Duhaime, Woodwind Chamber Music Coordinator
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 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
Her voice hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears,” American soprano Nicole Van Every maintains a rigorous performance schedule across the globe. Her professional resume-to-date includes over 60 performances in operatic and solo concert repertoire, including invited appearances in the United States, Greece, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and Poland. Her performances encompass a diverse output, most recently including: Carmina Burana with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic; Brahms’ Requiem with the Norman Philharmonic; the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata and the title role in Puccini’s Tosca, both with Painted Sky Opera; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Ft. Smith Symphony, and the Polish premiere of Voices of Light, inspired by the 1929 Carl Dreyer silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. She is pleased to join the Classical Music Festival for the second year in a row, having performed Hadyn’s Creation last August. She was a finalist at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional competition in Kansas City, as well as the first-place winner of Classical Singer Magazine’s summer competition in 2016. Currently, she is a finalist for the prestigious 2018-2019 American Prize in oratorio performance. Notable recent teachers and coaches include: renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson, and David Lomelí of Dallas Opera.
Maddie Breedlove, mezzo-soprano
American mezzo-soprano, Maddie Breedlove, has appeared as a soloist in recent performances of Durufle's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Mozart's Coronation Mass. Her most recent operatic credits include Eduige in Rodelinda, Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Suora Zelatrice in Suor Angelica. A highly versatile singer, she also has numerous performance credits in musical theatre, jazz, soul, and pop music. In 2018, she received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera council and was awarded first place for the Voice of Heartland competition. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Maddie is beginning the 2nd year of her masters degree in Opera at the University of Oklahoma.
Pawel Wolski, tenor
Tenor, Pawel Wolski, 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.
Thomas Cannon, bass-baritone
Thomas Cannon is attracting attention as an important singer with a unique voice, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression. At Arizona Opera he was recognized forhis “strong and striking” stage presence, and has been seen at The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Music Academy of the West. He has recently appeared as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Scarpia in Tosca, and Escamillo in Carmen. This year Thomas debuts the role of Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess at Fort Worth Opera and returns to Arizona to perform multiple roles in the new American opera Fellow Travelers. 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 Schubert. Elsewhere, he has performed a host of concert 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.