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2006 State Convention

Hosted by the New Haven Chapter
Saturday, October 21
8:30am - 4:00 p.m.

Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Memorial Library
2901 Dixwell Avenue
(1 block past intersection of Whitney and Dixwell Avenues)

Guest Speakers and Performers

William Westney, concert pianist, author, lecturer and educator, will perform and speak about The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self, a book reviewed as fascinating and enlightening, and having the potential to change lives. His lecture addresses issues such as practice psychology, learning, and creativity.

Mr. Westney received top prize in the Geneva International Competition and has appeared around the world and nationally, including an appearance at Lincoln Center. A New York Times review said he "played marvelously, with power, flair and remarkable clarity."

Mr. Westney has written numerous articles and presented the trailblazing workshop "Un-Master Class." Yale School of Music awarded him the prized Certificate of Merit. His latest CD recording is "Studies by Stephen Heller." He holds two endowed positions at Texas Tech University and was recently named "Senior Specialist of the Fulbright Commission."

Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve will give a very special talk and demonstration of their new book, with CDs, entitled Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington: An Oral History of American Music.

Vivian Perlis is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and is founding director of Oral History, a unique archive of oral and video-taped interviews with leading musicians. She received the Charles Ives Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a Grammy nomination for Charles Ives 100th Anniversary and numerous other awards.

Libby Van Cleve serves as adjunct faculty at Wesleyan University and Connecticut College and is co-director for Oral History American Music. She is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary music for the oboe. She wrote Oboe Unbound and has appeared as soloist throughout North American, written commissioned works and has recorded numerous discs. Residences from the Yellow Springs Artist Colony and the Banff Center have been awarded to her. Yale School of Music has awarded her an Association Prize.

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