Bethel Music Center is proud to support our local musicians! The apple orange pair, a horn and harp duo, will be giving a performance this Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Christ Presbyterian Church at 135 Whitney Ave in New Haven.
Emily Boyer, horn, and Colleen Potter Thorburn, harp, are apple orange pair, a dynamic young classical duo formed in 2010 that performs original, transcribed, and brand-new works for horn and harp. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, they strive to deliver thoughtfully-constructed, delightful, and educational concerts of classical music for audiences of all types. In addition to concert performances, they also give smaller house concerts, benefit concerts, and participate in educational outreach and musical demonstrations for young people.
Emily Boyer plays the horn regularly in orchestras and chamber music groups in Connecticut and New York. She has performed in North America and Europe in the Banff, Aspen, and Institut Musical de Provence-Aubagne Music Festivals, and toured the southern United States with the Cornerstone Chorale and Brass. Emily teaches Music History and Appreciation at Naugatuck Valley Community College and musicianship at Grace Academy New Haven. She coordinates the Concert Series at Christ Presbyterian Church, where she serves as Director of Vespers and Sacred Aesthetics. Emily grew up on a cherry farm in northern Michigan. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to earn music performance degrees from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and Yale School of Music. Her primary horn teachers include Julie Schleif, Peter Landgren, William Purvis, and Denise Tryon.
Colleen Potter Thorburn was recently appointed principal harpist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. She is also principal harpist with the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston, MA, with whom she performed as a concerto soloist in 2011. Colleen has performed as an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine; as a harp fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School; as a young artist at the Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas; and as a faculty artist at Credo Chamber Music Camp in Oberlin, Ohio. In addition to ongoing performance engagements, Colleen also teaches as an adjunct lecturer in music at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury and at Yale, and she provides private instruction in piano and harp in New Haven, Waterbury, and Fairfield. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Colleen holds performance degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and the Yale School of Music, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. Her teachers include June Han, Ann Yeung, and Laura Hearne.
In recent news, apple orange pair is the recipient of a Yale School of Music alumniVentures grant for 2011-2012, with which they have undertaken an ambitious project to commission and record three new pieces for their duo. Their recording, which will be produced in August 2012, features commissions by composers Sarah Beth May, Naftali Schindler, and Michael Weinstein-Reiman, in addition to their first commission by composer Russell Nadel in 2011.