BETHANY, W.Va. – The Music Faculty of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Bethany College is pleased to host a Guest Artist Recital featuring Dr. Francesca Arnone, flute, and Dr. Christine B. Kefferstan, piano, in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. The recital is being provided through the generosity of a long-time patron of the arts on the Bethany campus.
The recital, “An Evening of Sonatas for Flute and Piano,” will feature 20th-century works composed by Melanie Bonis, William Alwyn, Jindrich Feld and Rachel Laurin.
Arnone is Assistant Professor of Flute, a member of the Laureate Wind Quintet and Director of the Flute Choir at West Virginia University (WVU). She earned flute performance degrees from Oberlin (B.M.), the San Francisco Conservatory (M.M.), and the University of Miami (D.M.A.). Her primary teachers include Robert Willoughby (Cleveland Orchestra), Julia Bogorad (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), Tim Day (San Francisco Symphony), Christine Nield (Florida Philharmonic) and Sandra Church (New York Philharmonic).
She has served as Principal of the Boise Philharmonic for four seasons and as Piccolo of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra since 1997. Previously, she was Co-Principal and Piccolo of the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico). She has performed with the Florida Philharmonic, Florida West Coast Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Missouri Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife (Spain), among others. Arnone has been both a flute and piccolo concerto soloist in the United States and Mexico, including three subscription performances of Rodrigo’s “Concierto Pastoral” with the Boise Philharmonic.
During the summer, she teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and directs the WVU High School Flute Camp. In addition, she organizes and is Associate Faculty for the Trevor Wye U.S. Seminars. Before coming to WVU, she taught at Northwest Nazarene University, Boise State University and Idaho State University.
A winner of the National Flute Association’s Doctoral Dissertation and Convention Performers competitions, she has appeared in the Dallas, Las Vegas, San Diego and New York annual conventions and also performed with the Pittsburgh Flute Club at the Pittsburgh and New York conventions. She has performed and presented at the regional, national and international conferences for the College Music Society; International Double Reed Society conferences—as well as at national conferences for MENC: The National Association for Music Education, Society of Music Teacher Education, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction. Her career highlights include a performance in recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and also her year-long participation in Bobby McFerrin’s Creativity 101 Class in San Francisco.
Kefferstan, pianist, maintains an active performing career as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Kefferstan graduated from the College-Conservatory of Cincinnati, where she studied with David Bar-Illan. Her recent international performances include recitals in London at St. Martin–in-the-Fields with flute colleague Arnone and a solo recital at the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize City, Belize.
Interested in collaborations of all kinds, Kefferstan’s invited presentations in national venues include the 2003 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conference; “Issues of Dance and Duality in Maurice Ravel’s two-piano transcription of La Valse” in Salt Lake City, Utah; the 2004 National Women and Creativity Conference;“Clara Schumann’s Trio in g minor”in Morgantown, W.Va.; a presentation at the 2006 National Conference of (the) College Music Society; “A Work of Assimilation and Originality: Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, K. 526” in San Antonio, Texas; and “Clara Schumann’s Trio in g minor” at the 2007 International Conference for MTNA-Canadian Federation of Music Teachers and the Royal College of Music in Toronto, Canada.
In 2007 The Sarasvati Trio, of which Kefferstan is a member, was featured on the Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Recital Series, Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 2009 the Trio presented “Dvorak’s Dumky Trio:Czech and Balance” at the 2009 MTNA conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Additional solo performances include recitals for the Stifel Fine Arts Series, Wheeling, W.Va.; the Silver Series, Plymouth, N.H.; and the Steinway Society Series in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Recognized by the West Virginia University Division of Music and by the West Virginia Music Teachers Association for her excellence in teaching, Kefferstan is professor of piano at WVU, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate piano majors and a number of pre-college pupils. Her prize-winning students include laureates of the Van Cliburn Amateur Competition; French Piano Music Institute, Paris; Greensboro, N.C. Music Academy Competition; Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition in Radford, Va.; in the Stravinsky competition in Ill.; in the Fite Family Piano competition in Mo.; Eleanor McCann Piano Competition, Dayton, Ohio; in the Pittsburgh Young Artists competition; and in the state and division levels of MTNA.
Dr. Kefferstan's articles have appeared in “Keyboard Companion,” “Clavier” and “Piano Quarterly.” An active member of Music Teachers National Association since 1982, Kefferstan has served as West Virginia State President, Eastern Division President, and member of both the National Foundation Board and the Board of Directors.
The public is cordially invited to attend. There is no admission charge. Questions may be directed to Assistant Professor of Music David J. Rudari at email@example.com or 304.829.7329.
Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.