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Southern Tier Symphony Chamber Strings

WNED/WBFO interview regarding " Bach's Lunch - music for the soul - not the stomach "





" Americana "

May 7, 2016 Olean High School 7:00


May 8, 2016 UPB Bromely Theater 3:00

Guest Conductor : Armenio Suzano

Dean & Director, Greatbatch School of Music @ Houghton College
Professor of Music and Artistic Director of the Houghton Symphony Orchestra

Dr. ArmenioSuzano was born in Brazil and at the age of 15 won a competition to become the youngest member ever of the renowned Rio de Janeiro Opera House Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra do Teatro Municipal). He served as their Assistant Principal Clarinetist for 9 years. Upon moving to the United States, Suzano engaged in multicultural ministry – particularly within Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts and Spanish-speaking communities in Texas.
Dr. Suzano’s accomplishments include the Outstanding Music Graduate Award as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year from Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) and the 1st prize at the Sul-America International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An avid soccer player and accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist, Suzano has performed with the Northwestern University and The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestras, South Bend Symphony (IL) and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI). In 1983-84 he was the guest soloist with the Amazonas Brasilienischemusik Jazz Ensemble in Berlin, Germany. Recent performances include the Frank Ticheli Clarinet Concerto in December, 2012 with the Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Frank Ticheli and Brazilian Music concerts at colleges and churches in the Southeast since 2013 with the MPB4 Brazilian Music Ensemble, a group co-founded by Dr. Suzano.
ArmenioSuzanois the winner the Solo and Aria Competition at Northwestern University and the winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Michigan, where he was also a Humanities Fellow. He holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M.), Northwestern University (M.M.) and The University of Michigan (D.M.A.). Dr. Suzano studied under professors Russell Dagon, Frederick Hemke, and Mallory Thompson (Northwestern University) as well as Fred Ormand, Donald Sinta, and Kenneth Keisler (The University of Michigan).

Before joining the faculty at Houghton College, Suzano served as Professor of Music &Worship and Director of the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra (Lynchburg, VA), Director of Bands at Brewton-Parker College (Mt. Vernon, GA), Professor of Music at Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN), and as Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).


(concerts are FREE for students)






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