Betty R. Wishart
Betty R. Wishart’s music has been performed in Europe, South Korea, Russia, and throughout the United States at diverse venues including Academia Filarmonica di Bologna (Italy), International Composers Symposiums (France), Cape Fear New Music Festival (NC), Third Street Music Settlement School (NYC), American Swedish Institute (MN), University of California (Los Angeles CA), Third, Scots & Mariners Church (Philadelphia PA), San Jose State University (CA) Music of American Women (NYC), Seoul National University, (Seoul, Korea), Carmichael Hall (Washington DC), Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame (WI) and conferences of Delta Omicron, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers’ League, Florida Music Teachers Association, American Pen Women, National Association of Composers, USA and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
A member of the music faculty at Campbell University, she has been credited in numerous publications including Who’s Who in Music, World Who’s Who of Women, Personalities of the South, and has received awards from American Pen Women, Composers Guild, American College of Musicians, and ASCAP. Most recently she was awarded a 2015 Regional Artist Project Support Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide). Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works – music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, Capstone Records, Innova Recordings, Ravello Records, Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection, Seamus Recordings, as well as various recordings for the Society of Composers Inc. Performers Recording Series including the inaugural disc, mélange: new music for piano and its successors, Sonance: new music for piano and Chroma: new music for piano.
The recipient of numerous performance and research awards and grants, Astolfi’s passion for new music has been recognized by invitations to many regional, national, and international music forums, where she has premiered and lectured on new piano music. Astolfi also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach, and master class instructor. She is an active member in various local, state, and national music associations, serves on the governing board of PianoArts ( a North American piano competition, festival, and fellowship organization) and is a founding member of duoARtia with pianist Holly Roadfeldt. Currently serving as an Artist in Residence at Piedmont College, Dr. Astolfi’s advanced studies in piano performance were with pianists Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Tom Plaunt (McGill University), and Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota), with whom she completed doctoral studies.
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