The Stern-Schoenhals Duo Kicks Off Recital Series

Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will host the first of four guest artist concerts in their fall concert series Thursday, Sept. 21, The Stern-Schoenhals viola and piano duo.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium and is open to the public.

Violist Eva Stern and pianist Joel Schoenhals have been performing together since 1995 when they met at the Eastman School of Music. They are currently the artist faculty duo at Longwood College in Virginia.

They have been featured on National Public Radio and were artists-in -residence at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. Committed to the performance of the standard repertoire along with less familiar works, the duo has also recently commissioned a viola and piano work from Peter Knell, and emerging young composer.

In addition to her work with the duo, Stern is artist faculty of viola at University of Richmond and Longwood College.

Formerly a member of the Louisville Orchestra, she remains in demand as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has held positions with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Britt Festival Orchestra during the summer. She has a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her undergraduate degree is from Purchase College, State University of New York.

Schoenhals is assistant professor of music at Longwood College and a faculty member at the Chautuaqua Institution in Chautuqua, New York, during the summer. He balances a career as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher.

He holds a master of music degree, a doctor of musical arts degree and a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Vanderbilt University.

The duo performs and teaches master classes across the country. Their 2000-01 season includes engagements with the Marion Chamber Music Society and the Marco Island Concert Series in Florida, the Memphis Chamber Music Society in Tennessee, and numerous colleges and universities.

Schoenhals is the son of the former minister of St. John's Lutheran Church in Shawnee.

Stern and Schoenhals are married and live in Richmond, Va.