2018 Performing Artists
Heidi Hoffman, November 1
Heidi Hoffman, cellist, made her debut as soloist with the Seattle Symphony (USA) at the age of 17. She went on to study at the Eastman School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, and as a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she played under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. She has performed in North and South America, Europe and Japan with such diverse groups as the American Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the new music group Ensemble X, as well as with the rock bands Paige and Plant, and Heart. Ms. Hoffman is presently a member of Symphoria in New York, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, and has served on the faculties of Ithaca College, Wells College, and Cornell University. She has recorded for the Albany and Fleur de Son labels, and her teachers have included Alan Harris, Timothy Eddy, and Julius Levine.
Sonya Stith Williams, November 1
Sonya Stith Williams has been playing the violin since the age of five. Many practice years later she earned a BM in performance and an MM in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music where her primary teachers were Zvi Zeitlin and Ilya Kaler. Her training also included The Music Academy of the West, concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute and the Quartet Program, where, in these festivals combined, she worked with many esteemed teachers and performers. Sonya was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for ten years and has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra.
While at the Eastman School of Music, Sonya participated in two string quartet rural residencies in Kentucky. This experience of connecting with a small community was a memorable one and something that has proven to always be relevant, no matter the size of the town. In Syracuse, besides playing chamber music with many of her Symphoria colleagues, other chamber experiences have been with the Skaneateles Festival, the Society for New Music, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, and in the Civic Morning Musicals series. She has had the unique experience recently of performing in a recital at the international Percussion Festival in Rochester. Sonya is also a member of the Clinton String Quartet that performs in many places around the region.
Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield, November 1
Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield, known for their charismatic mix of commentary, performance and synchronicity, have performed throughout the United States and abroad. As a duo piano team they have been finalists in national and international duo piano competitions, and have lectured and taught on the duo piano genre. They completed their Masters’ degrees in piano performance at Bowling Green University and have participated in the Cincinnati Conservatory’s Art of the Piano summer festival as well as a piano festival in Corfu, Greece. The Canfields’ are on the faculty at the State University of New York at Oswego where they teach piano and currently spearhead the keyboard department of the college’s music community outreach program. Elizabeth currently serves as the Managing Director of the Oswego Youth Conservatory and Evangeline is the Managing Director of one of the premier classical concert series in Central New York, the LaVeck Concert Series. Their previous teachers include, Kim Yerton, Robert Auler, Thomas Rosenkranz and Yulien The. They did their undergraduate studies at SUNY Oswego where they graduated summa cum laude and were recipients of the Chancellor's Award. When not doing music they love reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family and scheming up their next creative project.
Trevor Jorgensen, November 1
Trevor Jorgensen is Assistant Professor of Wind Studies at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he conducts the wind ensemble, teaches applied saxophone, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon, coaches chamber music and small group jazz, teaches conducting and lectures on popular music and jazz.
As a saxophonist, clarinetist, and bassoonist, he has performed with Dorian Winds, Imani Winds, Ying Quartet, Aviv String Quartet, Central Winds, Oswego Opera Company, Symphony Syracuse, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Central Winds and Northwind Quintet.
As soloist he has won the SAI American Composer’s Concerto Competition, and Elmhurst College Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist Award. An advocate for new music Trevor Jorgensen has collaborated with composers George Tsontakis, Jonathan Pieslak, Bora Yoon and Deon-Nielsen Price, performing Three Faces of Kim, the Napalm Girl with the composer at the piano.
Jorgensen is also versed in jazz and commercial music performing and recording with the Oswego Jazz Project, Michael Davis, Rufus Reid, Dave Douglas, Eric Marienthal, Charles Pillow, Larry Grenadier, Usual Suspects, Time Absolutely Jazz Combo, Jazz on Chicago Quintet, The Jorgensen/Hartman Jazz Duo, Powerhouse Rhythm and Blues, and Mother Blues and the Mojo Band.
Trevor has been invited as guest artist and clinician at several international universities and performance venues including Klášterec nad Ohří Castle, Teplice Conservatory, Masaryk University, Pardubice Conservatory, Nové Mesto nad Metují Castle (Bedrich Smetana Festival), Hradec Králové University, Czech Republic; Seoguipo Art Center, Jeju Art Center, and Halla University, South Korea; Mussio Isaac Fernández Blanco and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina; New Zealand School of Music/Victoria University of Wellington; and University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Trevor Jorgensen holds a BS in Music Education from the University of Mary; MM in Saxophone Performance from the University of Northern Iowa; Performer Certificate in Woodwinds from the University of Northern Illinois; and is currently ABD on his DMA in Music Education from Boston University.
Rob Auler, November 1
The New York Times commends Robert Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression.” American Record Guide cites his “elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.” The Charlotte Observer writes that Auler handles “technical and virtuosic concerns with aplomb.” Auler’s playing has also been described as “beautiful” (Fanfare), “superb,” (Ann Arbor News) “stunning” (LaPorte Herald-Argus) “first-rate” (Cincinnati News-Record), “truly electrifying” (Champaign-Urbana News- Gazette) and “a knockout.” (Syracuse Post-Standard.)
Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards. Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Auler has performed in notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Monadanock Festival, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and Festival A Tiempo Caracas (Venezuela).
He has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5.
Auler is also the founder and executive director of Laveck Concerts, a recital series that brings world-class classical music to an underserved portion of upstate New York.
Auler records for Albany Records, performs frequently with Society for New Music, and Syracuse Symphoria, and serves as Professor of Piano at the State University of New York (Oswego). He and wife Tara have a 4-year old daughter, Katie, and a 1-year old daughter, Caroline.
Auler is the 2016 winner of SUNY Oswego’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.
Past LaVeck Artists