November 07, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Harrisburg Symphony musicians Mary Hannigan, flutist and Rebecca Kauffman, harpist, will present a recital Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall in the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. The recital, which is free to the public, includes works by Marcello, Persichetti, Schaposchnikov, Bozza, Chopin, Debussy and Kennan.

A native of Lititz, Pa., Rebecca Kauffman began the study of harp at age 16 with Alice Chalifoux, retired principal harpist with the Cleveland Orchestra. She also studied with the late Marilyn Costello, former solo harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Molly Hahn of Westport, Maine, and Jeanne Chalifoux of Alexandria, Va.

Kauffman, who completed her 25th season as principal harpist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in 2004, also is the second harpist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the former principal harpist with the Lancaster and York Symphonies. She has appeared as the featured soloist on several occasions with the Harrisburg and York Symphonies, the Millersville University-Community Orchestra, the Hershey Symphony and the Lancaster Chamber Ensemble, which was founded by her father, the late Ray W. Kauffman. She also has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Kennett Square Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic.

Kauffman received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Millersville University and Master of Music in Harp Performance from Temple University. Since 1985, she has been string instructor/orchestra director in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, Pa. During the 1999-2000 school year, she received her Suzuki violin and cello training at Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. 

A faculty member of Dickinson College, Mary Hannigan also has taught at Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, Wilkes University and Colorado College. In the summer she is on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado and performs on the Music in the Mountains concert series. Her students have won recognition at the national and state level on many occasions: a former student recently won the piccolo position in the Chicago Symphony; others have been selected as masterclass performers for the National Flute Association Convention and have performed on National Public Radio's "From the Top." Several different students have won first flute in all-state band in Pennsylvania.

"Some in the near-capacity audience were moved to tears" is Robert Miner's description of Hannigan's playing at a performance on the "Simply Grand" series at NPR affiliate station WVIA in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Notable performances include Market Square Summerfest in Harrisburg with the Ying Quartet, the national convention of the Music Teachers' National Association, and the McGraw-Hill Young Artist's Showcase for radio WQXR in New York City. She has recorded for S.C.I. and performed widely across the United States as soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. She has been a member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984.

Hannigan's teachers have been Keith Underwood, Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd, and Leone Buyse. She has performed in masterclasses for William Bennett and Marcel Moyse. She holds a Master of Music from Rutgers University and received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College.

Posted Nov. 7, 2006


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