Keri E. McCarthy, Oboe and English Horn
Assistant Professor of Oboe, Washington State University




On September 4, 2008, oboist and Washington State University faculty member Keri E. McCarthy will join pianist Jeffery Savage in concert at 8pm in Bryan Hall, for the American premiere of four new works by leading Southeast Asian composers. This recital is the culmination of a summer recital tour which has extended through Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Commissioned composers include Tony Prabowo (Indonesia), Yii Kah Hoe (Malaysia), Nguyen Phuc Linh (Vietnam), and Dr. Weerachat Premananda (Thailand).

This concert series is a result of an unique commission project initiated by Dr. McCarthy to generate new pieces showcasing a standard Western ensemble (oboe and piano) with modern Asian compositional styles, reflecting both Western and traditional music influences. Commissions were completed this spring, and the summer tour has promoted these new works to diverse audience across Southeast Asia. During their travels Drs. McCarthy and Savage also taught students at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), the Vietnam National Academy of Music (Hanoi), and SEGi College (Kuala Lumpur).

In recent years Keri E. McCarthy has established herself as a leading soloist and chamber musician through national and international performance. She developed an appreciation for the musics of Southeast Asia while serving as Associate Professor of Oboe at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. McCarthy currently teaches as Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music History at Washington State University, and at Hartwick College Summer Music Festival. Keri has collaborated with several professional chamber music ensembles, including the Solstice Quintet (WSU) and the Cross-winds Quintet (Bangkok, Thailand). She currently performs as solo English hornist of the Washington-Idaho Symphony and has held oboe and English horn positions with the Salaya and Evansville Philharmonics and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Nashville and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras and the New Haven, Binghamton, Syracuse, Spokane and Louisville Symphonies.

American pianist Jeffrey Savage has performed across North America in recitals, festivals, and with orchestras. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Shreveport and Lincoln symphonies, as well as with orchestras in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Savage has performed in such venues as Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard Theater, and in festivals such as the FOCUS! Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Banff Keyboard Festival. In recent seasons, he has traveled to Japan and China, where he gave a series of performances and masterclasses. Dr. Savage has been a prizewinner in several national and international competitions. His performances in competitions have been broadcast on public television and radio.


Nguyen Phuc Linh is Composer-in-Residence at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, an institution dedicated to the research and preservation of traditional Vietnamese music. Nguyen is a cultural ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and his music has premiered across Vietnam, the United States, and Europe.

Composer Yii Kah Hoe has studied both in his native Malaysia and in China, developing interests in traditional instruments of both countries. Mr. Yii has won prizes for his compositions from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra International Competition and the MPO (Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra) Forum for Malaysian Composers; he currently serves as a senior lecturer at SEGi College.

Tony Prabowo is internationally recognized for his contributions to both Western-style ensembles and Indonesian traditional music. He is a founder of the New Jakarta Ensemble, which has toured throughout Southeast Asia, England, and the US; he has received awards from Meet the Composer, the Ford Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council.

David H. Johnson was born and raised in Apple Valley, CA. He began studying violin at age 3, and piano and composition at age 8. Dr. Johnson has violin and composition degrees from the USC Thornton School of Music, Yale School of Music, and IU Jacobs School of Music. Recent projects include a song-set on poems of John Donne composed for the Atheneum Ensemble’s latest CD, and a concert overture commissioned by the Macon Symphony Orchestra.


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