A variety of chamber music will be played by violinist Adrienne Dougherty, cellist Susan Mayo, and Tabor’s own virtuoso pianist, Dr. Sheila Litke, at the Tabor College Faculty Chamber Recital, which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Point, in Hillsboro. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
“I have always enjoyed working with the chamber repertoire,” said Litke, who is the Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Tabor College. “It’s very exciting and challenging to play. And to have the opportunity to perform with such fine players is a special treat as well.”
The chamber trio, which has performed beautifully together on several past occasions, is scheduled to perform three works on Sunday: “Trio in E Major,” by Franz Joseph Haydn; “Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and “Café Music for Trio,” by Paul Schoenfield.
“There will be a mix of styles with this program,” Litke said. “The Haydn is very light and dance-like. The Rachmaninoff is very expressive, as much of his music is. And the Cafe Music is just exciting to listen to. It brings together many styles such as blues, ragtime, spirituals and Broadway musicals.”
Dougherty is a retired instrumental music teacher in the Wichita Public Schools where she taught for 32 years. She has been a member of the Wichita Symphony for 38 years, and served as concertmaster for Music Theatre of Wichita for 38 years. In addition, she has served 13 years as concertmaster of the Newton Mid-Kansas Orchestra. She completed her Masters Degree in School Counseling at Wichita State University in the spring of 2006.
Mayo teaches at Friends University and Bethel College and plays with the Wichita Symphony. She also has a large private studio and was awarded the 2007 Lois Gordon Cello Teacher of the Year Award. She has participated in a variety of summer festivals including Spoleto, Coos Bay, Ameropa, and Flagstaff Summer Festival. She also has been a member of the KAC Touring Roster and the Artist in Residence program. She attended the University of the Pacific, the Peabody Conservatory, and Wichita State University.
Dr. Litke was the recipient of the Tabor College Distinguished Faculty Award in 2007-08, which granted her more time for practice and performances in Hillsboro and throughout the Midwest. She holds degrees from University of Kansas, University of Colorado and Houghton College. She has also studied in Germany and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England.