Shields-Collins (Buddy) Bray
Shields-Collins (Buddy) Bray has been visiting schools with the
Cliburn Musical Awakenings® series for over ten
years, and he says it is the most enjoyable work he does.
When he is not in the schools talking about music, Mr. Bray
serves as artistic director of the Cliburn at the Modern series
and is the principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra. Mr. Bray also hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's
pre-concert discussion series, where he does much the same thing as
in the schools-he tries to make his audience comfortable with the
music they will hear, and he does it with a spirit of discovery and
Mr. Bray comes from a family of teachers, and he is glad to be
carrying on the family tradition.
Candace Bawcombe has been a pianist since age 4. She grew
up in a small town south of Fort Worth and was influenced by the
classical music recordings her parents played each day. She
studied piano for three years with Dr. Grace Ward Lankford,
co-founder of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. At
age 11, she was accepted into the studio of Hungarian pianist, Mme.
Lili Kraus - who served as a juror of the Cliburn Competition until
the mid-1980s - and remained in her studio as a student of piano
and music theory at TCU.
Today, Ms. Bawcombe is artistic director of Dallas Chamber Music
and hosts a radio show called "Spotlight on Chamber Music" on WRR,
Classical 101.1. She performs recitals with violinists around the
United States and will perform on a Mozart Series at Lincoln Center
in April 2013. She is an accomplished organist and choir director
and holds a position as organist and music director at St.
Vincent's Anglican Cathedral in Bedford, Texas. She will
perform as organist-in-residence at Yorkminster Cathedral in
Ms. Bawcombe graduated from The Juilliard School in New York
where she met her husband, violinist Andrew Schast, who performs
with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Jan Crisanti performs as principal flutist with the Fort Worth
Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, she
began flute studies with her mother, Shirley Justus, and received
her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of
Texas in Austin. While a university student, she was the
first-place winner of the 1977 National Flute Association's Young
In 1980, Ms. Crisanti earned her present position with the Fort
Worth Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, she has performed many
solos with the orchestra and, in 2006, was featured on its CD
release of Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals.
In 2006, as guest soloist on the Cliburn Concerts series, she had
the opportunity to perform Lowell Liebermann's Sonata for Flute and
Piano with Mr. Liebermann accompanying.
SINGER (SOPRANO) & PROGRAM HOST
Corrie Donovan recently finished her apprenticeship as soprano
for the Fort Worth Opera Studio. She is an avid singer of jazz,
contemporary, and classical music. She has sung with the Granbury
Champagne Concert Series, the Fort Worth Opera Festival, the Fort
Worth Symphony Hall Ensemble in the Cattle Baron Concert at Thistle
Hill Mansion, and Cliburn at the Modern. Ms. Donovan was selected
as the soprano soloist for the Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra's
Christmas Concert Series and was the star vocalist for the Music of
the Americas World Premier Concert with the Fort Worth Music
In 2012, Ms. Donovan received the Jennifer White Memorial Award
from Shreveport's Singer of the Year Competition and was voted one
of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Women in Fort Worth by Fort Worth
City Magazine. She also received the Most Promising Vocalist
prize in the USA World Showcase Tour in Las Vegas in 2005.
SINGER (SOPRANO) & PROGRAM
Singer, actress, and comedienne Colleen Mallette has charmed
audiences across the United States and abroad with her one-woman
spoof The Lamaze School of Singing Presents: How to Birth A
Song!, originally created with Buddy Bray. After years of
serious study and numerous roles on the musical theater and
operatic stage, Ms. Mallette has combined her love for traditional
singing with her love for having a good time into a career art
form. Ms. Mallette has been reviewed favorably for her performances
at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Liszt Academy, Winchester England
Recital Series, Fort Worth Symphony, West Palm Beach Concert
Series, Grand Rapids Symphony, Sheboygan Symphony, Philly Fringe
Festival, and Edmonton Fringe Festival with Opera to Go. She is a
cabaret favorite at Odette's in Pennsylvania, Birdland, and the
Ms. Mallette has produced, written, and directed a variety of
children's programming through artist residencies across the United
States. She is a former touring artist for Mid-America Arts
Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts, presenting concerts that
highlighted nationally touring art exhibits.
Ms. Mallette has performed twice on the Cliburn at the Modern
series featuring guest composers John Corgliano and John Bucchino.
She is a faculty member at Texas Christian University. www.highcdiva.tumblr.com
2013 Cliburn Competitor Alex McDonald gave his orchestral debut
at the age of 11. He has taken the stage as soloist with the
Louisiana Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México in
Toluca, Utah Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, among
others. He has performed across the United States, as well as in
Canada, Israel, South Korea, and in Japan, where he also organized
relief concerts for displaced survivors of the Tohoku earthquake
and tsunami. Additionally, he has been featured on NPR, PBS, WQXR,
Dr. McDonald has been a top prize winner in several piano
competitions, including second prize at the New Orleans
International Piano Competition in 2007, and he was awarded winner
at the New England Conservatory Commencement Competition in
Dr. McDonald received his doctoral and master's degrees from The
Juilliard School and earned his bachelor's degree from the New
England Conservatory of Music. His doctoral document, a source
study on manuscripts and editions for Liszt's Sonata in B Minor,
has been cited in the most recent edition of the sonata by Alfred
Publishers, edited by Nancy Bricard.
Evan Mitchell performs both solo and collaborative concerts, and
has been heard in New York's Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall at
Carnegie Hall, and through broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), FM 91
(Northwest Ohio), and WFHB (Bloomington, IN). Mr. Mitchell has
played concerti with ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. His recording of Claudio
Santoro's Sonata No. 4, Fantasia (1957) is
featured on the 2012 CD release, Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A
Collection of Latin American Piano Music. Among other honors,
Mr. Mitchell has been awarded first prize in the Kingsville
International Competition, Five Towns Music Competition, and the
Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition.
Amid an eventful 2012-2013 season that included solo, chamber,
concerto, and orchestral appearances, Mr. Mitchell performed more
than 30 concerts with the Cliburn Musical
Awakenings® outreach program. This season's
highlights include a recital for Chicago's prestigious Dame Myra
Hess Memorial Concerts.
Mr. Mitchell hold's a master's and bachelor's degrees from the
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently working
with Cliburn Gold Medalist José Feghali at Texas Christian
University. Mr. Mitchell's interests include sailing and writing
concert reviews for the Web site www.Bachtrack.com. For more
information, please visit www.evanmitchell.net.
A 2009 Cliburn competitor, Spencer Myer was gold medalist at the
2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, winner of the
2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American
Pianists Association, and first prize holder at the 10th UNISA
International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a
laureate in the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland, 2005 Busoni
(where he was also awarded the Audience Prize), 2004 Montréal, and
2003 New Orleans International Piano Competitions. He is also the
winner of the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition and
subsequently enjoys a growing reputation as a vocal
Mr. Myer's orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances
have been heard in major venues throughout Africa, Asia, Canada,
Europe, and North America. He has been a featured soloist with the
Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland, Dayton and Louisiana Philharmonic
Orchestras; Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; and Baton Rouge,
Bozeman, Glacier (MT), Indianapolis, Juneau, Knoxville, New Haven,
North State (CA), Phoenix, Richmond (IN), San Juan, Santa Fe,
Southeast Iowa, Springfield (MA), Traverse, Tucson, and Wyoming
Symphony Orchestras, among others.
Spencer Myer is a graduate of The Juilliard School. His debut CD
for harmonia mundi usa was released in the fall of 2007. www.spencermyer.com
Brian Perry is the newest member of the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra double bass section. Prior to his appointment, he was a
member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed
as a guest with the Cleveland Orchestra and regularly with the
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. An active collaborator,
Mr. Perry has been a guest artist with Buddy Bray for the Cliburn
Musical Awakenings® programs. He performs
locally on the Spectrum Chamber Music series, as the bassist for
the Caminos del Inka Ensemble, and as a member of the Funkytown
All-Stars, an all double-bass quartet based in Fort Worth. In 2010,
Mr. Perry performed his transcription of William Bolcom's
Graceful Ghost Rag for the composer himself in an
all-Bolcom program at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. He also
appeared with the Vermeer String Quartet and pianist Natalie Zhu on
the Bay Chamber Concerts series in Rockport, Maine.
Mr. Perry earned his music degrees from Boston University and
the University of North Texas. He is currently an adjunct faculty
member at the University of North Texas and Texas Wesleyan
University, and is a board member of the Bradetich Foundation, an
organization committed to promoting the bass as solo instrument.
Since 2010 he has been the double bass instructor at the
highly-acclaimed Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox,
MA, one of the nation's premier summer orchestra training programs
for high-school students.
Mr. Perry and his wife, Kathryn, a Fort Worth Symphony
violinist, have two lovely daughters, Madeleine and Margaret.
PIANIST & PROGRAM HOST
Jonathan Tsay earned a Bachelor of Music with honors from the
Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and
earned his doctorate at l'Université de Montréal in Canada. Dr.
Tsay is the artistic director of ensemble75 and is a
faculty member at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains
Dr. Tsay's musical studies include violin, percussion,
composition, and conducting lessons. He served as pianist,
violinist, violist, and percussionist for the Fort Worth Youth
Orchestra, where he also won the Young Artists' Award. Dr. Tsay has
also been a featured soloist with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra,
the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts Orchestra,
and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU. Recent performances
include collaborations with members of Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
Plano Symphony Orchestra, and Avant Chamber Ballet.
Dr. Tsay has remained active as a chamber musician and was the
first pianist to participate in the Institute for Strings, an
intensive chamber music program founded by Dallas Symphony
Orchestra violinist Jan Sloman. Dr. Tsay has also been a featured
soloist with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, the Houston School for
the Performing and Visual Arts Orchestra, and the Meadows Symphony
Orchestra at SMU.
Dr. Tsay has been a top prize winner in several piano
competitions and presents concerts throughout the United States and
Canada. He has performed as guest artist for several Cliburn
Musical Awakenings® programs.