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Pianists Geraldine Ong & John Letellier Jr.
June 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| $10
Come hear some fun and exciting
four-hands piano music, featuring works by Faure, Rachmaninoff, and more. Entertaining and enjoyable for music lovers of all ages.
Tickets at the door: $10 / $5 for members.
Born in Seremban, Malaysia, pianist Geraldine Ong currently serves as Assistant Professor of Applied and Collaborative Piano at Valley City State University. Previously, she served as adjunct faculty at University of Houston. Ong received a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Houston Moores School of Music studying with renowned pedagogue Nancy Weems. She was awarded the prestigious Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Winifred and Maurice Hirsch Memorial Scholarship, and Charles and Dorothy Bishop Scholarship.
In addition to being an educator, Ong is a concert pianist and active chamber musician. She has performed solo and collaborative recitals in the China, France, Malaysia, United States, and Vietnam, including a debut at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., and Parc de Bel Ebat in France, where Ravel’s Piano Trio was premiered.
Pianist John J. LeTellier, Jr.’s interest in the arts began at an early age. He started studying the piano at age 4 and was accompanying the local school chorus by the age of 6. His love of music continued through high school and at 16 years of age he began formal classical studies with well-known preparatory teacher, Stella Pola. He received his piano degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) under Dr. Michael Caldwell, winner of the 1976 Dealey Competition and former U.S. Artistic Ambassador to Jordan, Nepal and Saudi Arabia. After his undergraduate studies, Mr. LeTellier was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Juilliard School, where he continued his music studies with renowned collaborative pianists Jonathan Feldman and Rohan Desilva. He then went on to teach both elementary and secondary music in the public school system. After teaching for 6 years, he received the Byanskas Scholarship, the highest award offered for piano accompanying at The University of Miami, where
he received a Master’s Degree in Chamber and Accompanying Music.
As a classical accompanist, Mr. LeTellier has performed in many concert venues from New York to Miami; collaborating with such artists as opera singer John Matz and Kathleen Powell, the former assistant concertmaster of the Memphis symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in master classes for distinguished artists such as Andre Watts and Margo Garrett. Before coming to Valley State City University (VCSU) as Assistant Professor of Music Education, Mr. LeTellier spent 3 ½ years as Arts Education Specialist for the Florida Department of Education, where he served as the state arts liaison, overseeing K-12 arts standards implementation for all of Florida’s 67 counties.