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Louisa Woodson, harp and Ryan Gardner, trumpet
Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm
The Stiefler Recital Hall
Ticket Price: Free admission

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Louisa Woodson, harp
Ryan Gardner, trumpet

Louisa Ellis Woodson has been playing the harp since age nine. In May, 2008, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harp from Manhattan School of Music in New York. She also holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. Dr. Woodson has served as the Adjunct Professor of Harp at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to maintaining a private harp studio, she is the former Principal Harpist with theWaco Symphony Orchestra. She recently participated as a guest faculty member in the Young Artists' Harp Seminar in Rabun's Gap, Georgia. She has appeared in many types of theater productions, including ballet, opera, and musical theater, and has appeared in the New York Musical Theater Festival. She also enjoys performing with other musicians, including combinations with violin, cello, voice, organ, flute, and trumpet, to name a few. Dr. Woodson is also a founding member and proud participant in the Astraios music network.

Ryan Gardner is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Gardner, originally from Santa Monica, California, received his B.M. from Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his M.M. from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music, and his D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music. As an orchestral performer, Dr. Gardner has played with the Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmonics; Honolulu, Charleston, and Tulsa Symphonies; Artosphere Festival Orchestra; Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England; and Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Dr. Gardner is an avid chamber musician, playing with the Three-Fifths trio; OSU Brass Trio; OSU, Eastman, Rochester Philharmonic, and Houston Symphony Brass Quintets; as well as concerts with the new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Crash Ensemble. Dr. Gardner has also been privileged to work with artists such as Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, Canadian Brass, Allen Vizzutti, Wayne Bergeron, and Michael Tillson-Thomas, among others. In addition to an exciting performing career, Dr. Gardner continues to enjoy impressive teaching successes. His students have been accepted on scholarship into distinguished graduate programs and elite summer festivals. At the past three International Trumpet Guild Conferences, OSU's Trumpet Ensemble has received rave reviews and standing ovations for their performances. Dr. Gardner's students have achieved success at the regional, national and international levels, most recently winning the 2014 Trumpet Ensemble Division at the National Trumpet Competition as well as International Trumpet Guild Scholarship awards. Dr. Gardner is the New York and Los Angeles Artist Coordinator for Music for Autism and a Bach Performing Artist and Clinician. He has recorded with Naxos, Mark Records, and BX Entertainment, and continues to perform, teach, and provide master classes and lectures internationally.

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