A concert by Jennifer Heemstra (Piano), Tasha Warren (Clarinet), Marissa Mitchell (Clarinet), Mia Zamora (Clarinet) and Valerie Nuzzolo (Clarinet)
Be transported by the soaring melodies of clarinet quartets, duos and solos with piano. The Michigan State University Spartan Winds (Mia Zamora, Valerie Nuzzolo, Marissa Mitchell) led by Tasha Warren with pianist Jennifer Heemstra, will present a varied concert of classical, contemporary & jazz works composed by German, French, Argentinian and American composers. Enjoy these cinematic hit scores from feature films James Bond and Besame Mucho. This concert is a part of the Michigan State University Study Abroad Pilot Program in association with Kolkata Classics and the Pitch Pipe Foundation, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for graduate students.
, pianist and entrepreneur received the Young Alumni Award from Michigan State University and was the Commencement Speaker for the MSU graduating class of 2017. In the past four years Heemstra’ s portfolio includes 12 concert tours in India, three concert tours in Nepal, four concert tours in Tajikistan & three concert tours in Washington, D.C. She earned her Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music with honors from Michigan State University. This January Heemstra won the International Women Excellence Award from the International Business Centre. This is her 100th performance in Calcutta.
Clarinetist Tasha Warren
is an avid teacher and international performer; she has premiered over 100 solo clarinet and chamber works throughout the United States, Europe, China & South Korea. Her solo CD, The Naked Clarinet (Crystal Records), earned a lot of praise in the reviews from International Record Review, Fanfare Magazine & The Clarinet Magazine. Warren is Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Michigan State University College of Music and has taught at Louisiana State University & the University of Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
A native of Tennessee, Marissa Mitchell
is a Doctoral student under the tutelage of Guy Yehuda at Michigan State University. Mitchell recently performed at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City. Additionally, she earned awards for clarinet performance at Miss America Organization competitions. Mitchell has over 10 years of teaching experience & volunteered as a clarinet instructor at the Joy of Music School, a program providing free lessons for youth. She currently teaches at the Michigan State University Community Music School. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Master of Music form Baylor University.
Clarinetist Mia Zamora
is winner of the 2019 Michigan State University Concerto Competition. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Mathematics from Texas Tech University in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas; currently, she is pursuing her Master of Music degree at MSU. In addition to participating in numerous music festivals in the United States & Canada, she has performed with the Lubbock and Amarillo Symphony Orchestras (Texas). Zamora studied under the tutelage of David Shea, Alain Desgagne and Guy Yehuda.
American clarinetist Valerie Nuzzolo
is an enthusiastic performer, who has played throughout the United States and Asia. She earned a Masters in clarinet performance from Ithaca College, studying under Richard Faria in New York. There she was awarded an assistantship from Ithaca College that allowed her to teach clarinet to undergraduate music students. Nuzzolo earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education at Lee University, studying with Peter Cain.
Guests are requested to take their seats by 6:45 pm. Seating will be on a first come first served basis till seats are full.