Performers Giselle Hillyer (violin) and Roger McVey (piano) present “A Spring Fiesta” on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel.
COTTONWOOD Performers Giselle Hillyer (violin) and Roger McVey (piano) will present “A Spring Fiesta,” an afternoon of sonatas, Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m., in the Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel. The concert is free.
Originally from New Zealand, Hillyer is active as a performer and teacher in Moscow, where she teaches violin and viola lessons in the University of Idaho Preparatory Division and university music classes. She is associate concert master of the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, and has been concert master of the Idaho Bach Festival Orchestra and the Palouse Choral Society Orchestra. She has also played frequently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
American pianist McVey has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and New Zealand. He is currently an assistant professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music of the University of Idaho. Dr. McVey was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and was a semifinalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his “passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity.”