GUEST ARTISTS 2019
Janet Clippard, bass, is currently the Principal Bass of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra Miami and is a member of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She also performs occasionally with The Florida Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony. Previously, she spent 18 years as the Assistant Principal Bass of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Clippard was also a founding member of the American Sinfonietta, with which she toured annually playing in the great concert halls of Europe over a decade. The American Sinfonietta also served as the summer orchestra of the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington state. In chamber music performance, in addition to the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Ms.Clippard has collaborated with such groups as the Austrian String Quartet, the Delray String Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.
Eva Conti, horn, is currently in her 19th season as Principal Horn with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Stamford Symphony, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Berkshire Opera Orchestra. Previous positions include Principal Horn with the New Israeli Opera, Israel Camerata, and the Haifa Symphony. In addition, Ms. Conti has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, The Radio City Orchestra, Aspen Quintet, and in numerous Broadway shows. She has toured several times in the US, Canada and Europe as a member of the Barbra Streisand Orchestra and is on the CD and DVD of the 2006 US tour and the recently released Back to Brooklyn tour. Ms. Conti holds a Master of Music Degree in French Horn from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar and Biology from the University of Rhode Island. She is also a flamenco dancer, and has been a soloist, featured dancer and musical arranger with the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in the New York area for 10 seasons, having studied dance with Jose Molina, Omayra Amaya, Immaculada Ortega, Pastora Galvan, and Farruquito. As a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble SEGUE (guitar, violin, percussion and flamenco dancer) Ms. Conti has performed at Lincoln Center and other venues in the northeast, also offering lecture and performance workshops on the music of Spain. She has written flamenco guitar transcriptions for Carlos Lomas and studied flamenco guitar with Rogelio Moreno. As an arranger, she has made many chamber music arrangements that include horn with other instruments as well as guitar transcriptions of pieces by Debussy, Bizet, Granados, De Falla, Satie, and Stockhausen for live performances.
Joseph Kingma , piano, is a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Recognized for both the unique beauty of his sound and the emotional intensity of his performances, he has won awards in several international competitions, including first prize at the American Liszt Society’s 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. He has also appeared as a semi-finalist and/or won awards in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist International Competition, and the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Dr. Kingma is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist and has performed with the Monroe Symphony, Manassas Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, and Spring Hill Orchestra, among others. He maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and has appeared at such series as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Good Shepherd International Concert Series, Coastal Carolina University’s Piano Series, and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. Additionally, his performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s 98.7-WFMT. Dr. Kingma joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018, where he teaches piano performance, pedagogy, and literature as Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division. He enjoys teaching masterclasses for pre-college and college students and has been invited to teach and perform at the Pensacola MTA, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, William Carey University, University of North Alabama, and University of Toledo. Additionally, he teaches select advanced students through the PBA preperatory department. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Norman Krieger, Tali Morgulis, Sandra Wright Shen, Alan Chow, Craig Nies, and Jon Kimura Parker. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. Dr. Kingma is currently represented in North and South America by Elegy Artist Management. His website is www.josephkingma.com.
Darren Matias, piano, is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician of international recognition from the Philippines. He recently won First Prize at the 2017 Franz Liszt International Competition, Collaborative Artist Division, and received the Best Interpretation Award for performance of a work by Franz Liszt. Mr. Matias was a recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters scholarship for two consecutive years, was awarded the Gold Medal Prize for Best Instrumental Music from the Global Music Awards and has made the finals of the Fishoff, Coleman, and Carnegie Hall Fellowship competitions. In addition, he has appeared as soloist with various orchestras around the world, and in his debut with the Charlotte Symphony he was described as “the most exciting pianist of the season.” Mr. Matias earned his Master of Music degree and Professional Performance Certificate in Piano Performance from Lynn University Conservatory of Music, and has performed in the masterclasses of Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman, Philippe Entremont, and Arie Vardi. He also holds a Chamber Music Degree from Lynn Conservatory, studying with pianist Lisa Leonard and world-renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira. He currently serves as the Music Director of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lantana, FL and is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Musical Theater Department at Lynn University.
Stan Spinola, horn, grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University as well as his Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. His teachers were Richard Todd, Myron Bloom and Francis Orval. While at UM, he was a fellow at the Henry Mancini Institute and in 2013 was awarded “Outstanding Doctoral Student.” Upon graduation, Dr. Spinola became an active freelancer in the South Florida area. Currently he is a member of the Miami City Ballet, The Symphonia Boca Raton and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He has also performed with Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony and Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables. His solo horn can be heard on PBS specials “Jazz and the Philharmonic” and “Gloria Estefan, The Standards”. He was also a member of ESPN’s “The U”. In addition, Dr. Spinola spent 7 summers in Graz, Austria as a member of the AIMS Festival Orchestra.
Erika Yamada, oboe, was born in Kyoto, Japan and grew up in New Orleans. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Richard Killmer and received a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance and the Performer’s Certificate. Ms. Yamada was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra for 17 seasons and presently plays Principal Oboe with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Orchestra Miami. She has also played Principal Oboe with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the Keys Chamber Orchestra, the Miami Chamber Symphony, and the Shinsei Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, she has performed with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Sarasota Orchestra. Ms. Yamada has been a soloist with the Keys Chamber Orchestra, Miami Bach Society, and The Symphonia Boca Raton and is a frequent performer with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. She has served on the faculties of the University of Miami, New World School of the Arts, Broward Community College, and S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo, and has been a panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and Artek labels.