Join Us for a special concert by
Sunday, September 9
7:30 – 8:30 pm
We are pleased to announce the formation of Virago, a dynamic trio of women musicians coming together to perform the works of contemporary female composers. The members of the trio were all trained in Michigan and today perform professionally across the globe. Virago’s captivating repertoire features the monumental Piano Trio in B Major by Brahms, along with jazzy “Cafe Music”, by Michigan’s Paul Schoenfield and the Russian folk-tale inspired “Spirit and The Maiden” by Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin. Current engagements for 2018 include a tour of South Texas in September, including performances and masterclasses at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, K Space Contemporary, and the Art Museum of South Texas. From there, they will travel to Edinburg and perform at UTRGV. In November, the trio will be featured guest artists at the Society of Cincinnati in Washington, D.C.
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Meet the members of Virago:
Currently, Dr. Nutting directs the String Programs at St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas the Apostle schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has a great passion for teaching and developing curriculums for students of all ages and levels. She has worked with various groups over the years including Farmington High School Orchestras and chamber ensembles, Rudolph Steiner High School Orchestra and chamber ensemble, Michigan Association of String Teachers Summer Festival Orchestras and Michigan Youth Orchestra.
Dr. Nutting maintains a private studio from her home in Ypsilanti. Freelance work in the area includes the Windsor Symphony, Canada, and Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. When she is not busy playing and teaching, she in enjoying her family and two young children.
Jennifer Heemstra, professional pianist and entrepreneur, received the College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University and was the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2017. In December 2014, she founded the Kolkata Classics trust in India which provides free health services for trafficked women, educates children from the slums and elite and exposes the citizens of Kolkata to high quality classical music. She has put on 70 concerts and performed for and worked with over 65,000 adults/children in South Asia. For her work, she was presented with the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad from John Kerry.
In 2017, Heemstra founded the Pitch Pipe Foundation, a US-based NGO which links great artists to great need. This past August she organized and headlined “On the Road – a patriotic salute to our Veterans.” In February Heemstra organized 50 concerts to support National Salute to Veteran Patients Week at Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide.
During her seven years in Cleveland, Ms. Heemstra worked as a Lecturer and Staff Accompanist for over 350 performances in the music department at Case Western Reserve University, performed with the Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera, and frequently concertized with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. In Rome, Italy she was the music teacher at the American Overseas School of Rome, put on musicals at John Cabot University and maintained a private studio.
Heemstra earned her Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music with honors from Michigan State University. In addition she is a Rotarian and member of the MTNA and College Music Society.
Dr. Pierce is the principal cellist of the Victoria Symphony in Victoria, Texas, and assistant principal of the Corpus Christi Symphony. She is also a founding member of Drumpetello, an innovative chamber ensemble composed of cello, percussion, and trumpet. Drumpetello has received over $50,000 in grant funds and has commissioned many new works by composers around the country.
As a soloist, her playing has been described as “hauntingly beautiful with excellent technique.” Carrie has performed all over the world, including Austria, Italy, India, South Korea, and Scotland. Dr. Pierce strives to provide outreach and educational concerts whenever possible, including three recent trips to India to perform for the Kolkata Classics Series, a concert series that raises money and provides health care for women and children living in intolerable conditions. In the spring of 2018, Dr. Pierce received the Faculty Excellence award for Service from the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
As a teacher, Dr. Pierce is adept at teaching levels of cellists. Her students have received numerous accolades and awards, including winning spots in the presitigous NYO2 festival, first chairs in the UIL All-State orchestra (Texas), and first place in the San Antonio Youth Concerto competition, which included a concerto performance with the San Antonio Symphony. She is a Suzuki certified teacher and plans on pursuing her teacher trainer certificate with future plans of opening a Suzuki center at TAMUCC. When she is not teaching or performing she is spending time with her wonderful husband Jeff and newly added member of the family, her puppy Luka.