HILLARY HERNDON

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1919 VIOLA SONATAS

1919 VIOLA SONATAS

Hidden Treasures from an Epoch Year

Granville Bantock, Arthur Foote, Joseph Ryelandt, Marcelle Soulage

HILLARY HERNDON, viola
WEI-CHUN BERNADETTE LO, piano

[MS1701]

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REVIEWS
“[Hillary Herndon] has it all… a gifted teacher and an excellent musician.”
Itzhak Perlman
PROGRAM NOTES
In 2017, viola historian David Bynog contacted me with a request to perform as part of a presentation he would be giving at the 2018 American Viola Society Festival regarding the famed 1919 Berkshire Festival Competition. The competition has long held a place of fascination amongst violists. Although we know of the infamous “tie” between the Bloch 1919 Suite and the Clarke Sonata, the two works now being mainstays of our repertoire, there have been numerous inquiries into what the other works submitted were. In answer to that question, David unearthed a fascinating list of works that may have been submitted to the fabled competition. While learning the excerpts for the AVS Festival presentation, Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo and I conceived of an exciting idea: to present a recreation of the 1919 competition in recital form. On the first half of the program, the audience would hear movements from seven unidentified works that were likely entered into the competition, and would be asked to vote for the work they would like to hear in its entirety. At intermission, the votes would be tallied. At the start of the second half, the identities of all the works and their composers would be revealed, to be followed by a performance of the “winning work” in its entirety. To date, we have presented this program more than a dozen times in cities all over the United States to captivated audiences, and with remarkable results: every piece presented has won at least once! The works heard in these recordings represent our favorites, along with one “bonus”: the third movement of Granville Bantock’s Sonata in F major. The recording heard here is an edited version of the composer’s own original score. [Hillary Herndon, December 2021]
 

Violist Hillary Herndon has earned a national reputation for brilliant musicianship, creative programming and insightful teaching. Her performances have been heard on NPR and PBS and she has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost artists, including Carol Wincenc, James VanDermark and Itzhak Perlman. Herndon is dedicated to expanding the viola repertoire through commissions of new compositions as well as research, performance and advocacy of little-known existing works; her recitals often feature new or unknown repertoire alongside that of the standard canon. With clarinetist Jeremy Reynolds and pianist Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo, Herndon founded the Waldland Ensemble, a group committed to expanding the repertoire for clarinet, viola and piano. In 2015, the ensemble, which has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Africa, commissioned five new works from American composers, premiering them in Carnegie Hall. A dedicated teacher, Herndon has a thriving studio at the University of Tennessee (UT) and has taught at the Sewanee and Round Top Summer Music Festivals. She is the director and founder of the Annual UT Viola Celebration, an event that involves hundreds of violists from across North America, and the co-founder of the Viola Winter Intensive events, working with Kathryn Dey, George Taylor and Juliet White-Smith. Herndon has given master classes at the Juilliard School, Penn State University, University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, International Viola Congress in New Zealand, Universidad EAFIT in Colombia and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Her teaching articles have been published in the journals of the American Viola Society and the American String Teacher Association. Herndon is passionate about teaching outside the studio as well; under the organization of Clarinets for Conservation, she established Daraja Strings, the first ever string program in Tanzania. In 2015, Herndon and three UT music students spent six weeks giving daily string lessons to Daraja String members, which are currently more than 100 in number. Herndon, who is President of the American Viola Society, received her Masters Degree from Juilliard, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with George Taylor.
[ www.hillaryherndon.com ]

Pianist Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo maintains an active career as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician and educator. Born in Taiwan, Lo has extensive knowledge in both instrumental and vocal music. She was the staff pianist for Western Illinois University, and serves on the faculty for Viola Winter Intensive in Ohio and South Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria. She has served as a studio pianist for numerous renowned vocal artists, including Martina Arroyo, Cynthia Haymon and Carol Vaness, and has worked closely with academic opera institutions, including the Illinois Opera Theater and University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. Lo has been engaged by other operatic organizations as well, including Sugar Creek Opera, Opera Illinois, El Paso Opera and Knoxville Opera. Since 2008, Lo has served as an official collaborative artist for the Orpheus National Vocal Competition in Tennessee. Equally at home with instrumental repertoire, she has been the accompanist for numerous festivals, including the Tennessee Cello Workshop, University of Tennessee Viola Celebration and Western Kentucky University’s Violin Fest. She also served as accompanist for the 41st International Horn Symposium, Southeast Regional  Tuba-Euphonium Conference and 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. Lo has participated in master classes given by Mauricio Fuks and Heidi  Castleman, and has collaborated with numerous notable artists, including Hillary Herndon, Yuri Mazurkevich, David Griffin, Ronald Barron and Tadeu Coelho. She is the recipient of Sewanee Faculty Development Grant and Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Community grant. With Hillary Herndon and Jeremy Reynolds, she is one of the founding members of the Waldland Ensemble. Lo is currently visiting professor of music at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Lo holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, with mentoring by Ellen Mack, Gustavo Romero and Timothy Ehlen.
PROGRAM
JOSEPH RYELANDT (1870-1965)
SONATE POUR ALTO ET PIANO, OP.73
I. Allegro molto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso
 
MARCELLE SOULAGE (1894-1970)
SONATE POUR PIANO ET ALTO, OP.25
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo, vif
III. Complainte, lent
IV. Rondde, vif
 
ARTHUR FOOTE (1853-1937)
SONATA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO, OP.78A
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Andantino con moto
III. Allegro comodo: con moto
 
GRANVILLE BANTOCK (1868-1946)        
SONATA IN F MAJOR FOR VIOLA AND PIANOFORTE                          
III. Vivace
 

Recorded 13-15 August 2020 in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall at the University of Tennessee. Produced by Julie Bélanger Roy, Hillary Herndon and Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo. Recorded and edited by Harold Thompson.



MSR Classics
AMERICAN VOICES
AMERICAN VOICES
Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano THE WALDLAND …

[MS1541]
LA VIOLA
LA VIOLA
Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers of HILLARY HERNDON

[MS1416]