April Concert: An American in Paris

A Fond Farewell!

Saturday, April 27 ~ 7:30pm

Shasta College Theatre

Dr. Jeff Specht, Music Director & Conductor

Tickets: $15 General | $10 Seniors 65+ | $5 Students
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Shasta Symphony - An American in Paris concert

Join the Shasta Symphony as we celebrate the careers and legacies of choralmaster Dr. Liz Waterbury and concertmaster Li-Yuan Ho as they perform in their final concert with the Shasta Symphony.

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony

Swendsen: Violin Romance in G Major

Li-Yuan Ho, violin

David Conte: Gloria from Missa Brevis

Dr. Liz Waterbury, choralmaster

Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury

Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury

Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury

Elizabeth Waterbury was born in Verona, Italy and began her musical studies on the piano. At age sixteen she began her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance, then earned her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Waterbury lived in Europe for six years conducting opera, orchestras and choirs. Ms. Waterbury received her DMA in Conducting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was the founder and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus, with whom she toured Europe. She served as assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Grand Opera. In July, 1996, she participated in the International Choral Conductor’s Symposium in Saintes, France under the direction of Michel Marc Gervais.

In 1999 she began teaching music full-time at Shasta College. Her husband Robert Waterbury began teaching classical voice and together they created the Shasta Vocal Institute, an intensive vocal training program for aspiring singers. An impressive number of successful vocal performers and educators have graduated from Shasta College over the years. Liz directs the Shasta College Community Chorale and has performed many large choral works with them.

In 2006 she premiered The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass on the west coast. In February of 2009, she conducted a fully-staged performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Past performances of note include Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in Eb with the Shasta Symphony.

In 2008, she was elected Shasta College’s Excellent Educator of the Year. In 2009, the state-wide Academic Senate awarded her the prestigious Hayward Award.

Li-Yuan Ho, concertmaster

Li-Yuan Ho, Concertmaster of Shasta Symphony

Li-Yuan Ho

Li-Yuan (Lisa) Ho was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She began studying the violin at the age of six. At the age of twelve, she made her solo debut playing Vivaldi’s violin concerto, The Four Seasons, with the Taipei Municipal Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she served as concertmaster.

After winning the Taiwan National Violin Competition at age fourteen, Ms. Ho moved to New York City to further pursue her music education. She attended LaGuardia High School of the Arts where she appeared as a soloist with her high school orchestra after winning the concerto competition for three consecutive years. On Saturdays, Ms. Ho attended Manhattan School of Music-Preparatory Division and studied with world-renowned violinist Albert Markov. In December of 1992, she served as concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In 1995, Ms. Ho obtained her BM and MM degrees in violin performance at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where her teachers at Indiana included Joseph Gingold, Henryk Kowalski, and Franco Gulli. Ms. Ho became a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Muncie Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, and the Encore String Quartet and she taught at the Indianapolis Academy of Music. After moving to Durham, North Carolina in 2000, she served as concertmaster of the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra and frequently performed with the North Carolina Symphony.

Since moving to Redding in 2003, Ms. Ho has performed with local symphonies and taught privately as well as being an adjunct instructor at Shasta College and Simpson University. She now serves as assistant concertmaster of North State Symphony and concertmaster of Shasta Symphony. In addition, she also served as a private instructor at Shasta College and several local charter schools.

Ms. Ho currently resides in Redding, CA with her husband David, and two children Kess and Spencer.