The bassoonist will share his knowledge about the health of musicians and join in an orchestral concert
Dr Thea Groth, bassoon, and Dr Derek Shapiro will join the Bethel instrumental groups for their concert on Friday March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble welcome this special guest, the second visitor to come to campus this semester thanks to the Carolyn Schultz Lectureship Endowment of the Bethel College Women’s Association.
Thea Groth, DMA, is a bassoonist and assistant professor of music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Groth’s March 5 program is for music students, music teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about performance-related injuries in musicians and how to prevent them.
The following evening, March 6, she will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
The concert will feature fellow guest Derek Shapiro, DMA, group director at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., As well as music by JS Bach, Chen Yi, Tania León, WA Mozart and Omar Thomas.
The concert is free and open to the public, with a free will offering taken to support instrumental study and performance at Bethel.
Adam V. Fontana, DMA, director of instrumental music at Bethel, conducts the Chamber Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble.
Groth is a bassoonist, educator and clinician based in Northfield, Minnesota. She holds a BA and a Doctorate in Music from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut, and an MA in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.
Early in his career, Groth discovered a passion for the health and well-being of musicians. During her doctoral work, she studied performance-related injuries in instrumental musicians, which became the basis of her thesis, “Musician Maintenance: A Scientific Approach to Healthy Practice Techniques for Optimal Performance”.
Groth regularly lectures and conducts workshops on awareness and prevention of injury to musicians.
As a performer, Groth has performed on stages in the United States, Canada and Brazil. Currently principal bassoon of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Minn., Groth is a former member of Ensemble 212, the Hudson Valley Chamber Winds and a founding member of the Chione Quintet.
She has made numerous freelance appearances with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Amore Opera, the Savannah Philharmonic and the Greater Newburgh, Bergen, St. Cloud and South Dakota Symphony Orchestras. She has recorded with the Hartt School Wind Ensemble and with trombone soloist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic on Passaggi, released on the Naxos Wind Band Classics label.
Shapiro served on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University and Georgia Southern University before assuming his current position at Virginia Tech.
He holds a BA in Music Education from Keene (NH) State College, an MM in Conducting from the University of Michigan, and a DMA from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Shapiro taught middle and high school marching band for nine years at public schools in Orlando, Florida, where his concerts and marching bands have consistently won top awards, including two Class 4A Marching Band State Championships and a invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2009..
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