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Friday, February 16, 2007

Schoyen, Murasugi Solo During SSO Mid-Winter Concert March 3

Jeffrey Schoyen Sachi Murasugi Charles Smith
Jeffrey Schoyen Sachi Murasugi Charles Smith

SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University (SSO), moves to the other side of the baton to join his fellow musicians in performance during the orchestra’s annual Mid-Winter Concert.

As part of the concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Holloway Hall Auditorium, Schoyen, an accomplished cellist, performs as a soloist during J.C. Bach’s Sinfonia Concertante in A major for violin and cello. Schoyen’s wife, violinist Sachi Murasugi joins him as a soloist for the piece. Dr. Charles F. Smith Jr., director of the Salisbury Community Band, conducts.

Schoyen honed his cello skills at the New England Conservatory of Music. He completed his M.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University and earned his D.M.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also received a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study in London with William Pleeth and is a Tanglewood Gustav Golden Award recipient. He has conducted the SSO in five concerts since 2005. He also is conductor of the SSO-affiliated Salisbury Youth Orchestra.

Murasugi has performed extensively as a professional orchestral and chamber musician. She has been concertmaster of the Sorg Opera Orchestra in Ohio and of the Filarmonic del Bajio in Mexico. She also has been a member of the West Virginia Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony. She has received the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Grant in chamber music and performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Spain, where her recital at Museo del Prado in Madrid was broadcast on Radio Nacional de Espana. She teaches part-time in SU’s Department of Music.

Faculty emeritus in the Department of Music, Smith has been the SSO’s principal tympanist since its inaugural performance. In 1963, he joined the Salisbury Community Band, for which he has served as a musician and conductor for more than four decades. In 1997 and 2004, he expanded his conducting experiences, serving as guest conductor of the SSO. He also is a member of the SSO Advisory Board and performs with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony.

In addition to Sinfonia, Smith also conducts Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus Overture during the Mid-Winter Concert. Schoyen returns to the podium as the performance culminates with Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor.

Sponsored by Bank of Delmarva, admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and SU faculty and staff, and $5 for non-SU students. Children 12 and under and SU student ID holders are admitted free. For advance tickets visit the SU Bookstore Web site at (click “SU Box Office”). For more information call 410-548-5587 or visit the SU Web site at

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