Hear Marshall music faculty members Richard Kravchak, oboe, Wendell Dobbs, flute and Henning Vauth, piano, in one of the last performances of the summer.
Dr. Richard Kravchak is the founding Director of the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall. He has been heard as an oboe soloist, chamber and orchestral musician around the world, performing concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Kravchak has appeared as a soloist with ensembles as diverse as The Dubuque Symphony, The University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, The Carson Symphony, Banda Espinia de Portugal and the Orquesta Symphonica de El Salvador. He holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Florida State University. He served as Professor of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he was the Chairman of the Music Department.
Dr. Wendell Dobbs performs regularly in solo and chamber venues, in a variety of settings ranging from the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio Valley Symphony (principal flute in both) to Blackbirds and Thrushes, a Celtic band. During a seven-year stint as flutist in the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, D.C., Dr. Dobbs received two Certificates of Achievement for contributions as soloist and principal flutist of the United States Army Chamber Orchestra. He joined the Marshall University faculty in 1985 after two years in Paris as a French Government Scholar studying with Michel Debost and Alain Marion. At Marshall he received the Pan Hellenic Society’s Teacher of the Year award in 1993 and was selected the John Deaver Drinko Fellow for the 2007-08 academic year. In that capacity he studied flute music in America in the early 19th century and founded the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps.
Dr. Dobbs received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis and his masters and doctorate from Catholic University in Washington, DC. During his masters and doctoral studies his principal teacher was Bernard Goldberg.
German pianist Henning Vauth serves as assistant professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Marshall. A laureate of the Concours Grieg International Competition for Pianists in Norway (Schubert Prize) and the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Italy, he has performed at venues in the U.S. and in Europe, such as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Salle Cortot in Paris.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, in addition to further degrees and certificates in piano performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Hannover, Germany) and the Ecole Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” (Paris, France) – piano studies with Nelita True, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and Einar Steen-Nokleberg; harpsichord with William Porter; recent master classes with Philippe Entremont (2013).
The Violauta Duo is compound by guitarist Júlio Ribeiro Alves and flutist Wendell Dobbs, colleagues in the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall. The duo has performed a wide variety of repertoire over the past several years. They are particularly interested in performing works recently created for flute a guitar. Ribeiro Alves performs on guitars by John H. Dick and on a Romantic guitar from c. 1840 (attributed to French luthier Aubry Maire), while Dobbs performs on a modern wooden flute by Chris Abell and historical reproductions by John Gallagher.
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Did you know: The name Violauta is coined from the Portuguese words for guitar (“violão”) and flute (“flauta”).
Stan Workman, voice, visits campus to perform with guitarist Júlio Ribeiro Alves, associate professor at Marshall
Stan Workman, tenor, received his Bachelor of Music in Voice from Kent State University, a Master of Music in Voice from the University of Memphis, He received additional operatic training at Indiana University where he was a student of the late Wagnerian soprano, Margaret Harshaw. He has completed course work toward a second Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Kent State University, and holds a Doctoral degree in Voice (ABD) from Ohio State University, where he studied with Dr. Robin Rice.
Dr. Júlio Ribeiro Alves holds a Doctor of Music degree in Guitar Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Brasília (UnB), in his native country Brazil.
At Marshall, he is responsible for overseeing the guitar area teaching applied lessons, guitar literature, guitar pedagogy, guitar techniques, and directing the M.U. Guitar Ensemble. Outside of the guitar area, he also teaches music theory and aural skills.
Dr. Alves has perfomed in several Brazilian cities, in the USA, Argentina, Uruguay, and Costa Rica. He regularly performs as a solo player, as a member of the Violauta Duo, the Duo Alves, the Violautalino Trio, and in other chamber music settings. His programs feature music from various ethnicities and historical periods. In the past, he was a member of the Grilo-Ribeiro Guitar Duo, with guitarist Eustáquio Grilo, and the Duo Caesar, with guitarist Júlio de Alexandria Cruz.