As part of St. John’s community building events, parishioners Andrew Clarke and Chip Sherrill hosted a salon concert of chamber music featuring Robert DiLutis, professor of clarinet at the University of Maryland, Noah Getz, musician-in-residence at American University, and Jeffrey Chappell, piano faculty member at Goucher College, the afternoon of Sunday, March 11. The concert included the Finzi Bagatelles which premiered at the National Gallery of Art during WWII, a new saxophone and piano work by local composer David Froom and a fast and light Capriccio featuring all of the performers.
Robert DiLutis has recently been appointed to the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Music, College Park. Previously Mr. DiLutis was Professor of Clarinet at the Louisiana State University School of Music, Assistant Principal and E-flat clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. DiLutis has also served on the faculties of the St. Mary’s University in Texas, and Nazareth College in New York. Most recently Mr. DiLutis developed and taught an Orchestral Audition Training Program for the Eastman School of Music. His many clinics and master classes have included Ithaca College, Hartt School of Music, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music and the Academia y Banda De Musica De Norena, Oviedo, Spain.Making his Carnegie Hall Recital debut in 1989, Mr. DiLutis has also performed as featured soloist with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, Laredo Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently Mr. DiLutis toured with the New York Philharmonic on its historic trip to Pyongyang, North Korea. Mr. DiLutis is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber. In addition to his performance career Mr. DiLutis in the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed making device used by top professionals around the world. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet Group USA and plays Buffet clarinets exclusively.
Hailed as a “highly skillful and an even more highly adventurous player” (Washington City Paper) with “virtuosity, sensitivity, and beauty of tone” (Fanfare), Noah Getz has performed and lectured worldwide, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Carnegie Hall, Zilkha Hall, The Phillips Collection and the Polish Woodwind Festival in Wolsztyn, Poland. An avid chamber musician, Getz received a first-round Grammy nomination with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the National Gallery New Music Ensemble, the 21st Century Consort, and the Empyrean Ensemble. Getz is committed to commissioning and premiering new works for saxophone, including recent collaborations with Stephen Hartke, Steve Antosca, David Amram and Ken Ueno. His premiere of Antosca’s in every way I remember you at the National Gallery of Art was acclaimed as “spectacular and wonderfully provocative” (Washington Post). He has presented masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at universities and events across the country, including at Peabody Conservatory, Mannes-The New School of Music, and the Aaron Copland School of Music. He is a Musician-In-Residence at American University in Washington, DC.
Jeffrey Chappell has performed throughout the United States in recitals and chamber music and has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras including those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Indianapolis. His many appearances with the Baltimore Symphony include concerts at Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap, and a substitution for Claudio Arrau on four hours’ notice playing the Brahms Second Concerto. Many of his performances have been heard on nationwide radio broadcasts. He has concertized in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and has appeared at summer festivals including Marlboro and the La Gesse Festival. He was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Chappell has recorded on the Telarc, Centaur, Albany, Petrichor, MSR Classics, and MMC record labels. His solo piano composition “American Sonata” won the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Competition, and “Shadowdance” was commissioned by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra with a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation. He served as a contributing editor for Piano&Keyboard Magazine. His teachers were Jane Allen, Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. He is on the faculties of Goucher College and The Levine School of Music. Mr. Chappell is represented by CHL Artists. For more information, visit jeffreychappell.com.