Interview with Student Performers

  We had a wonderful first recital, Oct 24, at UMW Music Dept.  One of our majors took time to interview our student performers. Interview by Amanda Waggoner Kaylee Payne played “Romanze for Viola” by Max Bruch (1838-1920), (accompanied by Cathy Hoskins) Sidney McPhail played “The Hudson” by Ola Gjeilo (1978-) Elizabeth Hardy played “Divertimento No. 3, KV Anh. 229” (a part of Clarinet Trio with Natasha White and Doug Gately)   Why did you start playing your instrument? Kaylee Payne: “My parents wanted to play, but never did; I switched to viola from violin.” Sidney McPhail: “My parents wanted me to do sports originally, but then I taught myself piano, and then went on to get piano lessons.” Elizabeth Hardy: “I started with piano and didn’t like it, it wasn’t her thing, and I started clarinet in middle school.”   Any positive benefits from playing your instrument? KP: “I internalize my feelings, so viola provides a way to … [Read more...]

Kaynak Pipers of Bulgaria


On Wednesday October 5th, 2016, the Kaynak Pipers of Bulgaria performed at the UMW Hurley Convergence Center. The group, as described by the Kennedy Center, “…is a kaba gaida (Bulgarian bagpipes) ensemble performing traditional folklore from Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountain. The project’s mission is focused on education and continuing the traditions of authentic kaba gaida performance…” (Kennedy Center) From their personal website, “It [was] formed to continue the traditions of authentic kaba gaida performance and help people from all the world get closer to kaba gaida music, traditions and folklore…” (Kaba Gaida 1) According to their official website, the group has won two major awards: 3th place in the “International Gaida Competition Gela 2015” and National Darik Radio chart "40 under 40". (Kaba Gaida Awards) The group also has been involved in many charities and different philanthropic organizations, providing children bagpipe lessons and volunteering for disabled children and … [Read more...]