TROY faculty performing at Carnegie Hall

Dr. Ben Crook and Dr. Heather Small will perform Dr. Carl Vollrath's music on July 15 in NYC.

Dr. Ben Crook and Dr. Heather Small will perform Dr. Carl Vollrath's music on July 15 in NYC.

Two faculty members from Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts will be performing at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on July 15 in a concert featuring the works of TROY Professor Emeritus Dr. Carl Vollrath. 

Dr. Heather Small, Associate Professor of flute, and Dr. Ben Crook, Assistant Professor of piano, will be performing the first half of the concert. The second half of the program will feature piano trio Trio Casals. 

Presented by Parma Recordings, the concert will feature a variety of colorful chamber works from Vollrath’s oeuvre, including his flute and piano sonatas, “The Glass of Absinthe,” the premiere of “Ravel Revival” and more.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with this project, performing Dr. Carl Vollrath’s music on such a grand stage,” Small said. “It’s particularly exciting to present a piece of music for the first time.” 

Small studied at Oberlin Conservatory with renowned flutist Michel Debost and earned graduate degrees from the University of North Texas and Florida State University. As a member of the West Texas Winds, she competed at the Semifinal round of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed with the Midland-Odessa, Tallahassee and Chattanooga Symphonies and was a finalist in the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition sponsored by the Texas Flute Society. An advocate of new music, Small premiered works by Paul Osterfield, Traci Mendel and Vollrath. 

“I feel deeply honored and humbled to play these fantastic musical works at Carnegie alongside one of Troy University’s incredible artists. It has been a pleasure preparing this performance with Heather Small,” Crook said. “Unlike Heather, this is my first experience performing Vollrath’s works, so it has been a great treat to discover the nuance, wit and broad range of expression found in his music.”

Crook maintains an active repertoire of both classical works and new music. As an advocate for rising artists, he has commissioned piano work from Adam O’Dell and has performed music from composers including Samuel Adams, Mikhail Johnson and Matthew Ramage. His recent projects include creating a commercial recording of Matthew Ramage’s “im(Balanced),” a concerto for piano and chamber winds.   

An active music teacher and judge, Crook has taught in classroom and private settings at institutes including Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, Bluffton University and Wallace Community College.

To learn more about Vollrath, visit https://www.navonarecords.com/artists/carl-vollrath/.

More information about the concert can be found here.

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