Sunday, December 27, 2015, 3:00pm
Concert is free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.
Mitchell Kuhn, oboe
Rachel Lovelace, bassoon
Christiana Shelenberger, piano
Mitchell Kuhn is currently pursuing a bachelors degree at the Juilliard School under the instruction of Nathan Hughes. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mitchell Kuhn has been featured twice as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performing the Hummel Theme and Variations in 2011 and the Mozart oboe concerto in 2013. In 2012, he participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra. Mitchell was also invited to perform with the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of America under Valery Gergiev in 2013. With the National Youth Orchestra, Mitchell performed in New York, Washington D.C., Moscow and St. Petersburg, culminating in a performance at the BBC proms in London. In 2014, Mitchell was a fellow at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington D.C.. Recent engagements include performances with the Kent/Blossom music festival and the National Orchestra institute. Mitchell currently works as a Resident Assistant at the Juilliard Residence Hall, and is a Music Representative on Student Council. When not playing the oboe, Mitchell enjoys camping, kayaking, and walking on the beach.
Rachel Lovelace started her music journey when she was in grade school. She was inspired by her elementary school teacher to continue her musical career and moved on to attend the arts magnet schools, LASOTA and DASOTA, in her hometown Jacksonville, Florida. While attending an arts intensive high school, Rachel contributed to the growth of music enrichment by performing with the Jacksonville Youth Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Florida Wind Ensembles, and the Jacksonville University Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel is currently finishing her sophomore year as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. She is studying music performance, under the direction of Marita Abner, while also receiving a business minor in hopes to pursue a career in arts administration and performance. Within her two years in Kansas City, Rachel has had the opportunity to perform for renowned bassoonist such as Christopher Millard, Stephen Paulson, and Miles Manor. In the spring, Rachel will begin her orchestral managing internship with the Kansas City Symphony. When Rachel is able to find free time, she likes to ride bikes and enjoy the outdoors.
Christiana Shelenberger is currently a freshman studying with Dr. Read Gainsford at Florida State University. Shortly after auditioning at FSU, the school offered her a scholarship providing $4000 per year for four years. Before college, Christiana studied with Vickie Stake for seven years. She received high-level musical training at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Throughout middle and high school, she won first place in District and State Federation events, the Greater Jacksonville Piano Competition, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools State Competition. In 2013, Christiana attended the Boukobza Academy Summer Camp in Paris and Belgium. She was involved in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in elementary and junior high and had the honor of performing with the JCC and other choirs at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and Avery Fisher Hall in 2010. Christiana is a huge lover of church music, The Carpenters, and Sting, and her hobbies include apologetics, biking, crocheting, and watching British dramas. Her goal is to honor God through her musical pursuits.