ORGAN, PIANO, HARP
Individual musician photographs by Katrin Talbot unless otherwise noted.
SAMUEL HUTCHISON, PRINCIPAL ORGAN
Wayne Curtis & Maybelle Slavens Hall and Francis Vincent & Lettie von Kalweit Dunnebacke Curatorship
Noteworthy: B.M. from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Performed organ recitals at cathedrals in London, Paris,
Copenhagen, and Helsinborg (Sweden), at Riverside Church in New York City, and at Overture Hall in Madison. Played the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in a series of recitals celebrating his 300th birthday. Oddest practice quarters: The front portico of the Duomo in Spoleto, Italy. Funniest concert experience: While I was a member of the Westminster Choir singing the Mahler 8th with the New York Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Bernstein gave a huge downbeat to begin the first movement. On beat two, his wristwatch went flying over the entire cello section and hit the organist clear across the stage! Recurrent musical fantasy: Playing for church services without sermons!
KAREN BETH ATZ, PRINCIPAL HARP
Karen Beth Atz has been Principal Harpist with the Madison Symphony for over 35 years. Karen also teaches harp at the UW-Madison School of Music, is Harp Director for WYSO, maintains a private teaching studio and free-lances throughout the area. Karen started playing harp as a young child in the Chicago area. By 7 years of age she was performing in a Troubadour Trio which was featured in promotional material for harp manufacturer Lyon and Healy. When not playing music, Karen likes to shovel snow, work in her flower garden, cook from scratch using locally grown food, and hike with her husband, Paul Pingrey. They have 2 sons. Randy is a jazz trombonist in Boston, and Daniel is a touring musician based in Nashville.
DAN LYONS, PRINCIPAL PIANO
A Chicago native, Dan Lyons holds performance degrees from DePaul University and a doctoral performance degree from UW-Madison. He has performed solo, concerto and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest. His teachers include Dmitry Paperno, Howard Karp and Mary Sauer. He has written on piano compositions of Russian composer and pianist Rodion Shchedrin, focusing on his 24 Preludes & Fugues for piano. In addition to serving as the accompanist and chorus manager for Madison Symphony Chorus, he maintains a private teaching studio and continues to accompany throughout the Madison area. He currently lives in Madison with his wife and three children.