Conductor Robert Moody leads the Winston-Salem Symphony and guests in a program of Baroque, Moravian and traditional holiday selections from Gray Auditorium in the village of Old Salem, one of the most historically rich spots in the Carolinas. (An original WDAV production)|
To learn more about attending the concert on December 3rd or 4th, visit the Old Salem website.
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Meet the Performers
Matthew Thomas Troy
John Cummins is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and he earned the Doctor of Music Arts Degree in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. An active recitalist, Cummins has performed throughout the United States, and has been a featured performer at national conventions of the Organ Historical Society. His most recent solo organ CD, Bravo Dolce, is available from Pro Organo Records and on iTunes.
Robert Moody has served as Music Director for the Winston-Salem Symphony since 2005, Artistic Director for Arizona Musicfest since 2007, and Music Director for the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) since 2008.
Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Moody took up the cello in the public school system (Duncan Chapel Elementary) in the 4th grade. His voice and cello studies throughout high school (including three years of study at the Greenville County Fine Arts Center − one of the first public high schools for the arts in the nation) took him to Furman University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music, with performing emphasis in both voice and cello. He then completed his Master of Music Degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied with Donald Neuen.
Moody is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras across the United States. In 2009 he completed a ten-year tenure as head of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's "Discovery" concert series. Guest conducting appearances include the symphony orchestras of Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Pacific, Memphis, Ft. Worth, Virginia, San Antonio, Buffalo, Louisville, Stamford, Charleston, Naples, Anchorage, California, and many more. Summer festival appearances include Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, PortOpera, Oregon Bach Festival, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua, and Skaneateles Festival. Always energized to "pay it forward" to the next generation of musicians, Moody is proud to have led the All-State Orchestra festivals in Colorado, Maine, and Oklahoma.
Maestro Moody has conducted many of the world’s top classical and pops artists in concert. These have included: Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, Van Cliburn, André Watts, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Robert McDuffie, Lynne Harrell, Midori, Time for Three, Zuill Bailey, Ryan Anthony, Alexander Gavrilyuk, The Canadian Brass, Doc Severinsen, Celine Dion, The Manhattan Transfer, Martin Short, Chris Botti, Chris Thile, and many more.
A champion of new music, Moody is proud to have played an instrumental role in the commissioning and premiere performances of several important new works for orchestra. These include several works of composer Mason Bates: Free Variations for Orchestra, Ode, Rusty Air in Carolina, and Desert Transport, as well as the Sabar concerto for African Drum Ensemble and Orchestra, composed by James DeMars.
Moody's work can be heard on four commercially released compact disc recordings: he collaborated with the Canadian Brass for their "Bach" and "Legends" CDs. He is also the conductor for the CD "4th World," highlighting the music of Native American recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (available on the Canyon Record label.) And in 2010 the Winston-Salem Symphony released its live 2009 performance recording of Beethoven Symphony No. 9.
Praised for her “soaring lyrical voice” and “flights of stratospheric brilliance,” (Arizona Daily Star, Miami Herald) soprano Kathryn Mueller is a versatile performer with specialties in early music and contemporary works. Kathryn has appeared as a soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, Phoenix Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Firebird Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), and Chicago's Ars Antigua.
Solo concert works performed include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, and Christmas Oratorio, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, and Stravinksy’s Pribaoutki. She has sung the operatic roles of Amy in Little Women, Monica in the The Medium, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief and with companies including Arizona Opera and Bach Collegium San Diego.
Kathryn gave the world premiere of Ananda Sukarlan’s song cycle Love and Variations, commissioned for her vocal-piano ensemble, the Swara Sonora Trio. She is featured as a soloist on albums by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Seraphic Fire, including Seraphic Fire’s best-selling recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, which reached number one on the iTunes classical chart.
An accomplished choral musician as well as a soloist, Kathryn has sung with some of the finest choral ensembles in the United States, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Seraphic Fire (Miami, FL), Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Washington Bach Consort. She also performs with the internationally-acclaimed medieval group LIBER.
Kathryn made her international debut in 2009 on an Indonesian concert tour with the Swara Sonora Trio, closely followed by concerts in Central Mexico with the baroque ensemble Capella Guanajuatensis. Her soprano duo Les Sirènes debuted on the Arizona Early Music Society series last season, and in January will give a featured Concert at One at New York’s Trinity Wall Street. Last summer Kathryn was one of four fellows in the prestigious Adams Vocal Master Class at the Carmel Bach Festival.
Kathryn holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in music from Brown University and The University of Arizona, respectively. She spent a summer in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied Lieder at the Mozarteum. A native of Arizona and current resident of Raleigh, NC, Kathryn directs marketing for her family's Sonoita, Arizona winery (when she is not performing!).
Matthew Thomas Troy
Matthew Thomas Troy is entering his fourth season as associate conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony. He also serves as the music director of the Youth Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony’s education director. Troy has previously held positions as conductor of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, the Wake Forest University Orchestra, and the Salisbury Youth Orchestra. He has also served as assistant conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Symphony Orchestra. Troy has led performances with many internationally renowned soloists, including Midori, Anthony Dean Griffey, Eileen Ivers, and many others. Last season, Troy led an inspiring performance by the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Messiah Festival Chorus of Handel’s Messiah in its entirety with only 12 hours notice.
Troy maintains an active guest conducting schedule and has led performances with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Carolina Chamber Symphony, Kensington Consort, the Philharmonia of Greensboro, Gate City Camerata, and the Triad Chamber Music Society. Troy has also competed in the Jordania International Conducting Competition.
Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in music at UNCG, where he also completed his master’s degree in orchestral conducting as a student of Maestro Robert Gutter. He also has studied at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School under Maestro Michael Jinbo and with renowned conducting pedagogues Maestro Gerard Schwarz and Maestro Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.
Troy is a passionate advocate for orchestral music and music education. As a viola/violin faculty member at the Music Academy of North Carolina, he received awards for teaching excellence. Troy is a frequent conductor/ clinician and has led numerous high school and middle school All-State and All-County clinics throughout North Carolina. In 2010 Troy created an innovative educational program in which the Winston-Salem Symphony partnered with a San Francisco based non-profit organization called the African Library Project. This program, created in conjunction with the popular Mary Starling Educational concerts, used music and a corresponding short story competition to focus on the importance of literacy both locally and abroad. Through this program the Winston-Salem Symphony raised over 50,000 books to start 50 new libraries for schools in Botswana, while allowing three students in Winston-Salem the opportunity to receive new instruments and music lessons. This program garnered national attention, and Troy was invited to lead a presentation on the project at the 2010 League of American Orchestras conference in Atlanta.
Diana Yodzis, mezzo-soprano, is an active performer throughout the North Carolina Triad and Charlotte areas in opera, musical theater, and concert works. A junior at UNCG pursuing her B.M. in Vocal Performance, Yodzis is an Alyse Smith Cooper Music Scholarship recipient at UNCG, under the tutelage of Dr. Nancy Walker.
Her 2011 appearances include the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors in Greensboro and Roanoke Island. Recent UNCG credits include roles as the Announcer (Gallantry), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Laurey (Oklahoma!).
Yodzis participated in the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival in 2010 as a member of the Janiec Opera Company. She has received awards in numerous vocal competitions including the Washington International Competition for Singers at the Kennedy Center (honorable mention and finalist prize); NCNATS and Midatlantic Regional NATS (1st Place, 2009-2011), NCMTNA (1st Place, 2009, 2011), the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition (1st Place, 2009), and many others. Yodzis will represent North Carolina in the Southern Division MTNA Young Artist competition in 2011.