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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming College will welcome violinist Marc Thayer to present a special Concert at Noon in honor of his father, Dr. Fred Thayer, professor of music and director of choirs, on Thursday, Jan. 17, in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. Professor Thayer will retire at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. The concert is free and open to the public.
Marc will be joined by Maryse Carlin, harpsichordist, and Andrew Rammon, cellist. Repertoire will include works by G.F. Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arcangelo Corelli and Franz Biber. Biber is one of the most important composers for the violin whose technique allowed him to reach the sixth and seventh positions with ease, to employ multiple stops in intricate polyphonic passages and to explore the various possibilities of scordatura tuning.
Professor Thayer joined Lycoming's music faculty in 1976. Since then, he has kept an active schedule of teaching and conducting. By May 2013, he will have led the choir on 35 spring break tours and ten overseas trips, and has touched the lives of countless students. An avid composer, he has earned numerous ASCAP Standard Panel Awards and Meet the Composer Grants. Among his compositions for choral ensembles, orchestra and band are a large-scale mass and two operas. His work is published by E.C. Schirmer, Lawson Gould, Bourne Co., Laurendale Associates and Roger Dean Music. For 22 summers, he was the associate conductor of the Gregg Smith Singers at the Adirondack Festival of American Music in Saranac Lake, N.Y. He and his wife, Pat, who taught Suzuki violin for 32 years, have two sons, Jeff, who presented a concert at the College in September, and Marc.
Marc is a member of the Kingsbury Baroque Ensemble and is the director of education for the Association of American Voices, a cultural diplomacy, non-governmental organization with whom he has taught and performed in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza, Thailand, Ghana, Togo and Burma. He is on the strings faculty and the Advisory Council of the Community Music School of Webster University and on the board of the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. He is also working with the U.S. Department of State to coordinate their cultural touring program, American Music Abroad.
Marc has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and the ME2 String Orchestra in Burlington, Vt. He served as the vice president of community partnerships for the St. Louis Symphony and conducted St. Louis University's string orchestra. From 2006-11, he was artistic director of the Whim Estate Concerts for the Landmarks Historical Society in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He has worked with the European Festival of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, the Opera Festival of Heidelberg, Germany, the National Symphony of Bolivia, the National Symphony of Ghana, the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, and the Orquesta Superior of Córdoba, Spain. He earned a bachelor's and master's in music at the Eastman School of Music.
Carlin has performed internationally as a pianist and harpsichordist. She lives in St. Louis, where she directs the Kingsbury Ensemble, one of the premiere early music groups in the Midwest, and teaches at Washington University. Carlin is the founder of the "Festival de Musique Ancienne" in Saint Savin, France.
Rammon, an instructor of music at Lycoming, was raised in a family of American musicians in Germany. He began his formal studies at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule while in high school, and continued at Pepperdine University and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Rammon is the 'cellist of the Grammy-nominated Eaken Piano Trio. While living in Los Angeles, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" and in a music video by Sean (P. Diddy) Combs. During the summer, he performs and teaches in Heidelberg, Germany, as part of Pepperdine University's summer music program. He also maintains a private studio of 'cello students in Williamsport.
Lycoming College is a four-year residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful student outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.