Halcyon Trio Oregon, a Northwest musical trio, will present the world premiere of a work written for them during “Of Praise, Passion, Princes and Pancakes!” Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
The group, all members of the Linfield Department of Music, includes soprano Jackie Van Paepeghem, trumpeter Joan Haaland Paddock and pianist/organist Debra Huddleston. They will present the premiere of “Le Petit Prince,” a work by Colin DeJong, a senior at Indiana University Arnold Jacobs School of Music. Celebratory music of Alessandro Scarlatti and Archangelo Crotti will open the program, followed by “to cast a shadow again…” a cycle of passionate poetry set to music by contemporary composer Eric Ewazen, Julliard professor of music. “Norwegian Folk Variations,” written for Halcyon Trio Oregon by Northwest composer Greg Bowers, will close the program.
Halcyon Trio Oregon, a versatile chamber music ensemble formed in 2005, brings to life sacred and secular music written by composers worldwide, spanning the 11th through the 21st century. The ensemble has received several commissioned works from composers in the United States and Canada.
Van Paepeghem, acclaimed lyric soprano, avid recitalist and symphonic percussionist, has presented several solo recitals across the country and most recently appeared as soloist with the Salem Pops Orchestra in December 2008. She holds vocal performance and music education degrees from Boise State University and DMA vocal performance studies from West Virginia University. She has been an adjunct instructor of music at Linfield for over 13 years. In addition to her teaching and performing schedule, Van Paepeghem is minister of music at St. James Catholic Church.
Paddock is professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. Paddock is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, where she received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music with trumpet soloist Harry Kvebæk. Paddock has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Paddock received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for original music written and performed by her for a television documentary in 1992. She holds active memberships in several professional organizations, and is an adjudicator, guest clinician, soloist and conductor. A longstanding member of the Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, Paddock also performs as an “on call” trumpeter with the Portland Opera and the Oregon Symphony. Paddock is currently placed on the Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster.
Huddleston, a well known accompanist in the Pacific Northwest, has expertise in performance practice on piano, organ and harpsichord. She is adjunct instructor of music at Linfield and George Fox University, and the collaborative pianist for several vocal studios, statewide and regional vocal and instrumental competitions, and the Willamette Master Chorus. She leads several choral groups, including Salem Madrigal Singers, in addition to church and community choirs in Woodburn and Silverton. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ and liturgical music, and piano accompanying from the Hartt School of Music.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.