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9/7/2007 Linfield music professors to perform Norwegian concert

McMINNVILLE ? Three members of the Linfield College music faculty will team up as the Halcyon Trio Oregon to present the first concert of the academic year at Linfield.

The trio, who performed throughout Norway during the summer, will perform a Norway tour home concert on Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. The concert is free and open to the public.

Trumpeter Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music, and adjunct professors soprano Jackie Van Paepeghem and pianist/organist Debra Huddleston make up Halcyon Trio Oregon, a chamber music ensemble formed in 2005. The group received the 2006 Neskowin Chamber Music Fellowship. Guest artist Rolf Kristian Stang will provide living program notes as Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer who died in 1907.

The trio will perform various works from their 21-day summer tour, during which they played nine performances in churches, concert halls and museums. The tour was initiated by an invitation to perform at the 10th anniversary celebration for the West Norway Emigration Center near Bergen. Their itinerary included not only concerts, but also visits and communication with music and educational institutions as well as sightseeing. In addition, Paddock was a soloist with the Old Star Brass of Manger, Norway, and a trumpet soloist at the immigrant church of the West Norway Emigration Center in Sletta.

For the musicians, the summer concert experience has deepened their understanding of their concert repertoire, Paddock said.

"Visiting childhood homes and workspaces of composers and poets who are represented in our repertoire as well as performing in acoustic venues ranging in age from contemporary to 1,000 years old, gives us enhanced perspective and enlightened performances of our music," said Paddock. "Additionally, we each bring to the music our collective and personal experience, thereby augmenting our performance of the music."

Paddock is director of instrumental activities and conducts the wind symphony, concert band and brass choir. She earned a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University and received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. A Bach trumpet clinician for Selmer, Paddock has performed internationally as trumpet soloist. She is principal trumpeter of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and serves as adjudicator and clinician for festivals throughout the Western and Central United States. She has been invited to be guest conductor for the southeast Alaska Honor Band. She holds memberships in the Oregon Music Educators Association, Oregon Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Trumpet Guild and the Portland Brass Society.

Van Paepeghem is an acclaimed lyric soprano and avid recitalist, and frequently appears as soloist with Pacific Northwest choirs. A symphonic percussionist, Van Paepeghem has performed and premiered several works for percussion and soprano. She holds vocal performance and music education degrees from Boise State University and DMA vocal performance studies from West Virginia University. In addition to teaching at Linfield, she is minister of music at St. James Catholic Church and teaches studio voice.

Huddleston, adjunct professor of music at both Linfield and George Fox University, collaborates with soloists and chamber musicians around the Pacific Northwest. She was educated at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut. She is the collaborative pianist for several vocal studios, statewide and regional vocal competitions, the Willamette Girl Choir and the Willamette Master Chorus. She leads the Salem Madrigal Singers, in addition to church and community choirs in Woodburn and Silverton.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.