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Jan. 31, 2019

Richardson, Choi to perform for St. Joseph concert series

Dr. William Richardson

Dr. William Richardson

Dr. Jiwon Choi

Dr. Jiwon Choi

Two Northwest Missouri State University faculty members will be featured performers Feb. 7 as the First Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, continues the 20th season of its First Thursday Downtown Noon Concert Series.

The performance, beginning at 12:10 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 301 N. Seventh St. in St Joseph, will feature Dr. William Richardson on trumpet and Dr. Jiwon Choi on piano. Dr. Paul Hindemith, an assistant professor of voice at Missouri Western State University, also will join them as a baritone vocalist.

Richardson conducts jazz ensembles and teaches applied trumpet at Northwest. A faculty member at the University since 1999, he is its first Dennis C. Dau Endowed Professor of Music and assistant chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. As a Fulbright Scholar, he was visiting professor of trumpet at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, in 2010. He also is a 20-year member of the trumpet section of the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, and he performs with the St. Joseph Big Band.

Richardson earned his Bachelor of Music Education in instrumental music at the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree at Florida State University. He holds a doctorate in trumpet performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Choi joined the Northwest faculty in 2016 and collaborates with the University’s choirs, vocal and instrumental studios, student pianists, music faculty and guest artists. She received first prize at the 2014 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, marking her debut at Carnegie Hall, and was selected as a finalist in the professional division of The American Prize national competition in the performing arts. Her performances as a soloist and a collaborative pianist have spanned venues throughout the United States, South Korea and Italy. Most recently, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition.

Choi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Kansas, where she was a graduate assistant and a faculty member at the University of Kansas Community Music School. She received her Master of Music in piano performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and her Bachelor of Music in piano performance at Dong-Ah University in South Korea. 

Hindemith is an accomplished stage director, music director and educator who has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra; the San Diego, Utah Festival, Ohio Light, Skylark, and Fargo-Moorhead operas; and theatre companies including Theatre Latté Da in Minneapolis and the Robidoux Resident Theatre in St. Joseph. He made his European debut as a singer and stage director in Pergolesi’s “La serva padrona” with the Grumo Festival in 2014. 


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