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December 18, 2012

Lycoming College Concert to honor Thayer

WILLIAMSPORT — 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 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.

 

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