Avalon String Quartet to perform April concert with School of Music pianist William Koehler

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William Koehler

NIU piano professor William Koehler will join the Avalon String Quartet as they complete their 2010-11 season at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

The quartet will perform Harold Meltzer’s String Quartet and Steve Reich’s Different Trains, and then be joined by Koehler for Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet.

The concert is free and open to the public. For those who are unable to attend, this concert will be live-streamed.

Koehler has taught piano at NIU since 1985. A recipient of a 2001 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from NIU, he was named a Presidential Teaching Professor in 2005.

An active performer of chamber music throughout the Midwest, he has recorded for Cedille Records, Canti Classics, and Centaur Records as a collaborative pianist. He has also performed with the Vermeer, Arianna, Avalon, and Prague string quartets and the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and was for many years the pianist for the Midsummer’s Music chamber concert series in Door County, Wisconsin.

Following piano study with Moreland Roller in Houston, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School as a student of Adele Marcus. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with William Race. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

A past president of the Waubonsee Valley chapter of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, he remains active within that organization. He is also the pianist for DeKalb’s First United Methodist Church.

Members of the Avalon Quartet are Blaise Magniere – first violin, Richard O. Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin; Marie Wang – second violin; Anthony Devroye – viola; and Cheng-Hou Lee – cello. The members of the Avalon Quartet teach applied lessons and coach chamber music, and are active in their performance career bringing attention to the NIU School of Music from the concert stage and in other outreach activities. They annually perform a number of concerts on campus and on a concert series produced by NIU at Symphony Center in Chicago.

Founded in 1995, the Avalon Quartet held residencies at NIU and the Hartt School, and prior to their appointment at NIU School of Music in 2007 was the faculty quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University-South Bend Raclin School of the Arts for four years.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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