2/12 Guest and Faculty Artist Recital

BeckyWeidman-Winter, flute

PeterGreydanus, cello

MarthaWatson Violett, piano

Whale Trio


Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) was composed in 1971 for the New York Camerata and is scored for flute, cello and piano. This work was inspired by the sounds of the humpback whale. The dark blue stage lighting, as suggested by the composer, is intended to accentuate the underwater theme. During the performance all three instruments are amplified and the performers are instructed to wear black half masks. "The masks, by effacing a sense of human projection, will symbolize the powerful impersonal forces of nature." (George Crumb from the preface to the score.)

This three-part work utilizes extended techniques and special musical effects from all three performers. In the prologue (Vocalise…for the beginning of time) the flutist emulates the sounds of the humpback whale while singing and playing into the flute. This sections ends by recalling the opening measures of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra. The second section, a theme and variations named after the geological eras, begins with the pianist strumming the low strings of the instrument and the cellist and pianist depicting the cries of seagulls through harmonics. Throughout the variations the pianist creates special effects using a chisel, paper clip, and glass rod while the flutist whispers across the flute and uses “flutter” tonguing. The epilogue (Sea-Nocturne…for the end of time) ends this work with whistling and bell tones.

Becky Weidman-Winter teaches flute and music theory at Western State College of Colorado and is the Central/Southwest Chair for the Colorado Flute Association. She has won the Flute Society of Kentucky and Mid-South Young Artist Competitions, received honorable mention in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition and participated in the Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition in Paris, France.

She is a founding member of the Mountain Music Ensemble and performs with the Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte Mountain Theater, and Lake City Chamber Music Festival. She has performed as a guest artist and clinician across the U.S. and given world premieres of chamber works for the flute including “Contra Songs” by Catherine McMichael and “Landscapes” by Chappell Kingsland. Becky has been a member of the Las Colinas Symphony and band Tin Roof Tango in Dallas, Texas and performed frequently with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas (D.M.A), University of Colorado at Boulder (M.M), and Oberlin Conservatory (B.M).

An active orchestral and chamber musician, Peter Greydanus is a member of the cello sections of the Richmond Symphony and of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and is an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Formerly assistant principal cellist of the Youngstown Symphony, cellist with the Youngstown Symphony String Quartet and associate principal cellist of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra he has also been a member of the Haddonfield, Albany and Canton Symphonies. In addition he has performed with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and been a participant in the Spoleto festivals in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, SC as well as the Europaisches Musikfest Stuttgart and the Crested Butte Music Festival. Mr. Greydanus is a graduate of Temple University where he was a student of Orlando Cole and studied as well with Metta Watts and William Stokking. During the 2009-2010 season Peter and his wife, Jocelyn Smith lived in Crested Butte, CO and organized a strings class at the Crested Butte Community School.

Martha Watson Violett is Emeritus Professor of Music and teaches piano and class piano. Before retiring in 2010 she was Chair of the Music Department at Western State College of Colorado and taught piano, music history, seminar in music research, and music courses in the general education liberal arts program. Martha Violett holds the Permanent Professional Certificate in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association and the MTNA.

Dr. Violett holds the B.M.E. in Vocal Education from Illinois Wesleyan University with a performance major in piano and minors in voice and harpsichord. She received the M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Piano Performance and the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where studies of piano and chamber music were with James Avery and John Simms. She was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for piano study with Carl Seemann at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (West) Germany. She also studied musicology and piano at the University of Washington in Seattle. Martha Violett began her college teaching career at Western State College where she has been a member of the Music faculty since 1972. She has been active during that time as a performer of solo and chamber music with Western faculty and guest performers.