Loyola University College of Music presents Sticks & Strings featuring Nobue Matsuoka and Valerie Poullette on Monday, March 26th
Loyola press release - March 21, 2001
(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Sticks & Strings featuring percussionist Nobue Matsuoka and violinist Valerie Poullette, together with the Loyola Orchestral Faculty Ensemble. The concert is set for Monday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.
The concert will feature works by Piazzolla, Handel-Halvorsen, Daniel Levitan, Peter Maxwell Davies, and the premier performance of a new Stepehn Dankner work, Fantasy for Violin and Marimba, written specifically for Matsuoka and Poullette. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492.
Poullette serves as instructor of violin at Loyola University College of Music. In addition to playing solo recitals, Poullette currently performs with the Loyola University Faculty Piano Quartet, Loyola Faculty Piano Trio, Tulane Summer Lyric, and the Windsor Court Chamber Players. A former first violinist with the New Orleans Philharmonic, she has also held the position of concertmaster of the New Orleans/ Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra. Chamber music ensembles with which she has performed have included the Festival String Quartet, First Monday Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Loyola Baroque Chamber Players. She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Loyola University New Orleans, and the Music Academy of the West, where she received her chamber music coaching from Leon Fleisher , Eugene Lehner, Walter Trampler, and members of the Julliard String Quartet. Her violin teachers include Berl Senofsky, Joseph Silverstein, and Mitchell Stern.
Matsuoka began studying marimba at the age of ten with her aunt, Kayoko Kito in Nagoya, Japan. She came to the United States in 1989 and studied percussion at Loyola University with Jim Atwood of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She won the Aspen Music Festival Percussion Competition in 1994, became the national winner of the 1995 Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition in Percussion and graduated from Loyola with honors. In 1998, she received a master's degree in percussion performance from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Douglas Howard of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Matsuoka's professional career has included performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.