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Cellist Jeffrey Schoyen Performs at Loyola

Loyola press release - September 23, 2008

Cellist and conductor Jeffrey Schoyen will present a cello concert at Loyola University New Orleans that includes works by Bach, Schumann and Prokofiev.

The concert takes place Tuesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Comm./Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

Performed works include Suite in E-flat Major for unaccompanied cello by J.S. Bach, Fantasy Pieces (Zart und mit Ausdruck, Lebhaft leicht, and Rasch und mit Feuer), Op. 73, by Robert Schumann, and Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119, by Sergei Prokofiev.

Jeffrey Schoyen graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Lawrence Lesser. He completed an MFA at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Anne Williams, and a DMA at Stony Brook as a student of Timothy Eddy.

He has received numerous awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Chamber Music Rural Residency Grant, Tanglewood Festival’s Gustav Golden Award, and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study with William Pleeth in London.

He has studied Baroque Cello with Myron Lutske, Phoebe Carrai and Anthony Pleeth.

Schoyen has extensive orchestral experience and has been a member of the Opera Orchestra of New York, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Cellist of the Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico.

An active chamber musician and recitalist, he has given concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico and Spain. His most recent recital tour included the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and Morelia.

Schoyen has taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at the University of Dayton. He has presented conference lectures on topics ranging from performance practice to kinesiology in string playing and has been conductor of the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra and the Slidell Community Orchestra.

He is currently an assistant professor at Salisbury University where he teaches cello and bass, and conducts the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. During the summer he serves on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Mich.

His cello is a beautiful Eugenio Degani made in Venice in 1887.