The Joan Chambers Concert Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will present the PM Woodwind Project on Friday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. This event is free and open to the public.
The PM Woodwind Project is a flute and clarinet duo committed to sharing education-based chamber and solo music performances with the public. Members Amanda Morrison and Dan Parasky are Pittsburgh natives with more than 30 combined years of experience as performers and teachers. Friends since their undergraduate years of study at Duquesne University, the two combine their similar interests in exploring repertoire and educating aspiring musicians and the general public about their instruments and music.
PM Woodwind Project programs are created to accomplish two objectives: first, to provide the audience with a high-quality, entertaining performance and, second, to educate attendees about classical music, new music, composers, instruments, performance, and the musician’s life.
In addition to recently being invited to perform at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, the ensemble eagerly anticipates their debut performances at their respective instruments’ National and International Conferences this summer. The duo has also held recent recitals, lectures, and open forum discussions at venues throughout Pennsylvania, including Slippery Rock University, Chatham University, the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, and Memorial Park Presbyterian Church.
Amanda Morrison, DM, (www.amandarmorrison.com) is a highly recognized clarinet performer and teacher in the Pittsburgh region. In addition to being the clarinetist for the PM Woodwind Project, Morrison is the clarinetist with The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO), a contemporary new music ensemble.
As a soloist, her recent engagements have included performances at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest and the NACWPI National Convention as well as lectures and recitals at colleges and universities in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Arkansas. She has also performed with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Butler Symphony Orchestra, St. Vincent Camerata, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.
As an educator, Morrison was a member of the faculty at Florida State University, Gulf Coast Community College, the Red River Chamber Music Festival, and Musik Innovations. Throughout her 16-year teaching career, she has maintained an active schedule as a private clarinet instructor and clarinet clinician, leading master classes and ensemble coaching as well as teaching private lessons to students who have continued their musical pursuits at leading universities throughout the country. Amanda earned a bachelor’s of music degree from Duquesne University, studying with Mark Nuccio, and her master’s and doctorate degrees in music from Florida State University, studying with Deborah Bish, DM, and Frank Kowalsky, DM.
Dan Parasky (www.paraskyflutestudios.com) graduated summa cum laude with music degrees from Boston and Duquesne Universities. His private flute students have earned places in various honors ensembles, soloist competitions and workshops at the local, regional, and national level. Parasky serves as an active clinician in pedagogy, having given educational discussions at area music schools, including Duquesne University, Youngstown State University, and Slippery Rock University. Parasky was also featured in a pedagogy presentation at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in New Work City (2009).
Parasky performs as a member of the NFA Professional Flute Choir and serves on the board of directors for a community music program at the Newlonsburg Music Academy in Murrysville, PA.
The Joan Chambers Concert Series is named in honor of Joan Chambers, late wife of President Emeritus George F. Chambers. She was an ardent supporter and representative of Pitt-Greensburg in the community for many years. While her interests were widespread, she especially enjoyed participating in book-discussion groups, attending cultural events, hosting themed luncheons at her home, and spending winters in southwest Florida. The Children’s Literature Collection in Millstein Library, another of her passions, was developed and named in her honor.
Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 24 baccalaureate degree programs, including majors in Education and Spanish, as well as 19 minors. More than 13 percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty—the highest percentage of any University of Pittsburgh campus—have received the prestigious University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.