2009-08-08 / Top News

Last Concert in Community Foundation's Series Features Island's Local Talent

Roger Humphrey will perform on guitar at the Summer Notes concert Sunday. Roger Humphrey will perform on guitar at the Summer Notes concert Sunday. The last concert in Mackinac Island Community Foundation's summer concert series, Summertime Notes, will highlight the Island's local talent at Ste. Anne's Church Sunday, August 9, at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Five musicians will be performing Sunday, Roger Humphrey on the guitar, Tess Miller on flute, Melissa Straus on double bass, Peggy Bynoe on piano, and Heather May on flute.

The musicians all have ties to Mackinac Island and perform professionally.

For Sunday's concert, classical music will resonate through the excellent acoustics at Ste. Anne's, and Mr. Humphrey will lead off with four Renaissance pieces for guitar, including Bianco Fiore by Cesar Negri and Salterello by Cincenzo Galilei.

Ian Clark's "maya" and Franz Doppler's Andante opus 25 will be performed by Heather May and Tess Miller on flutes and Peggy Bynoe on piano. Miss Bynoe will perform solo selections from Frederic Chopin and Johannes Brahms, and Melissa Straus will join the two flutists in a performance of Wolfgang Mozart's Serenade 1.

Heather May will perform on flute at the last concert in the series. Heather May will perform on flute at the last concert in the series. Roger Humphrey has been playing guitar since 1958 and started teaching it in 1967. He is a faculty member of Olivet College and Alma College and has taught private lessons at Marshall Music in Lansing for more than 25 years. Mr. Humphrey has written guitar method books, incidental music for the guitar, a series of preludes for organ, and scored several award-winning documentaries. His latest recording, "Romantic Occasions," has just been released.

Tess Miller is a freelance performer, clinician, adjudicator, and flute instructor with a doctorate in musical arts from Michigan State University. She has been a flute instructor at Albion College since 2000 and began teaching flute, flute ensemble, and woodwind methods at Alma College in 2008.

She is a member of the Traverse Symphony, the Everon Due (flute and percussion), and the London Trio (two flutes and a cello). During the summer, Dr. Miller also volunteers with the Mackinac Island Summer Concert Series and teaches at the Interlochen All-State Band Program.

Peggy Bynoe, who spends her summers on Mackinac Island, will be playing the piano Sunday. Peggy Bynoe, who spends her summers on Mackinac Island, will be playing the piano Sunday. Melissa Straus performs with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and teaches at Alma College and Hope College. She received her doctorate in musical arts at Michigan State University. She freelances throughout Michigan and has performed in Vienna, Austria, Mexicali, and Mexico. She has been principal double bass with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and served on faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Superior.

Peggy Bynoe was graduated Magna Cum Laude from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids with a degree in music education and is studying at Western Michigan University for a master's degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood development.

She spends her summers helping with the family business on Mackinac Island and is a member of Ste. Anne's Catholic Church, where she plays for Sunday masses. She lives in Grand Rapids during the winter, where she teaches fifth grade general music at Central Woodlands in the Forest Hills School District. She is a private piano instructor, as well, plays for the St. Mary Magdalene Youth Group Choir, and is a piano accompanist for the Central Middle School Choir in Forest Hills.

Heather May

received her

bachelor's degrees in music performance and music education from Central Michigan University (CMU), where she was a prize winner for the concerto competition. She has performed in venues all over Michigan, including the South East Michigan Flute Association Flute Festival and the Mackinac Island Music Festival. She has also performed with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and performed in concerts for the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. Miss May sat as the principal flute for two years with the Crooked Tree Youth Orchestra performing Bizet's Carmen Suite and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2. She has also sat in principal chairs in CMU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with various ensembles, including three years with the Evensong Woodwind Quintet. She is a wedding flutist over the summer on Mackinac Island and works in her family's fudge shops.

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