Anna Presler, violin | Sarah Rushing, piano

Music on Mondays

Recital Salon, Squires | Music

March 25, 2019 at 8:00pm

Violinist Anna Presler, a longtime member of San Francisco's Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and its artistic director, is Associate Professor at Sacramento State School of Music. She was a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra for two decades, and has been a fellow at the Banff Art Center, the International Music Seminar at Cornwall, and the Tanglewood Music Center––where her chamber music coaches included Eugene Lehner, Joel Krosnick, Gil Kalish, and Julius Levine. A graduate of Yale University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and North Carolina School of the Arts, she studied violin with Jerrie Lucktenberg, Elaine Richey, Sidney Harth, Syoko Aki, and Ian Swensen.  Ms. Presler grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, cellist Leighton Fong.

Music faculty member Sarah Rushingoriginally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an Instructor of Piano at Virginia Tech. Rushing’s commitment to teaching is evidenced through her years of experience teaching private and group piano classes in both the community and university settings in Louisiana, New York, and Colorado. In 2017, Rushing led the University of Colorado Boulder Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to receive the prestigious Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award. Additional involvement in MTNA includes the presentation of original research at national and state conferences.

As a performer, Rushing enjoys playing music off the beaten path and has appeared in competitions and recitals throughout the US. In 2013, she was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” Other radio appearances include a live broadcast on KGNU in Boulder, CO. Rushing worked as the Collaborative Piano Intern at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO and spent two summers performing and studying at the Aspen Music Festival with legendary pianist and teacher Ann Schein.

Rushing completed the the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in the studio of David Korevaar, where her research focused on the music of Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy. She received the Masters of Music in Piano Performance degree from Ithaca College, where she studied with Jennifer Hayghe, and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Louisiana State University, where her teachers included Willis Delony and Gregory Sioles.

The program will include: 
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob. XV/25 
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Lili Boulanger: 2 Pieces for Violin and Piano

Join us for future Music on Monday events!

Apr. 1       Brian Thorsett, tenor

Apr. 8       William Lang, composition | trombone

Apr. 19     Jose Garcia-Taborda, clarinet

Apr. 22     Richard Masters, piano


$15 general | $12 senior | $7 student

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