Patricia Surman, flute | Jooeun Pak, piano

Visiting Artist Convocation

Recital Salon, Squires | Music

September 17, 2019 at 2:00pm

Flutist Patricia Surman and pianist Jooeun Pak will be collaborating to present a concert of French and American works for flute and piano including compositions by Daniel Dorff, Francis Poulenc, Amanda Harberg, David Farrell, Lauren Bernofsky and Lowell Liebermann. 

Yamaha Performing Artist Patricia Surman is praised for her technical prowess and lyrical tone. In demand as a flute soloist, she has performed and given masterclasses across Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. She has been a featured performer and clinician for flute festivals, including the National Flute Association Convention, Florida Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair, Kentucky Flute Festival and the Flute Society of Mid-South. A Fulbright Scholar, she served on faculty at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and researched contemporary Greek flute repertoire. She was featured in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, interviewed in The Flute View and has published articles in the NACWPI Journal and Flute Talk. As co-founder of DuoInteraktiv, Surman collaborates with computer musician Reiner Krämer, performing music for flute and interactive computer across the nation.

Surman is Assistant Professor of Flute and Director of Woodwind Studies the Metropolitan State University of Denver and has held residencies at Bates College and the Taipei Municipal University of Education. She can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and her debut CD, The American Album, can be heard on Centaur Records.

Hailed as a “profoundly musical artist with poetic temperament with exceptionally expressive and communicative gifts and highly accomplished technique,” Jooeun Pak has appeared in major concert venues as a soloist, chamber musician, and a champion of contemporary music giving performances in major cities in the U.S., Korea, Italy, Jordan, and Germany including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, NY, Terrace Theatre in Kennedy Center in D.C, Armstrong hall in Torrance, Bennet Gordon hall in Ravinia, Al Hussein Cultural Center in Jordan, Theatre Vipiteno in Sterzing and was featured in Chicago radio station WFMT.

Being a winner of national and international competitions, Pak is also a highly demanded collaborative pianist and a chamber musician, appearing in concerts with winners of the renowned international competitions, including the Metropolitan National Council Audition, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition. She formerly worked as a collaborative pianist in Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and Indiana University String Academy.

Pak is an advocate of creative interdisciplinary projects while actively commissioning and giving world premiers of compositions of our time. Her extensive collaborations with leading living composers include world and local premiers of works by Don Freund, Cherise Leiter, and Caroline Kyunga Ahn, amongst many. Upon winning the Grand Prize in the Latin American Music Competition, Pak released a CD featuring compositions by Latin American contemporary composers including Gabriela Lena Frank and Miguel del Aguila, with a violinist Colin Sorgi.

Pak was formerly a full-time lecturer in piano in Towson Univ., Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano in the Univ. of Puget Sound, Associate Instructor in Indiana Univ., Jacobs School of Music, Performing Artist and Faculty in Orfeo Music Festival, and a Music Faculty in American Academy of Jordan Summer Music Festival. Pak has given master classes nationally and internationally, and was heard in National Conservatory of Music in Amman, and Stetson University, Western Connecticut State University, University of Northern Colorado, Anderson University, Providence College, Western Colorado University, Biola University Conservatory of Music, and Steinway Gallery in Miami, FL in recent seasons. Pak is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and a Director of Keyboard Studies at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, as well as an artistic director of MSU Denver Piano Celebration and Denver International Competition.

Pak’s students have been recognized as winners of a number of competitions including MTNA state competition, Steinway competition, and MSU Denver concerto competition. For two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018, she was awarded Steinway’s Top Teacher’s Award.

Pak received DM in Piano Performance and Literature with minors in theory and chamber music under the mentorship of distinguished professor Manahem Pressler, a founder of the renowned Beaux Art Trio, to whom she also served as a teaching assistant. Pak’s study was supported by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellowship, which was awarded for academic and performance excellence.

Hampton Inn Blacksburg/Christiansburg, Main Street Inn, and Marriott Courtyard Blacksburg are the official lodging sponsors for our visiting artists.


Free; no reservation required

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