University of Delaware
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The Messenger
Vol. 5, No. 1/1995
New recordings showcase music faculty talent

     Music, ranging from Bach to the rhythms of the Caribbean,
from classical to avant-garde, has been recorded by University
music faculty and is now available on compact discs or cassette.
     Pianist Michael Steinberg has two CDs being issued by
Elysium. One is a nine CD reissue of his LP series of 32 piano
sonatas of Beethoven. The other features music by Chopin,
including 24 Preludes, Opus 28; Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Opus
52; and Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Opus 58. Both the Beethoven and
Chopin CDs were recorded in Germany.
     A professor at Delaware, Steinberg has played in recital, as
a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician throughout
Europe and the United States, and was pianist in residence at the
Villa San Michele in Anacapri, Italy, for nine years.
     Lloyd Shorter on oboe and Douglas Mapp on double bass play
with the avant-garde Philadelphia ensemble, Rlche. The group's
latest recording, Outcome Inevitable, received four-and-a half
stars in the July 1995 issue of Down Beat magazine. According to
the review, the ensemble is "most familiar to 'new music'
audiences, but Outcome Inevitable should intrigue jazz listeners
as well....Rlche's versatility enables the octet to capture the
tension and contemplation of Robert Ashley's Outcome Inevitable
and the Arctic stillness of Eleanor Hovda's Borealis Music with
equal success."
     A native of Delaware, Shorter serves as administrator of
recruiting, admissions and scholarships in the music department
and is a member of the UD Del'Arte Woodwind Quintet and of the
Delaware Symphony. As a member of Rlche, he has performed in
Europe and at the Lincoln Center in New York. He was awarded a
solo grant from the Delaware Arts Council in 1992-93 and is a
frequent guest soloist throughout the Delaware Valley.
     Mapp, who teaches double bass at the University, was
formerly a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Bogota,
Colombia, and is principal bass player with the Reading Symphony
and the Chamber Symphony of Princeton. He has performed
worldwide, playing all kinds of music from orchestral to new
music to jazz.
     Cynthia Carr, horn, and faculty accompanist, pianist Julie
Nishimura, have recorded five compositions by women composers in
their CD, entitled Images. The project was supported by a General
University Research Grant, and this is the first time the music
has been recorded. Carr and Nishimura also were invited to play
music from this CD at the Scripps College Symposium on Women in
Music in Claremont, Calif., the only representatives from an East
Coast college.
     Carr serves as associate professor of music. She plays
French horn in the Del'Arte Woodwind Quintet and Delaware Brass
Quintet and is co-principal horn of the Delaware Symphony. She
has been a member of the Norwegian National Broadcasting
Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mrida, Venezuela, and
the Symphony of Hof, Germany, and has performed with symphony
orchestras throughout the United States.
     Nishimura made her concerto debut at the age of 16 with the
San Francisco Symphony. She has been guest soloist with several
orchestras and numerous chamber groups. She is a founding member
of the Grand Chamber Players in Wilmington and has played in the
United States and Europe as an accompanist performing in recitals
with instrumentalists and vocalists.
     The Taggart-Grycky Duo, which has been performing throughout
the United States and abroad for 10 years, features music
instructors Christiaan Taggart on the guitar and Eileen Grycky on
the flute. They were finalists in both the Concert Artists Guild
competition and the East-West Artists competition in New York.
Their new recording, Poetry and Madness for Flute and Guitar,
offers music from the 18th century to the present day, including
"Three Haiku" by Michael White, written especially for them. The
recording received support from a University grant. An earlier
recording with the duo, Romantic Music for Flute and Guitar, won
praise from High Fidelity and Fanfare magazines.
     Grycky is a member of the Del'Arte Woodwind Quintet, the
Brandywine Baroque Ensemble, the orchestra of the Opera Company
of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony and the Mozart Orchestra
of Philadelphia, which performed at the Lincoln Center's Mostly
Mozart Festival a few years ago.
     Taggart was the first guitarist to be accepted at the
Philadelphia Musical Academy. He has appeared as soloist with the
Delaware Symphony, the Delaware Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond
Chamber Players, the Wilkes-Barre Ballet and the Pennsylvania
     Percussionist Harvey Price and the Royal Palm Steel Band
have released their first recording, Ten Palms, on cassette. The
recording features music of the Caribbean, as well as American
music with a Caribbean treatment. Tom Palmer, also in the music
department, plays drums for the group.
     Price has performed with many area orchestras, including the
Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the
Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware and theatre orchestras in the
Delaware Valley. He directs the University of Delaware Percussion
Ensemble, the University Symphonic Band, the First State
Symphonic Band, the John Rollins Scholarship Jazz Band and the
Contemporary Music Series at the Settlement Music School in
     For information or to order copies of these recordings, call
the Department of Music at (302) 831-2577.
                                         -Sue Swyers Moncure