Faculty Concert: Alicia Casey, violin, and Annemieke McLane, piano
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Alicia Casey and Annemieke Spoesltra McLane present “Favorites from Our Youth,” a program that includes works by Elgar, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Scott Joplin, and Florence Price.
This concert is sponsored by Vermont Violins. Masking and proof of COVID vaccination are required for this event.
Alicia Casey is an internationally sought-after Suzuki educator and concert violinist originally hailing from Australia. Alicia directs the Suzuki Program at the Upper Valley Music Center, where she has taught since 2010, and oversees a program of 120 students in cello, flute, viola, and violin. Her students have been accepted to All State and New England Music Festivals.
Alicia has been a guest clinician at the Suzuki Institute of Indonesia, the Vermont Suzuki Violin Workshop and the Green Mountain Suzuki Summer Institute. Alicia has been published in the American Suzuki Journal and has presented at national conferences. She has registered formal Suzuki training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Violin Books 1-10 with Allen Lieb, Jeffrey Cox, Roger Stieg, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Ed Kreitman, Mark Mutter, Teri Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Doris Preucil, and Mark Bjork.
Having started violin at age 3 as a Suzuki student herself, Alicia has recently become a Suzuki parent, and now has experienced all three sides of the Suzuki triangle. Alicia received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia, where she was a student of Elizabeth Morgan, and her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a student of Elizabeth Chang and was a recipient of the Lark Chamber Music Award. Alicia has performed with orchestras, quartets and as a soloist throughout the United States, Australia and Europe.
Pianist Annemieke (Spoelstra) McLane was born in the Netherlands and studied for her Masters in Piano Performance at the conservatory in Zwolle with Rudy de Heus.
She received the Student of the Year Award for her final recital, for sensitive playing and well balanced programs. Besides her solo playing, she was collaborative pianist at the conservatories of Zwolle, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Amsterdam for different instrumentalists and vocalists.
At the Sweelinck conservatory of Amsterdam she specialized in ArtSong Accompaniment. She received at age 21 the National Young Music Talent Award for best accompanist. Praised for her toucher and coloring. After her Master’s Degree she studied privately with Tan Crone in Amsterdam (who had studied with
Rudolf Serkin and Nadia Boulanger.)
Annemieke was finalist in Paris for the Lily and Nadia Boulanger competition. She had masterclasses with Rudolf Jansen, Elly Ameling, Miranda van Kralingen, Benjamin Rawitz, Roger Vignoles, Tan Crone, Peter Serkin, Noel Lee, Shmuel Magen.
When she arrived in Vermont in 2004, she started teaching piano at St. Michael’s College and in her private studio. She has been piano instructor at SMC for 2004-2015, pianist for the SMC chorale and VYO choruses.
She moved from Burlington to the Upper Valley in 2012 and lives with her husband accordionist Jeremiah McLane and their son Luke in Sharon, VT. Annemieke has been teaching at the Upper Valley Music Center, and she was pianist for the Thetford Chamber Singers. Since 2013/14 she has been the pianist for the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Dr. Robert Duff conductor/musical director. After the fall concert 2019 she resigned from this position, to work on more solo concerts and music performances.
Since 2014 she is working for the Theater Department of Dartmouth College, for Acting in Musical Theater classes, taught by prof. Carol Dunne. In 2021 Annemieke started working at Hanover High School as the pianist for the choruses.
In August 2022 she left her Music Director position at the United Church of Strafford and still offers there monthly concerts. Annemieke teaches and coaches at her home studio, and performs as a soloist, collaborative artist, and as part of “Cassotto Duo” with accordionist Jeremiah McLane.
The Cassotto Duo performed with 8 Cuerdas (Sarah Cullins and Daniel Gaviria) as the ‘Piazzolla Project’, specialized in South American music (mainly Argentinian Tango). With soprano Mary Bonhag and bassist Evan Premo, the Cassotto Duo created a French music program. With artist Becky Bailey, they arranged Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant.
Annemieke performs as a soloist and pairs up for recitals with cellist Emily Taubl, violinist Alicia Casey, soprano Julie Ness, flutist Anne Janson, and clarinetist Matthew Marsit.
At the United church of Strafford she offers monthly concerts. Past performances were in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, France, and in the US (VT, ME, FL, CT, MA, NH) .