Winter Concert December 2005 Guest Arists:


Pianist Ruthanne Schempf holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Marc Silverman.  She earned her Master’s Degree from the same school, studying under Robert Goldsand and Constance Keene.  She earned Bachelor’s Degrees in piano and music literature at Michigan State University, where her teacher was the 1962 Van Cliburn Competition winner, Ralph Votapek.  She is on the faculties of SUNY-New Paltz and Marist College in Poughkeepsie.  She teaches piano, music history, and theory.  She is also a co-founder of the Hudson Valley Society for Music which produces an annual BachFest weekend and Potluck chamber music concerts during the year.  She teaches few private students and endeavors to find time for gardening, skiing, pursuing genealogical research, and drinking coffee!



Kent Smith, a native of Parkersburg, WV, is known for a varied musical career.  Smith has appeared in a wide variety of roles in opera, operetta, musical theatre, and on the concert stage with companies such as Opera Festival of New Jersey, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera on Tour, Opera at Florham, American Music Theatre Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, The National Opera Company, New York City Opera, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.  He was part of the acclaimed national tour of the Tony Award Winning Play , Master Class, as well as performing the same play with TheatreWorks in the Bay Area, both of which he was Musical Director as well.  Mr. Smith’s vocal master classes are presented throughout the country, and he maintains his private vocal studio in New York City.  Mr. Smith was on the faculty of University at Buffalo, where he was also Director of the Opera Studio, and he is Assistant Professor of Voice at SUNY-New Paltz.  Mr. Smith has also taught for five years in Italy at Centro Studi Italiani and in Pennsylvania at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.  Recent performances have included appearances with the New York Vocal Artists, West Side Opera, Pro Arte, North River Music and the Cleveland Opera. Mr. Smith will appear with Musica Sacra in works of Mozart and Bach at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in March of 2005.



Karen Lubeck attracts attention as a promising artist with a beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and thoughtful interpretation.  She made her Carnegie Hall debut in January 2002, sharing the stage with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. She recently sang Frasquita in Carmen with the Duluth-Superior Symphony and appeared as a guest soloist with the New York Choral Society in Orff’s Carmina Burana. She was also featured as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic as part of the Interfaith Committee of Remembrance’s concert. Ms. Lubeck has appeared with Opera Illinois as Despina in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, and as soloist in numerous performances throughout the United States and Europe. She appeared as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Illinois and was a soloist at the American Symphony Orchestra League’s convention in Washington, D.C. 


Highlights of recent seasons include a gala performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Keene Chamber Symphony, and Mozart concert arias for the Westchester Symphony’s 10th anniversary concert.  Her engagements included Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, a song recital at the Norfolk Library in Connecticut, and concerts throughout the United States.


Ms. Lubeck participated in a Gershwin celebration at the Tilles Center in Long Island and appeared at the Berkshire Opera in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.  She also took part in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Festival with a concert at the Austrian Ambassador’s residence.  Switzerland’s Verbier Academy invited her to its summer workshop with Gundula Janowitz and Brigitte Fassbaender. She attended the European Mozart Academy, where she studied with Benita Valente, Eva Blahova, and Kerstin Meyer, most notably, and was a featured soloist in concerts in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  She made her European operatic debut as Silvia in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.


Ms. Lubeck recently completed a recital tour of France, including an appearance at Les Junies Music Festival.  Upcoming performances include the World Premiere of Michelle Ekizian’s work The Place of Beginnings: Songs of Light and Peace with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as return engagements at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and a series of solo recitals.


She has studied voice with Virginia Grasso, Lorraine Nubar, and Richard Barrett, coached with Steven Blier, Joan Dornemann and Nico Castel, and participated in Master Classes with Licia Albanese, Gérard Souzay, William Christie, and Edward Zambara. 


She received her Master’s of Music from The Mannes College of Music and also attended Vassar College, where she holds a BA in French with additional studies in German and Music.

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