Clemson University Chamber Players: 20th-Century Chamber Music
Doors open at 7:00 PM | Concert begins at 7:30 PM
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Join us as members of Clemson University’s Music Faculty perform an evening of music by Aaron Copland, Claude Bolling, and Gwyneth Walker.
Christine Lee Lance, cello; Linda Li-Bleuel, piano; Leslie Warlick, violin; Sarah Wannamaker, piano
About the Artists:
Leslie Warlick has enjoyed a career of performing and teaching. Her professional credits include being a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida (under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas), the Naples Philharmonic in Naples, Florida, adjunct faculty at Florida International University and several Upstate South Carolina universities. Dr. Warlick is currently a faculty member at Clemson University teaching both violin and viola, music appreciation and coaching the Clemson University String Quartet.
Her love of chamber music began while a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where she was a member of the Trio Chanterelle, an ensemble that traveled as the school’s ambassador through the state, including a concert at the North Carolina State Capital. As a young professional, Dr. Warlick began collaborating with pianist Dr. Christy Lee. Their partnership included concerts throughout the southeast, as well as teaching the skills of chamber music to students at Delta State University and the University of Tennessee. More recently she has performed as an ensemble member in the Keowee Chamber Festival (now Pan Harmonia) and Anderson Chamber Music Series. One of her most memorable chamber music experiences was working with colleagues John Bleuel, saxophone, and Dr. Linda Li Bleuel, piano, for a world premiere of Lucie Robert- Diessel’s Interrogations (2014).The piece, commissioned by the Bleuels for the 17th World Saxophone Congress and Festival in Strasbourg / France, explores the idea of a discussion with ‘heated questions.’
Dr. Warlick holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Bachelor of Music), the Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music) and Florida State University (Doctor of Music). Her treatise, A Study of Robert Ward’s Three Works for Violin and Piano, includes interviews with the composer. She has had the pleasure of studying violin with Elaine Richey, David Updegraff, Donald Weilerstein, and Gary Kosloski. Each of these mentors and musical experiences has provided an opportunity to grow as a musician and she enjoys helping others realize their potential as a musician, too. She lives in Seneca, South Carolina with her husband David and their children Emma and Charles.
Linda Li-Bleuel is a professor of music in the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University, where she teaches applied and collaborative piano, and music history. She recently performed at the 2023 Festivo Siglo XX/XXI (20th and 21st Century Music Festival) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2019 she completed a China recital tour, centering in the cities of Nanjing and Xi’an. As a Fulbright-Taiwan scholar she taught piano and gave recitals at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taipei National University of the Arts, National Chengchi University, and National Taiwan Normal University. She was also a visiting professor in China at Shaanxi Normal University in Xian, China, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, and Nanjing University of the Arts. A supporter of new classical art music, she and her husband, saxophonist/conductor Dr. John Bleuel, commissioned two pieces from Lucie Robert-Diessel, Paris Conservatoire composition professor and Prix de Rome winner. Dr. Li-Bleuel has given the United States and European premieres of her works, 10+1 (solo piano with saxophone orchestra) under the baton of John Bleuel, and Interrogations for violin, piano, and alto saxophone. Drs. Leslie Warlick, Li-Bleuel, and John Bleuel premiered Interrogations at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Li-Bleuel has recorded for Arizona University Recordings and ACA Digital. She is the past MTNA Southern Division Director and is a sought-after adjudicator. She earned a DMA from the University of Georgia, an MM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Seneca, SC with Dr. John Bleuel, and their children Lauren, who is currently a violin student of Dr. Nancy Bargerstock at Appalachian State University, and Luke, who is a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Christine Lee Lance is a cellist, educator, and conductor who hails from Toronto, Canada, and currently resides in Greenville, SC. Ms. Lance has been teaching at the precollege and collegiate levels for almost 30 years and continues to perform as a soloist and chamber artist with local orchestras, schools, and churches. Her skills as educator and performer are a testament to her love for the art form of music. She holds an MMus degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music and a BMus from Bob Jones University. Ms. Lance enjoys reading, cycling, and table tennis, and recently received her motorcycle permit and can be spotted riding around town on her Victory motorcycle with her husband.
Sarah Wannamaker is organist at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, and organ and piano instructor at North Greenville University. In addition to holding the Fellow and Choirmaster Certificates from the American Guild of Organists, she holds degrees from the University of Iowa (MA – organ performance), Lebanon Valley College PA (BA – organ performance), and San José State University (BS – computer science). She previously lived in Pittsburgh PA and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she played for many choral groups and churches. Sarah and her husband embrace the chaos of homeschooling three children while enjoying hiking and visiting educational destinations across the South.