Faculty Artist Recital: Erica Davis (voice) and Kathryn Pisaro (oboe)
Erica Lazerow Davis joined the faculty at CSUN in 2012, having previously taught at College of the Canyons, Antelope Valley College, and Ventura College. An expert in French language and diction from her years living in Paris, she teaches French Diction. She also teaches Vocal Literature and Vocal Tech, in addition to private voice lessons. In 2008 she was one of 12 teachers chosen from throughout the United States to participate in the NATS Intern Program. She has been an adjudicator for NATS Young Artist auditions, NATS Student Evaluation program, and the Santa Clarita Choral Educators Association solo competition. Her students have been featured in performances around the Los Angeles area and have gone on to schools and vocal programs throughout the United States.
Ms. Davis has degrees from the University of Southern California (M.M., Vocal Arts), The Boston Conservatory (B.M. summa cum laude, Vocal Performance), and Princeton University (B.A., English).
With a voice the LA Times called “opulent,” Ms. Davis is known for her beautiful high notes and sparkling interpretations. Her recent opera roles include Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Gilda (Rigoletto), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Antonia (Tales of Hoffmann), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), and Tatiana (Eugene Onegin). While she has established herself in Southern California performing opera with companies such as the Independent Opera Company, LA Metropolitan Opera, AVC Opera, Pasadena Lyric Opera, and USC Opera, she has also performed on the east coast and with such companies as Opera in the Ozarks. Also praised for her concert work, her performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 80, and Britten’s The Company of Heaven, among others. Ms. Davis is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Convivia, and she is featured on its CD O sacrum convivium. Ms. Davis has participated in several elite choirs, including the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Chorale. She is part of a professional choir that sings every year for High Holidays at Stephen S. Wise Temple.
Kathryn Gleasman Pisaro, is active as an oboist and a music historian.
As a music historian, she received her Masters and PhD degrees in musicology at Northwestern University, with a dissertation on experimental music in Britain in the 1960s. She regularly presents papers at national and international conferences, including the Third Biennial International Conference on 20th century music in Nottingham, England, the 17th Congress of the International Musicological Society in Leuven, Belgium, the Experience Project Pop Music Conference in Seattle, Washington, and the Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference in Lennoxville, Quebec. Articles and entries can be found in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Musicworks, the art journal Seitan, Crosscurrents and Counterpoints, and the International Double Reed Society Journal.
As an oboist, she received degrees from De Paul University and California Institute of the Arts. She has performed with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Burbank Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Symphony, and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. She has accompanied such well known performers as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavoretti, the Moody Blues, Ray Charles, Harry Belefonte, Garth Brooks, Marvin Hamlisch, and Henry Mancini. She has also played in touring Broadway productions, including A Little Night Music, Aspects of Love, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, and Showboat. She has recorded solo contemporary music for the oboe for Edition Wandelweiser Records, jazz with the City Lights Orchestra and the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, and rock music with the band Poi Dog Pondering. She has toured Europe six times as a new music soloist, performing in England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Greece. Her concerto performances with the Valley Symphony Orchestra of Mozart’s Concerto in C major, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2, and Charles Fernandez’ Oboe Concerto, Sarah Wallin Huff’s Elegy with the Santa Clarita Philharmonic, and, Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’amore, Gabriel’s Oboe, and Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor on the American Victory Orchestra’s concerts for the Daniel Pearl World Music Days.
She is currently on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts as well as CSUN. She has previously served on the faculty at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Ventura College, and Los Angeles Valley College. She coaches wind players at the Kadima Conservatory of Music, and has a private piano studio.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 -- Doors open at 7pm
Cypress Recital Hall