Dillard ’98, Stephens in concert Sept. 25
The Furman music department will host piano alumnus Chuck Dillard and mezzo-soprano Page Stephens in a concert of vocal music Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall.
The concert is free and open to the public. It will be the Southeast piano/vocal premiere of “The White Album” by Furman Music Professor Mark Kilstofte.
Dillard received two bachelor’s degrees from Furman in 1998; he served on the Furman faculty as instructor of music theory and staff pianist from 2001 to 2005. He currently is professor of collaborative piano at Portland State University. In the field of opera, Dillard has a broad range of experiences as a conductor, coach and pianist, working for Austin Opera, Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, Piedmont Opera and others.
Stephens is assistant director of operations at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Described as having a soft spot for new music, Stephens sang the New York premiere of Kilstofte’s “The White Album” with Music from Copland House at the ensemble’s home base in Merestead, New York. She and Dillard unveiled the cycle in Portland, Oregon, last season.