Hailed as "remarkable" by the Chicago Tribune and “one to watch, in
more ways than one” by Muso Magazine, Jessica Warren-Acosta has
gained worldwide recognition as a dynamic performer and a flutist who
thinks outside the box.
Highlights of the 2008-2009 season include appearances as a soloist with
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
as well as recitals with the Avalon String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet,
and pianist, Kuang-Hao Huang.
Ms. Warren-Acosta has concertized on three continents and appeared as
a soloist with the Baltimore, Fort Worth, and Omaha Symphonies among
others as well as at numerous international music festivals including the
Spoleto USA Festival where she gave the American Premiere of Pascal
Dusapin’s Flute Concerto, “Galim”.
She has toured Latin America as an artistic ambassador to the United
States, soloing with orchestras and giving recitals to rave reviews. She
has been named a winner in several international competitions including
the Artists International Competition and the International Music
Competition “Citta di Padova” and has also appeared on several radio
broadcasts including Karl Haas’ syndicated program “Adventures in
In addition to her classical training, she has a great interest in the music
of South America and has made extensive trips to Perú and Ecuador to
familiarize herself with Andean instruments and performance techniques
as well as with the compositions of the region. Ms. Warren-Acosta’s CD of
South American music for flute, “Acentos” has been released on the
Filarmonika label and is available at www.filarmonika.com.
Anthony Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since
2004. The Avalon Quartet was selected in 2007 to succeed the world-
renowned Vermeer Quartet as quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois
University, a position the Avalon previously held at Indiana University
South Bend. Devroye has performed with the quartet in the United States,
France and South Korea, and has taught at the Interlochen Advanced
String Quartet Program and the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth,
Previously Mr. Devroye played with the New World Symphony in Miami
Beach. Having frequently led the viola section under Michael Tilson
Thomas, he also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2004.
Additional orchestral performances include the New York Philharmonic
and Grant Park Music Festival. As a chamber musician Mr. Devroye has
performed at the Ravinia, Norfolk and Angel Fire festivals, and
internationally at the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Rencontres Musicales
d’Enghien (Belgium), and in Gothenborg, Sweden. In 2005 he won First
Prize at the Julio Cardona International String Competition in Portugal.
Mr. Devroye holds a BA in Biological Science from Columbia University,
where he was awarded a Starr Foundation Scholarship while pursuing
concurrent viola studies at the Juilliard School. He received a Diploma
from the Curtis Institute of Music as a Bok Foundation Fellowship
recipient. His viola teachers have included Michael Tree, Roberto Diaz,
Toby Appel and Heidi Castleman.
Harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams has performed throughout the United
States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra
member. Ms. Williams has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions
including the American Harp Society National Competition, the National
Endowment of the Arts Artist Recognition Talent Search, the National
Federation of Music Clubs, the American Opera Society, Sigma Alpha Iota
and two-time award winner of the Anne Adams Award.
Among other solo engagements, Marguerite Williams has been featured
as soloist with the International Chamber Artists, New World Symphony,
Handel Society, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Roosevelt University
Chamber Orchestra; has premiered numerous compositions including
Augusta Read Thomas' ...The Soul is Light...; and is under high demand
for her performances of contemporary music including Berio's Circles for
voice, harp and two percussionists. Recent performances have included
collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Maxim Vengerov, Jessye
Norman, Sting, Kanye West and appearances as royal entertainment for
H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga of Vietnam.
An experienced orchestra musician, Ms. Williams has appeared with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee
Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and San Diego
Symphony. She performed as substitute Principal Harp for the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra (2008-2009 season), as well as Principal Harp of the
Colorado Music Festival (Boulder, CO). She was previously Principal
Harpist of the New World Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New
Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyn Ellen, IL), and DuPage Opera Orchestra.
Ms. Williams is a founding member of the International Chamber Artists,
Project Copernicus and Fifth House ensembles.
Marguerite Lynn Williams attended the Eastman School of Music where
she received both a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate
studying with Kathleen Bride. She then attended Roosevelt University to
study with Sarah Bullen, where she received a Master's Degree in
Orchestral Studies. Previously on faculty at the Frost School of Music,
University of Miami from 2006 until 2008, Ms. Williams maintains a small
private harp studio in Chicago. Along with being a passionate
pedagogue, she is an avid arranger of harp music including two volumes
of harp ensemble music published by Lyon & Healy.
Music from Four Continents
Piazzolla Histoire du Tango
Miyagi Haru no Umi
Jan Bach Eisteddfod
Debussy Trio Sonata
Monday, October 26th, 6:30pm
Northern Illinois University