Baylor Lyceum Series Hosts Accomplished Violist

Oct. 21, 2008

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Peter Slowik, professor of viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Dr. Kathryn Steely, associate professor of viola at Baylor University, will perform at Baylor's School of Music's lyceum series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, in Roxy Grove Hall on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature two songs by Rebecca Clarke, an English classical composer and violist known for viola chamber music. Slowik and Steely will be joined by three other Baylor faculty members and two Baylor students for Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 6."

Slowik earned his bachelor's degree from New England Conservatory of Music and a master's from Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He taught for 13 years at Northwestern University and traveled around the nation performing solo violin concerts.

Slowik is a former principal violist for the American Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. He serves as the president of the American Viola Society and is currently the artistic director for the Credo Chamber Music, a Christian music outreach program that is held each summer in Bull Valley, Ill.

Slowik will be joined by Steely, principal violist for the Waco Symphony and violist for Baylor's Wind Ensemble and the Baylor Symphony. Over the years, Steely has performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Florida's Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra.

For more than five years Steely has been the Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and is serving in her second term as a member and webmaster for the national executive board of the American Viola Society. Along with Slowik, Steely is a member of the Credo Chamber music program in Ohio.

Steely earned a master's in music in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a doctorate of music in viola performance from Northwestern University.

In 1976, the lyceum series was founded and has been funded by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas since 1980.

For more information about the lyceum concert series, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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