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The Schumann Bicentenntial Festival-Conference is thrilled to host several renowned speakers and performers during the event. Many more invited guests will be added to this page so check back often for updates!


Peter Beicken (Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park) researches and teaches modern Austrian and German literature. Focusing on major writers, the lyric genre, cultural studies, and film analysis, he engages perspectives of intermedial relations, cultural semiotics, and gender studies. Among his publications are articles and books on Walter Benjamin, Ingeborg Bachmann (2 books), Franz Kafka (4 books), Anna Seghers, and Wim Wenders (1 book). Having lectured on the literary/cultural contexts of the German lied, Beicken has also presented pre-concert lectures on Schubert’s song cycles (‘Die schöne Müllerin’, ‘Die Winterreise’) and he has served, over the years, on numerous examining committees for the MA, DMA, and Ph.D. in the School of Music. A Distinguished Scholar/Teacher in 2001-2002, he was a Center of Teaching Excellence Lilly-Fellow in 2005-2006, 2006-2007. In the 1980s & 1990s, Beicken was editor of two literary journals (literature-express, TRANS-LIT); he also received awards for his poetry (1984) and prose (1998).


Suzanne J. Beicken, Ph.D., Stanford University, is lecturer, music administrator, performer and concert manager in the UM School since 1981. She has taught numerous courses, including eighteenth century music history, women in music, and arts management. As a musicologist, Dr. Beicken published her translation and commentary of Johann Adam Hiller's Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation, 1780, with Cambridge University Press in 2001, reprinted as a paperback in 2006. She has lectured at venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, Strathmore Music Center, and the University of Vienna on Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and the Girl Groups of the late 50s and early 60s. For 26 years she was producer of the Scholarship Benefit Series. She also founded the School of Music's Board of Visitors in 1991 with the late Stanford Berman and has been active in development, fund raising, and special event planning for the School of Music.


Jon W. Finson (Professor of Music, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has researched and written on the works of Robert Schumann for over 30 years. His dissertation at University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1980) focused on the genesis of Schumann's orchestral music. Subsequently he has published articles on Schumann in The Musical Quarterly, The Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Journal of Musicology, Ostinato rigore, and in a number of festschrifts and handbooks devoted to the composer's works. His own books include Robert Schumann and the Study of Orchestral Composition: The Genesis of the First Symphony (Oxford University Press, 1989) and Robert Schumann: The Book of Songs (Harvard University Press, 2008). His edition of Schumann's Fourth Symphony in its 1841 version (Breitkopf & Härtel, 2003) received a Best Music Edition Award from the Association of German Music Publishers and is performed by orchestras across Europe and the United States. He is currently working on an edition of Schumann's lieder, opp. 35, 36, 39, and 40, for the new complete edition of the composer's works (Schott, Mainz).


Claudia Macdonald is Professor of Musicology at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where she teaches courses on a range of topics covering eighteenth through twenty-first century European and American music. She is author of the book Robert Schumann and the Piano Concerto (Routledge, 2005), and of various articles on nineteenth-century topics which have appeared in The Journal of Musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society and Current Musicology. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies and American Association of University Women. Currently she is working on a book titled Rose Scott and Music in the Settlers' West.


Edward Maclary became Director of Choral Activities at the University of Maryland School of Music in September 2000. He was named Professor of Music in 2006. Prior to coming to Maryland he served on the faculties of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. Choirs under his direction have toured throughout Europe and North America and have sung by invitation at the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In addition to leading the graduate studies program in choral conducting, Maclary conducts the UM Chamber Singers, the leading ensemble of the School of Music’s six choirs. Regarded as an outstanding clinician and teacher, Maclary maintains an active schedule as guest conductor for choral festivals and honors choirs throughout the country. He has served as chorus master for distinguished conductors such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Iván Fischer, Robert Spano, Paul Goodwin and Bobby McFerrin.


Donald Manildi is curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland and holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Washington (Seattle) and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has published more than 600 reviews, articles and discographies in various journals. His compact disc, Pianists As Composers, was issued on the Elan label to critical acclaim. He has also produced more than 30 CD reissues of historic piano recordings. At IPAM his responsibilities include the development and preservation of existing collections, the acquisition of significant new materials, attending to visits and inquiries of performers and scholars from around the world and serving as guest lecturer for various University of Maryland music classes.


Bonny Hough Miller has performed widely as a pianist and accompanist, and has taught music history at universities in Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Her research papers and lecture-recitals at national and international meetings address subjects from Mozart to American popular music. Her topics on Schumann song and piano cycles include performances of the song collection Liebesfrühling, Op. 37/12, by Robert and Clara Schumann; “Schumann’s Voices in the Wilderness: Waldeszenen, Op. 82;” and “Clara Schumann: Composer, Pianist, and Teacher.” Currently at work on a biography of American composer and author Augusta Browne, Dr. Miller is based in the Washington DC area as an independent scholar.


Lawrence Moss received his BA from UCLA, his MA from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate from the University of Southern California (1957) where his principal teachers were Leon Kirchner and Ingolf Dahl. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he was professor of composition at Yale University (1960–68). He received a Distinguished Scholar/Teacher Award from the University in 1982. He has been commissioned by the Fromm Commission, the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, the Kindler Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Warsaw Autumn Festival and he has held grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Association. His works have been performed by such distinguished ensembles as the Baltimore Symphony, Theater Chamber Players of Kennedy Center, Continuum, Speculum Musicae, the Left Bank Concert Society, Verge Ensemble at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, the New Juilliard Ensemble of New York, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. His article “Text and Context in Dichterliebe” appeared in Ars Lyrica.


Leon Plantinga graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1957. He received a M.Mus. in piano performance from Michigan State University in 1959, and a Ph.D. in the History of Music from Yale University in 1964. On the Yale faculty from 1963 until his retirement in 2005, Plantinga served as chair of the Department of Music for ten years. For six years in the 1990s, he was the Director of the Division of the Humanities. After retirement Plantinga spent a year at the Princeton Institute for Advance Study, and is currently Interim Director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. He has written widely on music of the later eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, with books on Schumann as a music critic, a life and works study of Muzio Clementi, a history of nineteenth-century European music, and a study of the Beethoven concertos. Plantinga has published many articles and reviews in professional journals, and, lately, in the TLS of London.


Nancy B. Reich studied at the High School of Music and Art (now known as the LaGuardia High School of Arts) in New York City, received a B.A. from Queens College, an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. She has served on the faculties of Queens College, New York University, Manhattanville College, and was a Visiting Professor of Music at Bard College and Williams College. Her major work Clara Schumann: the Artist and the Woman was published by Cornell University Press in 1985, revised in 2001, and translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, and coming soon--in Hebrew. In 1996, the 100th anniversary of the death of Clara Schumann, she was awarded the ASCAP-Deems-Taylor Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (in New York City) and the Robert-Schumann-Prize of the City of Zwickau, Germany (in Robert-Schumann-Haus, Zwickau, Germany.)

Dr. Reich has written articles on Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Johannes Brahms as well as "Women as Musicians: A Question of Class," and "Women and the Music Conservatory" in a number of books including the New Grove Dictionary of Music of Music and Musicians. She has lectured extensively at conferences and at universities in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, as well as throughout the United States. She is currently working on a translation of Clara Wieck's diary (the only one still in existence) which covers the years 1824 (age 5) to 1840 (age 21)--the day she and Robert Schumann were married.


James Ross is presently Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and Artistic Director of the National Orchestral Institute. His principal conducting teachers include Kurt Masur, Otto-Werner Mueller, Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. He began his conducting studies with Kurt Masur in Leipzig while serving as Solo-horn of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He was music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra from 1990-94 and has worked as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Parisian period instrument group, Les Arts Florissants. He has taught at Yale University, at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and at the Curtis Institute of Music. Jim has played an integral role in the development of young musicians in Spain, Japan and the U.S. as well as being on the forefront of new thinking about the future of orchestras.


The breadth of Charles Rosen's endeavors reflects a remarkable synthesis of performing musician, scholar, writer and lecturer. First and foremost, however, he remains one of the most widely respected pianists of our time, internationally acclaimed for his performances and recordings of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to works by today's most important composers. Mr. Rosen's unique combination of musical sensitivity and powerful intelligence produces interpretations of exceptional understanding and impact. He has been heard in major concert halls and at leading festivals throughout the world and continues to perform in music capitals here and abroad. In recognition, Mr. Rosen was named Musical America's 2008 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Mr. Rosen, whose playing balances passion with probing detail and substantive depth, (New York Times) is particularly renowned for his interpretations of Beethoven and the Romantic repertoire, especially the works of Chopin, Schumann and Liszt. During this Chopin and Schumann anniversary year, he will be giving performances of their works throughout the country from San Francisco to New York City. more>>


John C. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Kansas. His Schumann-related works include Schumann: A Chorus of Voices (Amadeus, 2010) and the Public Radio series The World of Robert Schumann (distributed worldwide through the WFMT Network). Among his other published books are The American Theatrical Film (Bowling Green, 1985), Dvorak in America (Amadeus, 1993), Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (Facts on File, 2002), and Composers in the Movies (Yale, 2005). His articles on film, literature, painting, theater and music have appeared in Notes, Film Comment, Opera News, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, and Literature/Film Quarterly. He has worked as a broadcaster for National Public Radio, the Christian Science Monitor Radio Network, Voice of America, and CBS television. He was recently awarded the 2008 Kansas Governor's "Arts in Education" Award. His hobbies include playing piano for silent films and illustrating his own books and articles.


Charles Timbrell is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. He earned degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and the University of Maryland, and did post-graduate study at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and privately in Paris. His primary teachers were Emil Danenberg, Stewart Gordon, and Guido Agosti. He has performed extensively in Europe, Canada, and the U.S., recorded for Dante Records (Paris), and made two recent DVDs for IMC (Tokyo). Critics have called his playing "masterly, with real insight" (London Times) and "beautifully conceived and technically assured" (Washington Post).

Dr. Timbrell is the author of French Pianism (Amadeus Press, 1999), Prince of Virtuosos: A Life of Walter Rummel, American Pianist (Scarecrow Press, 2005), performing editions of Bizet's Jeux d'enfants and Chopin's Barcarolle (Alfred Publications 2004 and 2007), a chapter on performance practices in The Cambridge Companion to Debussy, and numerous articles in Music & Letters, The New Grove, and other publications. He has lectured at leading music schools in the U.S. and Europe and at national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the American Liszt Society. He is the former editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society.


Eric Zakim is an Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Maryland, where he teaches courses in Hebrew literature and Israeli culture and coordinates the Hebrew language program. Dr. Zakim received his PhD from University of California – Berkeley in Comparative Literature for a dissertation on The Project of Expression in Modernist Literature and Music: David Fogel, Arnold Schoenberg, David Grossman. His articles in musicology have appeared in Opera Quarterly, the Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center and Orbis Musicae. Dr. Zakim is the author of To Build and Be Built: Landscape, Literature and the Construction of Zionist Identity, (2006) and the co-editor of i>David Fogel and the Rise of Hebrew Modernism (1993). He is currently finishing a book project on modernism, social theory and music at the turn of the twentieth century, entitled Sounding Cultural Decline: Music and Degeneration Between Two Centuries.

FRANK LATINO, Festival Coordinator

A PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Maryland, Frank Latino holds an MA in German from Florida State University and a BA, magna cum laude, in music from Southeastern Louisiana University. As a Robert Bosch Foundation grantee, he completed an exchange at the Universität Greifswald, and he did further study at the Technical Universities at Dresden and Berlin. At the university level, he has taught class piano, a survey of music literature, a history of popular music, German courses, and, in Germany, a range of English courses. He is writing his dissertation on the life and work of German pianist Walter Gieseking, with support from the Gieseking family. He is also producing two CDs for Naxos Records, which will include premiere recordings made by UM Graduate students of Gieseking’s unpublished compositions. Frank is a recent recipient of the Davis Award, Goldhaber Travel Award, ARHU Travel Award, the Irving Lowens Award, and the Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. He is a member of the German Studies Association and was the 2009–10 Student Representative for the American Musicological Society’s Capital Chapter.