Faculty Performances

MacPhail Faculty Recital

Date: Fri Jan 20 2023

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Room: Antonello Hall

Location: Minneapolis

Featuring works by Carvajal – Gomez, Debussy, Poulenc and Joni Mitchell, MacPhail’s Faculty Recital has something for everyone. Come experience these musical stylings by MacPhail faculty.

Recital Program

Suite Caribeana by Ailem Carvajal-Gomez

Little Suite of Four Dances by William Bolcom

 Katrina Mundinger, clarinet

Sue Ruby, piano

Ballade No. 4 by Frederic Chopin

Joan Wallace, piano

March ecossaiase sur un theme populaire by Claude Debussy

Sonata for Four Hands by Francis Poulenc

Joan Wallace & Davis Dorrough, piano (Davis is guest musician)

Sonata for Flute and Piano by Sarah Miller

James DeVoll, flute

Sarah Miller, piano

Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell, arranged by David Crittenden and Christopher Becknell

Old Joe Clark/Jessica by Dicky Betts, arranged by David Crittenden and Christopher Becknell

Christopher Becknell, fiddle

David Crittenden, guitar (guest musician)


Christopher Becknell, Fiddle

Christopher Becknell is a Twin Cities musician who freelances in many musical styles. An accomplished Classical and Fingerstyle Guitarist, he also performs on Fiddle in a wide range of styles from Classical, Celtic, Bluegrass and Old-Time to Rock and Hot Club Jazz Violin. In addition to Performing, he has also been on the Faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and runs his own Suzuki Method Music program for children and their parents at MacPhail Center for Music and his private studio in Minneapolis. In 2015 Christopher released an Album of Fingerstyle Gospel and Folk Song arrangements for Solo Guitar called Just Beyond the River. It has received playtime on The Current, Minnesota Public Radio, and KBEM’s Bluegrass Saturday Morning and is available on Amazon or iTunes and streaming on all platforms.

David Crittenden, Guitar (Guest Artist)

David Crittenden has a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from
the University of Georgia where he studied with John Sutherland.
He received his Master of Music degree from Ball State University
where he studied with Paul Reilly. For ten years he was a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Currently he is Professor of Guitar at Hamline University and Bethel University. His widely acclaimed compositions have been performed by many International Concert Artists and can be heard and purchased at davidcrittendenmusic.com

James DeVoll, Flute

James DeVoll, flute, has appeared on concerts and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed with groups throughout the area, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, and has appeared as guest principal flute with the Duluth, Mankato, and South Dakota Symphony. He enjoys working with composers and has participated with dozens of composers in the premieres of over 40 works. In addition to teaching at MacPhail, James is on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University—Mankato. He has been a clinician and judge for the Minnesota All-State Bands and has served as President of the Upper Midwest Flute Association. He studied at the University of Minnesota, Yale, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Additional studies were in France, where he obtained a diplôme from the Conservatoire Internationale d’Eté in Nice, and spent two summers at the Centre Acanthes festival for contemporary music. 

Davis Dorrough, piano (guest musician)

Davis Dorrough holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where he studied piano with Dr. Jane Magrath and pedagogy with Dr. Barbara Fast. He has performed in numerous recitals both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstaedt, Austria at the Esterhazy Palace, and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany. As an educator, he has received several national awards including the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) MarySue Harris Studio Teaching Fellowship, the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation Scholarship, and the National Piano Foundation Scholarship. In 2022, Mr. Dorrough was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. As a speaker, he has given presentations for Music Teachers National Association, National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, and MusicEd Connect. He recently appeared on a panel for the National Music Council of the United States that discussed the future of music education, creation, performance, and business. In addition to performing and speaking, he currently operates an independent piano studio in Cincinnati, OH and serves as chair for the MTNA National Certification Commission

Sarah Miller, Piano

Sarah Miller has been an instructor of composition, theory and piano at MacPhail since 1996, and Composition Coordinator since 2001.

Sarah has received numerous grants and commissions. Her most recent State Arts Board Grant featured pieces inspired by works of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Seven of the pieces are available at the MIA website, artsmia.org. Those pieces plus several more were performed at MIA in April 2022. This is the third State Arts Board Grant that Dr. Miller has received.

Sarah developed the composition program at MacPhail which features two recitals a year and a summer camp. Her students have won many prizes in various composition contests including the Junior Composers Contest and the MMTA Composition Contest. She holds a PhD in Music Composition as well as a MM in Piano Performance, a BM in Piano Performance, and a BA in Humanities, all from Michigan State University.

Katrina Mundinger with clarinet

Katrina Mundinger, Clarinet

Katrina Mundinger is a multi-instrumentalist whose focus is the clarinet. Since 1994 she has studied and performed music of the Balkan Peninsula. Katrina trained classically, earning Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Clarinet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University, respectively. She received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2015 supporting her acquisition of a taragot and learning to play it. Katrina is a founding member of the Balkan Party Band Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), and a selection of her other performance credits includes a solo appearance with the Jewish Community Center Orchestra and ensemble support for the indie rock act DeVotchKa at First Ave. As part of OBI, she was awarded both a Minnesota Emerging Composers Award (2012) and the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians (2011). Katrina has taught clarinet privately since her college years, maintains a private studio in NE Minneapolis and Roseville MN in addition to her MacPhail duties, and is an adjunct faculty member at the St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Learn more on her webiste folkclarinet.com.

Headshot of Sue Ruby. She has short hair and wears glasses. She is wearing a blue shirt and blue necklace.

Sue Ruby, Piano

Sue Ruby, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), hails from the tiny northern MN town of Tamarack. Ms. Ruby graduated from the University of MN-Duluth summa cum laude with a BM in Piano Pedagogy. She studied with Betty Anne Diaz and Dr. John O’Brien while earning her MM in Piano Pedagogy from Columbus State University (GA). Currently, Ms. Ruby teaches, directs, and co-owns K & S Conservatory of Music in Woodbury. This year (2022) marks her 20th year on the faculty of MacPhail Center for Music and the 20th year of her nonprofit organization, APPI, the Association of Professional Piano Instructors. An avid collaborative pianist, Ms. Ruby is co-founder of Fridays in the Valley, a chamber music series that raises money for charity in Golden Valley. She spent much of the pandemic researching solo and chamber repertoire of underrepresented composers. In 2020, she received a grant from MacPhail to research and perform piano trios by female composers. When not teaching or playing chamber music, Ms Ruby can be found preparing articles and presentations on a wide variety of pedagogical topics for local, state, and national platforms.  

Joan's headshot

Joan Wallace, Piano

Dr. Joan Wallace has been teaching for 11 years. She recently received her doctoral degree in piano from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she holds a Masters in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma (where she was assistant to Dr. Jane Magrath) and a B.Mus in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wallace taught piano in India for three years to students from over 25 countries. She has performed in the Haydnsaal of Esterházy Palace, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes College of Music, as well as the Hot Springs Music Festival. Joan has also presented on various pedagogical topics at the MTNA National, State, and Collegiate conferences, as well as the NCKP conference, and has also adjudicated for piano competitions and auditions in both India and the United States. 

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