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OCTOBER/2018

The PEN Trio just wrapped up a tour of Colorado and Wyoming. They did performances and classes at Colorado College, University of Colorado (Boulder) and at the University of Wyoming.

 Exploring the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Exploring the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

 Eric Van der Veer Varner giving a master class at the University of Colorado (Boulder).

Eric Van der Veer Varner giving a master class at the University of Colorado (Boulder).

JULY/2018

PEN trio bassoonist, Eric Van der Veer Varner spent the month of July in Bellingham, Washington, for the 35th Season of the Bellingham Music Festival, where he performed with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Michael Palmer. 

PEN trio clarinetist, Phillip O. Paglialonga, spent the past week at ClarEssentials on the campus of the University of North Texas. ClarEssentials is a summer program for talented high school clarinetists in Denton, Texas. During the course of the week Phillip presented a chamber music recital with UNT colleagues Deborah Fabian, Kimberly Cole Luevano and John Scott, taught private lessons, presented a master class and coached chamber music.

 Phillip with the clarinet quartet he coached at ClarEssentials.

Phillip with the clarinet quartet he coached at ClarEssentials.

 2017 Bellingham Festival Orchestra bassoonists (L-R) Eric, Andrew Cuneo (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), and Mona Butler (Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera).

2017 Bellingham Festival Orchestra bassoonists (L-R) Eric, Andrew Cuneo (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), and Mona Butler (Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera).

 ClarEssentials faculty members Kimberly Cole Luevano, John Scott, Phillip O. Paglialonga and Deborah Fabian in front of ClarEssentials students.

ClarEssentials faculty members Kimberly Cole Luevano, John Scott, Phillip O. Paglialonga and Deborah Fabian in front of ClarEssentials students.

June/2018

 Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp friends (L to R) Rob Schmidtke (Red Wing, MN), Eric, Ann Shoemaker (Baylor University), Jefferson Campbell (University of Minnesota-Duluth), and Sasha Enegren (Montclair State University).

Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp friends (L to R) Rob Schmidtke (Red Wing, MN), Eric, Ann Shoemaker (Baylor University), Jefferson Campbell (University of Minnesota-Duluth), and Sasha Enegren (Montclair State University).

After returning from Panama PEN trio bassoonist Eric Van der Veer Varner performed at the Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp in North Carolina. The camp was established in 1978, and takes place at the Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is open to bassoonists of all ages and abilities

The PEN trio just finished the week in Panama at the 12º Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo De Saint Malo. The trio performed a recital with Argentinian guitarist, Federico Díaz, at the Biblioteca de Boquete that included arrangements by Dîaz. The trio also appeared as soloists with the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Darwin Aquino in Sergio Delgado's new Triple Concerto. While in Panama the trio also worked extensively teaching at the festival.

The PEN trio with Federico Díaz (guitar, Argentina) and Elsa Castillo (director, Biblioteca de Boquete)

May/2018

The PEN trio performed at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in England before traveling to India. They performed in New Delhi at the India International Centre, sponsored by the Delhi Music Society and the Delhi Music School, in a program that included the premiere of Three American Canvases by composer Daniel Perttu.

PEN trio oboist Nora Lewis visited the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music this week to present a master class for the oboists there. 

 The PEN trio with distinguished clarinetist Anna Hashimoto at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The PEN trio with distinguished clarinetist Anna Hashimoto at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

 During their trip to India, the PEN trio also visited the Taj Mahal.

During their trip to India, the PEN trio also visited the Taj Mahal.

APRIL/2018

Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga performed James Whitbourn's Annaliese in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts earlier this month. Click here to watch this performance on the Kennedy Center website.

Click here to read a feature on PEN Trio bassoonist Eric Van der Veer Varner in Voyage MIA magazine. 

Buffet Crampon just announced that PEN trio clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga has become an Artist/Clinician for the company. Phillip performs exclusively on a Buffet R-13 Bb clarinet and a Buffet Festival A clarinet.  

 Nora after her master class at Northwestern University with students and Chicago Symphony musician Michael Henoch.

Nora after her master class at Northwestern University with students and Chicago Symphony musician Michael Henoch.

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february/2018

Congratulations to PEN Trio oboist Nora Lewis who just accepted a position at the Lawrence University - Conservatory of Music. This is a particularly special position for Nora since she did her undergraduate studies at Lawrence and will follow her former professor, Howard Niblock. 

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JANUARY/2018

PEN Trio clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga will be moving to Texas this summer! Phillip just accepted a position at the University of North Texas where he will teach applied clarinet at both the graduate and undergraduate level. For more information about the clarinet studio at the University of North Texas visit: https://clarinet.music.unt.edu.

October/2017

The PEN trio just returned from San José, Costa Rica where they did a week-long residency at the Universidad de Costa Rica, culminating in a featured performance in the Sala Cullell. While in San José, the trio presented master classes for students at the Universidad de Costa Rica as well as from the Instituto Nacional de la Música. 

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April/2017

Last week the trio was in Havana, Cuba where they were featured guest artists at the Fiesta de los Clarinetes. On Friday night Phillip performed as a soloist in the opening concert, then on Saturday night the PEN Trio performed a full program at the Oratorio San Felipe Neri. During their stay in Cuba, the trio also worked extensively with students at the Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana

NOVEMBER/2016

The PEN trio just returned from Guatemala where they were performing and teaching for several days at the Escuela de Musica Metropolitana in Guatemala City.  The trio was also featured on Guatemala's national radio station, TGW. The show, "Musica en Transito" is a regular hour-long program hosted by Jorge Sierra. The broadcast included performances of works by M. Shawn Hudley, Villa Lobos, Canteloube and Milhaud, as well as interviews with the help of Pedro Rendon (translator). 

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