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Accomplished Musician and Instructor to Perform at Lenoir-Rhyne

Wed Mar 20 2013

Lissie OkopnyHICKORY, N.C. — Lissie Okopny, LRU faculty applied flute instructor, will present a recital on Saturday, April 6 at 3:00pm in the Mauney Music Building Choral Room on campus. Christy Wisuthseriwong will join her on piano. Works will include pieces from the Baroque, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary periods.

Okopny is the principal flutist of the Asheville Symphony (NC) and a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony (Hickory, NC). She maintains an active performance schedule as soloist and chamber musician as well as a teaching studio in Winston-Salem, NC.

Okopny received her Master of Music from The Juilliard School in 2008 and her Bachelor of Music in 2006 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She made her professional solo debut with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony (MI) in 2004, performing the Ibert Flute Concerto. Her other awards and honors include First Prize in the 2003 Detroit Bohemian Concerto Competition and Third Prize in the 2011 Myrna Brown Artist Competition. She was awarded scholarships from The Juilliard School, Indiana University, the National Repertory Orchestra in 2007, and the Sarasota Music Festival in 2005. Her teachers include world-renowned flutists Carol Wincenc, Thomas Robertello, Ervin Monroe, and Jeffery Zook.


Dr. Christy Wisuthseriwong is Chair of the Piano Department and Director of The Accelerated Program and The Conservatory at The Music Academy of North Carolina in Greensboro. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in piano performance and pedagogy at Meredith College in Raleigh and studied Collaborative Piano at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her Master’s of Music in 2001 and Doctor of Musical Arts in 2011.


Okopny resides in Winston-Salem with her husband, Peter Shanahan.  In 2011, they founded and now co-direct the Winston-Salem Youth Flute Ensemble, which promotes chamber music for young students.  The ensemble performs concerts throughout the Winston-Salem community during the summers and at the winter holidays

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