August 17, 2012, “Mozart to the 21st Century”

Trio Abelia consists of Geralyn Giovannetti (oboe) David Palmer (piano) and Denise Root Pierce (horn). All three musicians are based in Windsor, Ontario, and are frequently heard on CBC radio, as well as on tours throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Geralyn Giovannetti is Professor of Oboe at Brigham Young University and a member of the faculty quintet, Orpheus Winds. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in her native Canada and has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Michigan.  As a member of the award winning Canadian quintet, Essex Winds, she has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Glenn Gould Auditorium and as Resident Artists at the Banff School of Fine Arts.  Geralyn has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Britain, Mexico and Brazil.  She was Principal Oboe of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra from 1983-1990.

David Palmer pursues a career as both collaborative pianist and organist.  He and duo- piano colleague Gregory Butler performed frequently in the Great Lakes area, including the two-piano concertos by Mozart and Poulenc with the Windsor Symphony.  David’s collaboration extended further to programs with numerous singers and chamber musicians, notably the Windsor Arts Trio (with Arlene Janzen, violin and Imre Rozsnyai, clarinet). He has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio in Canada.  David’s piano teachers included David Bean and Eugene Bossart.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan.  A native of Victoria, B. C., he is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at the University of Windsor, Ontario and Music Director at All Saints’ Church, Windsor.

Denise Root Pierce has performed throughout the United States, Japan, China, Mexico, Europe and in South America.  She has performed with the Tucson Symphony, Albany Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Monterrey Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.  A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Root Pierce has performed with numerous wind and brass quintets.  Ms. Root Pierce earned the Artist Diploma from Yale University and the Master of Music degree from Michigan State University.  In addition to teaching horn and music theory at Eastern Michigan University, Ms. Root Pierce is currently a member of Essex Winds, Galliard Brass, and Eastern Winds and performs regularly with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada.