Alumnus presents recital of song literature by women composers

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Washington state's enactment of women's suffrage, Willamette University alumnus and pianist Nikolas Caoile '00 and Canadian mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel will present a recital of song literature by women composers Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

The event will include works by Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Pauline Garcia Viardot, Carrie Jacob Bonds, Cecile Chaminade, Rebecca Clarke and Libby Larsen. This recital is part of a tour that will take the pair throughout the Northwest, from Ellensburg, Seattle and Tacoma to Portland and Eugene. They will also perform this program in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Vancouver, B.C.

Caoile is director of orchestras at Central Washington University, where he has developed one of the preeminent collegiate orchestra programs in the Northwest. A passionate believer in music education for all ages, Caoile has conducted numerous educational and community engagement concerts and is a popular guest conductor and clinician with youth orchestras, collegiate ensembles and high school honor orchestras.

Also an accomplished pianist and frequent recitalist, Caoile performs throughout Washington state and the Northwest. In October 2009, Caoile made his New York City debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in collaboration with the Morphoses Dance Company.

Schiel has been hailed as a "velvety mezzo-soprano who displays bona fide acting smarts as well" (Victoria Times Colonist). Schiel has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras, including Opera Ontario, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, the Boris Brott Festival and the Mountain View International Festival of Song. Schiel performs frequently throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Ticket info

Tickets are $5 for general admission, and free to Willamette students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased through the Willamette Department of Music in the Rogers Music Center, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or charged by phone at 503-370-6255.