Montana State University — College of Arts and Architecture — President’s Fine Arts Series 2009-2010

Sacajawea Suite and other tales

Ilse-Mari Lee, composer and cellist, Elizabeth Croy, soprano and Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, author


April 15

Reynolds Recital Hall

Pre–event reception starts at 6:30

Individual Ticket price $20

$75 for the four event season package

To order tickets call: 406-994-4405

Grand finale with dessert and spirit! Musical story telling and other yarns...

Ilse–Mari Lee

Ilse–Mari Lee serves as the Director of the University Honors Program at Montana State University in Bozeman. Born in South Africa, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Masters degrees in Cello Performance, and in Theory and Composition, from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctorate in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Arizona.

Ilse–Mari is active as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and performs regularly at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She serves as principal cellist of the Intermountain Opera Company. In 1991, she was awarded the Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship Award, and was selected to perform at the American Cello Congress in Phoenix. In 1992, she premiered the Cello Concerto, Opus 55, by Eric Funk. Collaborative performances include performances with the internationally renowned Moscow, Muir and Fry Street string quartets. CD releases include The Duet Album with classical guitarist Stuart Weber, Song of the Cello with pianist Michele Levin, and In Performance at St. Timothy’s with the Muir Quartet.

Dr. Lee founded the MSU Cello Ensemble in 1998. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 1999 All–Northwest MENC Conference in Portland Oregon. The ensemble has toured throughout the Northwest, as well as to Italy and Central Europe in May 2000 and to China in March 2006, performing in Beijing, Xian, and Tianjin.

Active as a composer, Ilse–Mari’s compositions have been performed in South Africa, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia and in China. In 2002, Ilse–Mari premiered her Cello Concerto, Mandela, with the Billings Symphony. Most recently, her film scores for Certain Green, and Forced into Comfort, Fighting for Apology were awarded gold medals at the Park City Film Music Festival in 2008 and 2009.

A dedicated teacher, she was awarded the “Mortar Board Professor of the Month”, and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Teaching” Award. (2000, 2008, 2009). In 2008, Ilse–Mari was awarded the Wiley Award for Meritorious Research at Montana State University. She is a recipient of the prestigious President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Elizabeth Croy

Elizabeth Croy is a versatile performer of art song, oratorio, and opera. Her vibrant vocal timbre, innovative programs and musical sincerity have brought her recognition as an outstanding recitalist and performer. Twice she received awards at the national level for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) and was awarded a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award in 1999. She has been invited to compete internationally at the Dutch International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition in College Park, Maryland. Demonstrating her ability to successfully sing popular styles as well as art song, Ms. Croy was one of six finalists in the 2004 American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia.Collaborating with MSU colleagues, Laurel Yost and Julie Gosswiller, Elizabeth has presented several art song recitals. Elizabeth and Julie Gosswiller were one of ten teams chosen nationally to participate in the 2002 Art Song Festival at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In the first Internet art song contest, CyberSing, they won awards for best duo, best German song, best required song, and best pianist. As an avid supporter of art song, Ms. Croy has also been a participant in the Academy of Singing at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada under the direction of Martin Isepp. Ms. Croy and Ms. Gosswiller released their first CD, Moon's Ending: Art Song of the Twentieth Century, in 2004. A national review of their CD in the Journal of Singing for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, states that Elizabeth Croy “gives a performance here that is nothing short of ravishing. Both the timbre of her voice and the assurance of her delivery bring to mind the best work of Dawn Upshaw...”

As Professor of Music at Montana State University in Bozeman, Ms. Croy teaches studio voice, vocal pedagogy and English/Latin diction. She received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she studied with Barbara Doscher. Regionally, Ms. Croy is a frequent soprano soloist with Montana symphonies and orchestras and has sung several roles with the Intermountain Opera.

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs is co–author of The Lewis and Clark Companion; An Encyclopedic Guide to the Voyage of Discovery. She lectures nationally about her experiences and observations on the Lewis and Clark Trail which she first followed in 1976 with her father, bestselling author Stephen Ambrose. She works with conservation and citizens groups to preserve and protect the trail and adjoining wilderness areas.

She holds two degrees in History from the University of Montana and currently writes local history and serves on the Boards of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Foundation, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Montana Preservation Alliance, Friends of Montana PBS and the American Prairie Foundation. Her book of essays on Lewis and Clark, Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail was published by the University of Nebraska Press in the Fall of 2008. Stephenie lives in Helena, Montana with her husband John.