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Clark College News and Events

April 27, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Donald Appert, 360-992-2195
or the Clark College Music Department, 360-992-2662


The Clark College Orchestra will present its spring concert
on Sunday, June 3

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Clark College Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director/Conductor Donald Lawrence Appert, will present its spring concert “Viennese Delight” on Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Durst Theatre of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3201 Main Street, Vancouver.

The program will be Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with April Duvic as featured soprano soloist and concertmaster Gretchen Tucker as violin soloist.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Donations for the Clark College Music Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the door.

About the artists

April DuvicApril Brookins Duvic has been a member of the music faculty at Clark College since 1990. She teaches Applied Voice, Music Education and Music Appreciation and is director of the acclaimed Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble, which has performed in China, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. 

She received the Exceptional Faculty Award, the college’s award for academic excellence in 2001.  An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Teachers National Association and the Music Educators National Conference, Ms. Duvic is a frequent adjudicator for both choral and solo vocal competitions and master classes. 

She has received recognition from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as the teacher of the 2001 and 2003 National Winners of the MTNA High School Voice Competition.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music, cum laude, from Whitman College and her Masters of Science in Teaching from Portland State University.   Active in musical theatre at Clark College and in the Vancouver area, she has received awards for her musical direction of Evita and West Side Story.  Ms. Duvic has been featured as a vocal soloist with the Clark College Orchestra and was a member of the Leyden Singers, the Oregon Symphony’s Vocal Pops ensemble.  She performs in the duo, “Duelin’ Sopranos” and has recorded two CDs:  “Duelin’ Sopranos – Christmas Joy” and “Under Her Spell:  The Viardot Effect.”  Additional information about April Duvic is available on several Web sites.

Donald Appert conducts the Clark College orchestraDonald Lawrence Appert has appeared as Guest Conductor with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ente Autonomo Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), the Warwick Community Youth Orchestra (Australia), and the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra (Greece). L’ovadese wrote “ the performance of the Serenade in C major of Tchaikovsky, under the exceptional direction of Appert, was in such a style that it brought out the elegance and grace of the melodic lines with Mozartian inspiration. …The L’Orchestra Sinfonica Citta di Grosseto…performed the Barber Adagio with rare effectiveness, emphasizing its intrinsically rich melody.Giornale di Sicilia praised his interpretation of Nielsen’s First Symphony as "lyrical with an airy freshness" and his conducting as "precise, painstakingly accurate, and diligent.”

In August of 2002, he was guest conductor of the Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinu  (Czech Republic) in a program that included the European premiere of his own Elegy for String Orchestra. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Bourgas Opera-Philharmonic Society (Bulgaria), the Slovak State Orchestra (Kosice), the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), the Orchestra of the Conservatoire Frederic Chopin in Paris, France, the Valcea Philharmonic (Romania), the Orquestra da Fundacao Conservatorio Regional de Gaia (Portugal), and Orchestra Sinfonica Citta di Grosseto (Italy).  In the United States he has appeared as guest conductor of the Vancouver (WA) Symphony, the University of Texas - Arlington Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Central Arkansas Symphony. In 2006-2007 he is scheduled to conduct in Turkey, Japan, Romania, Italy and El Salvador.

Dr. Appert is a member of ASCAP with most of his works published. In October of 1998 the Ashiya Chamber Orchestra in Kobe, Japan gave the Japanese premiere of In the Similitude of a Dream. This piece for string orchestra was recorded by the Clark College Orchestra on its first compact disc and received its Australian premiere in August of 1999. The Salem (OR) Youth Orchestra has also performed it. The Ashiya Chamber Orchestra also gave the Japanese premiere of Thru a Glass Darkly in October of 1999 and on their November 2001 concert they gave the world premiere of Elegy, a work they commissioned from the composer. The composer has since conducted this work with orchestras in the US, the Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Romania, and Portugal. His work Quid Enim? was premiered by the Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble in March of 2002. The Audienda-Chor premiered Who Shall Know? for a cappella choir in Krefeld, Germany in November of 2002. In 2005 he received an ASCAPLUS Award in recognition of the European performances of Elegy. In 2006 he received an ASCAPLUS Award in recognition of the European performances of his orchestral work Prism. His music may be heard via the Internet on his Web site.

Donald Appert is in his seventeenth season as Music Director/Conductor of the Clark College Orchestra. Dr. Appert received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Trombone from the New England Conservatory. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Kansas. Dr. Appert has studied conducting with Riccardo Muti, Otto Werner Mueller, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Fredrik Fennel, George Lawner, and Richard Pittman. He was one of fourteen conductors chosen to participate in Helmuth Rilling’s Master class at the 1992 Oregon Bach Festival. Dr. Appert conducted Bach’s Cantatas No. 4, 18, and 150 with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra. His trombone teachers include Ronald Barron, John Coffey, and Tyrone Breuninger. Dr. Appert has performed as a trombonist with the Kansas City Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera Orchestra, and the Springfield (MA) Symphony. Currently he is a Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. In addition he is the Music Director/Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta in Portland, Oregon.

He lives in Vancouver, Washington (USA) with his wife Linda, a coloratura soprano and active voice teacher. They have two daughters -- Laura, a violist, and Rebecca, a violinist. Both are graduates of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


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