2014 Artist Spotlight – Jon Kimura Parker

Jon Kimura Parker


The Dakota Sky International Piano Festival is honored to bring Jon Kimura Parker to this year’s Eighth Annual Festival! A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Mr. Parker is also Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, where he has given world premieres of new works by Peter Schickele and Jake Heggie.

Mr. Parker won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition and has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie.

An unusually versatile artist, Mr. Parker has also played with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen. Last season, Parker appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and toured the United States with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Parker will join us for our closing solo Recital on Saturday, June 28, and well also help teach with our Young Artist Program, as well as presenting at the South Dakota Music Teachers Association Professional Development Conference on Friday, June 27.

As a part of his program, Mr. Parker will be performing his solo transcription of Strivinsky’s Rite of Spring. Watch a short video about the piece below, and make sure to explore his youtube channel for more information:

2014 Artist Spotlight – Angelina Gadeliya

Angelina Gadeliya


Angelina Gadeliya is an engaging performer, and we are incredibly excited to help welcome her back to Sioux Falls, where she spent many years in her youth. She has performed many times in the area, including previously with Dakota Sky and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Also a gifted educator, Dr. Gadeliya currently serves as piano faculty at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, as well as at the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music.

Angelina completed three seasons with the prestigious Ensemble ACJW- a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. As a member of the ensemble, she was actively involved in educational outreach in New York City, and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Juilliard School. She and her colleagues from Ensemble ACJW have formed a new ensemble, Decoda, an exciting new collective seeking to reinvigorate the world of classical music through revelatory audience engagement, community outreach, and innovative programming.

Angelina will join us for our Salon Recital on Monday, June 23, will present a solo Recital on Thursday, June 26, help teach with our Young Artist Program, as well as presenting with a panel of artists, educators, and administrators for the Seminar on Friday, June 27, titled The State of the Arts.

Angelina gave an incredible performance in 2012 at Dakota Sky, which included the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin. You can watch a different recording of the same piece by her from that summer below:

Angelina Gadeliya from Misha Tatinets on Vimeo.

2014 Artist Spotlight – Kathryn Hufnagle & Christian Zamora

Kathryn Hufnagle  Christian Zamora

If you attend orchestral music performances in the region, odds are you have seen these next two performers. Kathryn Hufnagle, cello, and Christian Zamora, violin, are both members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles, and will be joining Dakota Sky for our Salon Recital on Monday, June 23, along with six other guest artists.

Kathryn Hufnagle, who will be performing for the first time with Daktoa Sky, has been Associate Principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony since 2007. In addition to playing in South Dakota, Kathryn is also Principal Cello of the Sioux City Symphony. She has also performed with the Omaha Symphony, Canton Symphony, New World Symphony, Mansfield Symphony (OH), New Bedford Symphony (MA), and the Boston Philharmonic. An active chamber and collaborative musician, Kathryn is a member of the Sioux City Symphony String Quartet. She was also a member of the Augustana String Quartet throughout its entire duration (2007-2013). She also maintains a Suzuki and traditional style cello studio in Sioux Falls.

Christian Zamora has performed with Dakota Sky in 2009 and 2010, and we are thankful to have him back this season. Zamora was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. As a child, his family moved to the United States where he experienced a multicultural upbringing. Zamora assisted in the formation of the Accende Ensemble, a Chicago based chamber music collective. The mission of the Accende Ensemble is to advance the work of living composers, while maintaining a sense of social consciousness. In 2005, he performed with the Mandragora Tango Ensemble in the Jeune Lune Theatre production of Astor Piazzolla’s opera, “Maria de Buenos Aires.” He was a founding member of Charanga Tropical, a Cuban music collective that is devoted to the performance of Cuba’s Classical Music. Of his current endeavors, Zamora performs as associate concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and is a teacher for the Avera Family Wellness Program. You may also have seen Zamora in other settings, including jazz ensembles, the Hegg Brothers Presents: ChooChoo!, and other performances throughout the region.

See the full salon recital program, and read their full biographies, on our 2014 Artists Page.

2014 Artist Spotlight – Paul Sanchez

Paul Sanchez


Sioux Falls native Dr. Paul Sánchez is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and will be joining the group of seven musicians performing for the Salon Recital on Monday, June 23. Paul will also be teaching for the Young Artist Program, presenting workshops for the South Dakota Music Teacher’s Association Professional Development Conference, as well as helping to administer the Festival. Dr. Sánchez recently took a position serving as Lecturer in Keyboard Studies at the Baylor University School of Music in Texas.

CD releases in 2014 include Oh, Freedom: The Negro Spiritual, Reimagined (Yellow Einstein Records, expected release in 2014), featuring music of Shawn E. Okpebholo and in collaboration with two vocalists from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Music of George Morey (expected release in 2014) in collaboration with his wife, Kayleen Sánchez. His musical partnership with Kayleen in a performance of composer David M. Gordon’s piece “Fader, Stilla Våra Andar,” was praised by the composer as “the first perfect performance” of any of his works. Sánchez’ collaborative work has also been featured on CBS national television in the broadcast of a Schubert performance with tenor Scott Piper. Sánchez has also performed educational concerts for children through the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings program in Fort Worth, Texas.

As the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, Sánchez’ specialization in Spanish music has made him one of the foremost exponents in the field, and his expertise is highly sought out in performance and academic settings alike. His research in Spain as a Fulbright Fellow from 2005–2007 led to the release of a CD recording entitled España: Piano Music of Spain from the 19th and 20th Centuries (Mundo Arts, 2006). His lecture-recital entitled The Poetics of Deep Song: Albeniz, Debussy, and Lorca was nominated for the 2012 doctoral lecture recital award at the Eastman School of Music. His most recent solo recording, Paul Sánchez: In Recital (Athyr Records, 2012), features music by Mompou, Soler, Schumann, and Liszt.

See the full salon recital program, and read his full biography, on our 2014 Artists Page.

Below is a 2012 performance at Eastman featuring Dr. Sánchez and former South Dakota Symphony Orchestra principle cellist Maxim Kozlov.

2014 Artist Spotlight – Loudon Schuett & Kayleen Sánchez

Laudon Schuett  Kayleen Sanchez


The Dakota Sky International Piano Festival is thrilled to welcome Dr. Laudon Schuett (lute) and Kayleen Sánchez (voice) to this summer’s Eighth Annual Festival. The two will join the a group of six other musicians for our Salon Recital on Monday, July 23. Wonderful performers in a variety of settings, the two have an early music duo Bedlam which has performed early Scottish ballads from the 16th century, amongst other works.

Mrs. Kayleen Sánchez has performed multiple times with the Festival, including a full recital in 2013 with pianist Jacob Ertl. Sánchez is a rising star in the world of classical voice, and has performed with the Chicago-based Haymarket Opera Company, the Newberry Consort, the St. Charles Singers, Paul O’Dette’s early-music ensemble Collegium Musicum, Steven Kennedy’s Schola Cantorum, and William Weinert’s Voices. Her recent opera roles include Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro/ Mozart), Sister Genevieve (Suor Angelica/Puccini), Euridice (Orfeo/Gluck), Acteón (Acteón changé en biche/Charpentier), and Orfeo (Orfeo/Rossi).

Ohio native Dr. Laudon Schuett is a dynamic lutanist and an active performer and teacher in Rochester, NY. Having earned his BM in Guitar Performance under Frank Koonce at Arizona State University, Laudon became fascinated by the study and performance of early music. He entered the graduate early music program at the Eastman School of Music, studying lute, theorbo, and performance practice under Paul O’Dette. Dr. Schuett will join for the recital on June 23, as well as helping to MC and lead the discussions surrounding that performance.

See the full program, and read their full biographies, on our 2014 Artists Page.

Below is a recent recording by Bedlam of 16th Century Scottish song, Remember Me My Deir.

2014 Artist Spotlight – Adam Golka

Adam Golka

New York based pianist Adam Golka is a good friend of Dakota Sky, and we are incredibly excited to welcome him back for his 6th performance at the Festival. He is no stranger to South Dakota, having also been invited back to perform with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, as well as being the featured artist for the South Dakota Music Teacher’s Association Conference.

Having studied with the likes of José Feghali and Leon Fleischer, Adam spent the summer of 2013 at Marlboro. His 2013/14 season kicked off with a recital at Ravinia, and solo and chamber music concerts at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. He returns to the Fort Worth Symphony for a week of Brahms 2 performances with Joshua Weilerstein, followed by his debut at the New Jersey Symphony playing the Ravel G Major cto. with Music Director, Jacques Lacombe. The Ann Arbor Symphony sees him back for performances of Beethoven 2. We are grateful to have him join us in Sioux Falls this summer!

Adam will be performing an all Chopin solo recital on Thursday, June 19th. He will also present a seminar on Friday, June 20, titled, “Practical Applications of Structural Awareness” about the ways that new listeners to music can learn about the music through its form, and will also join all of our artists in teaching in our Young Artist Program camp for advanced students.

See the full program, and read his full biography, on our 2014 Artists Page.

Below is a recent performance of the Beethoven Sonata Op. 110:

2014 Artist Spotlight – Gegory DeTurck

Gregory DeTurck

Gregory DeTurck first performed with Dakota Sky in the summer of 2012, and presented a thrilling recital. A graduate of Julliard and Eastman School of Music, he has performed with the likes of the LA Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the International Festival Orchestra Beijing. Gregory is a dynamic performer and educator, and is playing a program that ranges from Soler to Copland and Falla.

Mr. DeTurck will perform a solo Recital on Monday, June 16 at 7:30pm, and will also join the group of artists performing for the chamber music Salon Recital on Monday, June 23. We are also looking forward to his Seminar on the music of French composer Francis Poulenc, on Wednesday, June 18 at noon.

Gregory currently lives in Philadelphia, where he serves as faculty member in the Music Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences.

See the full program, and read his full biography, on our 2014 Artists Page.

2014 Artist Spotlight – Jacob Ertl

Jacob Ertl

Jacob Ertl first joined the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in 2013 to help lead the Children’s Concerts, and kindly filled in at last minute to perform with Kayleen Sánchez when the original pianist suffered an injury. This year, we are happy to invite Mr. Ertl back for a full Recital on Saturday, June 14, as well as to lead the Children’s Concerts. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Jacob has performed across the United States as well as abroad in Europe, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. If you attended Jacob’s Seminar in 2013 on the music of Rzewski, you’ll be happy to note that he is playing the full Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, of which he performed excerpts during his talk. This year, Jacob will also present a Seminar titled Music Outreach: Training the Next Generation on Monday, June 16 from 12-1pm, as well as joining for the chamber music Salon Recital on Monday, June 23.

Ertl is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

You can find more detailed information on our 2014 Artists Page.

Children’s Concerts Underway


Jacob Ertl teaches a group of kids about Theme and Variations in our first Children’s Concert of the 2013 season!

See more at www.dakotasky.org/childrens-concerts/.

Jazz Rehearsal


Jazz/classical pianist Tony Caramia rehearses with vocalist Allison Nash for their performance tonight, Monday, July 22nd at 7:30pm. Mr. Caramia has a wonderful first half of solo repertoire, and then will be joined by Miss Nash and Dakota Sky Executive Director Andrew Reinartz on the second half of the program. Join us!

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