24 Feb 2019 -- Late-winter concert

The performers on half of the February 24, 2019 program will be Beverly Field and Toni Pearson performing Brahms, Sonata in e minor, op. 38 for cello and piano. The other half of the program will feature the Missouri Women’s Chorus performing Sacred Motets, Songs of Scotland and Ireland, and African-American Spirituals. Scott Schoonover directs the Women's Chorus.

Beverly Field, Cello

Beverly Field, is a native St. Louisan who has performed and taught for over forty years.  She graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Performance from SIU-E and did post-graduate study at Indiana University at Bloomington.  She has performed with St. Louis Opera Theater, Union Avenue Opera, the Fox Theatre, and Dance St. Louis.  She was a member of the Muny Orchestra for over 30 years.  She has been a member of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, Webster Symphony, University City and Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras and was a founding member of the Appassionata and Nouvell Quartets.  She completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University and recently retired as Associate Professor Emerita from the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Toni Pearson, Piano

Toni Pearson is originally from Australia. She studied piano with David Lockett at the University of Adelaide and completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance in 2000. While pursuing her music studies, Toni also attended medical school. She moved to New York in 2003 to undertake postgraduate residency and fellowship training in child neurology at Columbia University, and in 2016 she joined the faculty in the neurology department at Washington University in St. Louis. Toni has maintained a keen interest in chamber music throughout her medical training and career, and has participated each summer since 2007 as a pianist in the Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop in New Hampshire.

Missouri Women's Chorus

The Missouri Women’s Chorus strives to achieve excellence in the performance of a repertoire of quality music written or arranged for women’s voices.

In the autumn of 2010, several women who had sung together in other groups gathered to establish the Missouri Women's Chorus and had the very good fortune to engage Scott Schoonover as Artistic Director. Auditions were held in January, 2011 to form the first group of 24 singers in the Chorus and work began immediately on our first concert.

All members (and interested newcomers!) must audition each January for the upcoming season. Auditions involve exercises to determine range, tonal memory, sight reading, and the performance of a short piece that is sent out a few days before the audition.

Scott Schoonover, Artistic Director

Scott Schoonover is a gifted musician, conductor, and choral director. In addition to his work as Music Director for Union Avenue Christian Church, he is the founder and Artistic Director of Union Avenue Opera. He also has conducted and directed other opera companies and choral ensembles, including Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, North Carolina, Muddy River Opera in Quincy, Illinois, Winter Opera St. Louis, The Bel Canto Chorus, and he currently directs the Missouri Women’s Chorus