Featured this Concert
Shana Liu, pianist
Shana Liu, 18, is a freshman at Luther College where she double majors
in neuroscience and piano performance. Dr. John Strauss is her piano
Shana started piano lessons at 5 years old with Karen Langstraat and
continued studying piano with Dr. Ted Reuter at Wartburg College and Dr.
Mei-Hsuan Huang at Iowa State University until her graduation from
Roosevelt High School and Central Academy in Des Moines, Iowa in 2017.
Before college, Shana was a four year member with the Iowa All State
Music Festival, performing two years on violin and two on viola. She has
played in many chamber groups over the years, including Drake University
string quartets on violin and viola, multiple piano trios, and other large
ensembles. She has performed concertos as a piano and violin soloist in
2013 and 2014 with the Oskaloosa Symphony, and was the winner of the DSM
Youth Symphony concerto competition in 2014.
Shana was the Senior Division champion of the Bill Riley Talent Search
in 2016. She was also the junior division winner (2014) and senior
division runner-up (2015) in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
competition. She won second place in the MTNA Regional (West Central)
Division in Fargo, ND, in 2015. In 2017, Shana won the Terrace Hill Piano
Shana serves as the Luther College Symphony Orchestra piano accompanist
and plays in the viola section. She is a highly sought after accompanist
for Luther College students recitals and juries, voice and instrumental
music festivals, weekly voice studio classes and Decorah High School music
festivals. Shana recently had the honor of playing a solo concert on a
Steinway piano played and signed by Vladimir Horowitz in Wisconsin.
Driftless Winds, reed trio
Galit Kaunitz - Corey Mackey - Jacqueline Wilson
Driftless Winds is a highly-active reed trio comprised of oboist Dr.
Galit Kaunitz (left), clarinetist Dr. Corey Mackey (center), and
bassoonist Dr. Jacqueline Wilson (right). Together they present recitals,
masterclasses, and educational concerts across the country, including
performances in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New
Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Driftless Winds have been
featured performers at numerous conferences and chamber music festivals,
including the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference, the 2016
College Music Society National Conference, the 2017 College Music Society
Great Lakes Conference, and a residency at the Avaloch Chamber Music
The group seeks to expand the reed trio repertoire via commissions,
transcriptions, and the discovery of under-performed works. In 2015, they
collaborated on a series of commissions of new works for reed trio with
composers Chia-yu Hsu (Voyages), Brian van Winkle (An Incomplete Story),
and Rachel Devorah Trapp (imparpripyt), which they premiered in Columbus
Georgia at the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference.
Additionally, the members of Driftless Winds are passionate music
educators and present outreach concerts to music students of all ages.
Dr. Galit Kaunitz is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at The University
of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Corey Mackey is the Assistant Professor of
Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the Principal
Clarinetist of the Dubuque Symphony. Bassoonist Dr. Jacqueline Wilson is
Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University.
Dave Camwell, tenor saxophone
Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic
performer, and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate
Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama. Camwell has been a
Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D'Addario Performing Artist since
2009, and has over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn and
UNC Jazz Press. He has been involved in a variety of commissioning
projects, including co-leading a consortium with Dr. Stephen Page that
resulted in a popular new work by noted composer Marc Mellits entitled
Tachycardia. Camwell studied at the universities of Calgary, Jacksonville
State, Northern Colorado, and Oregon, and can be heard on the Innova,
Enharmonic, Teal Creek, and Mark Custom recording labels. Camwell taught
at Simpson College (IA) from 2005-2017, winning many faculty awards, and
was uniformly recognized as being one of the finest and most renowned
professors in the College's history.
Camwell is an active performer and clinician throughout the United
States. He has won a number of awards and was the runner-up in the 2000
North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial jazz competition. He has
performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and at a variety of jazz festivals,
including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland. He has also performed in
Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, as a soloist with the New York Central
City Chorus, and with the orchestras of Iowa, Des Moines, and Minnesota.
As a soloist and with Oasis Quartet (2008-2017), he has performed and
led master classes at the colleges and universities of: North Texas,
Oregon, UC-Boulder, Illinois, UNC-Greensboro, Houston, Stephen F. Austin,
British Columbia, Iowa, Cincinnati (CCM), Incarnate Word, Miami of Ohio,
Gustavus Adolphus, Puget Sound, Sam Houston State, Mississippi, Lindenwood,
Furman, UNC-Charlotte, Drury, Winthrop, Western Carolina, Southern Oregon,
Wyoming, Colorado State, Idaho (Moscow), Missouri (St. Louis), Wisconsin
(Eau Claire & Stevens Point), North Dakota State, Concordia (MN),
Jamestown (ND), Millersville (PA), Graceland (IA), Northern Iowa and
In addition to hosting the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance
Region 3 conference, Camwell regularly attends regional and national NASA
conferences. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congresses of
Slovenia (2006), Thailand (2009), and Scotland (2012).