Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Jillian Kouzel, oboe
Thursday, October 27 , 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Alyssa Morris: Four Personalities (12:00)
Antonino Pasculli: Concerto sopra motivi dell’opera “La Favorita” di Donizetti (13:50)
William Grant Still: Incantation and Dance (5:30)
Ruth Gipps: Oboe Concerto (22:00)
Originally from San Antonio, TX, Jillian Kouzel serves as Instructional Assistant Professor of Oboe at Illinois State University. An avid orchestral freelancer and performer, she holds a position as 3rd Oboe/English Horn with the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. She previously served as adjunct and interim professor at Saginaw Valley State University, Bowling Green State University, and Heidelberg University. Jillian actively performs as guest principal oboe with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and Lansing Symphony just to name a few. She has performed in orchestras and as a featured soloist in the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Sarasota, FL, Breckenridge, CO, Napa, CA, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Washington DC. She is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Michigan. Jillian most recently completed a double Master’s degree in both Music Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan, where she was a recipient of the coveted Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding achievement in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. In her free time, Jillian enjoys weightlifting and spending time outdoors either running or on hikes.
Lu Witzig: Originally from China, Lu Witzig received her Bachelor degree in piano performance from Shenyang Conservatory of Music. She earned Master degrees in both piano performance and collaborative piano from Illinois State University. She won the first prize of TOYAMA Asian Piano Competition in 2004.
Lu performs actively as a chamber musician and soloist. She toured in China in 2018 and 2019, including performances in Shenyang Conservatory of Music and Harbin Conservatory of Music. As a collaborative pianist, she appeared at “Musical Mondays” and “Musical Discovery” with Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She served as a staff accompanist for music festivals including “Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference” and “Midwest Institute of Operas”. With an enthusiasm for new music, Lu performs often at the Red Note New Musical Festival at Illinois State University and New Music Series at Illinois Wesleyan University.
As a passionate piano teacher, her students gain a love for music. Her students often win competitions, including the MTNA Sonata Festival. She also prepares her students for college auditions to pursue their degrees in music.
Lu joined Illinois Wesleyan University in 2012. She serves as a staff accompanist in the School of Music and a piano instructor for the Preparatory Department. She also works with students and performs frequently with faculty at Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University.
For additional information contact Dr. Kouzel (309)438-5287