BMC Community Concert Series – February
First Mondays Concert Series
February 4, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Porter Center at Brevard College
Dilshad Posnock, flute
Jennifer Snyder Kozoroz, viola
Allegra Lilly, harp
Originally from Mumbai, India, flutist Dilshad Posnock has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals across the United States, England, Puerto Rico and India, and has been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio.
Ms. Posnock's performance experience is wide and varied, including concerto appearances with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra, Brevard Symphonic Winds, McKeesport Symphony, Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra. She has performed solo and chamber recitals with musicians from the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Renaissance City Winds and The Meridian Ensemble. Ms. Posnock has participated in such international music festivals as the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Cape May Music Festival, Musica Viva, and was a founding member of the Sangat Music Festival in Mumbai, India.
Ms. Posnock completed her undergraduate studies with Honors at the Royal College of Music, London, and her Masters Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she studied with renowned flutist and pedagogue Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. While in Pittsburgh, she performed regularly with ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Ballet, and Pittsburgh Opera. Ms. Posnock served as Artist Lecturer in Flute, and Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.
Apart from her activities on the flute, Ms. Posnock served as the coordinating editor for Jeanne Baxtresser's publication "Great Flute Duos of the Orchestral Repertoire," published by Theodore Presser in 2002, and as Assistant Director for the annual Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class. She also worked on a publication project with world-renowned flutist, Sir James Galway, for Theodore Presser.
Ms. Posnock currently lives in Brevard with her husband Jason, and two young children. She serves on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and Brevard College, has performed with the Asheville Choral Society, and has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
Jennifer Snyder Kozoroz
Mrs. Kozoroz began her studies at the age of 4. She completed her high school studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance at the Ohio State University. She then went on to receive her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Karen Tuttle.
Before moving back to her native Milwaukee, she was Assistant Principal violist with the Virginia Symphony and violist and founding member of the Ambrosia String Trio which performed in the U.S. and abroad. Mrs. Kozoroz was also violist with the Harrington String Quartet which recently released their recording of the complete Mendelssohn string quintets with guest violist, James Dunham.
Mrs. Kozoroz currently performs with the Milwaukee Symphony, and has performed with the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Frankly Music, The Ritz Chamber Players, Virginia Chamber Players, The Arcas String Quartet and Manhattan Virtuosi. She has also recently founded Steeplechasers, a dynamic new chamber music series celebrating the rich history of Milwaukee area churches and places of worship.
Mrs. Kozoroz is a seven time scholarship winner of the American Symphony Orchestra League and grant recipient from the International Congress of Symphony and Orchestra Musicians. She was also an ASTA scholarship recipient and has been honored as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. Mrs. Kozoroz continues to be a strong advocate and advisor for the Sphinx Organization (Music Scholarship Assistance Fund) which aids in the mentoring and financial support of minority student musicians in America.
An enthusiastic educator, Mrs. Kozoroz has been on the viola faculty at Old Dominion University, Denison University, Christopher Newport University, West Texas A&M, The Sewanee Music Festival and The New England Music Camp as an instructor, chamber music coach, advisor, and lecturer. She has been guest clinician at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, the Ohio State University and the University of Montana. Mrs. Kozoroz has also taught at the Harlem School for the Arts where she was a member of the active West Side String Quartet which performed as a mentoring ensemble for inner city children. She currently is the Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra award winning Progressions program which is an intense string training program for underrepresented children in Milwaukee Public Schools. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, Michael and daughter Isabella, writing and singing, and has even been seen on a few music videos as well.
Allegra Lilly is the Principal Harpist of the St. Louis Symphony. A highly sought-after orchestral musician, she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Charlotte Symphonies, the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras, the All-Star Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lilly acted as substitute principal harpist for the Boston Symphony's 2015 Tanglewood season and European tour, and she appears on the BSO's 2016 Grammy-winning album, Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow. She also appears on the St. Louis Symphony's 2015 Grammy-winning album, City Noir, and their 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Scheherazade.2. During the summer months, she has performed with the orchestras of the Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei Due Mundi (Spoleto, Italy), Artosphere Festival, Castleton Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra.
Ms. Lilly was recently named Principal Harp Faculty of the Brevard Music Center, and has given master classes at the Tanglewood Music Center, Boston University, and University of Ottawa. She has also coached orchestral and chamber music for New World Symphony and The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. As a chamber musician, Ms. Lilly has appeared as a guest artist with the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Argento Chamber Ensemble, AXIOM Ensemble, and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect).
Born in Detroit, Ms. Lilly began playing the piano at age five and began studying the harp at age seven as a student of Ruth Myers. She also studied extensively with Judy Loman and the late Lucile Lawrence. Ms. Lilly made her solo debut at the age of 12 with the Detroit Symphony, and has since appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and International Symphony. She moved to New York at eighteen to study with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees.