If you’ve been to a school event at St Stephen’s you may have seen Shannon Hesse leading students in song by strumming a guitar, or playing piano to accompany the choir. Not everyone can do this, of course, but what we see here at St. Stephen’s during these school activities is just a small part of the tremendous talent of Dr. Hesse.  On Friday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas you have an opportunity to see her perform with Marion Dickson (soprano) and Richard Nunemaker (clarinet). 

If you need additional enticement, on this evening Shannon will be performing a series of short solo piano pieces titled “Tuscan Miniatures” written by our other music teacher, and accomplished composer, Stephen Bachicha. St. Stephen’s is fortunate to have such a tremendously talented staff, who also possess a passion for teaching.  We do not always get to see our teachers express the breadth of their talent in the classroom though. So please join us Friday!   

Shannon has performed extensively both nationally and internationally as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Her concert schedule consists of recurring guest appearances in recitals sponsored by organizations such as the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Society of Composers, Inc., Tuesday Musical Club, Galveston Island Arts Academy Concert Series, Imperial Performing Arts series, Greenbriar Consortium, and the Houston Composers Alliance. She regularly performs with musicians from the Houston Symphony, including her husband, cellist Anthony Kitai. A devoted teacher, Dr. Hesse is a long-standing member of Music Teachers National Association, where she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She is frequently in demand as an adjudicator and her students have been prizewinners in competitions at the local and state levels.

Dr. Hesse has served on the faculties of Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University, and Valdosta State University, and spent many wonderful summers teaching at Westminster Choir College's High School Piano Camp and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she served as Coordinator of Collaborative Piano. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Hesse holds additional degrees from Catholic University and Westminster Choir College. She is a member of the honors societies Phi Kappa Lambda and Alpha Lambda Delta and has had the great honor of working with outstanding teachers and mentors, including Jean Barr, Ingrid Clarfield, Marilyn Neeley, and Rita Sloan.

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