Polish Music Journal
Vol. 1, No. 1. Summer 1998. ISSN 1521 - 6039
Tyrone Greive is professor of violin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Of non-Polish ancestory, his interest in Polish music was instigated by his late high school and college teacher, Warsaw-born violinist-conductor Leo Kucinski. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Greive earned his bachelor of music degree from Morningside College, from whom he received a Distinquished Alumni Award in 1985. He holds a M.A. degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, and the doctorate, A.Mus.D. from the University of Michigan, where his teachers were Sidney Harth and Angel Reyes, respectively. He was the recipient of orchestral assistantships at both schools as well as Rackham Block and DMA Development Grants from UM. He also attended the Meadowmount School of Music, where he studied with Margaret Pardee, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied chamber music with Claus Adam, Robert Mann and Lilian Fuchs.
Since joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 Greive has extensively studied Polish violin repertoire and has also made an in-depth examination of the history of the instrument in Poland. His resulting articles, which fuse research with a performer's perspective, have been published in periodicals of national and international circulation such as American String Teacher, Strings, Strad, Journal of the Violin Society of America and The Instrumentalist. In the summer of 1998 Greive's performance edition of Jozef Elsner's Sonata Op. 10, No. 3 for Violin and Piano was issued by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (PWM Edition), in Kraków, Poland. Currently, he is working on a recording of Polish romantic violin-piano music and a book on the intercultural aspects of the violin in Poland.
In addition to extensive orchestral playing experience, much of which has been in the capacity as concertmaster, he has performed many solo recitals, solo and multiple concertos, and chamber music concerts. In terms of programming he has become recognized for combining relatively little-known but deserving and appealing repertoire with recognized standard masterworks. Presently, he is concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Beginning his college-level teaching career just after turning 21, Greive has also held teaching positions in South Dakota and Texas. He has taught and performed at numerous summer music festivals and camps throughout the United States, such as the Black Hills Fine Arts Center, the National Music Camp at Interlochen, the Shreveport Summer Music Festival, and the Bear Lake Music Festival in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. His violin class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison includes students from a wide geographic area both nationally and internationally, and his numerous former students hold teaching and performing positions throughout the United States as well as abroad.
Selected publications: "The String Works of Grażyna Bacewicz" (The Instrumentalist, April 1998, Vol.52, No. 9, pp. 58-64); "Music from Poland; A Blending of East and West Europe - Music from Poland" (Strings, No. 62, May/June 1997, pp.96-101); 200 Years of Polish Teaching Repertoire" (American String Teacher Vol. 42, No. 2, spring 1992, pp. 41-7); "Early Baroque Music in Poland - Unusual Repertoire for the Adventurous" (Strings, May/June, 1991, pp. 56-7); "A Look at the Violin in 16th and 17th Century Poland" (Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1991, pp. 117-142); "Poland's Museum of Musical Instruments" (American String Teacher, Vol. 41, No. 1, Winter 1991, pp. 32-6); "Karol Szymanowski's Works for Strings: An Introduction to Their Background, Style, and Performance Problems" (American String Teacher, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1983, pp. 20-23).
Jill Timmons, pianist, has performed internationally as both a solo recitalist and chamber artist. Her solo recitals and Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art received public acclaim and her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series was broadcast live on WFMT to 400 cable stations nationwide. Internationally, Dr. Timmons has appeared in such noted musical centers as Hamburg, Munich, Barcelona, Innsbruck, Vienna, and Santiago, Chile. She has also participated in the prestigious Ernen Musikdorf in Switzerland. Timmons's residencies, educational affiliations and music festival activities have reached audiences throughout the U.S., Europe and South America, and include Tanglewood, the Olympic Music Festival, the Oregon Coast Music Festival in Chenango, the Catholic University in Santiago, and the North American Institute in Barcelona. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. Presently she combines concerts and recording work with an artist-in-residence position at Linfield College.
In the U.S. Dr. Timmons has toured under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts, was a grant recipient from the NEA and has been heard on National Public Radio. Additionally she received an Oregon Individual Artists Fellowship for her recording work. Committed to American composers, she recorded the complete piano works of Wiliam Bergsma. The CD has been released through Laurel Records to very enthusiastic reviews. Most recently, with violinist Laura Klugherz, she premiered Dexter Morrill's Iron Horse Concerto with the Syracuse Symphony and she has released two other recordings of American composers: Chamber Music of Dexter Morrill (Capstone Records) and the Violin/Viola --Piano Music of Amy Beach (Centaur Records). In addition to her artistic achievements, Dr. Timmons has also engaged in scholarly activities, most notably groundbreaking research on the Polish composer, Alexandre Tansman. The paper published here is among the first results of this work.
Sylvain Fremaux was born in Paris in 1951. A graduate of the USC School of music and Yale University, he returned to his native France in 1984 to become the Associate conductor of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Prchestra, as well as founder-director of Strasbourg's Nouvel Ensemble Instrumental. In 1990, after having guest-conducted orchestras in Australia, Cuba, and France, Mr. Fremaux came to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a career as an educator, scholar and conductor. He has appeared with the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony. For three seasons he directed and developed the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon in Ashland and the Lewis and Clark Chamber Orchestra in Portland. Mr. Fremaux served as assistant conductor of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been music director of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra since its creation in 1991. At Linfield Mr. Fremaux also teaches courses in the Department of Music. This fall, he will take up his new post as music director and conductor of the Yaquina Orchestra in Newport, Oregon.
Mr. Fremaux is the translator of Jean Mongredien's French music from the Enlightenment to Romanticism, published by Amadeus Press in 1997. His recent research project focused on the life and music of Alexandre Tansman resulted in the paper published here, and will lead to a monograph on the composer, co-authored with Jill Timmons.
Timothy J. Cooley (b. 1962) is an ethnomusicologist who will receive his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1999 for his dissertation "Ethnography, Tourism, and Music-culture in the Tatra Mountains: Negotiated Representations of Polish Górale Ethnicity." His publications include Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, (co-editor with Gregory F. Barz. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997); "Music of the Polish Tatra Mountain Górale in Chicago" forthcoming in The American Musical Atlas. Edited by Jeff Todd Titon. (New York: Schirmer Books); and the entry on "United States of America (European-American music: Polish)." co-authored with Janice Kleeman and forthcoming in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, revised edition,(London: Macmillan). Cooley also wrote extensive liner notes on early Górale music for a two volume CD set recorded in Chicago, Fire in the Mountains: Polish Mountain Fiddle Music , vols. 1 & 2. (Newton, New Jersey: Shanachie Entertainment Corp. 1997). His recent conference presentations include "Skanking in the Tatras: An Unlikely Mix of Polish Fiddle Music and Jamaican Reggae" (Society for Ethnomusicology, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1997) and "Multiculturalism in the Isolation of the Polish Tatras" (International Council for Traditional Music, Nitra, Slovak Republic, June 1997). In the fall of 1998 Cooley will join the ethnomusicology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on a teaching appointment.