Yamaha performing artist Dr. Patricia Surman is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral flutist. In demand as a soloist, Patricia has recently performed and given masterclasses in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, across Europe and the United States at esteemed institutions including the Venice Conservatory, Janacek Academy, the State Conservatory of Greece, Baylor University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State University. Patricia has been a featured performer and clinician for flute festivals, including the National Flute Association Convention, Florida Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair, Kentucky Flute Festival and the Flute Society of Mid-South. Patricia served on faculty at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and researched contemporary Greek flute repertoire. Her article on Ida Gotkovsky is featured on Oxford Music Online. She was recently featured in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, interviewed in The Flute View and has published articles in the Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and Flute Talk Magazine. As co-founder of DuoInteraktiv, Patricia has collaborated with computer musician Reiner Krämer, performing music for flute and interactive computer across the nation.
Patricia joined the Metropolitan State University of Denver music faculty as assistant professor of flute and director of woodwind studies, and has previously taught at Northeastern State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Southwestern Adventist University and has held residencies at Bates College and the Taipei Municipal University of Education. She can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and as a soloist on the GIA Choralworks CD series.
Pianist Michael Keller has degrees from Indiana State University and the University of Illinois. His teachers have included Howard Karp and French pianist Marylene Dosse. As pianist for Donald Peck, former principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony, he performed recitals throughout the United States and recorded for WFMT Chicago. He was also a member of the Lydian Trio formed by Mr. Peck with former cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet, Lowell Creitz. As a soloist he has appeared on such series as Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen, the Dame Myra Hess Series and St. Martin in the Fields in London, England. Mr. Keller was a member of the piano faculty at UW-Stevens Point until his retirement in 2009. He now resides in Madison and maintains an active schedule as soloist, accompanist and clinician.