November 9th, 2013:


GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART, Songs Exploring a World of Experiences


Encore Performance featuring:


Sherrie Van Hine, mezzo soprano, Signe Lusk, piano and Adrienne Welsh, cello


A heart’s journey showcasing 20th and 21st century music

including works by:

Manuel de Falla, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Jake Heggie, & Ricky Ian Gordon

as well as local composers:

Joan Szymko, Bonnie Miksch & David York!


The program is a revised version of our July 28th concert with addition of some French mélodie replacing some English songs.


Sherrie Van Hine, mezzo soprano, has been singing pretty much since she started making sound. Although she was often told to stop singing so loudly as a child, she followed her heart and majored in music while at Adams State College in Colorado, later graduating from North Texas State University. She taught music at the International School of Singapore and then settled in Portland over 20 years ago. Sherrie has been actively involved with many area choruses both as an ensemble singer and a frequent soloist. She currently sings with Portland Vocal Consort, was a member David York Ensemble for many years, a founding member of both Aurora chorus and Viriditas Vocal Ensemble and performed with Do Jump! Movement Theatre. Sherrie is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and loves teaching singers of all ages and abilities in all styles of music in her NE Portland Home Studio. Sherrie is overjoyed to bring together fabulous musician friends to help create a concert of contemporary music with several works by local composers who have also become friends!

Signe Lusk has been accompanying since the age of 12. She studied on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She then studied in Germany for a year. After moving to Portland, she worked at the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera. She has worked also with Eugene Opera and Seattle Opera. During the 1980's, Ms. Lusk work as a staff pianist with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has toured Europe and Canada in concert and competition. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1996. She currently coaches, teaches, conducts and is staff pianist with the First Unitarian Church.

Adrienne Welsh is a freelance cellist and double bassist, teacher and technologist. An alumna of Trinity College of Music, she played professionally in London for several years, specializing in continuo playing for choral groups and baroque ensembles. After moving to the States in 1986 her career took a detour into the world of corporate Information Technology management, but she now balances her loves of music and technology with a web development practice and cello/bass playing and teaching. She's the principal cellist for Mock's Crest Productions, principal double bassist for Oregon East Symphony, a founding member of Trio Intime and Amedei Cello Ensemble, and a regular performer with numerous other Northwest orchestras and chamber ensembles.