NEW BERN, NC – Craven Community College will host a chamber music concert on May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern campus.
Music will be performed by Craven CC staff accompanist and pianist Shauna Bierly, along with vocalist Megan Massey, pianist Jared Alan Yoakem, violist Matthew Tucci and cellist Kimberly Zimmerman.
The concert will feature famous works by composers such as Dvořák, Schumann, Debussy, Glinka, Brahms and Bridge. The concert is free and open to the public and will include a short intermission.
For more information on the event, visit the Craven CC website.
About the musicians
Bierly is a classical pianist from North Carolina and started playing the piano at the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, as well as a Masters and Professional Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. . She is trained in Russian piano pedagogy and learned Russian technique and art from Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg. In his role at Craven CC, Bierly accompanies singers in class voice and private voice. She also wears the hats of solo performer, piano teacher, church music director, composer and singer. Passionate about higher education, she has taught piano at the university level and was recently recognized by the College Board as an AP Music Theory instructor. She will pursue her doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at Arizona State University through scholarship and teaching awards.
Megan Latham Massey
Megan Latham Massey hails from Nashville, TN, where she graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Pacific Lyric Opera Company. Some of her recent roles include Judge Charlier from “Rock of Ages” and Julia Sullivan from “Wedding Singer.” Massey is a voice teacher at Craven and Lenoir Community Colleges. She also runs her own vocal and piano studio in New Bern.
Jared Alan Yoakem
Jared Alan Yoakem is a pianist from Grand Rapids, MI. He recently moved from Nashville, TN, where he was a pianist/rehearsalist at Belmont University and the Montgomery Bell Academy for Boys. He holds a BM from Belmont University under the direction of Elena Bennett (Moscow Conservatory). Jared now resides in Greenville, NC, and is studying an MM at East Carolina University under Kwan Yi (Julliard, Curtis, Peabody) while maintaining an active teaching and performance schedule. In 2019, Yoakem received the DAC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music from Belmont University. First beginning to study classical music as a singer, he was a semi-finalist in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2018 and 2019 and winner of the 1st Annual Keith B. Moore Inaugural Classical Singers Recital at Belmont University . He has performed as a collaborative pianist for the National Orpheus Competition, ACDA, NATS, and numerous choral projects at Belmont University, including two national broadcasts on PBS.
Originally from South Elgin, Illinois, Matthew Tucci is a classical and contemporary violist and composer. He writes for orchestra and chamber ensembles. He recently completed ‘Connections and Meaning’ for orchestra and ‘Cavernous Discoveries’ for glockenspiel, vibraphone and string quartet. Tucci holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition and theory from Northern Illinois University, where he studied under Anthony Devoye of the Avalon String Quartet. Matthew is currently an air traffic controller with the Marines.
Kimberly Zimmerman Kimberly Zimmerman began playing the cello as a member of her school’s beginner string orchestra. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Salem College and a Master of Music from Appalachian State University in cello. She returned to the classroom and taught orchestra at Swansboro Middle School for 11 years, where she is also an advisor for an honorary string quartet and the school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. His students have received top grades in arbitration, as well as placement and leadership opportunities in county and regional level orchestras. She is a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and performs as often as possible with other groups and individuals. She loves going on trips (and driving the bus!), baking cookies and traveling.