March 8, 2023

Westminster Conservatory Presents Faculty Concert

The monthly series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will present a program of music for oboe, horn, and piano on Thursday, March 16 at 12 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street. Admission is free.

The performers — Melissa Bohl, oboe; Craig Levesque, horn; and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, piano — are members of the Westminster Conservatory faculty. The program comprises Incantation and Dance for oboe and piano by William Grant Still, Trio for oboe, horn and piano, op. 188 by Carl Reinecke, and the first performance of a new work by Levesque, Variation for oboe, horn, and piano.

Bohl is the principal oboist of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Orchestra of St. Peter-by-the-Sea, the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Repertory Ballet Orchestra. She plays oboe and English horn with the Plainfield Symphony and performs regularly with many other area musical organizations, including the Garden State Symphonic Band and the Central Jersey Symphonic Orchestra. At Westminster Conservatory, she teaches oboe and is head of the woodwind, brass and percussion department. Bohl has degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Notre Dame, and Princeton University.

Levesque is a composer, arranger, engraver, and horn player based in central New Jersey. He holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire (B.A. in music theory and composition; M.A. in music history) and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in music theory and composition). Levesque serves as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, where he has taught theory, analysis, ear training, and orchestration. At Westminster Conservatory, he serves as head of the theory and composition department; director of the Honors Music Program; and teaches horn, composition, theory, and ear training. Levesque performs regularly with the Princeton Symphonic Brass, Westminster Winds, and the Atlas Brass Quintet.

Lehrer is a teacher, performer, clinician, author, and adjudicator. She has given master classes and workshops, and has enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe. She is a professor emerita of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and continues to serve on the faculty of Westminster Conservatory. Lehrer received a B.A. with music concentration from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, and an M.S. in piano from the Juilliard School of Music.