UVA Chamber Music Series: Katy Ambrose, French Horn

February 9, 2020 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall
$15 General / $13 UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18.

The McIntire Department of Music is pleased to present the 2019-2020 University of Virginia Chamber Music Series. This annual series, which presents innovative performances by the University of Virginia's world-class performance faculty and celebrated guest artists, is comprised of six professional performances for the University and the central Virginia community. These intimate concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight audiences of all musical tastes.

The UVA Chamber Music Series continues with a virtuosic recital performed by Katy Ambrose, horn, on Sunday, February 9 at 3:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall. Ambrose, alongside pianist Shelby Sender and clarinetist Jiyeon Choi, Ambrose will present a program of scintillating works sure to delight audiences.



Nicholas von Krufft - Sonata for Horn and Pianoforte in E Major

Markus Fjellstrom – Deanimator for Horn and Electronics

Jane Vignery – Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 7 (1943)

Clara Schumann, arr. Ambrose – "Ich stand in Dunkeln Träumen," Liebst du um Schöenheit," and "Lorelei"

Charles Koechlin – Les Confessions d'un Joueur de Clarinette



Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “spectacular” and “graceful” musician, Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator, chamber and orchestral musician. She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as Lecturer in Horn and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in the Fall of 2015, and also holds the position of Fourth Horn of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Katy was a founding member and horn player in Seraph Brass, Second Horn in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Fourth Horn in the Philly Pops!, Acting Assistant Principal/Utility horn in the Albany Symphony, and Assistant Principal horn in the Lexington Philharmonic (Lexington, KY). She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hawai’i Opera Theater/Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Honolulu, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Symphony, Vermont Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and regionally with Opera on the James, Ash Lawn Opera, and the Staunton Music Festival. Outside of the classical setting, Katy played in the band for several shows on Adele’s 2016 world tour, Cee Lo Green’s Grammy-winning album, The Lady Killers, and has been heard during the Super Bowl and Monday Night Football as a recording artist for NFL Studios.

Ambrose has previously served on the faculty for the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists’ Summer Program, Drexel University, Settlement Music School, Interlochen Arts Camp, and taught undergraduate horn students at Yale University. Katy is especially interested in mentoring younger musicians and has taught for and developed programs and curricula for several education programs including the Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program, Delaware Symphony school program and the “El-Sistema” inspired programs Tune-Up, Philly and Play On, Philly!

Katy earned an Artist Diploma from Yale University, her Masters degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and is finishing her doctorate at Temple University in 2018. She was the recipient of the prestigious William D. Revelli Award from the University of Michigan School of Music and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship from the Yale School of Music.

More about Katy Ambrose at http://www.katyambrose.com/


Clarinetist and educator Jiyeon Choi joined the Arts & Sciences faculty as a lecturer in Clarinet and as principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2019, and also holds the principal clarinet position with the Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois. She is an advocate for contemporary music as well as specializing in standard solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Her primary research explores the chamber music of Jörg Widmann, a renowned German clarinetist, and composer. She is also a core member of the newly-founded ensemble VIM, a new music ensemble featuring southeastern artist with cross-disciplinary performances based in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Choi has previously served on the faculty for Purdue University and the Illinois Summer Youth Music program. She has performed with several orchestras including Heartland Festival Orchestra, Springfield Choral Society and Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She received solo and chamber awards from various competitions, including Krannert Debut Artist Competition, Misbin Chamber Competition, Plowman Chamber Competition, and the American Prize. She has performed in prestigious venues such as National Arts Centre, Ottawa, and Carnegie Hall, among others. She was a member of the National Orchestral Institute 2016 with a scholarship and she has been a resident artist at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine and Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal, QC. She can be heard on the recording American Series: Randall Thomson “Symphony No. 2” under James Ross, released by Naxos.

Dr. Choi received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ewha Womans University. Her principal teachers include J. David Harris, Kenneth Grant, Hyun Gon Kim, and Jeongmin Song.

Shelby Sender received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland in 2013.  She is active as both a solo and collaborative pianist.  She has performed at both the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Hungarian Ambassador's Residence.  A faculty member of Crescendo, a classical music festival located in Tokaj, Hungary each summer, she is also a co-founder and the accompanist for Mosaic Children's Choir in Charlottesville.  In March 2012, she performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as a part of the Adamant School of Music's 70th Anniversary Concert.  Shelby was featured in a 2011 festival at Ithaca College commemorating the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, and she recently gave world premieres of works by Walter Gieseking at the American Musicological Society's 2009 annual conference.  She frequently works with the Charlottesville Opera as well as Victory Hall Opera and has appeared on multiple occasions with the Annapolis Chamber Players.  She can be heard on a Centaur recording of unpublished works by Walter Gieseking, playing both solo and chamber music.

In 2018, Dr. Sender was sent by the Sister Cities Commission to Pleven Bulgaria to represent Charlottesville in concert. She studied during the 2010/2011 academic year under Kálmán Dráfi at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.  She gave performances in Bartók Hall at the Institute for Musicology and the Régi Zeneakadémia at the Franz Liszt Memorial House and Museum in Hungary, as well as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Universität der Kunste in Berlin.

Shelby received her Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College.  She is the co-founder for Mosaic Children's Choir, a group that incorporates movement, drama, dance, and performs in non-traditional spaces.  Until recently, she was the coordinator for the class piano program at the University of Maryland, where she also taught class piano and gave private lessons to piano minors.  She currently maintains a private studio in Central Virginia and works as the choral and orchestral pianist at St. Anne's-Belfield in Charlottesville.  Recent teachers include Bradford Gowen, Read Gainsford, and Jennifer Hayghe.

Individual Tickets: $15 General / $13 for UVA Faculty and Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at the UVA Arts Box Office website or by calling 434-924-3376.  To see all events in the UVA Chamber Music Series, please visit http://music.virginia.edu/uvacms

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

To see all events in the UVA Chamber Music Series, please visit http://music.virginia.edu/uvacms

All programs are subject to change.




UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu