UVA Chamber Music Series: Daniel Sender, Violin

"Daniel Sender and Friends: A Musical Exploration of Love and Compassion"
November 24, 2019 - 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 violinist Daniel Sender in the second concert of 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 series continues with "Daniel Sender and Friends: A Musical Exploration of Love and Compassion," featuring Daniel Sender, violin, on Sunday, November 24 at 3:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall. Sender will be joined by Shelby Sender, pianist, and harpsichordist; Adam Carter, cellist; Maren Maddry, Soprano; students from UVA's Performance Concentration Program; and special guest vocalists from Charlottesville's very own Mosaic Children's Choir.

Trio Sonata in G minor, Op.2 No.3  Dieterich Buxtehude
Violin Sonata in A MajorCésar Franck
"Changing Light"Kaija Saariaho
 In Nomine – all’ongherese  György Kurtag
"Song of the Angel"John Tavener
Sonata sopra Sancta Maria Claudio Monteverdi/Sender



Daniel Sender enjoys a diverse musical career and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China.  A frequent guest soloist and principal artist with chamber and symphony orchestras throughout the region, Dr. Sender currently serves as concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony, Charlottesville Opera and the Virginia Consort.

Dr. Sender was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest and attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music as a student of Vilmos Szabadi.  He was formerly the first violinist of the Adelphi String Quartet, which held a fellowship residency at the University of Maryland, and was for four years the violinist of the Annapolis Chamber Players.  Dr. Sender has recorded for Centaur, Sono Luminus, Bifrost and other independent labels.

As a chamber musician, Dr. Sender has had the pleasure of performing with members of the Audubon Quartet, Axelrod and Left Bank quartets and spent two years working intensively under the mentorship of the Guarneri Quartet. Chamber concerts have taken him to venues around the world including the Kennedy Center, Hungarian Embassy, Bartók Hall of the Erdödy Palace (Budapest), Smithsonian Museum of American History, Universität der Kunste (Berlin) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal).

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Sender attended Ithaca College, the University of Maryland, the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the Institute for European Studies (Vienna).  His primary teachers include Vilmos Szabadi, Arnold Steinhardt, David Salness, René Staar, and Gerald Fischbach. He is on the performance faculty of the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music and also holds a faculty position at Interlochen’s Adult Chamber Music Camp.





Cellist Adam Carter maintains an active career as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.  Recent engagements include recitals and chamber music performances at UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, the University of Virginia, Randolph College, Bridgewater College, and Hampden-Sydney College.

Dr. Carter is currently the principal cellist of the Charlottesville Symphony and has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Madison Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

A top prizewinner at the 1998 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Dr. Carter continues to enjoy a rich and diverse career playing chamber music.  He currently performs with the Rivanna String Quartet, Artemis Duo and the Virginia Sinfonietta.  A founding member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble, Dr. Carter traveled the country playing new works for cello octet. The ensemble’s accolades include grants from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music for its accomplishments in the performance and creation of contemporary American music, the Foreman Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Fromm Foundation. The Ensemble has recorded on Bridge Records and Albany Records.

As a teacher, Dr. Carter is on the faculty at the University of Virginia as Lecturer in Cello.  Prior to his appointment at U.Va, he was adjunct professor of cello and bass at Ripon College in Wisconsin.  Dr. Carter grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He received his Bachelors degree and Masters degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal teachers include Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliot, Robert Marsh, and Uri Vardi.

Soprano Maren Weinberger Maddry is a singing-actress known for her character-committed performances both in opera and musical theater.

Most recently Maren starred as "Leslie Sinclair" in the World Premiere of Companionship, a new opera by Rachel J. Peters, at Fort Worth Opera, in May 2019. Maren is pleased to announce the reprisal of that role with The Virginia Festival of the Arts, John Duffy Institute of New Music in June 2020.

In the winter of 2016/2017, Maren traveled with The Glimmerglass Festival to the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, where she made her European debut singing the Queen of El Dorado and covering Cunegonde in Francesca Zambello’s production of Bernstein’s Candide. Maren joined the Glimmerglass Festival as a member of the Young Artist Program in 2015, singing the Queen of El Dorado, covering Papagena in The Magic Flute and creating the roles of Siren and Bard 2 in the world premiere of Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s youth opera Odyssey. Maren returned to Glimmerglass as a young artist in 2016 to sing Mary Warren and cover Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Nicole Paiement.

In the 2017-2018 season Maren made an appearance with Performance Santa Fe in their “Brief Encounters” production of three short operas by Adamo, Heggie, and Illick. This production was reprised with Fort Worth Opera in the spring of 2018. Also last season Maren made her debut with Opera in the Heights with her role debut of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.

​Maren spent two years as a Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artist at Forth Worth Opera. In her first season with Forth Worth Opera, she sang Annina in La Traviata, covered Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet, and she participated in the 2015 new works showcase Frontiers. As a second-year Apprentice, Maren sang Berta in The Barber of Seville, Victoria Reilly in Embedded, Elena in Buried Alive and was the study-cover for Clara Harris for the world premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK.

In the 2013-2014 season, Maren made her professional stage debut as Polly Peachum in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera with Amarillo Opera, and made her New York City concert debut as a soloist in “Kurt Weill on Broadway” presented by the Kurt Weill Foundation at Symphony Space and directed by Richard Jay Alexander.

While completing her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music, Maren was praised by Opera News as a “coloratura with accuracy and sweet tone” for her portrayal of La Charmeuse in Massenet’s Thaïs. Maren received her B.M. from Oklahoma City University.

​Maren is the recipient of a 2014, 2016, and 2017 Professional Development Grant from the Weill Foundation. In 2013, she won Second Prize in the international Lotte Lenya Competition and is featured in the documentary short Singing the Story which documented the 2013 competition from the auditions through the finals.

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.

Mosic Children's Choir

Bella Grace CaveEmory Hux
Julia DortaAna Kashyap
Imogen FaganTara Majkic
Sofia GingerichSylvie Semmelhack
Marin HalsteadCatriona Shuve
Elijah HindmanOlivia Wade


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