Music at St. James Concert Series

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Music for Clarinet and Piano - hear clarinetist Martha Boughner and pianist Laurie Mac Neill Clancy in concert as they present a recital of music for solo clarinet, solo piano, and clarinet/piano duo. Both familiar works as well as new music will be presented at this concert that can be enjoyed by an audience of all ages. Admission $5 per person.

Martha Reed Boughner has been involved with music since her first clarinet lesson in 4th grade. After teaching for 30 years with the Music For America and Future Musicians, Inc. programs in the parochial schools of New Jersey, she now owns her own business, Genesis Music Program, teaching in five local Catholic schools. She has appeared as clarinet soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony and Lukens Steel Band in Pennsylvania, and the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra in New Jersey. Her performing groups have included the above organizations, as well as the Plainfield Symphony, Summit Symphony, the Garden State Concert Band, Hanover Wind Symphony, New Jersey Workshop  in the Arts Concert Band, and the Bloomfield Civic Band. She played for many years with the Silver Starlite Orchestra, a 40’s –style big band, and subs with several of the above-mentioned groups. She also enjoys playing in the pit band for musicals for high schools, including Wayne Hills, Pascack Valley, and Seton Hall Prep. Ms. Boughner holds a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College, and master’s degrees in music, education and theology from Syracuse University, Rutgers University and Drew University. Any spare time is spent playing golf, reading, or sleeping!

Pianist Laurie Mac Neill Clancy holds a Master of Arts degree in musicology from Rutgers, The State University, where she was an adjunct instructor of piano.  She also did post-graduate work at the American Academy of Music in Fontainebleau, France.  Laurie currently performs as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist with instrumentalists, vocalists and various choral ensembles.  She has played in productions by the New Jersey State Opera Chorus, Coro Lirico, the Summit Music Festival, Raritan Valley Community College Chorale, Calvary Chorale, Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Company and the Stony Hill Players.  Laurie served on the Board of Directors of the Summit Music Festival, five years of which she was president, and on the Board of Directors of the National League of Performing Arts.  She was also a performing member of the Summit Music Festival and is currently a member of Concord Singers in Summit.  Laurie is the staff accompanist for The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, does music subbing in local churches, and maintains a private piano studio in Westfield where she lives with her husband, Peter.  Their two children are Allison, a clinical mental health counselor working with homeless veterans in Boston, MA and an alto with the Cantilena Chorale in Arlington, MA; and Jonathan, a junior majoring in percussion performance at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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