So Great a Joy
Performer Bios

Svend Rønning is Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Violin at Pacific Lutheran University. Previously, he has served as Concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Spoleto USA Chamber Orchestra and the Tacoma Opera. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Shenandoah University, and the Eastern Music Festival. Dr. Rønning is a graduate of PLU and of Yale.

Rae Terpenning is an Affiliate Artist at Pacific Lutheran University where she teaches flute, directs the flute ensemble Solvvinden, and performs in the Camas Wind Quintet. She is piccoloist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony. Her teachers were Jame  Pappoutsakis at the New England Conservatory (BM magna cumlaude, and MM) and Fernand Carage at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

Shannon Spicciati is the principal oboist for Tacoma Symphony, Assistant Principal for the Seattle Symphony, and is co-principal in Northwest Sinfonietta. She received her degrees from Eastman School of Music and the University of Washington. Her teachers have been Richard Killmer, Fred Korman, Rebecca Henderson and Alex Klein. Ms. Spicciati is active as a teacher of oboe, and recently joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.

Michael Kelly, a native of Virginia, received his degrees in piano at Julliard School and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. For 12 years he taught in the theory and piano departments of the Manhattan School, served as doctoral thesis advisor, and appeared frequently as soloist, chamber musician, and as soloist with orchestra. Mr. Kelly was the 1982 winner of the International Bach Society Competition and presented an all-Bach recital in Lincoln Center the same year. He has worked extensively with singers, as vocal coach and accompanist. Presently he serves as Music Director of Westminster Church in Seattle, and is a free-lance pianist, accompanist and teacher. Mr. Kelly plays both piano and organ on this recording.

Janeanne Houston was born on Easter Sunday and grew up the daughter of missionaries in Southeast Asia. She received her training at Ottawa University and at the University of Washington, but has studied voice primarily with soprano Marianne Weltmann. A versatile artist, Ms. Houston is especially in demand for concert, recital and oratorio engagements. She has been a soloist with many outstanding orchestras, choral ensembles and festivals including Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Messiah Festival of Music and Art in Kansas, and she sang the role of Mary in Jerome Hines’ opera I Am the Way. This is her 3rd recording and it represents a personal collection that the singer has built during her years of performing and teaching. Ms. Houston has been a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1989.